Vagamon can be visited throughout the year, however, the best time to visit Vagamon would be during the dry seasons such as summers (March to June) and winter (October to March). The months from June to September experience the monsoon spell. The heavy rainfall during this season makes travelling arduous.
Weather Balmy weather and cool sea breezes start dominating the climate of Vagamon from the beginning of March till the end of May. Due to the pleasant sun shining in the clear skies and a mellow aroma of tea leaves filling the nostrils, summers are a popular choice for travellers seeking to visit this emerald gem of Kerala. This month records the highest temperatures of the year. The temperature ranges between 10 and 25 degrees Celsius. Hence, such warm weather demands lightweight, loosely fitted clothes.
Things to Carry If you wish to go trekking, joggers or light jeans paired with comfortable shoes will make the most fitting attire.
Activities & Festivals Moving on to the activities that you can try your hand at in such a season. Well, the good news is that your options are plenty. The most desirable activity during this season is Elephant riding. Adorable, amicable and fascinating, the elephants in Kerala are extremely friendly to tourists, so much that they even let you bathe them! You can hop on the back of an elephant and take a jolly ride along the banks of a river or in the verdant tea plantations. The trails through the forests are also famous for trekking and hiking. The months from March to May are also suitable for boating, canoeing and kayaking. The strong currents of the sea make swimming a challenging task but are still cherished by amateurs and professionals alike. The most popular festivals celebrated during this time are Vishu Festival (the auspicious new year celebration for Keralites), Easter (the holy festival to signify the resurrection of Jesus Christ), Maha Shivratri (the glorious celebration to Lord Shiva) and the International Paragliding Festival.
Vagamon in Winter (October - March)
Weather Towards the end of September, when the rains start dwindling, and a chilling air fills the atmosphere, you know that winter is about to begin. Being located at a decent altitude gives Vagamon an amicable winter compared to other hill stations. This time is favoured by maximum holidayers owing to its cold, dry weather and petty downpours. Hence, this peak season also results in higher prices of hotels.
Things to Carry The months from October to February see a dip in the temperature as it lowers to even 0 degrees Celsius after the sunsets. Mid-December till January is the coldest period with the average temperature of 20.8 degrees Celsius. The chilly climate demands full sleeves and sweatshirts. But since the cold is not so unbearable, it is recommended to keep light thermal lowers and light jackets. Gloves, shawls and wraps can help you protect yourself from the chilly winds that blow now and then. For footwear, shoes and sneakers will be the best choice during this period.
Activities & Festivals From spiritual indulgences to adrenaline sports, there is plenty to do in Vagamon in the cold season. It is an ideal time to touring about the sloppy hills of the region blanketed with tea plantations. Even better, you can traverse through this green terrain atop a giant elephant! The challenging rocky cliffs are perfect for rappelling and rock climbing while the mystic forest trails set the ideal background for trekking. The mesmerising vistas, the magical landscape, all form the perfect frame for photography. The weather permits smooth paragliding, a thrilling way to capture the bewitching skyline of the land beneath. Winter is also a very festive time as three major festivals viz. Christmas (25 December), Deepavali (the festival of lights in October or November) and Navaratri take place with great pomp.
Vagamon in Monsoon (July - September)
Weather As you approach towards the end of May, grey clouds hover up in the sky shadowing the sun. Showers start getting frequent. The rainy or wet season of Vagamon lasts from June till September. A rare pick by tourists due to the high humidity, muddy landscape and unpredictable rains that act as a deterrent to outside activities, this period gives you the advantage of having a pocket-friendly vacation owing to the reduced travelling and hotel prices. The breezy weather and soft rains teemed with picturesque green landscape make Vagamon the perfect romantic haven for couples, especially the ones on their honeymoon.
Things to Carry The temperature oscillates between 20 and 23 degrees Celsius. With 550 mm of rainfall, July is the rainiest month of the season while September is the one with the highest humidity. Hence, this makes umbrella and raincoats the chief commodities of your travel bag. Light cotton garments will be sufficient to beat the weather but keep a light windcheater as the evenings get a little chilly. This will also be a good time to avoid leather clothes or tight denim jeans. The high humidity makes drying of clothes a nuisance, so it's advisable to carry an extra pair of clothes with you. And most importantly, remember to carry chargers and power banks to keep your electronics charged even if the power cuts for some time. To not let rains become a deterrent, you can keep a watchful eye on the weather forecast and then plan your itinerary accordingly.
Things to Do You can also take a break from the chaotic city life and rejuvenate your body with the traditional Ayurvedic massages offered by spa specialists at the various resorts and spa centres. Travellers also like to feast their eyes to the intricate dance steps of Mohiniyattam, a passionate dance form depicting love. Kathakali is another popular dance form renowned for its elegant and ecstatic movements. For a more exciting show, you can also watch a Kalaripayattu Bout, an Indian martial art. A major draw for tourists across the globe during monsoon is the vibrant festival of Onam celebrated during this time, marking the harvesting season for the state. Also, the most awaited boat racing event, the Kerala Boat Festival, is also held during July and September.