Best Time to Visit Kerala

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What is the best time to visit Kerala?

The best time to visit Kerala is from September to February as the weather is pleasant with mild temperatures and lower humidity levels, making it ideal for exploring Kerala's backwaters, beaches, hill stations, and cultural attractions.Additionally, this period coincides with the festive season in Kerala, offering travelers the opportunity to witness vibrant Onam and cultural events. It's essential to note that specific activities such as houseboat cruises may be more popular and expensive during peak tourist season, so planning and booking in advance is recommended for a smooth and enjoyable trip. 

While summers (March to May) make the state too hot and the monsoons (June - August) can receiver downpour that can heavier than imagined and is not entirely advisable to all tourists. However, destinations like Munnar, Idukki, Ponmudi etc are Summer destinations while Kovalam, Alleppey, Athirapally etc are best visited in Monsoons. Hence Kerala can be a beautiful amalgamation of festivals, scenic views and the much talked about Ayurvedic treatments throughout the year.

Peak Season (October - January)

  • Weather: Temperature ranges from 20°C to 30°C in low lying areas. In hilly regions such as Munnar and Wayanad, temperatures can drop to as low as 10°C.
  • Popular Destinations: Munnar, Alleppey, Wayanad, Kochi, Idukki, Varkala, Vagamon
  • Activites: Houseboat cruises, trekking, wildlife safaris, ayurvedic treatments, and cultural performances.
  • Recommendations: Book accomodation in advance especially for popular places such as Munnar and Alleppey. Pre-book activities like houseboat cruises and guided tours to avoid last-minute disappointments.
Shoulder Season (August, September & February)
  • Weather: In the hill regions of Kerala, such as Munnar and Wayanad, temperatures range from 10°C to 25°C, low-lying areas like Kochi and Alleppey, temperatures range from 22°C to 32°C. 
  • Popular Destinations: Munnar, Kumarakom, Thekkady, Alleppey, Wayanad, Bekal
  • Activites: Houseboat cruises, bird watching, trekking, ayurvedic treatments, Boat race and cultural performances.
  • Festivals: Onam takes place every year in September with grand feasts, boat races, cultural performances, and intricate floral decorations called Pookalam.
  • Note: Shoulder season rates are generally more affordable compared to peak season
Off Season (March to July)
  • Weather: Temperature ranges from 15°C to 35°C and sometimes can go over 38°C during monsoons due to high humidity. 
  • Popular Destinations: Kumarakom, Kovalam, Trivandrum, Varkala, Kochi, Thrissur, Kasargod.
  • Activites: Canoeing, nature camps, ayurvedic treatments, and cultural performances.
  • Festivals: Thrissur Pooram is celebrated in early may. A grand temple festival celebrated at Vadakkunnathan Temple in Thrissur, featuring colorful processions, fireworks, and traditional music.
  • Note: Prices may be lower during the off-season due to fewer tourists. However, it's advised to pre-book accomodations during festivals. Keep yourself hydrated, kerala experiences high temperatures and heat wave conditions between March and May.

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Kerala from October - February

Weather 
Kerala experiences pleasant weather from October to February. Temperatures range from 20°C to 30°C in the low-lying areas, while the hilly regions may have cooler temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C. The weather is characterized by clear skies, gentle breezes, and low humidity levels, creating ideal conditions for outdoor activities and sightseeing.

Popular Destinations & Things to Do

Hill Stations: One of the highlights of visiting Kerala in winter is exploring its diverse range of destinations, each offering unique experiences. The hill stations of Munnar, Wayanad, and Thekkady are particularly popular during this season, with their lush greenery, mist-covered hills, and tea plantations creating a picturesque backdrop for leisurely walks, trekking, and wildlife safaris.

Backwaters: Kerala's backwaters are also a must-visit during winter, as the cool weather enhances the beauty of these tranquil waterways. Houseboat cruises through the backwaters offer a serene and immersive experience, allowing travelers to witness the serene landscapes, traditional villages, and abundant birdlife that characterize Kerala's backwater regions.

Beaches: For beach lovers, Kerala's coastline offers a variety of options, including popular destinations like Kovalam, Varkala, and Marari Beach. Winter is an excellent time to visit these beaches, as the weather is pleasant for swimming, sunbathing, and engaging in water sports such as surfing and parasailing.

Festivals: From temple festivals and music performances to art exhibitions and culinary festivals, there's always something exciting happening in Kerala during this period.

Note
  • Book accommodations in advance, especially during the peak tourist season from December to January.
  • Be cautious of mosquitoes, particularly in backwater areas, and use mosquito repellents or nets.
  • Stay hydrated and avoid prolonged exposure to the sun, especially during outdoor activities.

Kerala from June - September

Weather 

Monsoon in Kerala, which typically occurs from June to September. The southwest monsoons is a unique and enchanting experience characterized by lush greenery, rejuvenated landscapes, and refreshing showers. During this period, the weather is characterized by heavy rainfall and high humidity. Temperatures range from 25°C to 30°C, with humidity levels often exceeding 70%.

Popular Destinations & Things to Do

Despite the rain, there are plenty of things to do in Kerala during the monsoon season. Visitors can embark on scenic drives through the mist-covered hills of Munnar, Wayanad, and Thekkady, enjoying the breathtaking views of cascading waterfalls and emerald tea plantations along the way. The backwaters of Kerala in Alleppey, Kumarakom and Kovalam also take on a serene and mystical charm during the monsoon, offering tranquil boat cruises amidst the lush greenery and rain-drenched landscapes.

Some of the best destinations to visit in Kerala during the monsoon season include Alleppey, known for its backwater cruises and houseboat stays, and Athirappilly Waterfalls, one of the largest waterfalls in Kerala. Travelers can also explore the tranquil beaches of Kovalam and Varkala, where they can witness spectacular sunsets amidst the monsoon clouds. Additionally, cultural enthusiasts can partake in traditional Ayurvedic treatments and enjoy Kerala's rich heritage through dance and music performances held during the monsoon months.

Additionally, this period coincides with the most popular festival of Kerala, providing travelers with the opportunity to experience the state's vibrant culture and traditions.

Read more about Onam in Kerala

Note:
  • Consider staying in eco-friendly resorts or heritage homestays amidst nature for a cozy and immersive experience. 
  • Be cautious while trekking or engaging in water activities due to slippery paths and strong currents.
  • Stay updated on weather forecasts and heed local advisories regarding safety measures during heavy rainfall especially in peak monsoon months of July & August. 
Here's why you should visit Kerala in Monsoon.

Kerala from March - May

Weather
Summer in Kerala, spanning from March to May, ushers in warm and humid weather across the region. With temperatures ranging from 25°C to 35°C, the climate can be quite hot and balmy, especially in the coastal areas. In hilly regions like Munnar and Wayanad, temperatures are relatively cooler, ranging from 20°C to 25°C. 

Popular Destinations & Things to Do
One of the best ways to beat the summer heat in Kerala is by retreating to its enchanting hill stations. Destinations like Munnar, Wayanad, and Thekkady offer cool and refreshing escapes with their mist-covered hills, lush tea plantations, and serene waterfalls. Travelers can indulge in activities like trekking amidst verdant forests, exploring spice plantations, and embarking on wildlife safaris to spot exotic flora and fauna.

For those seeking respite by the sea, Kerala's coastline boasts stunning beaches that are perfect for soaking up the sun and enjoying water sports. Places like Kovalam, Varkala, and Bekal offer golden sands, swaying palm trees, and azure waters, providing an idyllic setting for swimming, sunbathing, and indulging in activities like surfing, snorkeling, and beach volleyball.

Additionally, summer is an ideal time to explore Kerala's backwaters, with houseboat cruises offering a tranquil journey through scenic waterways lined with coconut groves, paddy fields, and traditional villages. 

Note
  • Keep yourself hydrated, kerala experiences high temperatures and heat wave conditions between March and May.
  • Plan outdoor activities during early mornings or late evenings to avoid the peak heat of the day.
  • Be mindful of wildlife encounters, especially in forested areas like Thekkady.

Events in Kerala

Kochi Muziris Biennale

12th December 2018 - 29th March 2019

The Kochi Muziris Biennale, a significant art exhibition of India, is set around different areas of Kochi including galleries, heritage buildings, public parks, halls, and other spaces. A mix of India (Read More)n as well as international artists, all with very different experiences in art, come together to present their artworks in the form of films, paintings, photographs sculptures, sketches, fashion exhibits, music, dance, drama and many more. These exhibits are carefully curated by different professionals every year. Running for three months, every alternate year, Kochi Biennale is now its fourth edition.

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Thrissur Pooram

13th May 2019

Largest and most famous of all Poorams, the Thrissur Pooram is held at the Vadukkannathan Swamy temple of Kerala every year in April - May. This annual Hindu temple festival of Kerala is held for a we (Read More)ek in the month of Medam according to the Malayalam calendar.

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