Planning a Trip to Kerala in Monsoon
Kerala is one of the most beautiful places in India that you can visit anytime of the year. However, the monsoon season adds another layer of charm, and enhances the beauty of the place. Unlike other places in India, Kerala experiences two rainy seasons, the first starts in June and the second in October and ends around November.
Also, Kerala rains are quite unique. Seldom does Kerala receive incessant rain. The typical pattern is that it rains for a few hours, which is followed by interludes of sunshine. During monsoon, you can see thick cover of greenery everywhere and the swaying palms and coconut trees seem like they are dancing to the tunes of the rain.
Apart from the enriching environment, monsoon is also a great time to visit Kerala to see and experience the various festival celebrations and colour culture. If you are planning a visit to Kerala during monsoon, here are some of the best places you must explore.
A coastal paradise, Varkala is known for its idyllic beaches that are lined with breezy palm trees and surrounded by red cliffs. Home of the popular Papanasam beach, it is one of the best places to visit in India during monsoon. Here you can do nothing at all but still have a great time enjoy the beautiful views around you and taking in all the much-needed peace and quiet.
A popular tourist place in Kerala, many people come here during the monsoon to enjoy the rain and get a fantastic panoramic view of the beach nearby. There is a beautiful walkway atop the fort and walking on it itself is an experience as the cool breeze and the splash of rain hits your face. It is also a great place to strike a pose and click some epic pictures.
If you are visiting Kerala with your special someone, Wayanad is one of the most romantic places to visit during monsoon. Here, you can treat yourself to the amazing views of the valley, bathe under the waterfalls and go for a long walk in the rain-kissed coffee plantations.
You don’t need a specific reason or season to visit Alleppey; anytime is a good time to travel to this beautiful place, which is synonymous with the serene backwaters. The contrast of green shores replete with swaying palm and coconut trees and the blue lakes is a treat to the eyes. During monsoon, the place looks even more spectacular and reverberates with the Onam festival celebrations.
It is a delight to be in Kerala during Onam festival. One of the most important festivals for the Malayalee community in India, Onam is a harvest festival. During the festival, you can enjoy seeing the celebrations and experience the rich culture and traditions through folk dances like Mohini Attam, Kathakali, and one of the oldest art forms in the world – Kalaripayattu. The festive celebrations last for about 10 days, and you can enjoy an elaborate feast on all these days.
The famous snake boat race is one of the most spectacular sights you will ever see. It is held during the monsoon season in different parts of the state. But, the most popular race is the Nehru Trophy, which is held in Alleppey on the serene Punnamada Lake.
The oarsmen engaging in fierce battle to come first, the loud chants, the spectators cheering for their favourite team is an experience that will never forget.
Many people take a trip to Kerala specially to get a Massage and ayurvedic treatment. The use of herbal and aroma-rich oils and the special massage techniques offer cure to many health problems. According to the ancient traditions of Ayurveda, the monsoon season is the best time to undergo treatment.
The moist, cool and dust-free air enables opening the pores of the skin, making the therapy becomes more effective. Also, during the post-treatment period, the monsoon weather allows the body to cool down faster and recuperate.
There are many stay options in Kerala, from hostels to homestays and five-star hotels. But, if you are a Club Mahindra member, you can stay at the various premium resorts in Kerala hosted by Club Mahindra. If you are visiting Alleppey to see the snake boat race, you can stay at Club Mahindra Arookutty, one of the best resorts in Alleppey. The spacious rooms, premium amenities and warm hospitality at this resort will make your stay a memorable one.