Monsoon is a beautiful season of Kerala and it is celebrated with great happiness as it comes after the long summer months. The showers are pretty heavy and they can sometimes go on for days. Tourists from different parts of the state as well as other countries visit Kerala at this time to experience the beauty and magic of this season. It is also believed that monsoon is the apt time for undergoing Ayurvedic rejuvenating therapies. Herbal oil massages help to revive your body as well as mind and this could be your added advantage for your vacation.
Here is a list of top 10 places in Kerala to visit in Monsoon season.
It’s about 76km away from Trivandrum and is famous for its homestays as well as houseboats. It’s quite and peaceful destination where you can spend quality time indoors .You can enjoy the rain and make use of the Ayurvedic spa for a refreshing your day. The Welcomhotel Raviz Ashtamudi Resort and Ayurveda Spa is quite famous in this region and its well-known for its Ayurvedic treatments.
Alappuzha has been blessed with nature’s scenic backwaters, lagoons, canals and beaches. This small stretch of land is located in between the Vembanad Lake and the Arabian Sea. It is truly the Venice of the East and you can see vacationers often opting for houseboat cruises that take you around the backwaters of Alappuzha as well as the beautiful city. The snake boat race happens in the first week of August and it delight to see all the boats competing against each other. You also have resorts and homestays in Alappuzha that also cater to Ayurvedic treatments.
This place is located in Thrissur district and its famous for the Athirappilly waterfalls. The waterfalls along with lush green environment make it an ideal spot to spend time with your family or friends Visitors all across India come to Athirappilly just to see the falls and monsoon season is best time of the year. This waterfalls is where many of the famous movies have been shot. Example, Jiya Jale from Dil Se and Raavan.
This place is situated 16km away from Trivandrum city and the Kovalam beach is one of the popular vacation spots. The beach is clean and it’s an ideal spot to relax while you enjoy the calm water as well as the green scenery .Here surfing is a common sport in the monsoon season and water skiing, kayaking is also popular here. Near the beach you also have many Ayurvedic health resorts and they offer special packages for the tourists who visit Kovalam.
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Munnar is a hill station which falls in the Idukki district of Kerala.It’s famous for tea gardens and it’s a home to many endangered species of animals.There would be heavy showers during monsoon season but if you enjoy relaxing and tasting the special Munnar tea this would be ideal holiday spot.
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Thekkady is situated in Idukki district and it’s famous for the Periyar National Park .The park is spread over 777 sq km of valleys, hills and you can spot many tropical as well deciduous forests. It experiences heavy showers during monsoon season but it is said that some animals come out during monsoons. Some of the popular attractions in the park are bamboo rafting and night patrol in the jungle.
Kumarkom is famous for the houseboat stays and it has numerous top notch resorts by the Vembanad Lake. It’s an excellent holiday spot and most of the resorts offer the Kerala Ayurvedic treatments. You can also avail special monsoon packages and experience the beautiful backwaters of Kerala. Some other attractions here include the bird sanctuary, sunset cruises and even cycling to the nearby farms.
Wayanad is one the most beautiful districts of Kerala and its known for it rich green environment surrounding it.You have tea as well as coffee plantations, waterfalls and valleys that make this place a good holiday spot. Lakkidi a place in Wayanad is known to experience the highest rainfall but otherwise it’s an ideal place to enjoy the beauty of nature and the charming landscapes.
Varkala is about 50 Km away from Trivandrum and its a coastal region with red cliffs.The 2000 year old Janardana Swami Temple and the Sivagiri Mutt are famous landmarks here. There is a famous Ayurvedic treatment centre near the Papanasam beach.The backwaters, green palm trees,springs all add to the beauty of this Varkala.
It is located at a height of 1700m and is approximately 13 km away from Munnar.It’s famous for tea plantations and is habitat for some rare species of birds. Other attractions here is the Mattupetty Dam and the Kundalla lake which is ideal picnic spot. Speed boats and motor boats are available for hire. This place experiences heavy rains but you can still make short tours to see around Mattupetty.
Kerala is a beautiful place and there are so much more to try in monsoon. However, keep in mind that there is heavy rainfall during this time and you should be aware that in some places, there could be blocked roads, landslides etc. So, always check with the authorities for current situations before planning on your trip.
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