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Best Time To Visit Kerala

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Best Time To Visit Kerala

Plan your trip during best season to experience the best of this stunning destination

Though Kerala is a year-round destination, the best season to visit Kerala depends on which place in Kerala you're visiting. While some places are most enjoyable during the monsoons, others are best visited during the winter season. Overall, the best time to visit Kerala is during September to March, when the weather is pleasant, making it easy for tourists to explore the myriad facets of the state - the hill stations, beaches and backwaters.

The best time to visit backwaters in Kerala is the winter season, which is from November through February. It is when the weather in Kerala is pleasant for local sightseeing and boat excursions in the backwaters. Being the peak tourist season, winter is also the best time to visit Kerala with family for a memorable holiday. On the other hand, the hill stations in Kerala like Munnar receive thousands of visitors in the summer season, from April to June. It is not advisable to visit Kerala in monsoon season.

Month-wise Weather Details of Kerala

March to May (29°c to 38°c):  Summer season is not an ideal time to plan a visit to Kerala as the days are extremely hot and in the evenings also the temperature remains around 29 degree Celsius. Weather in Kerala during May is not favorable for beach visits as there is too much humidity in the atmosphere. However, the hotel rates are slashed down during the summer season and therefore can be visited by people who are on a tight budget.

June to August (29°c to 35°c): June to August constitutes monsoon season in Kerala. The whole of Kerala becomes lush green and looks aesthetic. However, due to constant rains there is too much of humidity in the air, making it unfavorable for tourists to enjoy sightseeing and other activities. Constant rains can also hamper tour plans. However, monsoon season is best for those who wants to take ayurvedic treatments in Kerala.

October to February (10°c to 25°c): October to February constitutes winter season in Kerala and this is also the best time to visit Kerala. The humidity drops and the valleys are lush green with the offset of monsoon. Kerala weather in December is ideal for all sorts of activities like water sports, ayurvedic treatments, houseboat cruises etc.

Whatever you seek - adventure or peace and tranquility, your Kerala trip will offer you all such experiences and more. Such is the beauty of a journey to Kerala! Honeymooners, families, solo travelers and friends traveling in a group are sure to find their own slice of heaven in Kerala, thereby each coming up with their own version of the best time to go to Kerala.

All in all, the best season to visit Kerala depends on what you wish to experience in Kerala, and where. Just adjust your itinerary as per the season, and you can cover as many destinations as you like within a short time frame. 

Famous Festivals Celebrated in Kerala

Aranmula Snake Boat Race: Aranmula Snake Boat Race takes place on the banks of river Pampa and thousands of tourists and local people come here to enjoy this boat race competition. This festival usually takes place in the month of August and September.

Onam Festival: This is the most famous festival of Kerala. Onam is celebrated for 10 days in the month of August or September with great pomp and show. The festivity is marked by classical and folk dance performances, flower decorations, elephant processions, sports games, fireworks, cultural performances, music concerts, and water carnivals.

Theyyam Festival: This Kerala festival is celebrated between April and December wherein 400 different varieties of Theyyam dance performances are performed. Mythological acts are also performed during this festival.

Climate in Kerala

Summer Season in Kerala

Summers in Kerala are from March to May, and this is when the weather is hot and humid in most parts of the state. The humidity makes it hard to enjoy sightseeing, although it does get cooler in the evenings. Hill stations remain cool during summers as well, so one can surely visit places like Munnar, Thekkady, or Wayanad during the summers. Places such as Kochi, Alleppey, and Kumarakom, on the other hand, turn too humid and uncomfortable for being outdoors. But that doesn't deter tourists from taking advantage of the lower off-season prices.

Monsoon Season in Kerala

Monsoons, from the months of June to August, are perfect for visiting most parts of Kerala, including the backwaters, beaches, and hill stations. In monsoons, one can enjoy a refreshing climate as well as witness the lush green landscapes of the state in full bloom. The monsoon season is also ideal for indulging in Ayurvedic therapies and spa it offers respite from the humidity and the wet and cold weather helps ignite a sense of rejuvenation. What's better than being surrounded by lush greenery and the feeling of stress and tiredness leaving your body in waves under the expert hands of a specialized masseuse!

Winter Season in Kerala

December marks the start of winters in Kerala with milder temperature till February. The winter season is perfect for visiting the backwaters and the beaches since humidity is lower and the weather is cool and pleasant. Winters make the hill stations slightly cooler than general. In winters, places such as Munnar and Thekkady offer beautiful views of mist clad mountain tops and foggy tea gardens, a mesmerizing sight for those with a penchant for nature walks. In fact, winters are the best time to visit Kerala for honeymoon.

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    Dear Kerala Expedition, Cab and driver were very good. satisfied with the selection of hotels at munnar and Thekkady. Houseboat at Alepuza were good. Arrangements was good. Thanks kerala expedition for Amazing trip. Regards, Gaurav Agrawal Dear Kerala Expedition, Cab and driver were very good. satisfied with the selection of hotels at munnar and Thekkady. Houseboat at Alepuza were good. Arrangements was good. Thanks kerala expedition for Amazing trip. Regards, Gaurav Agrawal

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    Chetan Aladi

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    Chetan's 3 days trip to Kerala

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    Ranjeet Singh

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    Ranjeet's 6 days trip to Kerala

    Hi Dawn, The Honeymoon trip was amazing! The travel was very beautiful. The hotel was beautiful. Everyone there was so friendly. Kovalam beach and boat house were absolutely amazing! The best time we had on Kovalam and house boat.mhmmar is very beautiful and full of greenery wonderland tea museum all were so good It was awesome. We liked that one the best. We will definilty be using you in the future. We would love to do another trip in a year for our one year anniversary, just don;t know where yet! :) Thanks for all your traveling tips and suggestions. We felt very safe and it was very nice. Jungle saffari In thekkady , mattupatty dam and most beautiful house boat in Kerala backwaters Marari beach more peaceful than Kovalam

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    SHIVANGI BHATTACHARYA

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    Shivangi's 4 days trip to Kerala

    Trip was awesome no doubt we've enjoyed it alot. Still wants to share some hotel trip experience -: 1-The first hotel wasn't satisfied (Dew Drops) at Munnar. As we want a hotel/resort with tea garden view/farm view but the hotel isn't that promising much. There is a damp smell in the room,food isn't that much good,water problem is there, even some of the staff aren't helpful too. 2- The second hotel ( Arcadia Regency)at Alleppey is quite good. As it is in the main city, food was okay but prices is little bit Higher,room is also good. 3- The cab driver which is provide by your end Mr.Abu,he is quite good, helpful and cooperative too,he didn't speak hindi but yes he do understand hindi. 4-The boat riding at Alleppey was Higher, we didn't expect that much. 5- We have done the Jeep Safari as well,that was not in the trIp still we did it. In total we ignored some things which was not expected and enjoyed our trip.

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    Its's 4 days trip to Kerala

    Nice trip thanks team travel triangle and holidaypackagebooking Munnar and Alleppey

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    The best season to visit Kerala is from September to March.

    Major attractions of Kerala can be explored in around 7 to 8 days.

    Yes, one can visit Kerala in the month of April when the weather is pleasant and mild.

    August to March is the best time to visit Kerala for backwaters.

    During the off-season, hill stations like Munnar are cool enough to travel to. However, places such as Alleppey and Kumarakom are pretty hot for a visit. Monsoon season does not see a lot of tourists but the lush greenery all around will ensure tourists will have a great time.

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