Monsoon in Kerala are not just rain; we can experience the golden blazing sun in between the rains balancing out the damp, cold weather. These sunny interludes transcend the monsoon to an exquisite sight of shimmering raindrops against the green palm leaves a rather rare sight at other parts of India. Here is a list of 10 best monsoon destinations in Kerala for you to explore and enjoy in the monsoon during June, July, August and September.
Kerala has two rainy seasons, Edavapathy and Thulavarsham. The Southwest monsoon Edavapathy arrives in the month of June at the middle of Malayalam month Edavam gaining its name. The midOctober witnesses the Northeast Monsoon in the month of Thulam gaining the name Thulavarsham or ‘The Rains in Thulam’.
The romanticism of rains are often praised high, an added advantage of monsoon in Kerala is that it is the best time of the year for Ayurvedic treatments. Body cells are awakened, opening all the pores making it receptive to the special ayurvedic oils and medication aiming a holistic healing.
Let’s explore the must visit monsoon destinations in Kerala this year.
‘Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add colour to my sunset sky’-Tagore. These poetic words by Tagore explains the nurtured feeling we get when we see the dark clouds forming up in sky, nature is ravishing when it is just about to rain. To experience this in the most favorite hill station of Kerala kissing the monsoon clouds, unraveling different colors of life is heavenly.
Take a dainty walk through the tea estates covered in mists or a trip to Attukad Falls which will be roaring in the Monsoon making it dangerously beautiful, located 9kms from Munnar, on the way to Pallivasal. Anamudi, the peak of Kerala offers an extraordinary trekking experience. The Blossom Park and Pothemedu view point are undeniably exquisite for the monsoon. Take a boat ride at the park glancing the pink flowers and scream your names at the view point for hearing the echoes, or better scream your loved one’s name.
This hill station is accessible only by road so the ride to Munnar can be thrilling for the monsoon, if you love road trips this place can be daunting wanting to make you revisit it again. Munnar has many prominent resorts and quality inns for your stay and food, having the long history of tourism this place will be spotless for the amazing honeymoon or vacation experience.
Most of the travelers count Munnar as a must visit monsoon destinations in Kerala
There is no better place to enjoy monsoon than at the lap of Mother Nature. Wayanad has a large forest area, including the wild life sanctuary which can be explored in the monsoon
for a long trail in woods capturing glimpses of finest creatures of nature. The ever romantic Kabani river is open for boat rides, the Banasura Sagar Dam, Meenmutty falls and Neelimala showcase the monsoon in a way which is hard to resist.
Take long walks sightseeing the valleys, tea plantations or reside in a tree house embracing the monsoon in the lap of the jungle. Wayanad is best for road trip with misty quiet roads, this place is one for the bucket list to travel with your special person.
Located in the capital city of Trivandrum, Indian Ocean has blessed this place with long extended beaches separated by rocky hills, the perfect place to watch the ocean indulged in Ayurvedic massages. Kovalam is extravagant on monsoon; watch the roaring sea atop from the candy coloured light house, take long sunbathes and a swim in ocean when the clouds pave way for gleaming sun.
Kovalam offers some of the best Ayurvedic treatment in the state; it is the perfect blend for spending leisure time and a chance to experience the rich and old health rituals of the mighty Ayurveda. Trivandrum aka Ananthapuri is just 15km from Kovalam for shopping or to travel to different destinations. Remember to choose the place to stay carefully by ensuring quality beforehand.
Famously known for the Papanasa hills, this beach has a serene silent beauty to it. Situated in the outskirts of Trivandrum District, the monsoon make this place adorning. The backwaters, beaches and hills embrace the monsoon and beautify gloriously. Do not miss this place if you are planning to visit Kerala for monsoon.
5. Fort Kochi
‘Let the rain kiss you, Let the rain beat upon you head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby’-Langston Hughes. This famous quote reminds me of Fort Kochi when I spent a monsoon evening there. Spending an evening at a beach bench watching the sea makes this place a craving for monsoon. The Queen of Arabian sea is the perfect commercial destination for you shopping needs and it offers an array of splendid hangouts.
An extravagant place for spending monsoon in Kerala; known for the famous Bekal fort this place is packed with many other forts, beaches and hills. Take a journey to this historic destination with your loved ones , famously known for the song from Bombay movie. This is the absolute destination to enjoy Monsoon in Kerala.
Enjoy the backwaters of Kerala at its best, by taking a ride in the beautiful houseboats. Indulge in the authentic cuisine of Kerala, watching the rains in the middle of lake and experience the most amazing boat ride in your life. The rice wine and local foods of Alappuzha are well known for its authentic taste, it is a must do while you visit this beauty. No wonder why Aleppey is counted among monsoon destinations in Kerala.
8. Athirapally Falls
The Athirapally waterfalls is known as the Niagara of Kerala, it has a star quality from all the famous movies made in this ecstatic beauty. Situated in the Chalakudy river which is extended about 145 kilometers from Western Ghats,in Thrissur district at a height of 80feet. Imagine the roaring falls in the down pouring monsoon, this angelic beauty cannot be ignored while you visit Kerala for monsoon. During monsoon, Athirappally waterfalls can be at its’s best and is counted among the must visit monsoon destinations in Kerala.
There are few other smaller waterfalls near Athirapally, Vazhachal falls located about 3kms from here and Charpa falls located between the Vazhachal forest. Athirapally is an evergreen dynamic celebrity starring in major motion picture, giving you a romantic celebrity touch along your visit.
9. Ashtamudi Lake
Ashtamudi is a gateway to the backwaters of Kerala, the name is derived from the major 8 channels or branches of the river. Famously known for the houseboat rides, southern beauty will captivate you by the calm and fresh ambience. Take the 8km ride from Kollam to Alappuzha in this lake in monsoon, you will fall in love with this irresistible silent charmer.
Thekkady situated in Idukki district by the banks of the Periyar river in the Periyar forest is a great place to get glimpses of the wildlife of Kerala. The rich jungles of Periyar forest has fascinating natural wildlife reserves and the boat ride along the Great Periyar will blow your mind in the misty monsoon season. No wonder, why Thekkady is considered as one among the best monsoon destinations in Kerala by many travelers especially foreigners.
Need there be any confusion in deciding your perfect getaway this monsoon; Kerala is the absolute destination for that romantic, close to nature vacation you have been waiting to do. Contact us to get to know more about our special packages to these amusing places for this Monsoon. These special tips will help you for your next visit to God’s own Country.