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Best Time to Visit Kerala

Featuring swaying palm trees, scenic backwaters and pristine beaches, Kerala is an all year round destination. But, the best time to visit Kerala entirely depends upon the purpose with which you are visiting. Besides, the destination you are going to explore also accounts for a memorable journey to 'God's Own Country'. Though the weather in Kerala remains peasant through the year but the months from September to March are considered perfect beat to plan a trip.

Season Month Temperature Best to Experience
Winter October - February 18 O C - 29 O C Backwaters, Houseboats, Tree House, Beaches, Wildlife, Ayurveda
Summer March - May 32 O C - 36 O C Hill stations, Wildlife, Tree House
Monsoon June - September 19 O C - 30 O C Ayurveda, Backwaters, Festivals, Waterfalls

Summer in Kerala (March - May)

The summer season in Kerala is marked with less crowd. However, one can still enjoy a blissful escape at the famous hill stations in Kerala. Months between March and May may not mark the popular time to visit Kerala but are suited to beat the heat at places like Wayanad, Munnar, Idukki and Palakkad. People who want to admire the astounding beauty of the state may avoid this season. On the contrary, summer is surely for the ones who want to travel to Kerala while grabbing exciting deals.

Owing to soaring temperature and high humidity, summer is not the best time to visit Kerala India. But, the months from April to mid-June mark the offseason in Kerala, one can avail exciting discounts. Another reason to plan a trip to Kerala during these months is that the state hosts lots of festivals at this time. You can witness decorated elephants, unique traditions and cultures at this time. Pleasant evenings, Guruvayoor Utsav, staying in luxury hotels and tree houses at less prices and backwater cruises are added plus. All you have to do is apply lots of sunscreen, wear your goggles and hat and you are good to go!

Best Places to Visit

Munnar, Thekkady, Ponmudi, Vagamon, Trivandrum, Kumarakom, Thrissur, Lakkidi

Things to do

Camping, trekking, cave explorations, shopping unwinding at beaches, fishing, nature walks, houseboat stay, wildlife tours


  • Wear light cotton clothes
  • Carry an umbrella or wear a hat to avoid sunstroke
  • Apply sunscreenWear sunglasses
  • Always stay hydrated

Monsoon in Kerala (June - September)

The first state in India to welcome rain from the Southwest Monsoon is Kerala. Therefore, monsoon season in Kerala is hailed as the best to cherish the arrival of rainfall in India. But, different people visiting the state during the months between June and September have different stories to share. Some feel that partaking in the snake boat races taking place in various parts of Kerala during this time is once in a lifetime experience. While others feel rejuvenating your mind, body and soul during these months works wonders and thus consider it as the perfect time to visit Kerala.

People especially plan their Kerala tour during monsoon to benefit from the Ayurveda treatments. The rainy season is the time of replenishment and thus Ayurvedic therapies in Kerala work quickly. For this reason, it is also known as Ayurveda season in Kerala.

However, roads in and around Kerala sometimes get blocked because of the heavy rainfall and floods. Therefore, the tourist season in Kerala starts a short while later. Having said that, people still mark their presence to delight in peacock dances, waterfalls plunging with full might and nature cherishing a new life. Verdant tea estates present a sight to behold. Do carry an extra pair of clothes so as to refresh yourself with Ayurveda massages without any hassle. No wonder, monsoon in Kerala comes with its own benefits.

Best Places to Visit

Kovalam, Alappuzha, Thekkady, Bekal, Munnar, Vagamon

Things to do

Pamper yourself with Ayurveda treatments, camping, spice plantation tour, trekking, witness snake boat racing, be a part of Aanayoottu festival


  • Carry an umbrella, or wear a raincoat while visiting outside
  • Carry a plastic cover/bag to guard your electronic gadgets
  • Get weather updates before starting with sightseeing
  • Apply mosquito repellent creams

Winter in Kerala (October - February)

Months between October to February mark the winter season in Kerala. It surely comes with lots of surprises for you to cherish. While traveling to Kerala in winter, you can indulge in unlimited fun at the popular beaches. Spice up your holidays by partaking in adventure sports at the famous Kerala beaches like Kovalam, Marari, Varkala, etc. Winter is surely best season to visit Kerala to pacify adrenaline rush.

It is during the months from September to March that the state witnesses a huge crowd. No wonder, the months indicate the peak season in Kerala. It is also the best time to explore backwaters in Kerala because of the pleasant weather, clear sky and astounding vistas. The newly married couple consider it as the best time to visit Kerala for the honeymoon. Cruising across placid backwaters at Alleppey, Kumarakom offers memories of a lifetime. Sightseeing in Kerala is another highlight that makes you fall in love with the state at this time. Strolling across the tea estates offers delightful moments. Make the most of your holidays by attending a number of festivals being celebrated in every nook and cranny. Bamboo rafting in Periyar will surely raise the fun quotient of your wildlife holidays to the next level.

Best Places to Visit

Munnar, Alappuzha, Kovalam, Kochi, Wayanad

Things to do

Celebrate Karthigai festival, camping, trekking, houseboat stay, explore tea estates, water sports, wildlife tour, and village tour


  • As a peak season for the tourist, it is recommended to book advance tickets and hotels for an uninterrupted vacation.

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