Located to the south of the Indian peninsula, Kerala is blessed with the best in climate, art forms, landscape and even food. With a shoreline stretching along the length of the state, Kerala’s beaches have always been a real crowd puller. The Western Ghats, standing tall to the right, stretches along the eastern boundary of the state. These mountains provide some of the best tourist destinations the state has to offer, and have already been identified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. From the reverberating echo points in Munnar to the deep jungles of the Silent Valley National Park in Palakkad, the Western Ghats offers enough to put your senses at ease.
The untainted backwaters along the Malabar Coast are another sight to behold. 900 kms of these serene backwaters, twisting and winding forming a labyrinth of interconnected rivers, canals and lakes, showcase the cultural element of the state. The Nehru Trophy Boat Race held in Punnamada Lake in Alapuzha offers a rare sight of this culture- the snake boat race (Chundan Vallam kali). Most tourists note this event as a must-attend.
Lifestyle choices like Ayurveda and Yoga also has many takers among the visiting tourists. Both these have been a part and parcel of the lives of the people in this state. Now you know why the state is called the ‘Land of Ayurveda’. Heritage cultures like the Kathakali dance and the Kalaripayattu martial art have admirers around the world. Mohiniyattom, Koothu, Ottamthullal are some of the other prominent art forms in the state.
Now, if nothing else convinces you to make this trip, consider this- National Geographic Traveler rates the state among the top 50 places to visit in the world- how about that for a reason?
Although the state is an all-year-round destination, the ‘best time to visit’ would depend on what you are looking for. So here’s a lesson in Kerala’s climate, and the tourism options corresponding to each period.
If you are averse to the idea of sweat beads trickling down your back while you are out during the day, it would be safe to say that winter (November end to mid-February) would be your best choice of time for sightseeing. Now, if you are kind of cool with the above mentioned ‘sweat’ issue, and are interested in exploring the different cultural celebrations of the state like the numerous temple festivals (which includes the world renowned Thrissur Pooram, Kodungalloor Bharani etc) which are held in the February to May period, summer would be your ideal time. Post summer, the southwest monsoons lash out at full fury from early June to August end. Although this is the time most people would advice you against, be rest assured that this time of the year, you can happily cozy up in your bedroom without feeling bad at having wasted your time in bed! Better still, you can avail yourselves the benefits of Ayurveda to rejuvenate your body and mind. The period between September and November is the time of the retreating monsoons, which means that you can expect short spells of rain. The climate is relatively cool owing to the periodic bursts of rain, and hence a recommended time for yet another round of sightseeing.
Now you know why Kerala is touted as a 365-day destination!
This is one tricky question, but nonetheless, one we are bound to answer. We at Green Kerala Leisure and Ayurveda (GKLA) know there are quite a lot of tourism operators offering specific Kerala packages. But what sets us apart is our commitment and our deep knowledge of what our customers are looking for. More importantly, it is our love for this nature’s treasure trove that makes us do what we do. Our team of experts take it upon themselves to come up with the best tour packages which capture the essence of this nature’s bounty to the fullest, be it the evergreen forests of Western Ghats, the still backwaters of Alapuzha, drive-in beaches of Muzhipilangad or to catch sight of the our national animal at the Periyar tiger trail. And by the time you are done, you will have loads of memories to share over dinner with friends and family.
In short, we just want you to fall in love with this place over and over again…just like we have!