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iXiGOers Jun 19 2013

Which are the top 10 places to visit in Kerala during Monsoon?

Jigyasha Prasad Jul 11 2014
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Kerala, God’s Own Country, looks beautiful all year round but becomes all the more lush and alluring during the monsoons. If you are planning a vacation to this beautiful state then here is an indispensable list of the top 10 places to visit in Kerala during the monsoons. While there are some really incredible places to chase the monsoons in India, Kerala beats them all hands down.

Photo of a Houseboat (by Sarath.Kuchi)

1. Ashtamudi

This quaint little town offers travellers an excellent monsoon getaway. Not as popular as other Kerala destinations, and hence not overrun by tourists, Ashtamudi is famous for its lovely homestays and houseboats. Enjoy a lazy vacation where you do nothing but watch the pitter-patter of the rain, eat fresh catch and pamper yourself with soothing Ayurvedic massages. Do visit the Welcomhotel Raviz Ashtamudi Resort and Ayurveda Spa, one of the famous spas in Kerala while here.

Photo of a houseboat (by Amog)

2. Kovalam

This quiet town is an unending patch of green bordered by swaying coconut palms. A light monsoon drizzle adds to its charm. Home to the scenic Kovalam Beach,one of the most beautiful beaches in Kerala, this town is simply spectacular during the rains. Long walks on the secluded beach, enjoying freshly prepared local delicacies and rejuvenating yourself with Ayurvedic treatments—what better way to spend a holiday in God’s Own Country. If you are one who seeks adventure then Kovalam is the place for you. This beach town is fast emerging as one of the best surfing destinations in the country.

Photo of a scenic spot in Kovalam (by Sarath.Kuchi)

3. Alappuzha

If you are planning a trip to Kerala around August, you must absolutely visit the charming town of Alappuzha. The famous snake boat race, an annual event organized here around the first week of August (9th August), is a visual delight. Apart from the snake boat race, the main allure in Allapuzha are the backwaters. Book a houseboat for the day, or even better, overnight. Laze on the deck of the houseboat and rediscover life lived at a deliciously slow pace. The resorts in Alappuzha also offer special Ayurveda packages for guests so don’t forget to go for a pampering massage.

Photo of Snake Boat Race (Mydreamsparrow)

4. Wayanad

How about camping in a tree house while it is raining outside? In Wayanad you can do just that and more! There are a host of things to discover and experience while you are here during the rains; for instance, you can treat yourself to some amazing valley views, bathe under waterfalls, go for long walks in the rain-kissed tea and coffee plantations or enjoy a memorable stay in the treehouses here and trek in the mountains! Wayanad is one of Kerala’s most charming districts; the serenity and slow pace of life will truly make your vacation a very relaxed and rejuvenating one.

Photo of a tree house at Vythiri Resort (from its official Facebook page)

5. Munnar

Even though this famous hill station looks gorgeous all year round, rains add a zing to its surreal beauty. Home to a number of attractions, this hill resort is an ideal place to experience the magic of monsoon at its best. To start with, you can go for lovely walks in the mist-covered tea estates or plan a trip to the famous Athukad Falls, one of the famous attractions in town, which become a roaring cascade when the monsoon peaks in July-August. For the more adventurous there’s the challenge of climbing the 2694 m peak from sea level, Anamudi, the highest peak which towers majestically over the town.

Photo of a tea estate in Munnar (by NSiddhu)

Photo of a scenic spot (himanisdas)

6. Kumarakom

Often referred to as “one of the 10 paradises on Earth”, Kumarakom turns into a haven, and has had its attractions advertised by some stunning top-end resorts by the side of Lake Vembanad. This is one destination where the hotel you stay in will be a very large part of your holiday. Most of the Kumarakom resorts make excellent use of the Vembanad or its canals, revel in Kerala heritage furnishings and offer great Kerala Ayurvedic treatments. And to the delight of visitors, they also have some great monsoon packages. They also take you on activities like watching traditional boat-building, cycling around nearby plantations, visiting the bird sanctuary! Houseboat stays, boat rides and sunset cruises are a must when you are here during the monsoons.

Photo of a houseboat at Kumarakom (by ukanda)

7. Mararikulam

A beach village in Alleppey District, Mararikulam transforms into a fantasyland during monsoons. Especially the beautiful Marari Beach that is particularly alluring during the rains. Even though it may not be your typical tourist spot, but the place is worth visiting to take a refreshing break from regular city life. The Marari Beach Resort here is a perfect place to unwind and soothe your senses, a true relaxing time away from the hustle-bustle of the busy city life. The Ayurvedic centre here offers massages and therapies for complete relaxation and rejuvenation.

Photo of Marari Resort (from its official Facebook page)

. Thekkady

Another gem in the crown of Kerala, Thekkady is home to the famous Periyar National Park. Tropical evergreen and deciduous forests, bamboos, reed banks and savannahs spread over the 777 sq km of hills, valleys, plains and waterlogged areas that make up the reserve. And all this looks picture perfect during the monsoons. Even though the main attraction here is the national park, you can also indulge in various other activities, such as Bamboo Rafting and Jungle Night Patrol here.

Photo of a boat ride at Periyar National Park (by anappaiah)

The best chances of viewing wildlife are during boat rides on the Periyar Lake. The reservoir has many creeks, promontories and islets serving as habitats for wildlife. The boats are run either by the Forest Department or the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) and you have to opt for prior bookings. Do check with the KTDC before setting off on your holiday as the boat service is temporarily suspended during heavy rains.

Photo of a boat ride at Thekkady (by mtkopone)

9. Athirapally

Home to the famous majestic Athirappilly Falls, this scenic village promises a nice vacation for travellers. The lush greenery and soothing quietude is just perfect for an ideal monsoon break. We suggest you to keep a day aside just for visiting the beautiful waterfalls.

Photo of Athirapally Falls (by isapisa)

10. Varkala

A famous seaside destination, Varkala would greet you with a ragged line of rich red cliffs which are a stunning contrast to the green coconut palms and thus form an interesting scenic backdrop. The place offers all the pleasures of the more famous Kovalam, sans the crowds and hawkers. It is also fringed by serene backwaters, natural springs and beaches which look all the more beautiful during the monsoons.

A scenic spot in Varkala (by thejasp)

These top 10 places to visit in Kerala during the monsoons are excellent getaway destinations. The laidback, serene and picturesque state of Kerala is the place to head to when you need a complete break from the hectic pace of city life.

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Punnamadaresort alleppey Jul 09 2015
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Very nice article and very informative for those who visit kerala next time.
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