Kerala, the Perfect Monsoon Getaway

Monsoon brings peace and joy to your hearts. The pitter patter of raindrops is music to the ears. Why not soak yourself completely in the midst of nature this monsoon? Does that bring the idea of a rejuvenating vacation in mind? Bingo!

We are a blessed bountiful nation: majestic mountains, perennial rivers, timeless seas, sprawling grasslands- you name it, we have it! One such ideal getaway from the ever mundane lives is Kerala. Located between the Western Ghats on the East and the Arabian Sea on the West, the narrow strip of land which aptly earns the sobriquet ‘God’s own country’, is a destination of a lifetime. It ‘s known for its lush green locale, serene lagoons and enchanting beaches. However in the months of June to September all of this becomes even more special as nature begins it’s great water show – The Monsoon.

This photo “Anayirankal Dam View” @Flickr from Dhruvaraj S made available under a Share Alike, Attribution license.

The south-western summer monsoons occur from June through September. The moisture-laden winds on reaching the southernmost point of the Indian Peninsula from the Indian Ocean, due to its topography, become divided into two parts: the Arabian Sea Branch and the Bay of Bengal Branch. The Arabian Sea Branch of the Southwest Monsoon first hits the Western Ghats of the coastal state of Kerala, India, thus making this area the first state in India to receive rain from the Southwest Monsoon.

Here are some of the best places to visit in Kerala this Monsoon.

Alappuzha, known as the Venice of East for its labyrinth of lakes, canals and bridges,  is one of the must-see destinations in Kerala. The never-ending landscape of lush green paddy fields, towering coconut trees, silvery coast and narrow canals around Alappuzha makes it a truly vibrant tourist attraction. However in the Monsoon, the town takes on a different shade. The swelling canals, constant spatter of raindrops in the lagoon and the effervescent coast creates a unique atmosphere filled with freshness, solitude and serenity.

alappuzha boat house kerala monsoon

Munnar, the ever green hill station of Kerala is almost a ubiquitous choice for a summer escape. Every summer, this hill station gets filled with tourists who come to explore the grand locales and the beautiful tea gardens. However, as the monsoon rain begins, it becomes less and less crowded leaving the more adventurous travellers with a lot to explore.

Munnar in Monsoon Kerala

Thekkady, is known for the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and the aromatic spice plantations in the area. In the moonsoon, the evergreen forest surrounding the sanctuary becomes lush and greener than ever. A walk through the cardamom plants in the monsoon is close to taking an aromatic bath. It might not be the best season for the ornithologists but photographers with interest in capturing wildlife do have an opportunity to add some exceptional shots to their portfolio in monsoon.

Thekkady Periyar Lake Monsoon

Things to do in Monsoon

Ayurvedic Treatment – The monsoon period is suggested to be the best time to undergo Ayurveda treatment. You can try out the Monsoon special Spa treatments at Thekkady – Woods n Spice or Munnar – Terrace Greens during your trip to Kerala.

Dance in the Rain – There are few things that can beat the experience of enjoying the rain first hand. Enjoy the rain as much as you can. 

A few things to keep in mind before you pack for your monsoon trip:

  • A heavy duty umbrella.
  • A raincoat. Long trench style coats work best.
  • Avoid ankle length and light colored clothing. This will help you to avoid soiling your clothes in the rain and mud.
  • Suitable wet weather shoes, such as rubber sandals and flip-flops.

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