“The city of cities” – Kerala
“The city of cities” – Kerala Tourism
For many travellers, Kerala is South India’s most serenely beautiful state. A slender coastal strip is shaped by its layered landscape: almost 600km of glorious Arabian Sea coast and beaches; a languid network of glistening backwaters; and the spice- and tea-covered hills of the Western Ghats. Just setting foot on this swath of soul-quenching, palm-shaded green will slow your subcontinental stride to a blissed-out amble. Kerala is a world away from the frenzy of elsewhere, as if India had passed through the Looking Glass and become an altogether more laid-back place.
Besides its famous backwaters, elegant houseboats, ayurvedic treatments and delicately spiced, taste-bud-tingling cuisine, Kerala is home to wild elephants, exotic birds and the odd tiger, while vibrant traditions such as Kathakali plays, temple festivals and snake-boat races frequently bring even the smallest villages to life. It’s hard to deny Kerala’s liberal use of the slogan ‘God’s Own Country’.
Best Time to Visit Kerala
Kerala is actually a very rainy state, which no doubt contributes to its lush greenery. Rain is commonly received during nine months of the year there and monsoons in Kerala starts from June.For Eg- Most families find that the best time to visit Kerala is from September to March which is the peak season in Kerala while people who are looking for ayurvedic treatments prefer monsoon season from June to August , the best time at which the weather is cool and comfortable for ayurveda treatment .
Summer (March – June)Summer season in Kerala begins in the month of March and continues till May. During the summer season, Kerala receives some rainfall and experiences hot and humid weather. However, it is not as bad as it sounds, thanks to the cool winds from Arabian Sea for the relief. It is a good time to enjoy beach activities at the beaches of Alleppey, Thiruvananthapuram or enjoy sightseeing at the attractions of Wayanad.
Monsoon (July – September)Monsoons in Kerala arrive in the month of June and last till August. Heavy rains add a fresher look to entire state and make it more alluring. Thunderstorms are a common feature of this season. It is an ideal time for experiencing Ayurvedic treatments. Also, it is a good time to enjoy sightseeing at different destinations of Kerala like Idukki, Kovalam and Wayanad.
Autumn (October – November)outhwest monsoon is preceded by northeast monsoon and the season continues till October lasting till November first. The average maximum temperature is 35 degrees and the average minimum temperature is 29 degrees during the month of September to November.
Winter (December – March) Winter season is the peak season of Kerala that starts in the month of September and ends in the month of March. During this season, the weather remains pleasant and cool which is perfect for a holiday at any of its destinations. It is a great time to explore the breathtaking beauty of the state. Pay a visit to view points at its hill stations, take a stroll at the beaches or lay back and enjoy at the backwaters. Winter season is perfect for a visit to any of the destinations of Kerala like Kottayam, Alleppey, Varkala, Kozhikode and Thekkady.
Other Places Near Kerala
Alleppey, Munnar, Kumarakom, Wayanad
How To Reach Kerala
Kerala is a small state that lies in the south western part of India. This south Indian state abounds in natural beauty. To its west is the Arabian Sea, and to the east is the Western Ghats mountain range, that separates the state of Tamil Nadu from Kerala.
Kerala can be accessed by air; the state has three major international airports. One in the southern part, Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, one in central Kerala, the Cochin International Airport and the other in northern part, Karipur or Calicut International Airport.The state can easily be accessible by railway networks and road transport. Here is a video guide from Kerala Tourism for travellers on how to reach Kerala.
How to Reach Kerala by Flight
Kerala has 2 international airports – in Thiruvananthapuram and in Kochi while the domestic airport in Kozhikode is also strategically located. Flights of all the public and private airlines fly between these airports and link them to the main airports in India as well as abroad.
How to Reach Kerala by Road
You can reach Kerala from any part of the country using National Highways 17, 47 and 49. Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are directly linked to Kerala through a good network of roads. Many important cities fall on the way.
How to Reach Kerala by Train
Being strategically placed, most of the parts in and out of Kerala are connected by around 200 railway stations. Direct trains connect Kerala to most of the important cities in India including Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore, Calcutta and more.
Commuting Within Kerala
Auto rickshaws, cycle rickshaws, local buses and taxis are other means of transport. Cab aggregator services like Uber and Ola are also good options to travel within the city.