Articulately sold by the state tourism department as God’s Own Country, Kerala has become a must-do destination for most tourists. As heady as Goa but minus much of the hedonism, Kerala beckons with her sun and sand, blue backwater lagoons, Syrian Christian churches, tea and coffee gardens, spice plantations and lush forests. The Communist Government faithfully goes to the people for their mandate every 5 years. And they’ve almost always responded favorably.
Quite happily for everyone involved the result has been a unique 98% literacy level, equal rights for women, a successful land re-distribution drive and blunting of any sharp caste differences. This small Indian state lies along the western coast in the southernmost part of the peninsula, wedged in between the sea and the rocky Western Ghats and boasts of a culturally alive society.
New Agers are promised a great time in Kerala. There is no end to the number of massage houses that employ herbal/ayurvedic oils to drain away the stress and strain of your desk job, urban life or hectic travel itinerary. They promise to release you refreshed, rejuvenated and raring to go! So venture forth to the "God's own Country' Kerala.
Tourism in Kerala is a big thing, so come to Kerala and get totally charmed by the sights, sounds and thousand shades of green!
Best Time of Visit:
- The best time to visit Kerala is from October to March when the weather is pleasant enough for sightseeing and exploring the scenic beauty of the state.
- The summer months ranging from March to May are hot but not humid. Summer season is followed by monsoon that stretches from June to August.
- The weather is extremely pleasant during the winter season. Generally, winter season stretches from September to March. Often, the state experiences rain during September and October.
- During the winter season, the weather is pleasant and comfortable for sightseeing.
- However, since the state does not experience extreme weather conditions in any season, it is gradually becoming an all season destination to enjoy on beaches, backwaters and hill stations.
Min Days Required: 5 days
Places of Interest:
- Kozhikode- Mananchira, Kallayi
- Thiruvananthapuram - The Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, Kowdiar Palace, Vellayani Lake
- Munnar - Eravikulam National Park, Attukal Waterfalls, Nyayamakad, Anamudi
- Kochi- The Paradesi Synagogue, The Mattancherry Palace, Cherai, Santa Cruz Basilica
- Kerala Backwaters
- Kerala’s location is perfect for the moisture laden North-Easterlies that bring rain to the subcontinent. The monsoons arrive in Kerala in the month of May, shedding much of their moisture on the windward side of the Western Ghats first.
- However, the period between October and March are less wet than the rest of the year. Humidity is relatively low and the weather is balmy.
- January-February and September-October average at 28° C in the plains and 22° C in the hills.
- May and June are extremely hot, humid, wet and these months face incessant rain. The temperatures in the plains go up to 32° C, but the high humidity levels make the season seem warmer.
Things to carry:
- If traveling to Kerala during the summers carry light cotton clothes.
- Hats, sunglasses, comfortable walking shoes and sunscreen is a must.
- If visits to temples and religious places are in your agenda do carry appropriate clothing.
- If traveling during the winter carry light winter clothes it tends to get chilly in the nights.
How to get there:
- Buses operated by transport agencies of different states enable travelers to access Kerala with great ease. Karnataka State Road Traffic Corporation operates frequent buses that make the journey during the night. Similar services are available in Tamil Nadu as well.
- Volvo shuttles owned by private organizations are a step ahead as their services are divided in different categories depending upon the luxury and comfort offered.
- If you love the idea of traveling in accordance with your convenience renting a car is a feasible option. The most commonly used highway is NH 47 that leads to Kochi. While driving on the highway, keep your license handy, as you’re likely to come across the state authorities at various check posts.
- Smart drivers will adhere to the prescribed speed limits since routes to Kerala are prone to accidents under heavy traffic situations.
- Kerala has three airports served by international as well as domestic carriers. The largest is the Kochi International Airport that connects several countries in the Middle East and South East Asia to God’s own country- Kerala.
- Thiruvananthapuram Airport comes next in the list. Well linked to most international and national routes, the airport is strategically placed in the capital and a preferred option for those who want complete access to the state’s transit services.
- Kozhikode International Airport is the city’s newest addition to its aviation network served by a few international flights. Carriers serving Kerala’s airports include Air India, Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines, Qatar Airways and Emirates.
- Kerala is well-connected to all major cities of India through an efficient rail network. While there are frequent services from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, distant metropolitans like Delhi and Mumbai have weekly services that provide direct access to various districts of the coastal state.
- Indian Railways has also launched a few deluxe services in the region due to its increasing popularity among the tourists. One such service is the Golden Chariot’s South Indian Rail Tour, a southern odyssey that covers some breathtaking views along the stretches of Western Ghats.