Kerala is a beautiful state, located on the Southern tip of the Indian Sub-continent. The state is so beautiful and serene that it has lot of visitor coming in every year. Unlike most Indian states, Kerala is very green in terrain and has a long coastline, a stretch of the Western Ghats that gave rise to popular hill stations, tea and spice gardens. There is a great network of canals, lagoons and backwaters located at different parts of the state.
What people generally get stuck while planning a holiday to Kerala is the question “When is the best time to visit Kerala.”? The popular tourist season in Kerala is from September till March.
The below table give you a general idea about the seasons in Kerala.
|June to August||Monsoon|
|September to February||Spring / Winter|
|March to May||Summer|
The above is just a guideline, different years we have had different climatic conditions here, probably part of the global warming which is of great concern for all of us.
If you can travel any time of the year and you are on a budget, I suggest to travel during the month of August / September. You get hotel bookings at slashed rates and have a glance of popular festivals like Onam and Snake Boat Races.
Monsoon in Kerala is very much torrential. The South West monsoon is what we consider as the real monsoon. The rains are real powerful and awesome. It’s the perfect time to be under the blankets. If you are coming down to relax, the monsoon is the best time you can be here. Ayurveda physicians say, Monsoons is the best time for Ayurveda rejuvenation programs as the pore on the body open up and the medicated oils respond more during the monsoon. Many tourists from the Middle East countries come in to enjoy the rains in Kerala. This is when the green becomes greener, the hill stations would be mistier and cold, the backwaters would be chilling and the beaches would be harsh. The best place to be during monsoons is the backwaters. Hotel rates are slashed during the monsoon as there are relatively less people visiting Kerala and probably the slashed prices (20% to 50% discouts) attract a lot of people to visit during the monsoon.
Spring and winter (September to March)
This is what we generally call the tourist season, since September fall during the transition from monsoon to winter, September technically falls on the lean season for hotels, which means the prices would be still slashed at the same time you have a wonderful weather. From October till March is winter, the temperature ranges from 18 to 30 degree Celsius. Generally, this is considered to be the best time to visit Kerala, still you can expect rains during October and November as part of the North East Monsoon. The accommodation prices would be generally high during this period. From the mid of December till the first week of January, the prices would be soaring high being part of the holiday season. In general from October till Feb you can expect to be a dry winter and nights are really cold. By mid to end of March the humid summer begins.
April and May are the summer months for us, it is very much humid and you sweat a lot during the day. It becomes so sticky you can’t sleep without a shower. 😐 Schools are offered holidays for two months and the temperature can go up to 35 degree Celsius in general, at some places in Kerala like Palakkad, the temperature may rise up to 40 – 42 degree Celsius. Palakkad is the heat point where the temperatures rise to the maximum. You can expect slight summer showers. Most hotels start slashing prices during the summer, however the resorts in the hill station like Munnar will still have the winter tariff and rooms are mostly full as domestic tourists come to Munnar to escape the heat in the plains.