Kerala monsoon is a good time to visit for a relaxed holiday (June, July and August). Even though it is difficult at times during the monsoon, it is always some of the best time to be under the blanket or just be in the sit out and watch the rains safe. See the rivers overflow, the breezy winds, the frequent power cuts, and the flooded roads. Just like the two sides of the coin, there are both positives and negatives for the monsoon here. The best places to be is not the beaches and the backwaters but the villages and hills of the Western Ghats, where the green becomes greener and the scents of the earth give you a feel of being close to Mother Nature.
To me, Idukki, Wayanad and Plakkad are some of the best places to be during the monsoon. Wayanad and Idukki are part of the Western Ghats, and the paddy fields of the villages of Palakkad give you a Kerala village experience. The moist mist makes you feel cooler and gives your eyes a feel of bliss. When I say Idukki – Munnar would be an exception as Munnar is at times slushy, it would be the places close to forests of Idukki where the experience is richer, places close to Marayoor – Chinnar, Kumily, Vandiperiyar are some of the best places to be during the monsoon. Wayanad and parts of southern Karnataka like kabini and coorg are some good options.
The water falls, mainly the Athirapally waterfalls is the most amazing of the lot in terms of waterfalls in a forest ambience. This is something you should never miss during Kerala monsoon. The Chalakudy river would be in her full throttle making a mighty waterfall showing off her raw power and beauty. The waterfall is at the beginning of the shola evergreen forests of the Western Ghats.
The backwaters are ideal options just to be on a lake side, watching the rain. Cruising in the backwater is not recommended as harsh winds are always potential threats. Kumararkom, Mohama, Ashtamudi, and Vayalar are some options for backwater destinations with good backwater accommodation facilities.
Kerala Monsoon and Ayurveda
Monsoon and Ayurveda are ideal combinations. The pores in our skin open up faster and effectively responds to medicated oil during the monsoon. The feel good factor after therapies and massages are more during the monsoon in a moist cool environment. The mind really goes stress free and you just want to sit back leaving your body relaxed. It gives a healing effect to the mind body and soul along with yoga. In case you are looking for an ayurvedic holiday, always go for a place where there is an in-house doctor. It is always better to have frequent consultation with a doctor during the course of the treatment.
Some of the places I would recommend for dedicated ayurveda holidays would be – The Kalari Kovilakom in Palakkad, Swaswara in Gokarna – Karnataka, Mannas Veedu Homestay at Elandoor, Rajah Island, Chavakkad – Other Ayurvedic beach resorts would be Nattika beach resort, Marari beach resort, Kadapuram beach resort and Betsaida (budget option). Beach holidays are always recommend during non monsoon period – between october and March.
Article written by Benjamin John