5 reasons Kerala will grab your attention
Kerala is one of the most beautiful places to visit at any time of the year. It is believed that December to February is the best months to visit. That may be so, but also know that monsoon creates magic in Kerala.
With lush greenery gracing its backwaters and hills, cloudy sunsets, cool breeze and an array of festivals, Kerala becomes a must-visit monsoon destination in India. Sporadic showers heighten the romance of the season, making it all the more cheerful and pretty. Though monsoons might not be the best time to hit the beaches in Kerala, here are a few reasons why you must not miss visiting this beautiful Indian state in monsoons.
1. Onam Festivities
To be in Kerala during the Onam festival is a delight. The harvest festival is one of the most important in Kerala. You will be able to savour the rich cultural heritage through folk dances like Kathakali and Mohini Attam, the world’s oldest martial arts form – Kalaripayattu, decorated elephants, flowers, traditional games and elaborate feasts. Festivities carry on for about 10 days, culminating with Thiru Onam.
The famous Snake Boat Race, Vallamkali, on the river Pampa is also part of the festivities. Spectators, cheering and thronging by the banks is a common sight during such animated races.
2. Ayurvedic Retreat
Besides the verdant greens, some make up their minds and come for the soothing and relaxing body massages along with Ayurvedic treatments. The weather is perfect – moist, cool and dust-free, opening up the pores of the skin, allowing toxins to release making the therapy more effective. The post-treatment period is also crucial for the body so the cool salubrious monsoon weather allows you to cool down as your body recuperates in bliss. From Ayurvedic resorts and wellness centres to five-star hotels and even an Ayurvedic houseboat; the options are aplenty in Kerala.
3. Nature’s splendour
An idyllic spot to enjoy the magic of the monsoons, Mattupetty is a hill station perched in the Idukki hills best known for the dam and beautiful lake. Live in the moment with the cascading waterfalls or stay indoors and watch the mist-laden hills while the rains pour down.
What better season than the monsoons to see the waterfalls in full glory. One can easily spend hours gazing at the beauty of the gorgeous waterfalls and soaking in the surrounding beauty. A little away from Kochi Athirapally, Vazhachal, Thommankuth is an adventure you must not miss.
4. Relaxing on the Backwaters
A short break to Kerala isn’t complete without riding the backwaters. Hire a traditional houseboat and cruise down the 900 km stretch of backwaters. Onboard enjoy the authentic South Indian cuisine and relax while you explore the aquatic life, spot otters, turtles, crabs and colourful birds. The rain just adds to the beauty with fresh greenery all around making it picture perfect!
5. ‘Off-season’ offers
During peak season, the beaches and hill stations of Kerala are swarming with tourists. That's why it is recommended you admire the real beauty of the destination during the off-season when you can enjoy the pristine beauty minus the rush. Hotels reduce their rates by almost half to lure tourists and not just that, you will also get to save on air tickets and transportation vehicles.
A typical day would have a few hours of showers followed by golden interludes of soft sunshine through the wet palm fronds. You can bask in the occasional sunlight or enjoy the cool of the monsoons here in Kerala. – Compiled