The most beautiful places in India that can be visited at any time of the year is “God’s own country”: Kerala. However, it’s also believed that December to February is the best months to visit. That may be so, but monsoon too creates magic in Kerala! The state experiences two rainy seasons: the first starts in June and the second in mid-October and finally ends around mid-November. Here, the pattern followed by rains is that it rains for few hours followed by golden interludes of soft sunshine through the wet palm fronds. Feel the awe of the lush greenery and culture that comes alive during the monsoons. Hence, the monsoon is one of the best periods for an escape to Kerala. Check out some awesome reasons and places to visit in Kerala in the monsoon.
THE ONAM FESTIVAL
Onam is the most popular festival in Kerala and is celebrated with great pomp and show. It is believed to be the national festival of Kerala which lasts for ten days. Experience the rich cultural heritage of Kerala through folk dances like Kathakali and Kaikottikali– the clap dance.
Vallamkali Boat Race popularly known as the snake boat race is one of the most entertaining events of the Onam festival held in Thiruvananthapuram.
Pookkalam: It refers to making designs with different types of flowers in the front gate of the house.
Onasadya: It is a nine-course meal having at least four to five vegetables. The meal is served on a banana leaf.
Just like ‘The God’s own country’, Kerala is also known as the ‘Home of Ayurveda’, where you can undergo treatments to rejuvenate your body and mind. Legends hold the view that the best time to undergo Kerala Massage and Ayurvedic treatment is during the monsoons. The weather is perfect for its moist, cool and dust-free thus opening up the pores of our skin, making the therapy more effective.
WATERFALLS, FLORA N FAUNA
There is no better season other than monsoons to witness the waterfalls in their full glory. The beauty of the gorgeous waterfalls and its surroundings is so very mesmerizing that one can spend the whole day or say hours soaking in the elegant views. Are you the lover of nature who can appreciate its beauty? Then make way to Kerala as its rich flora and fauna, the spice and tea plantations and species of birds will offer you the experience of the lifetime.
Kerala is home to an array of some of the most enthralling beaches across the world that are surrounded by picturesque views, natural harbours, lovely palm trees along with clear blue skies. While sipping the refreshing coconut juice, you can relax on rich white and golden sands. One can also try their hand in water sports activities like swimming, boating, parasailing, and diving. Irrespective of the fact what your mood is, the beaches of Kerala guaranteed will make your mood fresh and will offer you one of a kind experience.
THE BACKWATER CRUISE
The break to Kerala isn’t complete without riding the fascinating houseboats on the backwaters of Kerala. Alleppey and Kumarakom– the ultimate popular backwaters destinations lures a large number of avid explorers. The Riding or floating on the backwaters of Kerala will offer you an amazing experience as while you will pass through green scenery, wavering palm trees and rich green rice fields. The rain simply adds to the beauty to the greenery thereby making it all picture perfect!
CHINESE FISHING NETS
The huge cantilevered Chinese fishing nets that droop towards the waters like over-sized hammocks have become a hallmark that represents Fort Kochi on the tourist map. Once just a fishing accessory, it is a now a big bait for tourists. For the best view of the nets, head to the Vasco da Gama Square, the narrow walkway that runs along the Fort Kochi beach.
Kerala is famous across the world for its spicy and hot cuisine. If any of your peer/relative in the past has happened to visit this side of the country, they will or must have shared with you what’s so special about the cuisines here. The generally hot cuisine comes along with plenty of fresh vegetables and locally-grown aromatic spices that ought not to be missed.
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