So, if you are planning to visit Kerala in this monsoon, here are some of the best destinations to include in your itinerary.
1. The boats on Lake Ashtamudi
Home to 34 lakes, Kerala is an ideal location for those who love to sail through the waters. The serene lakes are best visited during the monsoon season, providing the best view and experience.
Ashtamudi, the second largest lake in the state, is home to about 100 species of fish and more than 60 species of birds. Here, you can go on a houseboat cruise, which allows one to view the scenic landscape and coconut trees that dot the banks of the river.
One can also enjoy delicious and authentic Kerala food, with fresh fish served on the barges
Distance from Thiruvananthapuram: 80 km
Distance from Kochi: 128 km
2. Visit the cliff beach in Varkala
Kerala has a long coastline of 589 km, so it teems with stunning beaches. Among these, Varkala Beach, also known as Papanasam Beach, is the only one in the state with a beautiful cliff overlooking it.
Located on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram district, Varkala is one of the most sought-after destinations. The red stone cliff is located about 80 feet above sea level and offers a stunning view of the golden sand beach. The 2,000-year-old Janardhanaswamy temple is located near the cliff.
There are also many clifftop malls, restaurants, and cafés, which offer great food ranging from local seafood to international cuisine. The beach is clean and perfect for sunbathing. Also, the sunset from the cliff is something you shouldn’t miss.
Other than the beach, Varkala is also a popular pilgrimage destination with Sivagiri Mutt, founded by the great religious reformer and philosopher Sree Narayana Guru, located about 5 km from the beach.
Distance from Thiruvananthapuram: 43 km
Distance from Kochi: 159 km
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3. Wayanad Falls
Located on the southern tip of the Deccan Plateau and in the northeastern part of Kerala, Wayanad is often referred to as ‘green paradise’. Nestled among the majestic ridges of the Western Ghats, the hill station is known for its outstanding natural beauty and lush greenery.
With wild forests, green meadows, misty hills, valleys, and natural springs, Wayanad looks its best during the rains, especially with the gorgeous waterfalls scattered throughout the region.
The most famous of them are Sochipara Falls, Menmotti Falls, Kanthanpara, Chithalayam, Kadachikonu, Balchuram and Thucharagiri Falls.
Distance from Kozhikode: 85 km
Distance from Kochi: 259 km
4. The lush hinterland of Alleppey
Alleppey, also known as the “Venice of the East”, is one of the most popular destinations in Kerala. With its lush green landscapes, pristine rivers and beautiful freshwater lakes, it is truly the epitome of natural beauty.
When it comes to Alleppey, the region’s quiet hinterland steals the spotlight. It’s perfect for nature lovers, photographers and wildlife lovers, or just for those looking for a quiet getaway away from the hustle and bustle of urban life.
Choose a houseboat if you visit here during the monsoon season, and enjoy the lush coconut groves, golden rice fields, Chinese fishing nets, and the small villages that line the banks of the hinterland. One can also see and experience the village life, visit the local shops, and taste the local food.
Distance from Thiruvananthapuram: 148 km
Distance from Kochi: 53 km
5. Treehouses in Thekkady
Thekkady Hill Station is located at an altitude of 700 meters above sea level, in Idukki district, Kerala state. Nestled among the lush green forests of the Western Ghats, it is an ideal destination for people who love nature, wildlife and adventure.
The main points here are Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary. Taking a cruise through Periyar Lake will allow one to not only witness the scenic beauty of the area, but also get glimpses of the rare wildlife on the banks of the lake.
More than 60 species of animals can be spotted such as the Asian elephant, tiger, Indian bison, sambar deer, Indian wild dog, tiger, etc. Over 200 species of birds can be found in the national reserve, including the gray Malabar hornbill, Indian hornbill, and the white treepie.
Hence it is famous for tree houses. Stay in one, such as the Vanya Tree House, to watch the many wild animals roaming in their natural habitat.
Distance from Thiruvananthapuram: 202 km
Distance from Kochi: 155 km
6. Tea in the clouds in Munnar
Munnar is a heavenly hill station, loved by tourists for its trekking trails, vast tea gardens, pristine forests, rolling hills, waterfalls, and abundant natural beauty. The area looks very beautiful during the monsoons, as the rain enhances the greenery that surrounds the entire area.
Once the summer resort of the British government, the hill station was also known as Neelakurinji, a rare plant that blooms only once every twelve years. Echo Point, Attukad Waterfalls, Tata Tea Museum, Eravikulam National Park, Mattupetty Dam etc. are some of the highlights in and around Munnar.
Sprawling and gorgeous tea plantations are a must-visit, where travelers can enjoy a steaming cup of tea and admire the misty sky above and the green paradise below.
Distance from Thiruvananthapuram: 277 km
Distance from Kochi: 131 km
7. Snakeboat Racing in Champakulam
regattas, or Valmakali, It has always been a part of Kerala traditions. These events, which take place in different parts of the state each year, are large and all related to the celebration of togetherness.
Snake Regatta is one of the most popular races and involves a traditional style longboat of up to 100 meters in length, known as shundan valam.
Meanwhile, the Champakulam Regatta, which takes place in the Pampa River, marks the start of the regatta season each year. Robbers sing Vanchipattu Or boat hymns, while rowing decorative boats. Watching the boats charging to the finish line and the cheering crowd on the banks is an amazing experience.
Some of the other famous boat races in Kerala include Nehru Trophy Boat Race, Aranmula Boat Race, Payippad Boat Race, Thazhathangadi Boat Race, President’s Trophy Boat Race, and Uthradam Thirunal Pamba Boat Race.
Distance from Thiruvananthapuram: 140 km
Distance from Kochi: 68 km
8. Malabar River Festival in Kozhikode
The Malabar River Festival, organized by the Kerala Adventure Tourism Promotion Association, the Local Tourism Promotion Council, and the Gramma Panchayats of Kodancherry and Tiruvambadi, will host an international kayaking competition.
The festival has been canceled for the past two years due to restrictions caused by the pandemic. But this year, the eighth edition of the festival is scheduled to resume from August 12-14. Kayakers from 20 different countries are expected to roam the waters of Iruvazhinji puzha and Chalipuzha in Kozhikode.
Those who do not participate in the competition can also witness the adventurous event from the scenic location near the beautiful Sucharagiri Falls.
Distance from Thiruvananthapuram: 414 km
Distance from Kochi: 221 km
Image source: Mahesh (@soulandfuel on Instagram)
Edited by Divya Sethu