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Why Backpackers Love Monsoons In Kerala
By Ninad Parikh
04 Jul, 2023
If you have looked up places for your next backpacking adventure this monsoon, chances are you have already come across Kerala at the top of the list (and rightfully so). Nestled on the southwestern coast of India, “God’s Own Country” turns into a lush green paradise! While Kerala's beauty shines year-round, there's something truly magical about exploring this tropical heaven, making this the best time to visit Kerala.
Mesmerising Monsoons in Kerala
Rain clouds rolling into the Western Ghats
When the calendar flips to June, Kerala dons its dense green attire in anticipation of the Southwest Monsoon – originating from an intense low-pressure system forming over the Tibetan Plateau and moving in a southwesterly direction and bringing the rains to this part of the country. For four blissful months, starting from June and ending at mid October the rain showers grace the land, transforming the entire state into an oasis of serenity.
Kumarakom receives a heavy shower
The monsoons in Kerala are an experience unlike any other, where raindrops create symphonies on rooftops and dance on the youthful leaves. It's a time when nature comes alive, inviting backpackers, travellers, newlyweds, thrill seekers, and everyone else alike to immerse themselves in its embrace.
Here are some of the must-have monsoon Kerala experiences and places to go.
Monsoons in Kerala’s Lush Green Hill Stations
A stunning orange sunrise over the forests of Munnar
Kerala's monsoon season casts a spell on its hill stations, transforming them into rich green havens that beckon backpackers seeking tranquillity and natural beauty. Munnar, nestled amidst rolling hills and tea plantations, is a popular choice for those yearning to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.
The grand Attukad Waterfalls in the Idukki District of Kerala
You can explore the Munnar tea gardens, where the rain-kissed leaves shimmer in the vibrant green landscape, and savour a cup of freshly brewed tea. You could also trek through the mist-covered trails, witnessing the cascading Attukad Waterfalls. The misty surroundings will transport you to a different realm altogether.
Cormorants resting on branches at the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Other hill stations, such as Wayanad and Thekkady, also don a verdant cloak during the monsoons. Wayanad, with its dense forests, gushing waterfalls, and spice plantations, invites backpackers to embark on adventurous treks, and you can immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. Thekkady, known for its wildlife sanctuary and spice gardens, offers a unique monsoon experience with the scent of wet earth and the thrill of spotting wildlife amidst the rains.
Best Time to Visit the Rain Soaked Backwaters of Kerala
Houseboats resting on Kerala backwaters as the sun begins to set
Alleppey, famously known as the "Venice of the East," is a picturesque labyrinth of backwaters and canals that beg to be explored during the monsoons. You can board traditional houseboats and embark on a tranquil cruise through the backwaters as the raindrops gently hit the water's surface. Kerala has many spots and places to experience the houseboat stay — but the most popular one remains the backwaters of Alleppey.
You can customise the duration of your stay and experience depending on your preferences. The rates could range anything from 3000 INR and can go up to 10,000 INR depending on the type of accommodation you pick.
Houseboats lazing in the backwaters during monsoons in Kerala
While on the boat, one can witness the ethereal beauty of the paddy fields, swaying coconut palms, and quaint villages along the way. As dusk descends, the backwaters also transform into a canvas of hues, painting a landscape that will leave you astonished. Kumarakom and Kuttanad are some of the other must-visit backwater destinations that will transport you to a different world.
Chasing Waterfalls Amidst Verdant Forests During Monsoons in Kerala
The powerful Athirapally Waterfalls, the grandest waterfall in all of Kerala
Kerala boasts a plethora of waterfalls that come to life with renewed vigour during the monsoons. Some of these gems include Athirapally Falls, located in the Thrissur district (often referred to as the “Niagara of South India”) which is a majestic sight to behold as it cascades down in all its splendour.
The three tiered Meenmutty Waterfalls in Wayanad, Kerala
Some of the must visit waterfalls during the monsoons in Kerala are – Lakkam waterfalls, Attukal waterfalls and Nyayamakad waterfalls in and around Munnar or the Areekkal Waterfall, Valanjanganam Waterfalls, Orakkampara Waterfalls and Perunthenaruvi Waterfalls all near Kochi – to witness their beauty. The thick rainforests surrounding these waterfalls become even more vibrant, setting the stage for an amazing adventure for everyone seeking thrills and tranquillity in equal measure.
The Best Time to Enjoy the Vibrant Festivals of Kerala
A vibrant and delicious Onam Sadya platter served traditionally on a banana leaf
Kerala is also renowned for its vibrant festivals, and the monsoon season adds an extra layer of magic to these celebrations. The most prominent festival during this time is Onam, the annual harvest festival of Kerala. Colourful boat races, mesmerising Kathakali performances, and the lip-smacking Onam Sadya, a sumptuous feast served on banana leaves, are part of the festivities that you can immerse yourself in.
A dramatic scene from a local Kathakali performance in Kochi, Kerala
The cities of Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, and Thrissur come alive during this time with cultural events and traditional art forms, offering a unique insight into Kerala's rich heritage and traditions.
Serenity and Wildlife in Kerala During the Monsoon
Lush green view during monsoons from the Silent Valley National Park
Picturesque landscapes, dense forests, and abundant wildlife, is what describes the rain-soaked forests of Silent Valley National Park the best. This is a monsoon paradise waiting to be discovered. You can embark on treks inside the National Park, which is home to some of the rare and endangered animals like the lion-tailed macaque and Nilgiri langur.
The trek difficulty level is easy, charged at 400 INR and is for a distance of 1.5 KM. You can either take a longer route to enjoy all the flora & fauna, or you can trek via the misty monsoon waterfalls found here.
The majestic Agasthyarkoodam Peak located in the Western Ghats
It would be quite an ethereal experience to trek through the Silent Valley National Park. Kerala has many other popular monsoon treks like the Dhoni Hills Trek, Meesapulimala Trek, Agasthyarkoodam Peak Trek and many more just waiting for your arrival!
The north side of the Bekal Beach, near the Bekal Fort in Wayanad
At the same time Kerala offer s you some amazing coastal treats like – The Wayanad beaches, such as Kozhikode and Bekal, offering a serene experience with their untouched beauty and the rhythmic sound of crashing waves. The range of Kerala’s natural beauty is something to wonder about!
Misty, fog covered tea plantations in Munnar after rain showers
You could spend some days strolling through the scenic tea fields of Munnar sprawling over hundreds of acres of land; even a walk here can put your mind at ease! Or looking over the stunning views from the Kolukkumalai peak (the highest tea plantation estate of the world) and mesmerised by the misty-ic sceneries of the valley.
Rain falling over a river in Kerala
Kerala's mon soon season is a true gift from nature and the best time to visit, enticing backpackers with its captivating beauty and immersive experiences. You can plan your stay at The Hosteller in Munnar and Fort Kochi with our special monsoon discount — get up to 51% off on your stays. So, pack your bags, put on your raincoat, and get ready to embark on a journey full of memories that will linger in your heart long after the rain clouds have departed. This is your call to spend your monsoons in Kerala this year!