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Why backpackers love monsoons in Kerala

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 over the Western Ghats 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.

Rain showers in Kumarakom Kerela

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

Munnar sunrise in the monsoons of Kerala

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.

Attukadu waterfalls in Munnar

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 in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

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 in Kerala backwaters during monsoon

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.

Misty Kerala backwaters

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

Athirapally waterfalls during monsoon

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.

Meenmutty waterfalls in Kerala

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

OnamSadya served on a banana leaf

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.

Expressive danceform of Kathakali

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

View from Silent Valley National Park, Kerala

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.

Agasthyarkoodam Peak Kerala

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!

Bekal Beach Wayanad

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!

Monsoon clouds engulfing Munnar tea plantations

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.

Monsoon showers in Kerala

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!


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