The various temples and cultural centers, the beautiful slopes and clean beaches, swaying palm trees and serene backwaters, make Kerala a cultural and picturesque setting. A perfect getaway from the city life, Kerala offers the perfect blend of peace, adventures, and fun. Situated on the Malabar Coast, the tropical state is a popular tourist destination with a wide range of activities to indulge in.
Kerala has three distinct tourist seasons- Peak Season which stretches from September to March, Off Season in the months of April and May, and Monsoon Season in the months from June to August. What you seek from your vacation in Kerala is often the deciding factor for when you should visit Kerala. If you are planning a vacation in Kerala, read on to know when is the best time to visit Kerala and what things you shouldn’t miss once in Kerala.
1.Best time to book Kerala tour packages from Bangalore
The IT Capital of the country is blessed with pleasant climate throughout the year. Hence, when visiting Kerala from Bangalore you might want to do so in the winter months which is also the peak tourist season. The climate of Kerala is pleasant and a number of festivals and events take place in Kerala during this season.
People from Bangalore can also visit Kerala in the Monsoon season, in the month of June when the monsoon had only hit the coast might be an ideal time to visit as the rain showers aren’t heavy then and the natural greenery of Kerala is at its peak. The period is also considered ideal for ayurvedic treatments.
2. How to travel to Kerala from Bangalore
The distance between Bangalore city and Kerala is not too much one can either book a flight from Bangalore to Kochi which will take only 1h or board a train to Kerala which will take about 9-10h.
Road– By road, Bangalore is approximately 462.1km away from Kerala. You can travel the distance in your own care or take a bus journey or can even book a cab. The shortest route is via NH44 and NH544 which takes approximately 9h. Car journeys can be a bit hectic and you will have to bear the fuel expenses besides toll taxes. A/C Sleeper and Semi A/C Sleeper buses are available for the journey.
Train– There are a number of trains available for Kerala from Bangalore. The fastest being Banaswadi-Kochuveli Humsafar Express(16320) which runs on Fridays and Sundays. The train takes 9h 28m for the entire journey but the train has no pantry car. The other train that runs between the two destinations is Yesvantpur-Kochuveli AC SF Express which takes 11h for the journey.
Flight– If you want to save your travel time and enjoy more in your destination, you can board a flight from Bangalore to Kochi or Trivandrum. It would take 1h-1h 30m to reach Kerala from Bangalore. A number of flights operate between the two destinations.
3. Things to do in Kerala-
Kerala is an ideal place to relax but if you get bored of beachside slumbers, there is a wide variety of activities to indulge in.
Houseboat and Backwater cruising– Think of swaying palm trees, tranquil water and peaceful atmosphere and you are transported to Kerala’s beautiful backwater trails. The best way to explore the peaceful trails is on a houseboat. It provides you comfort as you sail through the intertwined network of backwaters admiring the scenic beauty, observing the village lives on shores and not to forget they serve you with delicious Keralan meals. You can book houseboats in Alleppey, Kollam, Kumarakom, Kuttanad, and Kasaragod.
Village Visit– The essence of Kerala can truly be enjoyed if you indulge yourself in the authentic everyday life of the locals. Kumbalangi Integrated Tourism Village provides you with such an opportunity. In the city of Kochi, this model fishery and tourism village allow tourists to explore local cultivations and interact with the villagers who make their living out of fishing and cultivation. The beautiful village surrounded by backwater, Chinese fishing nets, and rich aquatic life has become a famous tourist spot over the years.
Shikara Ride– Houseboats can be a bit expensive. Another way of exploring the beauty of Kerala’s backwater is on a Shikara. This double-decker boat costs much less than houseboats, and you can relax on the boat as you observe the birdlife and the beautiful scenery surrounding you. If you love nature and birdwatching, this is an experience you shouldn’t miss.
Treehouse Stay– If you wish to get closer to nature, you can stay at a treehouse in Wayanad, Munnar, Athirapally, or Thekkady. A lot of resorts have treehouses and you can indulge in activities like nature walks, mountain biking, rappelling among others.
Spice Tour– There is a reason Kerala is called the ‘Spice Garden of India’ and you should explore the reason when in the state. You can visit Munnar, Thekkady or Wayanad. These places besides being the home to some exquisite scenic beauty also have spice plantations. You can taste some freshly grown authentic black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, and the exotic vanilla and can explore farms on nature walks.
Visit a coffee plantation– If you are a coffee lover then you should visit the coffee plantations in Wayanad and learn about the coffee making process from plucking the coffee beans to how to get that perfect brew in your cup of joy.
Fort Kochi– This place in Kerala can help you set some serious Instagram goals. Stepping foot in Fort Kochi in Ernakulam will transport to a different time period. Walking through the K.J Herschel road you can see Fort Immanuel, a former Portuguese bastion, and have a view of the Thakkur house built in typical colonial-era style, or visit David hall or St. Francis Church and the famous Vasco house. Fort Kochi is a must visit if you are a lover of history and architecture.
Kathakali Performance– Kerala is a land rich in culture and you mustn’t leave Kerala prior to having seen its vibrant state dance. Near Santa Cruz Basilica in Fort Kochi is the Kerala Kathakali Center, here you can be an audience to the colorful and full of expression Kathakali performance. The storytelling dance is famous all across the country and even abroad and people from various parts flock to the place to watch it in its authentic form.
4. Festivals to look forward to
Cultural fiesta in Kerala continue for the whole year, here is a list of festivals you can choose to attend.
Cochin Carnival (December-1st January)
Kumarakom Boat Race (September-October)
Aranmula Boat Race and Attachamayam( August-September)