Renowned for its scenic beauty, bright culture, adventurous slopes, and mouth-watering cuisine, Kerala is one of the most desired places to visit. Plenty of interesting places in Kerala are major tourist attractions and due to its close proximity number of people from Chennai wishes to vacation in Kerala.
According to Hindu mythology, Kerala was created by the Lord himself for his devotees to live peacefully, and peace is what Kerala offers. Respite is what people seek when they visit ‘God’s Own Country’ from Chennai, but besides peace, Kerala is a land worth exploring full of adventures worth experiencing.
1.Best time to book Kerala tour packages from Chennai
Kerala has three tourist seasons- Peak Season in winter from September to March, Off Season in summer from April to May and Monsoon season also known as the Ayurvedic season from June to August. Kerala has its charm in all three seasons but if traveling from Ahmedabad you would want to do it in the summer season or in the monsoon season, especially from May or June. The summer in the coastal land is different from that in Ahmedabad. The crowd is less and in June the monsoon has only hit the coast. The hotel prices go down and the bright green color of Kerala in monsoon makes it shine like an emerald. You can visit the hill stations to relax or to explore. If you wish to enjoy the beaches then you would probably want to visit in September to December. Winter in Kerala is cozy and comfortable and is the best time for sightseeing.Kerala is known to have three tourists season. Peak Season which stretches from September to March, Kerala sees a major outburst of tourists during this season. The other two seasons are the Off Season in the months of April and May and the Monsoon or Ayurvedic Season which starts in June and lasts till August.
People from Chennai often wish to visit Kerala during summer season or in the monsoon season. Especially from May to July, as though the climate is bit hot in Kerala in these months it’s not as in Chennai. Further it’s the perfect time for embarking on beautiful nature walks, or a visit to exquisite hill stations such as Munnar, Thekkady, Idukki. In the monsoon months the natural beauty of Kerala is at its peak making it seem like a vast stretch of never ending green canvas.
2. How to travel to Kerala from Chennai
You can reach Kerala from Chennai either in a car, train or flight.
Car- A road trip with family or friends can be embarked on from Chennai to Kerala. There are three to four routes, the fastest is via Chennai-Villupuram-Trichy- Kanyakumari Road and NH544. It is 603km and takes approximately 11 hours to cover. Road trips from Chennai to Kerala are ideal ways of traveling between the two places.
Train– There is 1 Rajasthani, 4 Mail or Express trains and 9 superfast trains running between the two places.The fastest trains is the MGR Chennai Central-Thiruvananthapuram Central Super AC Express (22207) which takes 14 hours and 50m.
Flight– The flight is the fastest means of transportation between the two places and takes 1h and 15m. If you wish to travel via plane be sure to book the flights in advance to book it at the lowest available prices.
3. Things to do in Kerala-
From beaches to hills, Kerala is heaven for adventure seekers and the most sought after place for peace lovers. Here is a list of things you shouldn’t miss when in Kerala.
Cruising in Backwater in Houseboats– Kerala has a vast intertwined network of serene backwater that should be explored while in Kerala. You can book a houseboat in Alleppey and sit while you sail through the palm-fringed waters and watch the exotic birdlife. Other places that offer this beautiful experience are Kollam, Kumarakom, Kuttanad, and Kasaragod.
Visit a tea plantation– The verdant landscape in Munnar are famous for its tea plantation. You can taste some of the freshest tea here. A range of tours are organized for tourists to explore this beautiful place.
Visit a spice plantation– Besides its scenic beauty, Kerala is also famous for its amazing space. You cannot be in Kerala and not take a stroll through the spice plantation in Periyar.
Hiking- Kerala is one of the most loved places for travel junkies. Besides being famous for its tea plantations Munnar also offers several treks and hiking experiences like the Idukki Forest Walk and Kannan Devan Hill trails.
Hit the Beaches– Beaches in Kerala are a major tourist attraction. Kerala has a 600km of Arabian Sea shoreline and a number of beaches that offer both parties and a peaceful atmosphere.
Jungle Safari– When in Kerala, jungle walks are an unmissable activity. Located in the heart of Western Ghats Periyar is the home of a wonderful wildlife sanctuary.
Village Visit– While cruising through the backwaters in Kerala, you might want to take some time and visit the local villages on the shores. If it is in your luck, you might get a taste of some local food.
Fort Kochi– Kerala is not all about hills and beaches, it has so much more to offer. Fort Kochi is part of a few water-bound regions in the south-west of Kochi. It has a few shades of history in the form of its Dutch, Portuguese, and British colonial architecture. You can catch a glimpse of the bamboo fishing nets and visit the famous St. Francis Church builds on the burial site of Vasco da Gama.
Kathakali Performance– You cannot visit Kerala and not witness the vibrant, colorful and full of expressions state dance. You can stop by the Kerala Kathakali Centre and enjoy a magnificent performance.
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)