Every traveler has his or her own niche, the places they choose to explore depends on what experiences they are seeking. Kerala is a marvelous place for all. If you are a lover of culture and tradition Kerala has heritage and hundreds of years of history to explore, if you love adventure then the wildlife sanctuaries and hill stations offer amazing trekking opportunities and other adventure sports, if you love peace then relaxing at the palm lined beach or sailing through the backwater trails will surely be a thing.
If you are planning to visit Kerala from the ‘City of Pearls’, you should do a little research about when is to visit Kerala from Hyderabad, what are the places you must visit and what are festivals you shouldn’t miss
1.Best time to book Kerala tour packages from Hyderabad
The best time to visit Kerala from Hyderabad would either be winter or summer. Winters in Kerala start from September and stretch till March, it is often considered the best time to visit. Summers in the month of April and May are a little hot but not as scorching as in Hyderabad.
Monsoon hits the coast of Kerala from June and continues till August. The period is also called Ayurvedic season as it is considered as the best time for ayurvedic treatment in Kerala.
2. How to travel to Kerala from Hyderabad
Kerala and Hyderabad are well connected by road, rail, and flight.
Road– The shortest route between the two places will be through NH 44. It will take you through Bangalore in Karnataka and Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. The journey takes approximately 17h 26m. There is good bus connectivity between the two places, it also has around 17h journey time. You can rent a car or hire a taxi for the journey.
Train– The fastest train running between the two places is Hyderabad-Kochuveli Special fare Special(07115) which runs on Saturdays that takes 25h 40m to complete the journey. Another train Sabari Express(17230) 26h to complete the journey runs daily between the two places.
Flight– The most convenient option for traveling between the two places will be via flight. Some of the major airlines like IndiGo, SpiceJet and Air Asia have flights between the two destinations.
3. Things to do in Kerala
Kerala has in store for you a range of various adventures. Here is a list of things you must do and places you must visit in Kerala.
Backwater cruising in a houseboat– Kerala is known as the Backwater Capital of India. Hiring a traditional houseboat and exploring the backwater is a quintessential experience. The houseboats travel each about 40-50 km. A number of resorts and hotels have their own houseboats and offer overnight trips and sunset cruises. The majority of houseboats are hired from Alleppey. There are a number of routes you can take. You can do a round-trip or one way trip from Alleppey-Kottayam or Alleppey-Kuttanad, Alleppey-Kumarakom, Alleppey-Alumkadavu. The prices for overnight hire starts from around Rs. 5,000 without air-conditioning. People pay around Rs. 10,000 or more to hire a deluxe air-conditioned houseboat for two. Prices can go up to Rs. 18,000 or more for a luxury houseboat. One can also hire large family sized houseboats with multiple bedrooms and living rooms.
Village Tour– Besides backwater, hills, rich wildlife, and comfortable beaches, Kerala has tourist villages that are a must for those who want to experience something unconventional. Here you can see nature that is untouched by industrialization. People living in the traditional style of life by making a living out of cultivation and fishing. A visit to these villages introduces us to different shades of the state. You can visit the Kovalam villages famous coir manufacturing, coconut leaf weaving, and fish markets or Wayanad where one can meet oldest tribes or Kumbalangi Integrated Tourism Village in Kochi which allows you to engage with the locals and you can also stay in the home stays in the area by booking accommodations with the homestay operators.
Shikara Ride– Houseboats can prove to be expensive. You can take a tour of the backwater in a Shikara where you can sit in the double-decker boat that costs far less than houseboats. You can sail through the serene palm-fringed backwater trails while admiring scenic beauty and watching the array of birds.
Spice Tour– When vacationing in the ‘Spice Garden of India’ do visit the spice plantations in Munnar, Thekkady, and Wayanad. You can see how the authentic black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, and the exotic vanilla are grown and can even get to taste them.
Visit a coffee plantation– Kerala’s coffee beans are also exquisite. A visit to the coffee plantation in Wayanad can be fascinating as you see the entire coffee making process plucking to getting that perfect brew.
Visit Fort Kochi– The small fishing village of Fort Kochi was the European Township in India. If you love history and architecture then a visit to this place is a must. In monsoon, you can watch the Chinese fishing nets in action which have been in use for years. The best view of the Chinese fishing nets is from Vasco da Gama square. You can see the Dutch influence in the architecture of Mattancherry Palace. Kochi had a large ‘Paradesi’ Jewish population, and you can this heritage in Jew Town, a narrow street between Mattancherry Palace and the Paradesi Synagogue. You must experience the sunset cruise, it is a great way of seeing the Chinese Fishing Nets from the water plus you can also explore the Kochi backwaters. You can browse through the marketplace or visit the famous St. Francis Church built on the burial site of Vasco da Gama.
Kathakali Performance– While in Kerala don’t miss the vibrant state dance of Kerala. Stop by the Kerala Kathakali Center near Santa Cruz Basilica in Fort Kochi and see the Kathakali dance form demonstrated in the traditional style.
Watch Theyyam– A spiritual dance staged in various temples of North Kerala, usually in front of the village shrine. You can watch Theyyam in the districts of Kannur and Kasargod or in Kerala Museum at Kochi. Look up the dates of the events on the Theyyam calendar online so as to plan your visit so that you are able to enjoy the performances.
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary– 16km from Kochi is Thekkady which is endowed with diverse forest cover, fauna, mammals and aquatic life. Riding through the Periyar Jungle will have you have a glimpse of Idukki village, Mullaperiyar Dam and lush green vegetable farms.
Bamboo Rafting– Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary has so much more to offer than wildlife sightings It offers the delightful experience of going bamboo rafting over the Periyar Lake, which is undoubtedly one of the must things to do in Kerala. Those who are looking for offbeat experience should take this ride which takes you through the sanctuary’s wilderness and gives you a chance to have an up-close glimpse of Kerala’s flora and fauna. If you are lucky you can have a glimpse of tigers and elephants at a close distance while riding or trekking.
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)