Kerala with its high mountains, deep-cut valleys, lush green rainforests, and scenic backwater seems like a neatly painted picture. Its pride lies in its gorgeous palm-lined beaches, enchanting hill stations, breathtaking waterfalls and rivers, amazing scenic beauty and its famous Ayurvedic treatments. Kerala’s authentic cuisine with its tantalizing flavors and intoxicating aroma will keep you craving for more and is another major tourist attraction.
If you haven’t explored this land of heaven yet then do so now. Read below to know when is the best time to visit Kerala and which are the things and places you shouldn’t miss when in Kerala.
1.Best time to book Kerala Tour Packages from Lakshadweep
Kerala, just like Lakshadweep is blessed with lush-green lands and natural beauty. But, what you miss in Lakshadweep is mountains and hill stations, which is what most people from Lakshadweep seek to explore when they visit. The best to be in the hills and explore the mountains of Kerala would be in the winters.
Kerala has three distinct tourists season- Peak season from September to March, Off Season in April and May, and Monsoon Season also called the Ayurvedic Season from June to August. Winter months in Kerala are characterized by an outburst of tourists. While traveling to Kerala in the winter months it’s also advisable to book the travel and accommodations in advance.
2.How to travel to Kerala from Lakshadweep
You can reach Kerala from Lakshadweep either via flight or via ship.
Flight– Lakshadweep has only one airport Agatti Aerodrome in Agatti Island. Alliance Air, a subsidiary of the state-owned carrier connects Lakshadweed to Kochi. Others islands in Lakshadweep are connected via helicopters to the mainland.
Ships– About six ships connect Lakshadweep to Kochi and Calicut. Namely, MV Kavaratti, MV Amindivi, MV Minicoy, MV Arabian Sea, MV Lakshadweep Sea, and MV Bharath Seema.
3. Things to do in Kerala
Here is a list of must do things and places you shouldn’t miss in Kerala.
Backwater cruising in houseboats– In the Backwater Capital of India, hiring a traditional houseboat and exploring the backwater is the most sought after experience. A large number of resorts and hotels have their own houseboats offering overnight trips and sunset cruises. The houseboats travel each day at about 40-50 km. The majority of houseboats are hired from Alleppey. You can either do a round-trip or one way trip on a number of routes like Alleppey-Kottayam or Alleppey-Kuttanad, Alleppey-Kumarakom, Alleppey-Alumkadavu. The prices for overnight hire starts are about Rs. 5,000 without air-conditioning and Rs. 10,000 or more for a deluxe air-conditioned houseboat for two. Prices can go up to Rs. 18,000 and more for a luxury houseboat for a large family sized houseboat with multiple bedrooms. You can experience this in Alleppey, Kollam, Kumarakom, Kuttanad, and Kasaragod.
Village Tour– Kerala’s tourist villages are a must for all the off-beat travelers. Here you can witness nature untouched by industrialization. People living in the village follow a traditional style of life making a living out of cultivation and fishing. One can visit either 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 where you can engage with the locals and experience the village life by staying in the home stays in the area by booking accommodations with the homestay operators.
Shikara Ride– Besides houseboats which can prove to be a little over budget, you can take a tour of the backwater in a Shikara. In this double-decker boat, you can sit and sail through the serene palm-fringed backwater trails while admiring scenic beauty and watching the array of birds.
Spice Tour– A visit to the spice plantations in Munnar, Thekkady, and Wayanad is definitely something you should try. Here you can see how the authentic black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, and the exotic vanilla are grown and may even get to taste them. Visit a coffee plantation- A visit to the coffee plantation in Wayanad is fascinating and a must if you are a coffee lover. Here you see the entire coffee making process plucking to getting that perfect brew.
Visit to Fort Kochi– Fort Kochi was the place of European Township in India. History lovers will enjoy the essence of History and architecture in this place. In the month of monsoon, you can watch the Chinese fishing nets in action, the best view of this will be from Vasco da Gama square. One can see the Dutch influence in the architecture of Mattancherry Palace and the Jewish heritage in Jew Town, a narrow street between Mattancherry Palace and the Paradesi Synagogue. One mustn’t miss the sunset cruise. There is a lot do in Fort Kochi from browsing through the marketplace to visiting the famous St. Francis Church built on the burial site of Vasco da Gama.
Kathakali Performance– Kathakali is Kerala’s famous state dance and while in Kerala one must not miss seeing the vibrant state dance. Stop by the Kerala Kathakali Center near Santa Cruz Basilica in Fort Kochi and you can see the Kathakali dance form demonstrated in its real essence.
Watch Theyyam– The spiritual dance of Theyyam is staged usually in front of the village shrine in various temples of North Kerala. You can visit the districts of Kannur and Kasargod or Kerala Museum at Kochi to see this dance in action. But, do not forget to look up the dates of the events on the Theyyam calendar online.
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary– 16km from Kochi, Thekkady is blessed with diverse forest cover, fauna, mammals and aquatic life. Riding through the Periyar Jungle is a wonderful experience. Here you can have a glimpse of Idukki village, Mullaperiyar Dam and lush green vegetable farms.
Bamboo Rafting– Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is so much more than just wildlife sightings. It offers bamboo rafting over the Periyar Lake which is a delightful experience. The ride takes you through the sanctuary’s wilderness and you can have an up-close view of Kerala’s flora and fauna and the amazing wildlife.
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)