What is the first place that comes into your head when you think of swaying palm trees and peaceful backwater? Kerala is a land worth exploring. It offers an entire array of experiences from trekking to boating to nature walks. Beaches, hill stations, wildlife sanctuaries, ayurvedic retreats, yoga centers, spices and coffee plantations, ‘God’s Own Country’ has it all. People from Mysore either wishing for a beach vacation or a peaceful break choose to visit Kerala.
Kerala can be enjoyed in all seasons as each season in Kerala has its own perks. What experiences are you seeking becomes the deciding factor of when to visit Kerala, how to visit Kerala and there is an entire array of experiences you shouldn’t miss when in Kerala.
1. Best time to book Kerala tour packages from Mysore
Kerala has tourists all year round. Peak Season which starts from September and stretches till March is the major tourist season and is often considered as the best time to visit Kerala. People from Mysore who wish to visit Kerala to enjoy its beaches should visit in this season. People who love a little chill and a bit of dampness will surely enjoy Kerala in this period. The dim mountains and foggy tea plants in Munnar or Thekkady are a sight to behold.
The other two seasons are Off Season in April and May and Monsoon Season which is also called Ayurvedic Season stretches from June to August.
2. How to travel to Kerala from Mysore
You can reach Kerala from Mysore either via flight, train or by road.
Flight- There are no direct flights from Mysore to Kerala. You would have to take a flight to Chennai or reach Bangalore first and then travel to Kerala from theirs.
Train– The fastest train between Mysore Junction to Kannur is Kannur Express (16517). It runs on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday and takes 12h to reach Kannur.
Road– The distance between Mysore and Kerala by road is 195km. You can either cover it by bus or you can have a road trip in your personal or hired vehicle. A number of Volvo A/C Seater or Semi sleeper buses operate from the Mysore Bus stand. The journey takes 5-6h and the fare starts from around Rs. 379-399.
If you are taking your own vehicle or hiring a taxi you can travel to Wayanad or Kannur which is approximately 131km and 179km away. Road trips are an ideal way of traveling between the two destinations as the route is dotted with scenic beauty.
3. Things to do in Kerala-
Here is a list of few things you must try when in Kerala.
Houseboat Stay– The backwater trails in Kerala is a major tourist attraction and when in Kerala one must never forget to enjoy the peaceful ambiance of the backwater lined with beautiful palm trees. The best way to explore Kerala backwaters is by renting a houseboat. Alleppey, Kollam, Kumarakom, Kuttanad, and Kasaragod offers houseboat rides where you can relax in the comfortable boat enjoying the surrounding scenery as you are served freshly cooked Keralan meals.
Shikara Ride– Another way of exploring the peaceful backwater in Kerala is the Shikara ride. Without the expenses of the houseboat, these double-decker boats offer a 3-4 hour ride where you can see the beautiful birds and the village life on the shore amidst admiring the scenic beauty around you.
Village Tour– Kerala’s backwater is dotted with beautiful villages. If you wish to experience the true essence of Kerala, a visit to its villages is a must. Kumbalangi Integrated Tourism Village in Kochi offers village tours where you can witness the village life, see the paddy fields and interact with locals who make their living off of agriculture and fishing.
Visit a spice plantation or garden– Among other things Kerala is also known for its spices. A visit to the spice plantation is hence a must. You can visit the spice fields in Munnar, Thekkady or Wayanad.
Take a Tea tour– Tea production is big business in Kerala. Munnar and Wayanad house some of the top tea plantations in India. You can book resorts or treehouse can enjoy daily hikes topped with tea tasting.
Visit Fort Kochi– Known as the ‘Gateway to Kerala’, Kochi is adorned with eclectic architecture. Fort Kochi is a charming seaside area in Kochi that has Dutch, Portuguese, and British colonial influenced architecture and houses St. Francis Church on the burial site of explorer Vasco da Gama, chic cafes, local markets and offers beautiful sites of Chinese fishing nets. A visit to Fort Kochi is a must when in Kerala.
Beach Tours– Kerala has a 600km long coastline. You can visit Varkala beach, the water springs and the beach water has therapeutic and healing properties. You can visit Kovalam in Thiruvananthapuram and Marari beach in Alappuzha among others.
Bamboo Rafting– Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary offers the delightful experience of going bamboo rafting on the lake Periyar, which is undoubtedly an experience which shouldn’t be missed.
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)