An Overview of Monsoons in Kerala and Why You Should Visit Kerala during the Monsoons

During the monsoons in Kerala the crowds are less, the prices are cheaper and you get to see nature in it’s fully glory. It is also the best time for Ayurveda treatments.

It’s June, and the monsoons are here. Most people prefer holidaying during summer or the winter season, and hence monsoons are not the peak tourist season in Kerala. But this can be a boon to the offbeat traveler as the crowds are less, the prices cheaper and you get to see a side of Kerala that is not visible to a typical tourist.

Kerala is a beautiful state blessed with abundant natural beauty. It is said that the best time to visit Kerala is between December to February and this is the time where there is a high inflow of tourists. Nicknamed as ‘God’s own Country’, Kerala is actually the most beautiful place to visit all throughout the year and not just from December to February. It all depends on what you want to see. During the rains, Kerala is pure magic.

Kerala is actually a very rainy state, which no doubt contributes to its lush greenery. Kerala mainly has two rainy seasons- due to the Southwest monsoons and the Northeast monsoons. The Southwest Monsoons arrive in the month of June and is called Edavappathy, as it comes in the middle of the month of Edavam on the Malayalam Calendar. Mid October witnesses the arrival of the Northeast Monsoons. In the Malayalam calendar this month is called Thulam and hence the name Thulavarsham meaning the ‘The Rains in Thulam’.

Rains in Kerala can be unpredictable. Some days it can rain continuously (this happens rarely). But unlike some other places, the monsoons in Kerala do not take the form of incessant rain over days and weeks. Mostly it rains for a few hours with sunny interludes. The temperature ranges from 23 to 29 degrees centigrade.

After the scorching heat of the summer, monsoons in Kerala are a huge respite. As nature recoups with the rains, it is rejuvenation time for humans too. According to Ayurveda, Monsoon is the best season for rejuvenation therapies. Since Kerala is a hub for Ayurveda, if you are serious about getting Ayurvedic treatments for chronic illnesses or even for body relaxation and rejuvenation, monsoons are the best time. During the Monsoon season, the atmosphere remains dust-free and cool, and the moisture in the air opens the pores of the body to the maximum, making it most receptive to herbal oils and Ayurveda therapyAthirappilli in monsoon.

Monsoons in Kerala are also a time to watch nature in its full glory. The lush greenery, the chirping of the birds, the rainbows and raindrops are a treat to the senses. For nature lovers Kerala during the monsoons is nothing short of heaven.

Another advantage of travelling to Kerala during the monsoons is fewer tourists. During the peak seasons, Kerala’s hill stations and beaches are swarming with tourists and the vibe can be a bit commercial. During the monsoons in Kerala you can enjoy the pristine beauty minus the crowds. Since it is ‘off season’, the hotels reduce their rates by almost half to lure tourists to come to the state during the monsoons. Not just that, you will also get to save on air tickets and transportation vehicles.