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Best Time To Visit Kerala Backwaters


Holding the epithet of ‘God’s Own Country’, Kerala enjoys a worldwide repute. But as enchanting as the state itself are the Kerala backwaters. Every year several visitors plan their holidays considering the best time to visit Kerala backwaters to cherish a delightful experience. Although the state has become an all year round destination, yet every season comes with something special.

The tranquil stretches of lakes, lagoons and canals nestled parallel to the coast of Arabian Sea look simply astounding. Marveling at the exotic wildlife scenic landscape, villages and houses that adorn the backwaters of Kerala is a lifetime experience. Add to it, the feeling one gets while soaking in the comforts of traditional houseboats also known as kettuvallams. Read on to learn more.

Summer (March-May)

Kerala becomes very hot and humid from March to May. Nevertheless, this the ideal season to sail across the Alleppey backwaters in your houseboat. However, you want to avoid scorching heat, hire an air-conditioned houseboat during these months. To make the experience more enjoyable, you can step out to enjoy all the water sports at this time.

Savoring freshly cooked food and sipping on chilled beer makes the experience quintessential. It will be surely one of the most relaxing things to do in Kerala. Delight in a sunset cruise or simply sit back and enjoy the gentle breeze in the evening. Besides exploring backwaters, you can head to Munnar which offers a delightful experience during summer. The choice is yours!

Monsoon (June-September)

Rains hit Kerala in the months of June to September. However, monsoon is the best time to visit Kerala for Ayurvedic treatments, it can be considered as a good season to explore Kovalam backwaters. But, it is recommended to avoid these months because sometimes heavy rainfall becomes the spoilsport.

However, the enthusiasm of people is worth witnessing during the Snake boat races which take place along the Kerala backwaters. The season of boat races starts with the esteemed Champakkulam Moolam Boat Race that takes place usually in June/July. The Nehru Trophy boat race makes the second Saturday of August special. The Aranmula Boat Race is the highlight of the Onam festival which is celebrated in August/September. This gives a wonderful reason to explore backwaters in the rainy season.

Winter (October-February)

Without any doubt, October to February is the best time to go to the backwaters of Kerala. The winter season allows the visitors to experience tranquil, palm-fringed backwaters of Kerala to the maximum. You can make your honeymoon special while cruising across the placid waters and enjoying some of the best moments of your life.

Exploring backwaters along with bird watching at Kumarakom turn your holidays into a memorable affair.  Set sail on a lavish houseboat on the blessed emerald backwaters. The wooden Kettuvallams feature all kinds of modern amenities that can pamper you to the core. Hope this resolves all your worries regarding when to visit Kerala backwaters!

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