Often it is during the summer vacations families make their travel to tourist places. The rainy season follows and all are back in the comfort of their homes. Should monsoons dampen your travel plans if you have time for that?
Generally an off-season for vacationers, monsoon turns Kerala greener than ever, making tourists flock in. The hills of Idukki and the Vembanad lake in the south are enjoyed better with a filter of mist in the atmosphere. Kerala's spicy cuisine, too, tastes better in the torrential rain.
Travelling during rains may come with extra precautions but it is worth it. Make the best of your trip to Kerala during the rainy season as we help you pack all that may be needed to enjoy your stay.
Rain coat – Do not forget the basics. A knee-length rain-coat or a rain-poncho is a must have because rains in Kerala can be very erratic. That way you won't have to rush to shelter every time is starts pouring suddenly.
Clothes – Say bye bye to your cottons and denims for this trip because they are quick to moisture and take ages to dry. Opt for quick drying synthetics like polyester and nylon. A pair of shorts will go a long way if you plan to take a walk because you might not be able to ditch all the puddles that come your way. Pack preferably dark colours as they camouflage moisture and stains. Also, do not skip packing a long-sleeved shirt or a light cardigan if you are planning to visit the cooler areas like Munnar, Wayanad, etc. Rains make the temperature take a dip.
Footwear – Nobody who has to walk with their feet wet can be in a good mood. Footwear plays a major role on your monsoon adventures. Make sure to ditch the canvases and the sneakers. Stick to rubber wear like Crocs. As comfortable as they may sound, flip-flops might not be a great option because they do not have a good grip and walking long-distances may be uncomfortable and even dangerous.
Bags – Apart from what you pack, it is important what you pack them in. A water-proof bag/backpack is inevitable but do carry compact handbags that can be folded into a pouch. They will come handy when you go shopping because not all shops/stalls will give you water-proof carry bags. Another item not to be missed is plastic zip-pouches of different sizes to keep your mobile and other electronics in. They also save the day when you have wet or damp clothes to pack.
Repellent - Moisture and moderate temperature are the most favourable conditions for mosquitoes to breed. Puddles and water accumulated everywhere just add to the problem. The place you decide to stay in may not be mosquito-proof too. So it is mandatory to keep your preferred brand and form (creams, sprays, roll-on) of repellent in the bag. Going out without applying a generous amount will invite many diseases.
First-aid – Fighting mosquito-borne diseases is not enough. Low temperatures and compromised hygiene may also make you susceptible to cold, cough, diarrhoea, etc. It is advisable to pack tablets for emergencies like these. A bandage will also go a long way in case you hurt yourself on the adventure.
Light source – Heavy rainfalls for hours sometimes lead to long spans of power shut. Carrying a flash light or even a pocket torch will be your saviour in that case. It even gets dark sooner that usual with heavy thick clouds covering the sky, so a torch will light the way for you.
Maps – GPS may have taken over maps long ago but long power cuts may leave your phone with little battery to use the GPS. Therefore, carrying a handy map of the places you have planned to visit is a good idea.
Towel – A small towel that fits into your handbag will be great help in drying yourself after a sudden downpour.
Umbrella – This item is last on the list not only because it is too obvious but also because it might be inconvenient to travel with. It is better to purchase a cheap one when you arrive in Kerala. They are available in almost all markets here.
Important contacts and links:
IMD phone no.: 0471 232 2894
Tourist Information toll free no.: 1800-425-4747