Kerala is South India's most beautiful state. The slender coastal strip is dotted with numerous beaches and enchanting backwaters hosting elegant houseboats. The long coast is flanked by a layered landscape to the east as we proceed to the high ranges, which will invariably be blanketed in mist in winter. Kerala is home to wild elephants, exotic birds and tigers too. Ayurvedic therapy and the spicy cuisine are other attractions.
The winter being the most favourable time to visit the state, let's take a look at the best places to visit in Kerala.
Alleppey - The Venice of the East
Alleppey, also known as the Venice of the East, is one of Kerala's best places to visit during the winter. If you plan to spend your winter in Alleppey, then expect only the ideal weather. It is the perfect time to indulge in all the activities that Alleppey has to offer such as houseboat stay, canoeing and fishing. It has also the perfect weather to go kayaking and to visit the elephant camp near the Punnamada Lake.
Munnar – The Getaway in the Western Ghats
Munnar is a popular hill station in South India, and it is one of the best tourist spots in Kerala. Encircled by the Anamalai mountain range, Munnar is a sight to behold in the chilly winter season as the mountain slopes with tea plantations are flanked by misty valleys and low-flying clouds. Check out the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, which is home to the endangered grizzled giant squirrel. It is also home to elephants, Hanuman langurs, gaur, deer, tigers, leopards as well as a variety of plant and bird species. Another important attraction during the winter is the Rose Garden.
Kovalam – A slice of beach fun
Kovalam is Kerala's most developed beach destination. The beautiful seashore offers numerous activities for travellers. In winter the place is pretty subdued as the days are generally cooler than summer and nights can be a bit cold. This time of the year is definitely recommended to enjoy the nightlife in Kovalam. Average temperature during winter is around 20 to 25 degree Celsius, which is very soothing and quite cozy.
Wayanad – The Green Paradise
Wayanad, the 'Green Paradise', is one of the best places to visit Kerala during the winter. The Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary, which is an abode of elephants, deer, panthers, tigers, Indian Bison and the rare Slender Loris, is best visited during the winter as the chances of spotting these animals are high then. Another place worth visiting in winter is the Banasura Hills, a serene getaway and one of the tallest mountains in the Western Ghats. It offers a panoramic view of Banasura Sagar Dam and the Meenmutty Waterfalls. Trekkers who want to challenge themselves find the winter trip to the Hills ideal.
Kumarakom – The Queen of Backwaters
Winter is the best time to visit Kumarakom as it does not become too chilly and the weather stays vibrant and lovely. The temperature ranges between 18 to 27 degrees Celsius in winter. Days are pleasant and nights are cold. It is during winters lot of tourists flock to the place. As it is the peak season, bookings be done in advance. Visit popular attractions like the Vembanad Lake, Bird Sanctuary, Juma Masjid, St Mary's Church and other beautiful sites.