Monsoon lends a Midas touch to ‘God’s own country’. Apart from heralding bumper harvest and prosperity, the rains beautify the picturesque state of Kerala with various shades of green and transform it into a treat for the mind, body and soul. Monsoons bring along the best time of the year to experience what Kerala is best known for: its Ayurveda and rejuvenation therapies. Since the weather is pleasant and the atmosphere is free of dust, the body becomes more receptive to the healing process. The Kerala tourism department also organises various festivals designed around food, music and cultural events specifically during the monsoons to lure international as well Indian travelers. To top it all, even the fares and hotel tariffs become much cheaper so that there isn’t a huge hole in your pocket by the time your trip ends.
Kerala provides diversity of landscape in the form of mountains, hills, backwaters and the beaches. The monsoons ensure that every destination provides a different and fulfilling experience to visitors.
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1. Athirapally Falls
Athirapalli Falls are often referred to as the Niagara of India. The breathtaking waterfalls are a must-visit in Kerala. Located in Thrissur, around 90 km from Kochi, the water at Athirapalli plunges about 80 ft to join the Chalakkudy River. The picturesque destination has caught the fancy of several filmmakers too. Noted film director Mani Ratnam has shot several movies including Dil Se, Raavan and Guru at this destination.
2. Kovalam Beach
Universally known as the Paradise of South India, the Kovalam beach is said to be the starting point for monsoons in India. The first touch of rains on the dry sand is a sight to cherish and several tourists from across the world visit the place during this time to live this memorable experience. The beach is a combination of three spectacular crescent beaches including the most popular Lighthouse Beach with an ancient 35-meter light house soaring towards the sky, the middle Hawah Beach and the third Samudra Beach, which is dominated by the local fishermen.
Another way to truly enjoy monsoon in Kerala is by taking the popular houseboat rides at Alappuzha. Relaxing in a houseboat and enjoying authentic Kerala cuisine while watching the rains pouring down is a sight to enjoy. The packages for houseboats are a lot cheaper during monsoons. You might also be in for an ayurveda treatment on the boat itself for a truly relaxing experience. After all, Alappuzha isn’t called the Venice of the East for nothing.
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Kumarakom, is a collection of small islands with swaying coconut palms and paddy fields on the edge of Vembanad Lake. The beautiful islands provide extremely picturesque backdrops and make you want to stay in the arms of nature forever. The ecosystem is rich in flora and fauna and one can even visit the famous Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, which boasts of a large variety of indigenous and migratory species.
Munnar is one of the most beautiful destinations in India. The undulating stretches of tea and cardamom plantations, randomly crisscrossed by babbling mountain streams and tumbling waterfalls, give this place a heavenly ambience. Situated at a height of 6,000 ft, Munnar is located at the confluence of Madhurapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly rivers. It provides an enriching experience whether you take a stroll to admire the beauty of the place, visit the age old mansions from the British era or just sit inside the room to marvel at low-lying clouds and mist laden valleys.
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