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  • Plan your summer vacation with family in Kerala

    Summer vacation is the best time to indulge in some family time and loosen up before getting back to monotonous routines. Kerala’s geographical diversity makes it one of the most popular summer destinations. With ample options to choose from, everybody can find something of their interest in this state; however, it is important to plan your vacation efficiently so that you can get the most from this beautiful state. A few pointers that might come in handy while you are planning your summer vacation in Kerala are listed below.  Weather of Kerala in Summer Season Kerala is a tropical land and enjoys a fairly pleasant climate throughout the year. Summer season in Kerala is cool and pleasant because of the presence of the Western Ghats. The state also experiences irregular bouts of rainfall that brings the temperature down every now and then. The temperature does not exceed 36 degree Celsius and the moderate weather conditions offer a great opportunity to explore the beaches and the major destinations without any hassle. Festivals You Should Not Miss Out on During Your Summer Vacation in Kerala Kerala is renowned for its colorful festivals all over the country. Summer season is particularly known for its elephant festivals that are celebrated with great vigor and enthusiasm. One such festival you should not miss out on is Thrissur Pooram. This festival is celebrated between April-May (Malayalam month of Medam) and displays an entire procession of elephants and drummers for 36 hours. This temple festival is slightly different from other festivals in the sense that it is celebrated by all residents irrespective of their caste, color, religion or community. The sight of people from all castes and class coming together to celebrate a festival in full swing is unparalleled. Some other festivals around this time of the year are Kuthiyottam, Kettukazhcha, Chittor Konganpada and Guruvayoor Festival. Important Cities to Cover in Kerala during Summers • Thekkady This place is one of the most important destinations in Kerala tour packages owing to the thick cover of forests that lend it its additional beauty. Thekkady is home to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary that offers some spectacular views; you might catch a glimpse of elephants grazing or drinking water and some lucky people get to see the majestic tiger too. Bamboo rafting and cardamom plantations should definitely be on your list while you are in Thekkady. • Alleppey Alleppey’s calm backwaters and quaint houseboats effortlessly overshadow every other attraction here. This is also because cruising in a houseboat or planning a stay in these floating beauties is a very wholesome experience. From admiring the extraordinary views to savoring Kerala’s cuisine presented by experts on board, the calm and peace experienced on these houseboats is inexplicable. You can also enjoy kayaking and bird-watching here. • Trivandrum This quaint yet urban city is the capital of Kerala. Trivandrum will rejuvenate your senses with the number of activities it has in store for you. Neyyar Dam offers you a glimpse of the local culture and you can also enjoy boating and fishing with the local fishermen here. Apart from the natural beauty and adventure activities, the place also has several galleries featuring the works of renowned artists. • Kovalam Kovalam’s pristine beaches and picturesque landscape will set the perfect vibe for your vacation. One of the most popular beaches here is the Lighthouse Beach that gives a bird’s eye view of the entire coastline. You can also indulge in water sports like water surfing and rapid motorboat rides. Kovalam also has some renowned Ayurvedic centers like Pathya Ayurvedic Center and Niramaaya Retreat. In short, Kovalam presents the ideal ambience and environment to enjoy a peaceful vacation away from the humdrum of city life. • Ponmudi Ponmudi is a breath-taking hill station that should definitely find space on your Kerala itinerary for the summer season. Located about 53 kilometers from Trivandrum, this place will enrapture your heart with its lofty mountains, lush greenery, magnificent waterfalls and ravines. You can either soak in the beauty of nature or take a tour of the tea gardens or experience some adrenaline rush with the adventure activities conducted here. You can enjoy trekking and hiking at Agasthyakoodam (highest peak of Trivandrum) and admire the splendid flora and fauna present here. Important Destinations to Visit in Kerala during Summer Season • Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary Periyar National Park is an important part of all Kerala itineraries as it allows you to get up close with the wildlife while you are enjoying stunning views of their habitat. A boat cruise takes you through the emerald waters of Periyar Lake; you might catch a glimpse of beautiful words swooping down on water or elephants and buffaloes drinking water at leisure. You can also go for the Jeep Jungle Safari or elephant safari to explore this beautiful sanctuary. • Thenmala Ecotourism Village Your holidays in Kerala are incomplete without a visit to the Thenmala Ecotourism Village. This place is India’s first planned Ecotourism destination that comprises 10 eco spots which cover the hill ranges of Trivandrum, Pathanamthitta and Kollam districts. This place is packed with activities like boat rides and even adventure sports like rock climbing and mountain biking. However, if you are just looking to go for a leisurely walk, The Nakshatravanam Nursery and Deer Rehabilitation Centre are the perfect spots. • Bekal Fort This fort might take you back to the movie Rang De Basanti as a couple of film sequences were shot here. Bekal Fort is one of the biggest forts in Kerala and has been maintained very well even today. The Bekal Fort Beach and Anjaneya Temple are also two destinations that you should not miss out here. • Poovar Island Poovar is one of the most offbeat places to visit in Kerala. It is an estuary where the beach, island, river and sea meet. Booking a stay in the floating cottage is one of the best things to do here. You can also go boating through the dense mangrove forests or just by the calm waters and relax. • Malampuzha Located in the Palakkad district, Malampuzha Garden and Dam are often visited by tourists for their beautiful scenery. This place also has a rock garden that is made out of broken pieces of tiles, bangles and other trinkets. The cable car ride through the garden gives you a fascinating view of this vast space. Important Tips For Your Kerala Summer Trip • It is important to know what kind of vacation you are looking for so that you can select the most appropriate Kerala tour package.• If you have a short trip planned, make sure to experience some of the unique attractions like houseboat stay and boating through mangrove forests.• Assign a specific budget for your trip. Any kind of vacation can be planned more efficiently if you are clear about this.• Customize your Kerala itinerary so that you have destinations that suit the interest and liking of your family.• Select the right vehicle to move around the city conveniently.• The summer season allows you to pack light and easy. However, if you have planned a visit to any of the hill stations, it is safe to carry a few woolens just in case you encounter cold weather conditions anywhere. Considering that Kerala has several major destinations and attractions, it gets difficult to structure an itinerary in the best possible way. If you are looking for some help and assistance in planning your trip to Kerala during the summer season, Kerala Holidays will be delighted to understand your concerns and design a tour package that suits your family the best. Customized tour packages are the best way to get the most out of your holiday time.

    Posted by Namita Salgiya
  • Why is Kerala tourism famous during all seasons?

    Why is Kerala tourism famous during all seasons ?Kerala the land of natural beauty and rich culture offers a lot of magnificent views to its visitors. The state's diverse topography coupled with its unique culture and heritage make it worth visiting at least once in a lifetime. Kerala tourism is so famous because unlike other tourist destinations that are seasonal the state has got something or the other to offer to each and every traveller. The place has got enchanting backwaters for all seasons, beautiful beaches for the winter, spectacular waterfalls for the monsoon, and alluring hill stations for the summer. The peak tourist season in Kerala is from October to February. During this period the climate is pleasant and cool and these months are perfect for sightseeing. Though these months are blessed with sunny days, the humidity will be low and the occasional drizzles would keep the temperature cool but never chilly.During these months you could visit the backwaters of Alappuzha. You could enjoy this enchanting water world in a hired houseboat or in a country canoe. As the boat takes you through the tranquil waters the cool breeze will sooth you taking away all the worries of your hectic life. You should also visit the incredibly beautiful paradise called Kumarakom that is located about 32 km from Alappuzha and about 15 km from Kottayam district during this period. This little cluster of islands is very picturesque. The thick mangrove forests, coconut groves, the vast greenery and paddy fields along with the backwaters make the place an enchanting destination. The Kollam district in the southern Kerala is also a good place to enjoy the famed backwaters of Kerala. Another place to visit during this season is the commercial capital of Kerala - Kochi. This beautiful place with one of the best natural harbours in the world offers a lot to its visitors. Tourist places in and around Kochi include Bhoothanthankettu Dam, boating through the backwaters, Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, Paniely Poru, Mattancherry Palace or Dutch Palace (constructed in 1557), Jewish synagogue in Mattancherry ( built in 1568), Hill Palace Museum (built in 1865), Willingdon Island (the largest artificial man-made island in India), ecologically sensitive Magalavanam and many more. This season is also good for a dip in the ocean and the numerous beaches of Kerala would help you quench this temptation. As Kerala is bordered on the west by the Arabian Sea the state is blessed with many stunning beaches and the most famous of them all are Alappuzha, Marari, Cherai, Varkala, Kovalam, Kollam, Muzhappilangad, Snehatheeram and Payyambalam beach. The climate will be perfect for a sun bath as the tropical sun would give your skin a beautiful glow. The period between March to May is the summer season in Kerala. The temperature will be high with humid weather conditions. But even then the climate won't go over 40-degree celsius. The occasional downpours will provide some respite from the scorching heat. This is the best period to enjoy the hill stations of Kerala. The cool climate and mountain breeze of these hill stations will provide a great relief during the summer. Munnar, Vagamon, Wayanad, Neliyampathy, Thekkady, Ponmudi and Gavi are the most popular hill stations in Kerala. From June to September is the monsoon season in Kerala. Unlike many other places in the country, the Kerala monsoon hardly causes any havocs and it is also a time when the landscape that is blessed with scenic beauty and greenery comes alive. The monsoon season in Kerala has a romantic touch to it, the numerous rivers will be full and they will bring full glory to the various roaring waterfalls of the state.Athirappalli waterfalls about 57 km from Ernakulam and about 54 km from Thrissur is the most spectacular of all. The waterfalls that cascade down at a height of 80 ft provide a majestic view and is best visited during the monsoon season. About 5 km from Athirappalli is another visual treat Vazhachal falls. Both these waterfalls are surrounded by lush green forests that add to their charm. Monsoon is also a great period to have an adventure white rafting trip through the rapids of Tejaswini River in Kannur district. It is also a period to have some Ayurvedic rejuvenation treatments and where else other than Kerala could you find the best therapies. The state has various authorised Ayurvedic spas and hospitals that provide the treatments.

    Posted by Cijo Abraham Mani