Tourism season in Kerala
Kerala is one of the rare places that can be visited, most time of the year. But if you prefer to enjoy the beauty of Kerala without the interference of the rain, then October to March is the perfect time to visit.The weather is pleasant and ideal for sightseeing and to explore the nature. Well, it is not a completely dry period, the rain would visit you occasionally. Unlike the south-west monsoon season (June to September) the intensity of the rain is less during the northeast monsoon season (October to December). Winter season in Kerala is mild compared to the rest of India. So the period between October and March makes it the peak tourism season. But there are people who see Kerala as a perfect place to enjoy the rains. It is so because the rains hardly cause any natural calamity in the state and the season will also be a perfect time to enjoy the dark and mystic beauty of nature. The rivers and waterfalls will be at their full capacity and is also a perfect time to have an Ayurvedic rejuvenation treatment.But those who prefer to stay away from rain and enjoy the sightseeing should visit the state between October and March. From October the climate takes a pleasant route and it is also a great time to explore the breathtaking beauty of the famous hill stations such as Munnar, Nelliyampathy, Vagamon, Ponmudi, Lakkidi, Wayanad etc... which will be all green after the southwest monsoon.It is the perfect time to take a stroll in the numerous plantations in these hill stations which cultivates tea, coffee and various spices. If laying back idly and relish in the scenic beauty of the God's own country is what is on your mind then visit Alappuzha, Kumarakom or Kollam and hire a houseboat to appreciate the stunning charm of the backwaters of Kerala.You can also revel in the endless coast line of Kerala. Unlike in monsoon period the sea will be calm and you don't have to be much worried about any sudden downpours. Varkala, Kovalam, Cherai, Alappuzha, Kozhikode and Bekal are some of the best beaches in the state.It is also an ideal time for those who want to visit the state as part of a pilgrimage. The festival of Durga Pooja falls in the month of October and the last three days of the Navratri festival is celebrated in a grand way in Kerala. They are known as Durga Ashtami, Mahanavami, and Vijaya Dasami. There will be special pages and offerings at many temples and on the third day of Vijaya Dasami a ceremony called Vidyarambham is followed. This ceremony signifies the beginning of formal education of a child who is not less than 3 years-old. There are many centres as well as temples in Kerala which are noted for this ceremony. Thuncham Parambu in Malappuram, Thiruvullakkavu temple and Guruvayur Sree Krishna temple in Thrissur, Panachikkadu Saraswati temple and Vedagiri in Kottayam, Attukal Bhagavathy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram, etc... are some of the most famous centres. An annual Navaratri music festival is held in Thiruvananthapuram for the past 175 years. The state capital is also famous for various Navarathri mandapams during the festival time and the one adjacent to the Sri Padmanabha Swami temple is the most famous among all.Another festival which is celebrated with a great zest is Diwali and it falls on the month of October/November. The state has a large number of Christian population and Christmas as in other parts if the world is celebrated with all its vibrancy in the numerous churches in Kerala. The Christmas and the following New Year festivities are celebrated handsomely in the state. Visit Kochi during this period to get a firsthand experience. Cochin Carnival is something you shouldn't miss during this period. It is held in the last two weeks of December and culminates with New Year celebrations. Many sports events are also held as part of the celebration. A giant Papaanji (a statue of an old man) is burned exactly at the stroke of midnight as a symbol of the end of a year and welcoming a new one. This event will be followed by a party with dance and music. As Kerala is also a much-favoured honeymoon destination numerous resorts, hotels and pubs in the state offer Valentine’s Day special packages. So pack your bags and book your tickets to Kerala if you wish to spend your holidays in a peaceful and satisfying way.