The temperature in Kerala during summers soars up to 32 degree Celsius, which sets in the month of March till June. The temperature rarely exceeds 36 degrees, and high humidity is the characteristic of Kerala summer, where you can sweat it out in every single place under the sun. But summer is the time where you want to relax and spend some leisure time outdoors, here is a list of 10 places that you can visit during summer and get the best out of Kerala.
This hill station is definitely not a miss during summer, because the temperatures are relatively low compared to the coastal regions and a walk through the tea estates will make you enjoy the lush greenery all around. During summers the temperature reaches up to 22 degrees and is pleasant enough to go for some sightseeing at Eravikulam National Park and boating at Mattupetty Dam. This dam has an evergreen valley and a very pleasant climate.
Splashing around during summer is the best way to stay cool and hence Athirapally Waterfall is the best way to enjoy the heat. It is the largest in Kerala and also called the Niagara of India. It is 80 ft in length and is a popular tourist destination. The falls have been a perfect location for shooting many films and songs. Try splashing in the water and let off some heat during summer. The forest area around is rich with many species of animals and birds, many of which are endemic to the area. Apart from the scenic beauty of the falls, this area is also home to various kinds of animals like the Asiatic Elephant, Sambar deer, bison, leopard, and lion-tailed Macaque.
It is similar to Athirapilly, these falls are located just 5kms apart on the West flowing Chalakudy river near the Vazhachal forest division at the edge of Sholayar ranges. It’s not possible to play with the waters, but you can get a close up view of them.
The houseboats of Alappuzha are another good way to deal with the soaring temperatures. You can cool off yourself on the deck of your boat and watch the beautiful nature around while floating on the serene backwaters. The houseboats have many types of tour packages and you can choose a package according to your choice. The Kerala tour packages from Ahmedabad can be booked in advance, so that you can avail a discount and plan your itinerary accordingly. The Kuttanad region is also very famous for houseboat destinations and is the only place where paddy cultivation occurs below sea level. The lush green paddy fields are a feast to our eyes.
Paniyeli Poru in Perumbavoor is another place to relax during the hot weathers. This place has many rocks and one can see the Periyar River flowing over these rocks, past the dense rain forests. The flora and fauna of this place is very beautiful and one can spend a lazy afternoon in such a location. One must also be cautious as the water level between the rocks might be really deep and you won’t be able to see right up to the bottom.
A visit to the Light House Beach in Kovalam is another way to splash around in water and to cool yourself off. The white sandy beach that runs along the Malabar Coast has been named such, due to the 30m high light house which is the most important feature of this beach. This light house is located at the southernmost end of the beach on a cape. The rhythmic tone of the Arabian Sea waves is enough to make you feel enthralled. You can also take part in the various activities like surfing, paragliding, sailing, swimming and a few other adrenaline filled sports. Similar to the light house beach is the Varkala beach in Thiruvananthapuram where the cliffs lie adjacent to the Arabian Sea. The place is an ideal location for water sports and spas.
Wayanad is another place which is ideal for summer, due to the dense forests which make the area relatively cool. Trekking is one of the best sports to be pursued here. The tree houses of Wayanad are also ideal for honeymooners and the wild life sanctuaries of Wayanad make the best wild life photographs due to its rich flora and fauna. Kerala tour packages from Hyderabad can be customized according to the places that you wish to visit and you can select a tour package either for 3-4 days or up to 7days. The tree house packages can be booked in advance during peak seasons so that you can avail a room by the time you reach Kerala.
Taking a bath during summer is the best way to cool off, but taking a bath with an elephant is the best way to enjoy your bath too. An elephant bath and shower at Thekkady, is a popular sport. Take a ride around the aromatic spice gardens on the back of an elephant and feel like the tallest creature walking around. Watching these majestic creatures in their natural habitats is the best thing to do during summer.
A trip to Kuruva Island is a must. It is a preserved river delta, holding a group of Islands in the River. This is a sprawling 950 acre estate and the rich flora and fauna add to the ambience of this place. The island is enclosed by streams and you can go bamboo rafting through these waters.
Periyar Jungle Jeep Safari
It is another way to cool off during summer. Along this jeep safari you will come along various types of flora and fauna. The organic gardens, with slopes and valleys, tropical woods and meadows, and the cardamom ranch are home to the endangered lion tailed macaque, Nilgiri Tahr and so on.
These are a few places that you can visit during summer but, there is a lot of other fun stuff to be pursued in Kerala.