The calm and glossy green scenic backwaters of Kerala are a network of scenic lagoons, canals and lakes located parallel to the coast of Arabian Sea. The peaceful and beauty of the backwaters attract thousands of tourists every year. Especially houseboat cruising on the backwaters of Alappuzha, “The Venice of The East.” here you can soak in nature at it purest and finest form. The Kerala backwaters play a major role in people calling Kerala- The God’s own Country. As mentioned above, Kerala backwaters are a year-round destination you can visit. Yet every season holds its charm and beauty of the backwaters. Let us have a peek into the best time to visit Kerala backwaters.
Summer in Kerala is hot and humid from March to May. Yet it is the ideal season to cruise on the backwaters in the traditional houseboats. To save yourself from the scorching heat, it is recommended to opt for air-conditioned houseboats. Make your visit more enjoyable by enjoying some water sports. You may enjoy the mouth-watering seafood cooked in traditional Kerala style. You may enjoy the sunset by relaxing on the top deck of the houseboat while enjoying the cooling breeze. Enjoy the calm and peaceful cruise on the backwaters by hiring a motorboat, shikara boat, a luxury houseboat etc. The most preferred ride by the tourist is the houseboats.
Along with enjoying the charming backwaters, you may even visit the hill stations like Munnar which is a delightful experience during the summer.
Monsoon holds a special charm for some tourists who enjoy the greenery and freshness of the land. The ayurvedic treatments are more potent during the rainy season. Even though monsoon paints Kerala entirely in a different light of beauty, the heavy rainfall may obstruct your view of the tranquil palm-fringed views. Rain hits Kerala between June to September. The monsoon season is the best to explore the Kovalam backwaters. The backwater packages are affordable and inexpensive during the monsoon season.
The monsoon season turns the backwaters into a sport arena for snake boat racing. The energy and enthusiasm of the people during the snake boat races make the monsoon is the best time to visit the Kerala backwaters. The season kicks off with the age-old Champakulam Moolam Boat Race which is normally held in June/July. The Nehru Trophy boat race is a major attraction for the tourists during the season – one for its popularity and also the sea of spectators with their infectious energy and spirit. The boat song is very much popular among the tourists. The boat race is held on the second Saturday of August every year.
Onam festival is another big attraction for tourists during the season. The festival of flowers is highlighted with Aranmula Boat race. Onam is celebrated mostly in August or September every year. This is a very good reason to explore the backwaters in the rain season.
Winter is the best time to visit Kerala backwaters without a doubt. Winter normally falls between October to February in Kerala. You may enjoy Kerala backwaters without the scorching heat exhausting you or the heavy rain obstructing your view of the enthralling backwaters. The season enables you to enjoy the palm-fringed, tranquil backwaters at its best. Especially this season is the most sort after by the honeymooners to enjoy some private time on the placid backwaters and enjoying a candlelight dinner in the middle of nowhere under the starry skies. You may also enjoy bird watching at Kumarakom making your vacation a memorable one. The traditional wooden Kettuvallam comes with all kinds of modern amenities and the staff onboard pamper you with the best cuisines available.
While visiting during the peak season houseboat hiring can be a bit expensive. Since the peak tourist season is the best time to visit Kerala backwaters, the availability of quality houseboats will be a problem. So it is best to book your houseboats beforehand with tour operators like Funday Holidays to get the best prices in the market. Travel to Kerala to have a lifetime experience while cruising on the Kerala Backwaters.