Kerala the land of alluring beauty is one of the must places in the world you should visit at least once in your life. The warm, cosy climate of Kerala and its natural beauty makes it a great place to spend your holidays.
The Kerala climate is moderate all throughout the year. It is never too hot or too cold. While the rest of the country shivers those who visit Kerala could enjoy sightseeing. December is also one of the top tourist seasons in Kerala.
There are ways to explore the beauty of Kerala. You could hire a houseboat to enjoy the backwaters or go for scenic trekking through the enchanting forests or enjoy the cultural versatility of the state during this festival season. Here are some of the places you could visit in Kerala during the month of December.
The Venice of the East is famous all over the world for its exquisite water world which could be easily explored in a houseboat. Travel to Alappuzha in December as the weather will be cooler than the rest of the year. You could enjoy the famed backwaters as you relax on the houseboat deck. While you are on the cruise you could enjoy the splendid Kerala cuisine that includes the mouth-watering karimeen fry, duck curry and prawns masala. You can also go for fishing while you are in Alappuzha.
It is another place in Kerala where you could enjoy the backwaters. The mangrove forests and the palm-fringed roads that border the beautiful lagoons and waterways are a sight to behold. It is also a great time to visit the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary which is home to a number of exotic bird species. Kumarakom is also a great place to savour the yummy Kerala cuisine.
The natural beauty of Thekkady is at its full capacity in the month of December. Go for boating on the Periyar River and you could also see the wild animals of the Periyar National Park in its natural habitat. The climate is also good for trekking through the park which is also a tiger reserve. Bamboo rafting is also a favourite activity of those who visit Thekkady.
The rolling valleys and mist laden hill tops of Munnar will definitely take your breath away in the month of December. The favourite hill station of Kerala experiences cold winters and chilly climate during the month of December. The temperatures could sometimes drop very low but unlike other places in the country, snowfall is an unknown phenomenon in Munnar. Which means sightseeing is still possible in the winter season. This lush greenery of this beautiful hill station provides the best ambience for both honeymooners and for family vacations. The famous Eravikulam National Park is in Munnar.
It is also a popular hill station in Kerala which has got everything from rolling valleys, tranquil hillocks, pristine mountains, alluring valleys to cascading waterfalls. The mesmerising beauty of the mist-laden hills of Vagamon could be best enjoyed during December. The fresh mountain air will help to refresh your mind and body. A walk through the beautiful pine forests while enjoying the cool breeze will be a heavenly experience. Don't forget to indulge yourself in adventure sports like paragliding while you are here.
It is another great place to spend your winter holidays. This place perched high in the majestic mountain chains of the great Western Ghats is profoundly blessed by nature in many ways with its cool climate, great wildlife sanctuaries, waterfalls, mountains and, clear water. There are a many numbers of natural places to be explored in Wayanad such as the uninhabited Kuruva Islands, Edakkal Caves, Meenmutty Falls, Chembara Peak, Pookode Lake, Banasura Sagar Dam etc
You could enjoy the sun and the waves of one of the many beaches of Kerala in the month of December. Many of these beaches have carnivals related to New Year celebrations and you could be a part of the fun and music. Kovalam, Varkala, Cherai, Fort Kochi and Bekal are some of the major beaches in Kerala. You could also enjoy many adventure sports activities like parasailing, windsurfing and speed boating. The cool climate at the beach also enhances the beauty of the sunset.
The commercial capital of Kerala is also a great place to enjoy your December vacation. It is one of the most important as well as the natural seaports in India. Kochi with its mall culture is a great place to do shopping and to hang out. There are many cultural, historical as well as naturally blessed places in and around Kochi such as Paradesi Synagogue, many beaches, Vypeen Island, Fort Kochi, Mattancherry, Marine Drive, Thattekad bird sanctuary, Bolghatty Islands etc… The largest man-made island the Willingdon Island is also part of Kochi.
The annual Cochin carnival which is organised as part of the Christmas and New Year celebrations attracts many international as well as domestic travellers. It is held during the last two weeks of December and its origin dates back to the Colonial, especially, Portuguese era.