Places to Visit in Kerala During February
It may be stating the obvious, but one needs time and comfort to devour the magnificence of Kerala. It is important to plan your vacation at a time that allows you to explore the different nuances of Kerala at leisure. Needless to say, the moderate temperatures in February befit every traveler’s comfort and desire. Whether it’s cruising in the houseboats or spending long hours at the beach, February is the ideal time to indulge in the breath-taking view of Kerala. Here in this blog we provide the best places to visit in Kerala during February.
Where to go in Kerala in February?
This small coastal town is all about peace, untarnished beaches and abundant natural beauty. Lighthouse beach, Hawah beach and Samudra beach are some of the best places to luxuriously laze while gazing at the sun slowly dipping into the horizon. You can also try some adventure sports like surfing, parasailing and jet skiing or explore the emerald waters in catamaran boats at Hawah beach.
Even though this hill station enjoys favorable weather conditions throughout the year, the gloriously warm temperatures of February make it one of the best places to visit in Kerala during this time. Munnar is renowned for the copious tea plantations that are sprawled along the hills. Kolukkumali Tea Estate, one of the highest tea plantations in the world is a major tourist attraction in Kerala where you can understand the methods of tea production. Enroute to Munnar you will find a lot of trekking trails and samll waterfalls.
• Alleppey or Alappuzha
Recognized as the ‘Venice of the East’, Alleppey promises to mesmerize you with its beautiful backwaters, lagoons and canals. Cruising in luxurious houseboats along the backwaters provides an unparalleled view of the lavish paddy areas, small hamlets, fishing with netting and the coconut trees carelessly bending over the waters. One of the best things to enjoy in Kerala is the celebrations at Chettikulangra Temple that take place in the month of Kumbham February-March. The whole town is decorated with Kettykazcha (beautified mammoth structures) and colors to venerate Goddess Bhagavathy.
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Thekkady lends a surreal charm to Kerala with its flora and fauna. One of the best ways to see the wildlife life here is to take a boat trip at the Thekkady Lake. From the Great Indian Tiger to leopards, bison and elephants, one can spot some exquisite species habited here. You can explore the dense jungles and swampy grasslands either on foot or on elephants. The trekking expeditions through the jungle also provide a great opportunity to interact with the local tribes and learn about the culture and customs in Kerala.
The capital city of Kerala is a remarkable amalgamation of natural serenity and modernity. Distinguished by its British colonial architecture, Thiruvananthapuram is a land of historical importance. The famous and richest temple in India, Padmanabhaswamy Temple is located here in Trivandrum. Located in the heart of the city, it displays an unusual mix of Keralan and Dravidian style architecture. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, this temple finds place on every Kerala itinerary. The moderate weather conditions in February allow tourists to explore the various art galleries and museums situated here.
This little backwater hamlet provides an authentic Kerala experience to every visitor. Sailing in the relaxed backwaters while sipping on coconut water is the best way to soak in the exotic beauty of this place. Kumarakom is also home to a wide variety of flora and fauna that can be enjoyed while boating, house boat cruising or sightseeing. The peace and quiet offered by this place relaxes your mind and helps you unwind from the humdrum of city life.
Wayanad is popularly recognized as the ‘Green Paradise’ owing to the greenery and vast number of paddy fields situated here. The beautiful display of nature’s beauty can be lavishly relished in the month of February. Home to over fifty tribes, Wayanad is also a treasure trove of culture and tradition. You can learn about the customs of these tribes or experience the true Kerala lifestyle by staying with the locals. The scenic beauty of this place will be undoubtedly etched in your memory.
Kannur is a lot more than pristine beaches and lofty hills. Tourists flock to this place for a famous ritualistic art form called Theyyam. A blend of music, drama, art and literature, Theyyam is celebrated with great fervor in the Kannur district. The locals sing devotional hymns and dress up in elaborate ways as they believe that gods and goddesses join this celebration. Kalaripayattu, folk dances, Poorakkali and vadakkan paatu are the other legacies of Kannur.
Varkala is one of the most popular beaches in Kerala. With a little seaside and a cliff overlooking the sea, tourists enjoy sun bathing, boat riding, surfing and Ayurvedic massages on this beach. Papanasham beach which literally translates to ‘wash away your sins’ is considered to be the best place to watch the sunset. Janardhana Temple, Sivagiri Mutt and Kappil Lake are some other attractions here.