Tourism season in Kerala starts from October and the state would see an influx of tourists until March (when the summer starts). Even though there are many places worth visiting in the summer months, but we will discuss that in another blog).
The monsoon has lost its power, the sky will be clear, but you could expect occasional showers. Kerala the land of greenery and scenic beauty will be in all its glory in the month of October thanks to the rains that has done its magic on the landscape.
Those who want to enjoy the alluring backwaters of the state should travel to Alappuzha or Kumarakom and hire a houseboat. You can hire it for a day or can stay overnight.
The houseboat takes you through the canals and waterways of the otherwise inaccessible areas of villages. You could enjoy all these scenic beauty and lush greenery of Kerala while relaxing on the deck of your houseboat.
While the bloat floats through the waterways you can enjoy the village life that slowly unfurls in front of you. The swaying coconut groves, palm trees, paddy fields and the calm life of the hamlets that borders the canals and rivers, the toddy shops that offer you a wide variety of spicy Kerala seafood cuisine all these are the unique specialty of Alappuzha and of course Kumarakom.
Among the honeymooners, Kumarakom is more popular than Alappuzha.
If you don't want to spend a night on a houseboat then there are many home stays and resorts available in Alappuzha.
After the backwaters, hill stations are the most visited places in Kerala. And October is a perfect time to visit these hills that are a part of the Western Ghats - a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
October is a perfect time to visit these hill stations as the rains have stopped and it will be safe to drive through the hills and the hairpin curves.
Kerala has many hill stations that are frequented by domestic as well as international tourists, among them Munnar is known as the green capital of the state.
The picturesque hills, favourable climate, an alluring landscape that include many lakes, waterfalls, refreshing mountain air and sprawling plantations that grow tea and various spices all these makes the hill stations of Kerala a paradise for the travellers who seek calmness and beauty.
The most famous hill stations in Kerala other than Munnar are Thekkady, Vagamon, Ponmudi, Peerumedu in Idukki district, Nelliyampathy (Palakkad), Vythiri,and Lakkidi (both in Wayanad).
October is also a perfect time to explore the wildness of Kerala. If you are the adventurous type, then pick a package that offers you a chance to see the wilderness up-close. There are also many bird sanctuaries in Kerala that you would love.
Well, Kerala has got a long stretch of coastal lines so you can visit any of these sun-blanched beaches in the month of October. The sea is much calm and the beaches are mostly bordered by coconut groves and palm trees. As the monsoon has lost its strength and the summer is not here yet, you could spend your time on the beaches enjoying the sun.
Varkala, Kovalam, Kappil, Cherai, Fort Kochi, Alappuzha, Mararikulam, Bekal (you can visit the nearby Bekal Fort), and Beypore are some of the famous beaches in Kerala.