After the recent floods, Kerala tourism is back to track with the tourism ban lifted in Munnar and Thekkady. September is considered as the best time to visit Kerala as the month has a pleasant climate usually with no rains and sunny daytime. The festival of Onam usually falls either in the month of August or in September. If you happen to travel during the time of Onam you would be able to witness various amazing traditional events that happen during the main three days of the festival. Onam is a harvest festival and is the main festival in Kerala. Keralaites, as we call the people of the state, irrespective of religion celebrate the festival with Men wearing dhoties and woman wearing traditional sarees. This year the festival was in August after the floods and the traditional events were limited due to the flooding in Kerala.
Kerala is topographically blessed and has a perfect amalgamation of rich tradition, natural beauty and culture. September is a great time to visit Kerala as nature will be in its all glory. Instead of torrential rain the south-west monsoon which will be fading out and will provide the state with intermittent rainfall in the month of September.
The whole of Kerala will be covered in a carpet of greenery. Unlike many other states in the country, rivers in Kerala are hardly inundated in the monsoon season. The topography of the state helps it to maintain the monsoon glory without spoiling the landscape.
It is a perfect time to have a fun family vacation or even a honeymoon trip. It is a comfortable and pleasant season to enjoy the beauty of Kerala.
Festival season in Kerala
Onam the harvest festival of Kerala also falls in the month of August-September. The flamboyant festival season also makes Kerala a great place to visit. It also marks the start of the New Year on the Malayalam calendar Chingam.
The famous folk art form Puli Kali is a crowd puller. On the day (fourth day of Onam) the performers paint their body in bright colours and masks resembling the tigers and hunters and dance to the beats of instruments like Udukku and Thakil around the Swaraj Round in Thrissur. The procession also includes various floats representing the culture and traditions of Kerala.
Kerala tourism department also organises week-long cultural events across the state capital as part of the Onam celebrations. These events culminate in a grand parade on the last day of the festival.
Domestic and international tourists flock to the state during this period to witness these spectacular cultural events.
Enjoy the scenic backwaters of Kerala
You can enjoy the beauty of Venice of the East Alappuzha in its famed houseboats in the month of September. After the heavy downpour of the Southwest monsoons, the occasional drizzles would create an aura of mystic majesty to this water world. A cruise down the alluring backwaters of Alappuzha, Kumarakom or Kollam will be an exciting experience in this month.
Enjoy the wildlife
Gavi, the eco-tourism spot in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala, is a must visit place for all nature lovers. As mentioned the monsoon will enrich the green cover of the tranquil forests of Gavi. The place is also famous for many endangered species of wildlife. It is an ideal place to forget all your woes.
Another perfect place to enjoy the aftereffects of the monsoon rains is Wayanad. The lush green fields, the vast mountain ranges and beautiful waterfalls are sights to behold. Important places to visit - Soochipara Falls, Edakkal caves, Banasura Lake, Chembra Peak, Kuruva Island, bamboo in Pozuthana, Pakshipatahalam caves etc...
Hillstations of Kerala
A glowing emerald that is one of the words that can be used to describe the hill stations of Kerala in the month of September. It is a great time to explore and hike the hill stations. Munnar, Thekkady, Vagamon, Ponmudi, Peerumedu in Idukki district, Nelliyampathy (Palakkad) and Vythiri, Lakkidi (both in Wayanad) are some of the most popular hill stations in Kerala.
Beaches in Kerala
Kovalam in the state capital Thiruvananthapuram has a special place among the beaches of Kerala. The crescent shaped beach with its massive rocky promontory is a perfect place for sea bathing. Other prominent beaches to visit during the month of September are Varkala, Cherai, Alappuzha, Mararikulam, Bekal (visiting the historic Bekal fort will be an added advantage), and Kozhikode etc...
Waterfalls of Kerala
Visiting the Athirappally and Vazhachal Waterfalls in the Thrissur district of Kerala during the month of September will be a breathtaking experience as the monsoon rains will turn these majestic waterfalls into its full capacity.
Other waterfalls you could enjoy are Attukad waterfalls near Munnar, Kanthanpara waterfalls in Wayanad, Keezharkuth waterfalls in Idukki, Meenmutty Waterfalls in Wayanad, and Perunthenaruvi Waterfalls in Pathanamthitta.