God's own country is a beauty spot throughout the year, but when does Kerala reveal its charm the best? Tourism experts say that while October to March is the ideal time to visit the state, November is the month when you get to experience its all-around elegance. It's a time when rivers and streams regain their crystal-clear allure after the monsoon season. Everywhere you look, there's vibrant greenery, offering breathtaking views of coastal areas, hills, mountains, and coconut tree groves. Here are a few must-visit spots in Kerala in November:
Enjoy the sea and sunlight at Kovalam
Kovalam, just 14 km from Thiruvananthapuram city, is a favourite destination for tourists. Accessible by bus, Kovalam is the most enjoyable between November and March. Tourists flock to experience the lighthouse on the seashore and Howah beach. The numerous other beaches adjacent to it and a variety of hotels serving different cuisines make Kovalam a popular choice.
Alappuzha with sea, lake, and paddy fields
Alappuzha, known as the Venice of the East, is synonymous with houseboats navigating through a labyrinth of lakes, streams, and canals. The majority of tourists reach Alappuzha, which is well-known for its aqua tourism, for taking trips on houseboats. Selected as the cleanest city in India in 2016, Alappuzha offers more than just lakes and its expansive paddy fields are equally enchanting.
Wayanad lays open forests, mountains, and waterfalls
Wayanad is ideal for those seeking tranquillity away from city life and it is a haven of natural beauty with misty surroundings and a refreshing chill in November. The pretty spots in Wayanad include Neelimala, Chembra Peak, Pakshipathalam, Soochipara waterfalls, tea estates and the Banasura Sagar dam.
From Vagamon to Munnar
Situated 1,100 metres above sea level, Vagamon offers more than barren hills and pine forests —it's a hub of paragliding. A drive of three and a half hours from Vagamon to Munnar, a favourite activity among domestic and foreign tourists, unveils attractions like the Mattupetty Dam, Vazhachal waterfalls, Idukki Dam, and Ramakkalmedu. The tea estates of Munnar are a captivating sight.
Varkala beach and relics of history
Varkala is often associated with its beach and the cliff, but for some, it evokes thoughts of Sivagiri and Sree Narayana Guru. The Sivagiri pilgrimage centre, housing the samadhi of Sree Narayana Guru, is a significant landmark. Varkala attracts domestic and international travellers, boasting excellent resorts and Ayurvedic rejuvenation therapy centres.