Kerala, a Monsoon Destination
BANGALORE: Kerala, popularly called “God’s Own Country”, is perhaps one of the most ideal locations to experience monsoon. Situated in South-West India, this coastal state receives abundant rainfall in two seasons: from May-end till mid-August and from September to late October.
The rain brings out the lush green environment, home to a vast variety of flora and fauna.
Farmers rushing to their paddy fields, with plantain leaves over their head, to protect their crop from the rain water; children playing on the streets in puddles; overflowing canals with fishes. These are some of the sights that you can hope to see in between sipping a hot beverage at the half-open village teashops.
You could also take the opportunity to rejuvenate your body through Ayurveda treatments here. One of India's oldest medical systems, Ayurveda attracts many tourists from across the world who visit Kerala for its herbal treatments.
The cool yet dust-free monsoon climate aids these therapies. For those who would like to avail any of these services, government-run, well-established centres are recommended.
The geographical diversity that the region offers woos foreign tourists as well.
The tranquil backwaters, with more than 40 rivers and several serene lakes; houseboats and day-long cruises; the beaches on the western coast along the Arabian sea, especially Kovalam are some of the attractions that never lose their ability to fill the senses with peace.
The eastern stretch is no less, with its evergreen forests and hill stations covered by dense vegetation and interspersed by spice plantations.
Art forms, both classical and folk, and the delectable cuisine add to the appeal.