How to Stay Cool during your Summer Holiday in Kerala?
Beads of perspiration form on your forehead as you reach out for a glass of water; the whirring of the fan above you brings along with it, just a tad bit of frustration. Is this really the best way to spend your summer vacation? Quite the contrary, actually. People are constantly debating and deliberating upon the best tourist locations to go during summers. What bums them out the most is that the weather is pretty much unbearable over the summers throughout India. BUT! Worry not, for today we will walk you through an ideal vacation spot that though sweltering hot during the summer, has a wealth of attractions that will take your mind off the heat!
Enter: KERALA. Now, who hasn’t heard of the delicacies that Gods Own Country brings to the table? Yes, the weather in Kerala is far from pleasant during summers and has been touted as unbearable by a few, but this beautiful state has all the ingredients to make a great holiday destination. So, if Kerala is on your bucket list, do not think twice! Book your tickets and hop on the next flight to Kerala for there is so much to do in this nature kissed state that you will be lost for choice. If you are convinced to head out to Kerala after all, what is the plan? Where do you go? What do you do? What are you packing for? Let’s dive right in: Explore Kerala like never before with these amazing tour packages!
Where should you go? Before you visit Kerala, plan your itinerary, book your tickets and have a rough idea of what you plan to do. There are plenty of gorgeous places you could visit that you will be at wit’s end as to where to start. When in doubt simply choose from one of the many exciting Kerala tour packages offered by leading travel agencies. Read on for a few tips that are sure to help you plan your itinerary! Can’t wait for a romantic trip to Kerala? We have amazing tour packages for you just a click away!!
Book a beachside resort: After a grueling week at work and home, if you are looking for a quiet place to unwind and soothe those frazzled nerves and refill your energy bank in a jiffy, relax in a beachside luxury resort in Kerala. Beach bargains do not have to be a dream! You can book a luxurious beach resort in Kerala for as less as INR 7000 a night. Resorts such as Manaltheeram Ayurveda Beach Village, Vivanta by Taj – Malabar, Les 3 Elephants Cherai Beach have private balconies, water views, saunas, swimming pools, in house restaurants, spas and all the luxuries that your heart desires. These resorts sit right on the beach and allow you access to a private well-kept stretches of beach where you can splash in the water to beat the heat, or sit by the shore enjoying a book and a freshly brewed cup of coffee. If you are on a tight budget, you may book your accommodation in budget beach resorts such as Asokam Beach Resort and Clafouti Beach Resort for under INR 3000 a night. The staff at these resorts go an extra mile to make sure you have a great time with your family and will wait on every one of your needs. Click here to see 50+ awesome Kerala Trip itineraries.
Hop on a Houseboat Cruise: If you like the sun, then you’d do well relaxing on the shores of Vembanad lake. A day on a houseboat comes at a higher price, but brings with it a plethora of luxuries to enjoy. Exploring the backwaters of Kerala on a houseboat is a once in a lifetime experience that you must not miss, for a thousand dollars! The best time to go cruising on a houseboat is undoubtedly summer. Most tourists confess that these trips are refreshing and the breathtaking beauty that tags along with these backwaters, is a feast to the eyes. The most popular backwaters are in Kollam, Kochin, Kozhikode and Kumarakom (my personal favorite). Let us not forget the authentic piping hot Kerala dishes that are served on the houseboat! There is no doubt that a houseboat trip is a must on the Kerala tour itinerary. You can hire a houseboat for as low as INR 6500 for a one bedroom houseboat for one day. The boat will cruise around the lake and take you through the backwater and winding canals in the day and cast anchor at night. You can choose luxury houseboats that can cost you about INR 10,000 and will have air conditioning and plush bedding. Click here to see some amazing packages with a stay at premiere resorts!!
A cottage stay on a Hill Station: There is no better way to beat the heat in Kerala than spending a day or two on a hill station! Plan a trip to at least one of the many hill stations in Kerala to break free from the scorching heat of the summer. This is a great way to experience some chills during the otherwise toasty weather in Kerala. Most Kerala tour packages take you to the tea gardens of Munnar to get a glimpse of nature at its best. Munnar is close to 1600 meters above the sea level. Hence, be sure to pack a few shrugs, an overcoat and mittens to keep yourself warm. This picturesque hillock is a haven for botanists (and just about anyone who likes plantations); you will love the lush, green tea plantations and winding roads that are truly breathtaking. Guest houses and home stays can be easily rented throughout the summer for small to medium sized groups. A Homestay will cost you about INR 2000 per person per day inclusive of all meals, while a 3 star accommodation can take your bill to about INR 5000 for a day.
You can spend hours gazing at the flora and fauna that makes Munnar one of the most ideal holiday destinations in the country, right from your balcony! Munnar is hands down one of the best summer getaways for all age groups. If you aren’t hard pressed for time, find your inner peace by exploring the verdant hill stations of Wayanad, Ponmudi, and Idukki too. Wanna Honeymoon in Kerala? Click here to see Kerala Honeymoon Tour Packages here!
An afternoon at the Spa: How to keep cool on a hot summer day in Kerala? Head out to an Ayurvedic spa! No visit to Kerala is complete, without an evening at an Ayurvedic spa. There are some really great spas that offer a number of detox packages in Kerala. We recommend the Niraamaya, in Kovalam. This is just one of the many gems in the city and their services are pure magic. Experienced masseurs and therapists make use of traditional therapeutic methods of Ayurveda (known as the Indian healing system) to relieve your sore and aching joints and transport you into a different world altogether! People from the length and breadth of the country flock to Kerala to get myriad health conditions treated at the many Ayurvedic centers in the state. And, even if you do not have a health ailment to worry about, these spa treatments are a great way to unwind and relax. The professional therapists use high grade organic oils and massage them into your skin and body with finesse. Your aching joints will thank you for having opted for the treatment. You can get a Shirodhara or a full body massage for as little as INR 2000 for 30 minutes in budget massage centers. More exotic spas may bill you about INR 5000 for a body massage and also offer body scrubs, wraps, facials, and specialty remedies for specific ailments! So, what are you waiting for? Book your slot to get pampered to the hilt. Also Read the Top 30 Places To Visit in Kerala
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Beat the heat with a perfect healthy summer drink: If splashing in the sea has done little to help you combat with the heat, it is time you tried out Kerala’s signature coconut water! This refreshing drink is chock full of nutrients such as amino acids and B vitamins. It also has zero cholesterol and is a natural diuretic that you can resort to if you have contracted the stomach flu from eating way too much! Simply pour some coconut water in a long glass of ice and sip on it, throughout the day to re-hydrate! Many eateries will serve the good ol’ el neer or nariyal paani with a dash of lemon, which is a must try! Ready for a weekend at Kerala?
What do I wear in Kerala? If you do plan on going to Kerala this summer vacation, pack accordingly. Now, we aren’t talking about bikinis and swimsuits, but DRESS LIGHTLY. Kerala lies on the coast, and is a tropical region. Hence it is subject to an overly humid, wet climate. Ensure to tick off your checklist, plenty of cotton outfits. This, of course, is assuming you are a beach-ey person and wish to bask in the sun all day long.
For those of you wishing to tread the foothills of hill stations like Thekkady, Munnar or Wayanad, you’d be better off carrying sweaters and blankets with you. As the sun sets, the temperature begins to dip in these hilly terrains and it can get quite chilly at night. Explore Kerala like never before with these amazing tour packages!
Other Things to Pack? Cotton and light clothing is what your skin will love best when in Kerala. When packing your bags, be sure not to forget the below listed items:
- Carry hats, sunglasses and don’t forget your sunscreen (with a high SPF).
- Mosquito repellent: Mosquito can be a menace in Kerala. And, if you like to walk around in shorts, be sure to pack a few bottles of mosquito repellent.
- Umbrella: An absolute must-have. The tropical land makes rainfall unpredictable.
- Comfortable footwear: This might seem like a bizarre tip, but you will be thanking us for this one. You will be glad you carried a pair of flip flops when on the sandy shores, or in your homestay in the mountains.
- SPACE: Preferably carry an extra bag with you, because believe me, when you see the colorful markets in Kerala, you are going to shop till you drop! Can’t wait for a romantic trip to Kerala? We have amazing tour packages for you just a click away!!
To conclude! To break it down for you, let’s take out our geography textbooks. Are you lost? Too much information, very less specifications? Let’s narrow this down for you. Northern Kerala is famous for its many hill stations, the bountiful mountains in Wayanad and the beauteous beaches that stretch across Bekal and Kannur. These beaches have plenty to keep children happy and giggling.
Southern Kerala is home to dozens of churches and large temples that are architectural beauties too. If you are in luck your trip may coincide with the famous boat races that are held every year. If in doubt and unsure as to which part of Kerala you must visit, simply head to the capital city of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram is in the South. It is a very fun-packed area to visit, surrounded by lush parks, numerous beaches and historical monuments.
Kerala promises a holiday that you can never forget – whether you are a nature lover, a culture vulture, or even a wildlife enthusiast. So, pack your bags and set out for a fun filled vacation in God’s own country – Kerala, this summer! Click here to see 50+ awesome Kerala Trip itineraries.
Note: There are some points to keep in mind while travelling across South Kerala. For instance, some temples do not allow non-Hindus to enter. Furthermore, there are strict dress codes that need to be followed and respected while travelling to some of these religious places, so always carry a wrap-around, or a large scarf, just in case. You don’t want to offend anyone, on a vacation after all! Click here to see some amazing packages with a stay at premiere resorts!!