Unveiling the Beauty of Kerala in December: Your Winter Wonderland

They say that God’s own country, Kerala, has a different kind of magic in the winter. And believe me, “they” aren’t wrong.

I remember the first time I visited Kerala in December. The beauty of this Indian state, nestled between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats, was nothing short of enchanting. The charm was not just in the scenic landscapes, the diverse culture, or the mouth-watering cuisine; it was the sheer essence of the place, filled with warmth and tranquility. So, join me as I take you on an unforgettable journey through this winter wonderland.

1. Kochi – The Queen of the Arabian Sea

fort Kochi beach during Kerala tour

I started my journey from Kochi, often called the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’. It’s a cosmopolitan city that beautifully blends modern life with traditional culture. The grandeur of the Chinese fishing nets at Fort Kochi beach, juxtaposed against the setting sun, is a sight to behold. The sultry breeze, the rhythmic sound of the waves, and the local vendors selling mouth-watering seafood fry – it’s a scene straight out of a postcard.

Visiting the Mattancherry Palace and the Paradesi Synagogue, you are hit with waves of history. You can also take a leisurely walk down Jew Street, brimming with antique shops and spice markets, to soak up the ambiance. Remember to bring a light jacket; December evenings can get a little chilly.

2. Munnar – The Green Symphony

Places to visit n Munnar

My next stop was Munnar, a quaint hill station about four hours from Kochi. As I traversed the winding roads, the urban landscape gave way to vast expanses of rolling tea estates, the view was like a green symphony playing to the tunes of nature. The aroma of tea leaves filled the air and created a sense of peace I’ve seldom found elsewhere.

I highly recommend a visit to the Tea Museum to understand the heart and soul of Munnar. And don’t forget to take a sip of the freshly brewed tea; it’s an experience in itself. The mercury dips a bit more here; the daytime temperature hovers around 15°C in December.

3. Alappuzha – The Venice of the East

Alappuzha Places to visit in Kerala Top Destinations

Have you ever dined under the stars on a houseboat, gently swaying to the rhythm of the backwaters? If not, then Alappuzha, or Alleppey, is the place to be. As I drifted along the tranquil waters, the cacophony of city life seemed like a distant memory. The coconut trees swaying gently, the ripples in the water, and the sight of local life along the banks, it was a spectacle of simplicity and beauty. Remember, the nights on the houseboat can get cool, so pack some warm clothes.

The Alappuzha Beach is another spot that you shouldn’t miss. The lighthouse provides an excellent view of the beach, and you might even spot some playful dolphins if you’re lucky.

4. Varkala – The Hidden Gem

Varkala tour package places to visit during Kerala tour

Imagine a beach where golden sands meet turquoise waters, lined by tall cliffs from which springs a natural mineral spring. Sounds surreal, right? But that’s Varkala for you.

While the Varkala beach, or Papanasam beach as the locals call it, is perfect for a relaxed evening, the Janardanaswamy Temple, a 2,000-year-old temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, adds a touch of serenity. Don’t miss out on a rejuvenating Ayurvedic massage; it’s like therapy for the soul.

5. Thiruvananthapuram – A Blend of Culture and Nature

Kovalam tour package places to visit during Kerala tour

My journey ended in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city that has a little bit of everything. The majestic Padmanabhaswamy Temple, the tranquil Kovalam beach, the historic Napier Museum, or the picturesque Ponmudi hill station, the city offers an eclectic mix for every traveler.

A visit to the bustling Chalai market is also a must. You’ll find everything from spices to traditional Kerala sarees. And if you’re a foodie like me, do try the local delicacies – the flavor-packed ‘Sadya’ and the sweet ‘Payasam’.

Going to Kerala in December, please remember following

Here are some tips and important things you should know before traveling to Kerala in December:

1. Weather

In December, Kerala experiences a tropical winter, with temperatures ranging between 23-30°C. The highlands can be cooler, especially at night. It’s advisable to pack some light woolen clothing for the cooler evenings.

2. Clothing

Most of Kerala is quite conservative in its dress codes, particularly in rural areas and religious sites. Opt for modest attire. Lightweight, breathable clothes are ideal for the daytime, and a light jacket or sweater for cooler evenings.

3. Festivals

December is a time for various festivals in Kerala like the Cochin Carnival and Christmas. Participating in these events will give you a taste of the local culture and traditions.

4. Health and Safety

Carry a good quality mosquito repellent. Malaria is not common, but Dengue and Chikungunya can occur. It’s also good to be updated with routine vaccines before any international travel.

5. Respect Local Customs

When visiting religious places, be respectful of customs. Some Hindu temples may not allow non-Hindus to enter, and in many, you’ll need to remove your shoes before entering.

6. Local Cuisine

Kerala cuisine is rich and varied. Most dishes are coconut-based and may be spicier than you’re used to. If you have a sensitive stomach, eat moderately until you’re accustomed to the food.

7. Transport

Auto rickshaws and local buses are common forms of transport within cities. For longer distances, trains and private taxis are available. Always remember to negotiate prices before starting your journey in an auto rickshaw or taxi.

8. Language

While Malayalam is the local language, English is widely spoken and understood. Learning a few basic phrases in Malayalam, however, could enhance your experience.

9. Shopping

Kerala is known for its spices, tea, coffee, banana chips, and handicrafts. Don’t forget to buy some as souvenirs.

10. Responsible Tourism

Respect the local environment and culture. Avoid littering and minimize your plastic use.

In short, a little preparation can go a long way in ensuring that your Kerala trip is enjoyable and hassle-free.

What some travelers praised about visiting Kerala during December

Many travelers have sung praises for Kerala’s captivating beauty. Here’s what a few of them had to say:

1. Jane, United Kingdom

“Kerala is a paradise on earth. I was awestruck by the stunning views of Munnar tea plantations. The houseboat ride in Alleppey was an experience of a lifetime, the local cuisine was to die for, and the people were so welcoming. The elephant ride in Thekkady was thrilling, to say the least. I’ll definitely be back for more!”

2. Liu, China

“I found Kerala to be a cultural potpourri. I was mesmerized by the ancient temples and synagogues in Kochi, and the Ayurvedic treatment in Varkala rejuvenated me. A special mention to the Kathakali performance – a must-see for every tourist!”

3. Francisco, Spain

“Kerala’s beauty is enchanting. The serene backwaters, the aromatic spice plantations, the dense forests, the exotic wildlife – every aspect is amazing. The taste of Kerala’s traditional food still lingers in my mouth. If you want to experience the soul of India, visit Kerala!”

4. Naomi, Australia

“Kerala is an adventurer’s delight. I enjoyed the trek to Agastyakoodam peak, the wildlife safari in Periyar, and the bird-watching tour in Kumarakom. The local people are incredibly friendly, and the accommodations were comfortable. I can’t wait to return to explore more!”

5. John, USA

“I visited Kerala in December, and it was a perfect escape from the harsh winter back home during December. The weather was pleasant – ideal for beach-hopping and sightseeing. I also took an amazing cooking class in Kochi and learned to make some delicious South Indian dishes. Kerala is a hidden gem!”

It’s evident from these experiences that Kerala has left an indelible imprint on the hearts of its visitors, enticing them to return.

Each story reflects a different aspect of Kerala, illustrating how it offers something for every traveler. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and embark on your own Kerala adventure!

Experience the Magic of Kerala

So, fellow travelers, have you packed your bags yet? If not, what are you waiting for? Picture this: sailing softly through serene backwaters on a houseboat under a blanket of stars, strolling along sun-dappled beaches, or hiking through lush green tea plantations in the cool winter air. Intrigued? That’s the magic of Kerala for you, a paradise waiting to be explored.

Why should you choose Kerala, you might wonder? Let’s put it this way – where else can you revel in such a splendid confluence of culture, adventure, nature, and gastronomy? From the moment you set foot in this enchanting land, you’ll find yourself amidst sights, sounds, and flavors that have the power to stir your soul and etch unforgettable memories.

Imagine, savoring an array of spicy, tangy, and sweet delights – each dish telling the tale of a rich culinary heritage. Picture yourself watching a Kathakali performance, the dancers’ vibrant costumes, expressive eyes, and rhythmic movements bringing age-old stories to life.

Now think about the thrill of spotting an elephant in the wild, or the awe-inspiring sight of a rare bird spreading its wings against the backdrop of a clear blue sky. Envision the serenity that envelopes you as you surrender to the healing touch of an Ayurvedic massage.

All this and more await you in Kerala – God’s own country. It’s more than just a destination; it’s an experience that captivates your senses, refreshes your spirit, and leaves you with stories that you’ll recount over and over again.

So, here’s my appeal to you – break away from the monotony, embrace the extraordinary, and embark on the journey of a lifetime.

Book your trip to Kerala this December and let the magic unfold. Click on the link below to explore various tour packages crafted with love, keeping in mind the diverse interests of all our travelers.

Adventure is out there, and it’s calling you to Kerala!

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