Winter Wonders: Unmasking the Mesmerizing Magic of Kerala

It was a crisp December morning when I first laid my eyes on Kerala, India’s southernmost state, fondly known as “God’s Own Country”. Oh boy, did that moniker ring true from the first breath I took of the sweet, dew-kissed air!

The Dawn at Munnar

As the sun began to peek over the emerald hills of Munnar, the scene unfolding before me was nothing short of enchanting. Have you ever watched the dawn break over a verdant sea of tea plantations? The lush, rolling carpets of green, bathed in the soft golden light of dawn, were a sight to behold. Imagine waking up to that every day, wouldn’t that be something?

Glimmering Backwaters and Serene Evenings

After Munnar, I headed towards the famous backwaters of Alleppey. Whoa, Nelly! The tranquillity of those waters, the way the setting sun painted streaks of crimson and gold on their surface – it felt like living inside an artist’s dream! As I gently drifted on a traditional ‘Kettuvallam’ houseboat, a sudden splash broke the surface – it was a kingfisher diving for its dinner! Right then, I had a thought – why settle for a standard hotel room when you can gently rock to sleep on the soothing waves of Kerala’s backwaters? A night spent on these floating wonders was indeed a dream come true.

Tasting Authenticity in a Spice Garden

Next, I found myself in a fragrant spice garden in Thekkady. Boy oh boy, the aroma of fresh spices, the sight of tall, sturdy cardamom plants, the trees laden with ripening pepper – it was like walking into the pantry of Mother Nature herself. Could there be anything more exhilarating than tasting the spices fresh from the trees? As I bit into a freshly plucked cardamom pod, its sweet, spicy, and utterly unique flavour hit me like a breath of fresh air. Ever tasted something so genuine, so pure? It was a sensory journey, a gastronomic revelation!

Joy in the Wilderness: Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

The grand finale of my trip was the visit to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. The sun was setting, casting long shadows when I caught sight of a majestic Indian elephant, gently ambling near the water’s edge with its calf. I held my breath, watching this beautiful scene unfold in the fading light. It was one of those moments when time seems to stand still, you know? I was awestruck, humbled by the raw beauty of nature. Isn’t it fascinating how a fleeting encounter can leave an everlasting impression on you?

Why Kerala Shines Brightest in December: An Unforgettable Winter Getaway

A lot of folks ask me, why should they pick Kerala for their winter vacation? Well, let me tell you, the reasons are many and mighty persuasive.

Perfect Weather

First up, the weather. It’s no secret that Indian summers can be a tad overbearing for some, and the monsoons, although beautiful, may dampen outdoor explorations. But come December? The weather in Kerala during winter is nothing short of perfection! Temperatures range between a balmy 23 to 30 degrees Celsius, making it the ideal backdrop for all your adventures, whether they are in the hills of Munnar or on the serene backwaters of Alleppey. Isn’t it fantastic when you can wander without worry, unburdened by sweltering heat or torrential rains?

Festive Vibes

Then, there’s the festive air. December in Kerala is a time of joyous celebrations and vibrant festivals. Be it the Christmas festivities echoing from the beautiful churches in Kochi or the grandeur of Vaikathashtami, a temple festival celebrated in Vaikom – you’ll find yourself immersed in a cultural extravaganza. Don’t you find it thrilling to get an authentic taste of a place’s traditions and celebrations? Trust me, it’s like unwrapping a present, except this one’s filled with culture, joy, and unadulterated human connection.

Off-Peak Crowd

Another reason to choose Kerala in December is the pleasant dip in tourist traffic. While it’s still a popular time to visit, it’s not as bustling as the peak winter months of January and February. Imagine having those breath-taking landscapes, almost all to yourself! You know what they say about the early bird, right?

Wildlife Wonders

Wildlife enthusiasts have another reason to rejoice. December marks the beginning of the dry season in Kerala, making it an optimal time for wildlife spotting at places like the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Who wouldn’t want to sneak a peek at the raw, untamed side of nature?

Vibrant Beaches

Lastly, let’s not forget Kerala’s stunning beaches. December is an ideal time to enjoy these sandy retreats. Whether you’re a beach bum, a water sports enthusiast, or a sunset lover, Kerala’s coastline will have you hooked. Imagine feeling the warm sand under your feet while the cool sea breeze whispers sweet nothings in your ear. Sounds heavenly, doesn’t it?

In a nutshell, Kerala in December offers a blend of perfect weather, vibrant festivals, less crowded attractions, incredible wildlife spotting opportunities, and the chance to unwind on serene beaches. It’s a smorgasbord of experiences that never fail to captivate the heart and soul of any traveller. So, why just dream about it when you can live it with Indian Tour Makers? Our meticulously curated tours promise to make your winter escape to Kerala nothing less than extraordinary. Are you ready to create memories that will warm your winters for years to come?

Immerse in the Vibrant Colors of Kerala: Fun Activities to Explore in December

Pack your bags and grab your sunglasses, because Kerala is a wonderland waiting to be explored! Here’s how you can soak in the magic of this southern gem, categorized by your interests:

Nature’s Playground

  1. Tea Plantation Walks: Munnar, with its lush tea plantations, is a must-visit. Walk through the rolling green estates, with the cool mountain air filling your lungs and the tranquillity washing over you.
  2. Backwater Cruise: Experience the serene beauty of Kerala’s backwaters by cruising on a houseboat in Alleppey or Kumarakom. Witness local life by the water, and if you’re lucky, a breathtaking sunset too.
  3. Wildlife Safari: The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is a paradise for nature lovers. Spot elephants, tigers, and a host of other animals in their natural habitat on a thrilling safari.
  4. Bird Watching: Kerala is home to several bird sanctuaries, including Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary and Thattekad Bird Sanctuary. Witness a variety of migratory and resident birds in these natural havens.

Culture and History

  1. Temple Visit: Explore the rich spiritual heritage by visiting historic temples such as the Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram or the Guruvayoor Temple in Thrissur.
  2. Kathakali Performance: Witness a traditional Kathakali dance performance, a vibrant art form known for its dramatic storytelling, elaborate costumes, and expressive makeup.
  3. Cuisine Tour: Indulge in a culinary journey through the local cuisine. Attend a cooking demonstration or relish a traditional ‘sadya’ meal served on banana leaves.

Sports and Outdoor Recreation

  1. Beach Sports: Hit the beaches in Kovalam or Varkala for some beach volleyball, frisbee, or a refreshing swim in the Arabian Sea.
  2. Boat Race: Watch a traditional snake boat race, a thrilling spectacle that showcases the athletic spirit of Kerala.
  3. Yoga Retreat: Take a refreshing break and rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul at one of the many yoga retreats scattered across Kerala.


  1. Trekking: Kerala is a haven for trekkers. With numerous trails in Munnar, Wayanad, and Periyar, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
  2. Water Sports: Get your adrenaline pumping with some water sports like parasailing, surfing, or jet skiing on Kerala’s beaches.

Downtown Life

  1. Shopping: Visit local markets in Kochi or Trivandrum to shop for spices, handicrafts, and the famous Kasavu sarees.
  2. Art Galleries: Check out local art galleries or museums to delve into the region’s artistic heritage.

Couple Activities

  1. Candlelight Dinner on a Houseboat: Experience a romantic candlelight dinner on a houseboat, under a canopy of stars.
  2. Ayurvedic Spa: Visit an Ayurvedic spa for a couples’ wellness treatment that will leave you both feeling rejuvenated.

Kid-Friendly Activities

  1. Visit to the Folklore Museum: Take your kids to the Folklore Museum in Kochi, a treasure trove of traditional art forms, toys, and musical instruments.
  2. Marine Drive in Kochi: A relaxing walk along the picturesque Marine Drive, with views of the backwaters and the bustling city, is a must.

Hiking and Camping

  1. Hiking in Thekkady: Thekkady offers several trekking trails through dense forests, offering breathtaking views and the thrill of spotting wildlife.
  2. Camping in Wayanad: Camp under the stars in the verdant hills of Wayanad. Enjoy a bonfire, a night trek, and wake up to the melodious songs of birds.

Beach Fun

  1. Beach Day: Relax on the pristine beaches of Kovalam, Varkala or Marari. Build sandcastles, take a dip in the sea, or simply soak up the sun.
  2. Surfing: Ride the waves at Kovalam beach. Surfing lessons are available for beginners as well.

Family Fun Activities

  1. Family Picnic at Veli Tourist Village: A perfect spot for a family picnic, this tourist village in Thiruvananthapuram offers beautiful gardens, boat rides, and a floating restaurant.
  2. Visit to Wonderla: This amusement park in Kochi is guaranteed to be a hit with kids and adults alike, offering a wide array of thrilling rides and games.

Exploring Kerala is all about immersing in diverse experiences that cater to everyone’s preferences. So what are you waiting for? Get ready to dive into the magic of Kerala with Indian Tour Makers!

Planning Your Dream Vacation to Kerala in December: Tips and Precautions

As enchanting as Kerala is, a successful journey to “God’s Own Country” requires careful planning and some precautions. Here are a few handy tips to ensure a smooth and enjoyable vacation:

Planning Your Visit

  1. Decide Your Itinerary: Kerala is a land of diversity, from serene beaches to lush hill stations and from tranquil backwaters to exotic wildlife sanctuaries. Depending on your interest, you may want to spend more time in a particular region. Research about the places you wish to visit and plan your itinerary accordingly.
  2. Book in Advance: December is a popular month for travel to Kerala due to its favorable weather conditions and festive atmosphere. Hence, it’s recommended to book your accommodations and transportation well in advance.
  3. Prepare for the Weather: Kerala during December has pleasant weather, but it can get cooler in the hill stations. Carry light cotton clothes for the day and light woollens for the cooler evenings, especially if you’re visiting the hills.
  4. Health and Safety Precautions: Ensure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before your trip. Check with your doctor if you need any specific vaccines or medicines based on the places you’re visiting and activities you plan to do.


  1. Travel Insurance: It’s always a good idea to have travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, trip cancellation, loss of luggage, etc.
  2. Food and Water Safety: Stick to bottled water, avoid street food if you’re not accustomed to spicy fare, and make sure any meat or seafood dishes are thoroughly cooked.
  3. Safety Measures: Always keep your belongings safe, beware of pickpockets in crowded areas, and avoid secluded places late at night.
  4. Respect Local Customs: Kerala is a culturally rich state with a diverse population. Always respect local customs and traditions. For example, most temples require you to remove your shoes before entering, and some even have a dress code.
  5. Responsible Tourism: Respect nature, don’t litter, especially while visiting the beaches or national parks. Remember, we are mere visitors, and it’s our duty to leave these places as beautiful as we found them.
  6. Stay Connected: Ensure you have a local SIM card or an international roaming plan to stay connected. Also, share your travel itinerary with a close friend or family member.
  7. Local Guides: While exploring off-beat paths or wildlife sanctuaries, always go with a local guide who knows the area well.
  8. Beware of Scams: Be careful when shopping for local goods or spices. Go to reputed shops to avoid being overcharged or sold inferior quality products.

Remember, every journey is more about the memories you make and less about the miles you travel. So plan carefully, take the necessary precautions, and get ready for an unforgettable journey through Kerala with Indian Tour Makers. Ready to create a symphony of memorable experiences?

Unwinding in God’s Own Country

To say that my journey through Kerala was a transformative experience would be an understatement. It was a revelation, a testament to the beauty and diversity of India’s landscapes, and a reminder of the simple joys that travel brings.

From the sun-kissed hills of Munnar to the mesmerizing backwaters of Alleppey, from the fragrant spice gardens of Thekkady to the wild beauty of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary – every moment was filled with awe, wonder, and an ever-growing love for this enchanting land.

Why simply read about it when you could experience it all firsthand? After all, isn’t life too short for “what ifs”?

At Indian Tour Makers, we craft experiences that transcend the ordinary, taking you on an unforgettable journey through the heart of Kerala. Our tour packages are tailored to quench your thirst for authentic experiences, designed with a deep understanding of this land’s rich culture, heritage, and natural beauty. Join us as we unmask the mesmerizing magic of Kerala this winter.

Are you ready to embark on a journey that you will cherish forever? Let’s turn those “what ifs” into cherished memories!


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