Kerala Backwaters which is synonymous with Kerala is a scenic network of lakes, rivers,lagoons and canals that is parallel to the Arabian Sea coast and runs inland in the coast of Kerala, from Cochin to Kollam (Quilon).
The long coast line of around 590 kilometers on one side and western ghats on the other side in Kerala ensures that the climate of Kerala is neither too hot nor too cold, one of the reasons because of which it is slowly emerging as an all-season destination, although the period between October and April are considered best, as this time offers moderate temperatures around Kerala, making it ideal to visit the marvelous state.
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Serene backwaters and verdant hill stations as well as the stunning beaches with historical palaces that embraces rich cultural heritage – The choice that Kerala offers to any guest is endless and there is so much to explore in Kerala but most guests ensure that they never miss a Kerala Houseboat Experience when they come for a visit in God’s Own Country.
Traditionally, the period from August to March has been considered a good time to travel to Kerala and the period between June and August is considered the best time for getting Ayurvedic treatments, for which Kerala is renowned worldwide.
So what is the best time to visit Kerala backwaters?. Should you visit it at the best time for Ayurveda treatments or the peak season ?You can take a backwater cruise irrespective of the season but Kerala has a knack of throwing up sudden bursts of showers in monsoon and if it is a heavy shower you may not enjoy as much as you would wish to.
Kerala backwaters is ideal for a visit at any time of the year but if you have a choice then plan your visit to backwaters between August and May so that you avoid monsoons and enjoy the experience of tranquil, palm fringed backwaters of Kerala to the maximum.
You can hire a houseboat, shikara or motorboat to enjoy the Kerala backwaters and houseboat is the most preferred option with the tourists vising Kerala. Some people find that the monsoon season has special appeal and choose to combine their houseboat hire with an ayurvedic treatment. March to May gets very hot and humid, so if you hire a houseboat during this time, an air conditioned one is definitely recommended. Peak season is from December to the end of January, when the weather is cooler and dry, but the rates are also highest in the peak season and the backwater ways in Alleppey and Kumarakom will be too crowded as well.
Whenever you are visiting, you can also choose between an overnight cruise or a day cruise in a houseboat .There are so many houseboats for hire at Alleppey that it’s advisable to book in advance with a tour operator especially in the peak season as the availability of quality boats drops dramatically, and prices get hiked. As prices aren’t properly regulated, they can fluctuate widely.