Plan your trip during best season to experience the best of this stunning destination
Thiruvananthapuram is the best of all worlds, with beach glamour, cultural and historical landmarks, and bountiful nature in and around the city. As such, it is undoubtedly an all-weather destination, whether you want to sightsee, lounge at the beach or engage in outdoor adventures. Choose your timing based on the type of holiday you’re after, and enjoy this Queen among cities!
The monsoon season spans from June through to October. Torrential rain and widespread flooding make this an imprudent time to undertake outdoor adventure activities, but it’s the perfect period to take advantage of off-season prices and explore the cultural delights of Thiruvananthapuram. The humidity brought by the rains breaks up the dry heat of summer.
September, at the tail end of the monsoon season, is the ideal time to visit. Prices are still off-season, but the mountains, forests and waterfalls are at the peak of their luscious green beauty. Furthermore, around the August/September period Keralites celebrate the Onam Harvest Festival with Snake Boat Races, in a tradition dating back to paddy-field workers showing off their skills in the water as they harvested the rice. Today, villagers emulate them by competing against each other in beautifully handcrafted boats.
The weather is cooler and drier between October and February. While this is the perfect time to visit beaches, beware of the peak season prices from December to January, as well as larger crowds. If Thiruvananthapuram is not your principal beach destination, I would avoid it during these months.
Between March and May, Kerala’s summer hits its peak, with sweltering, but dry, heat. Conditions might be less than ideal for anything but doing nothing, and touring around Thiruvananthapuram visiting the many sites will probably be a little uncomfortable. However, a few pre-monsoon showers in April and May usually break up the heat a little bit, and prices will be lower.