Plan your trip during best season to experience the best of this stunning destination
Varkala is a perfect location for Ayurveda, rejuvenation, and quiet contemplation, and while Kerala is sunny and warm all year round, humidity levels and prices vary.
The monsoon season spans from June through to October. Although torrential rain and widespread flooding make this an imprudent time to undertake outdoor adventure activities, monsoon season is also known as Ayurveda season. The intense humidity creates the perfect conditions for you to get the most out of your Ayurveda treatments. If it's quiet contemplation and Ayurveda you're after, monsoon season is the one for you! It's also the perfect time to take advantage of off-season prices. Varkala is firmly on the beaten path, especially amongst beach-going backpackers, so this is an excellent chance to enjoy a quieter, more contemplative holiday here.
September, at the tail end of the monsoon season, is an exceptional time to visit. Prices are still off-season, but the mountains, forests and waterfalls are at the peak of their luscious green beauty. The coconut groves Varkala is known for will be in full flowering. 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, with pleasant temperatures reaching highs of 30 degrees. While this is the perfect time to visit Varkala, beware of the peak season prices from December to January, as well as larger crowds.
Between March and May, Kerala's summer hits its peak, with sweltering and humid weather, making conditions less than ideal for anything but doing nothing. If you enjoy hot, wet heat, take advantage of the off-season prices, and enjoy luxurious Ayurveda treatments and lush nature.
For the best Ayurveda conditions and off-season prices, avoid the masses and visit during monsoon season, but winter (December to February) is when conditions are ideal for enjoying the beach and the outdoors.