Climate in Kerala can be divided into 4 seasons – Winter, Summer, South-West Monsoon and North-East Monsoon. Kerala is an all season destination and tourists visit Kerala in all these seasons. However monsoon is a season that cannot be experienced anywhere else and starts religiously on June 1 every year in Kerala. Monsoon brings joy to other parts of India as well as it renews everything afresh and brings vitality to the climate.
The intoxicating smell of the dry Earth getting drenched, the splashing waters and the tiny paper boats sailing on the clogged water are the scenes visible only in Kerala during Monsoons. After the long summer months when the heat and the dust ruled the roost, the monsoons are a welcome change. The farmers rejoice in the showers that promise to bring them prosperity.
Photo Courtsey – Anoop Negi
Monsoons the season of rainbows and raindrops is certainly not to be wasted if you want to visit Kerala. The very special season of the year, Monsoon brings everything to you fresh. The washed streets and the fresh leaves seem to smile with you. Monsoons are fun time. Getting wet, splashing and swimming or wading through knee deep waters, sailing paper boats are some little deeds you may indulge in.
Monsoons are the best time to rejuvenate with Ayurveda.Traditionally, according to ayurvedic physicians, rejuvenation therapies have their best effect during the wet monsoon months, when the winds and the cold temperature render the body especially amenable to the therapeutic and restorative powers of the herbs and concoctions used in ayurveda.
Seasons other than Monsoons in Kerala are Winter and Summer
|Winter||November – February||18°C – 25°C||25 mm|
|South West Monsoon||June – September||20°C – 29°C||2500 mm|
|North East Monsoon||October – November||28°C – 35°C||500 mm|
|Summer||March – May||30°C – 36°C||135 mm|
There are two types of Monsoons in Kerala – Southwest Monsoon and Northeast Monsoon
Southwest monsoon is the main rainy season in Kerala. This season ( Edavappathi – as the rains starts by the middle of the Malayalam month Edavam ) begins by the end of May or early June with the outset of the southwest monsoon winds. The next few months are periods of torrential rain. Lying on the windward side of the Western Ghats and being the first state to be hit by the monsoon winds, Kerala receives copious rainfall. Almost 85% of the rains received in Kerala is contributed by the monsoons. The slopes of the Western Ghats are among the places in India which receives the highest amount of rain. Most of the rivers of Kerala are fed by the monsoons. The southwest monsoon in Kerala lasts till the end of September.
North East Monsoon in Kerala: Also known as the Retreating Monsoon or the Reverse monsoons, northeast monsoon hits Kerala during the return of the southwest monsoon winds. These rains ( Thulavarsham – as it rains during the Malayalam month of Thulam) are in the months of October and November and sometimes lasts till December. Heavy afternoon rains accompanied by thunder and lightening is the main characteristic of the season. Days are warm and humid but there is not much variation in temperature.
Climatic condition of the Earth has been changing over the past few years. This global change in weather have their effect on Kerala as well. The information provided here is based on the details available over the past 50 years.