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Kerala Weather And Best Time To Visit Kerala
Weather in Kerala is tropical mostly. Kerala is a land with a coast running down its entire length and the Western Ghats forming a protective barrier against the dry winds from up north. The monsoons and the summers are the most distinct seasons here. Winter sees only a slight drop in temperature from the normal range of 28-380C (83-100 Degrees F) on the plains on the plains but drops to about 20 Degrees C (68 Degrees F) in the highlands. Kerala attracts a number of tourists each year. Winter and summer (November to May) are probably the best time to visit Kerala and also the peak tourist seasons. A cruise in the houseboats on the backwaters, the beauty of sunset over the Arabian Sea, boating in the Thekkady lake and trekking the highlands of Kerala during winter are unforgettable experiences. And for those, who really want to enjoy dramatic, cloudy skies, and feel the energizing smell of wet earth, the monsoons are for you.
Summer (March to May)
Towards the end of February temperatures start climbing and this heralds the beginning of summer in Kerala. Relatively higher temperatures and slight humidity are the characteristic of Kerala weather in the summers. The Western Ghats prevent the dry northern winds from entering the state and the Arabian Sea brings cool sea breeze that blows inward, moderating the heat of the land. You will also find erratic rainfall accompanied by thunder and lightning during summer here. Summer is a good time to explore the small towns and coastal villages, but don't stay out in the afternoon sun too long. Evenings are pleasant, and when it does rain, the weather gets really nice.
Monsoon (June to October)
Kerala Weather is characterised by a really long haul of a rainy period. The Southwest monsoon is the main rainy season in Kerala. Lying on the windward side of the Western Ghats and being the first state to be hit by the monsoon winds, Kerala receives copious torrential rainfall. Most of the state's rivers are fed by the monsoons so the sight of gushing streams and merry rivers is not uncommon during these months. The reverse monsoons or the northeast monsoons hit Kerala during the months of October and November. Heavy afternoon rains accompanied by thunder and lightning are the main characteristics of these two months. The days are warm and pretty humid but there is not much variation in temperature. Use this time to check out the flora and fauna of the state. The greenery everywhere is absolutely lush and the animals all come out to check out the nearest watering holes. But be wary of pests like leeches when going on hikes and trails!
Winter (November to February)
Winter in Kerala is a bit of a misnomer since there is only a slight drop in temperature from the normal range. However, head up to the hills and you will experience some real chills; places like Munnar and Wayanad are chilly during these months! For tourists who want to visit the beaches or cities, this is the best time to visit Kerala. The skies are open and sunny, the breeze is nice and cool and the air absolutely fresh after having been cleaned out by the long monsoon season preceding it. You can also use this period to explore the handicrafts villages, fairs and cultural performances. The maximum temperature in winter is about 25 Degrees C (77 Degrees F) while the minimum is about 20 Degrees C (68 Degrees F) in the towns and 5 degrees (41 Degrees F) in the hills!