A must-see place in the world is Kerala, the land of alluring beauty. It is a destination that every travel enthusiast should visit at least once. Its warm, cosy climate and natural beauty make Kerala a great place to spend a holiday. There is a moderate climate in Kerala all year round. The temperature never goes up or down too much. While the rest of the country shivers due to the cold, tourists to Kerala could savour sightseeing. The month of December is undoubtedly the best time to visit Kerala with visitors from across India and the world. As Christmas and the New Year loom around the corner, Kerala is the perfect destination for an unforgettable year-end getaway.
The beauty of Kerala can be explored in a number of ways. Enjoy the backwaters by hiring a houseboat or go on a scenic trek through enchanting forests. You can also experience the cultural diversity of the state during this festival season. Some of the places you can include in your Kerala packages while visiting Kerala during the month of December are listed here. You can either rent a car from Trivandrum or Kochi to explore the below-listed places in Kerala in December.
Kozhikode is a city in Kerala that was once known as Calicut. The city was Malabar’s capital during the Zamorin dynasty 500 years ago, and is known for trading cotton and spices with Jews, Arabs, Phoenicians, and Chinese throughout history. This district, which is bordered to the west by the serene Arabian Sea and to the east by the peaks of the Wayanad hills, is a popular tourist destination with its tranquil beaches, lush green countryside, and historic sites. Vasco da Gama discovered India in 1498 and opened spice trade routes with the west when he landed on Kappad beach in Kozhikode. It is the centre for the marketing of commodities produced in Kozhikode and the nearby districts of Wayanad, Malappuram, and Kannur, such as pepper coconut, coffee, rubber, lemongrass oil, etc. The international travellers christened this district as ‘the noble emporium of India’ because it was the main business centre in Malabar and a major exporter to foreign countries.
Kovalam is a coastal town in Kerala famous for its resorts and Ayurvedic massage centres. The town is located approximately 13 km from Thiruvananthapuram. One of the largest beaches in Kovalam is lighthouse beach, which has a 30-metre lighthouse. Hawa beach and Samudra beach are two other nearby beaches. In the 1930s, Kovalam was a fishing village, but it gained fame during the hippie era in the 1970s, and it continues to attract tourists from Israel and Europe. Kovalam also serves as a shopping destination with an array of handicrafts, wooden statues & spices that make great takeaways, in addition to Ayurvedic therapies & massages.
If you are looking for an escape from the scorching heat of North India then Wayanad’s soothing temperature will amaze you. In addition to its cool temperature, it has untouched woods, misty mountains, and sprawling plantations. Known as the spice garden of India, Wayanad is blessed with many tourist attractions as well as vast orchards of different spices like cardamom, black pepper, star anise, fenugreek, black cumin, etc. This place has a distinctive fragrance from these green orchards of spices that are complemented by the aromas of coffee plantations, organic fruits and vegetables, and waving paddy fields. The city has so much greenery that it is home to numerous Wayanad Resorts, wildlife sanctuaries, wildlife reserves, and national parks that will protect the forest’s rural life. A hub for trekking, hiking, mountaineering, rock climbing, rappelling, camping, and many other adventures, Wayanad boasts mighty mountains, dense forests, and gushing rivers.
In the Western Ghats of Kerala, Munnar is a charming town and a picturesque hill station. Set at 6000 feet in Idukki, Munnar was the summer resort of the British rulers during the colonial era. The region is home to some of the rarest species of animals, including the Neelakurinji and Nilgiri Tahr, as well as a green belt of lush forests and unending tea estates. Due to its scenic valleys, mountains, and a variety of exotic vegetation and animals, it is considered one of the most sought after tourist destinations in South India.
This serene hill station in Kerala, referred to as Vagamon by locals, is situated near the Kottayam-Idukki border and has meandering rivulets, lush green hills and a pleasant climate throughout the year. In Vagamon, you’ll find tea gardens, pine forests, waterfalls, and mesmerizing meadows. There is a growing movement towards Vagamon as one of the best adventure tourism destinations in India, with tourists being offered activities such as trekking, rock climbing, and paragliding.