Peak Season: The months of September-March see the most tourists in Kerala. This is when the monsoon season has given way to the winters, making for sunny skies and pleasant temperatures. Also, Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Kerala is a delight to experience.
Shoulder Season: The days during these months, June-August are very sunny, while the evenings are usually frequented by thunderstorms
Off-season: The summer months from April to May bring to Kerala fewer crowds, cheap tariffs and humid weather due to frequent rainfall. The state is less congested during this season and if you can brave the heat, this is the best time to plan a trip for the budget backpacker.
Budget for Kerala
For Budget Travellers: INR 500 - 800 a day
Accommodation in hostels and inns: INR 150 - 550
Food in local cafes and street eateries: INR 50 - 100
Public Transport in local trains and buses: INR 7 - 100
Sightseeing and Plays: INR 10 - 200
For Mid-range Travellers: INR 1500 to INR 3500 a day
Accommodation in mid-range hotels and homestays: INR 800 - 1500
Food in mid-range cafes and restaurants: INR 500 - 700
Local transport in local taxis: INR 250 - 400
Guided Tours: INR 10 - 1000
For Luxury Travellers: INR 5000 and upwards a day
Accommodation in 4* or 5* hotels: INR 3500 and upwards
Food in upscale restaurants and bars: INR 700 and upwards
Local transport in private cabs: INR 500 and upwards
Activities and Guided Tours: INR 500 and upwards
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Kerala is a tropical landscape of sweeping beaches, shimmering backwaters and silhouettes of Chinese fishing nets (Cheenavela). Stretching for 550km along the the Malabar coast, this state is home to a glut of vibrant festivals. Travel to Kerala for its palm-fringed shores, spice plantations and backwaters dotted with houseboats. There’s an assortment of places to visit and things to do on this coastal land for both tourists and backpackers. Start the day with a cinematic sunrise at the beaches of Alleppey, Kovalam and Varkala. Surf their topaz waters, and have steaming idlis for breakfast. To get a glimpse into Kerala’s heritage, take a walk through the forts of Anjengo in Varkala, Bekal in Kasaragod and the Koyikkal Palace in Thiruvananthapuram. If you are looking to escape the heat, head to the forested hills of Munnar, Wayanad, Thekkady and Vagamon. These hamlets are known over the world for their coffee, tea, spice and rubber plantations. Among the more active things to do in Kerala, a trek through the Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary, in search of the rare Nilgiri tahr, and one through the Periyar reserve for a herd of elephants, should definitely not be missed. Also, while you are here, make sure to catch a snake-boat race, a kathakali play or an extravagant temple festival, such as the Puram Festival in Thrissur.