Technically, you don’t need a reason to visit Kerala. With its diverse culture, lush scenery, and delicious cuisine, it just somehow gets a hold of you. And if it’s your first time visiting the place, then, oh boy! You’re in for a treat! We can go on and on about “God’s Own Country” and still words would fail to express its immeasurable beauty. Looking to spend the last month of the year somewhere far from the bustle? Then continue reading our article to find out some amazing things to do in Kerala in December.
Immerse Yourself In Wayanad’s Festival Of Lights – Karthigai
Wayanad, drawing its beauty from its waterfalls, aesthetic landscapes, and tea and coffee plantations, has been Kerala’s little pocket bustling with diversity. Here you will find people from various religious backgrounds, so there is always something to celebrate in this vibrant district. And out of the many festivals, you have Karthigai.
When you reach Wayanad during this time, you will find each temple having a bonfire where people burn their futile items. After this, they carry a flamed leaf (chootu) back home. This signifies the annihilation of darkness and evil, and it is a pretty sight to behold as the houses are illuminated with little lamps and fairy lights. On top of that, the food and beverages served are something to yearn for. While you indulge in the lighting, relish on some rava appam, peanut laddu, milk kesari, and poha sheera.
Unwind On The Calm Waters Of The Kumarakom
A trip to Kerala would be incomplete if you haven’t visited the soothing backwaters of the Kumarakom. Even if you sit along its banks, you will experience such immense peace that leaving the place would seem impossible. But the real experience is when you book a houseboat and cruise on the backwaters. This is one of the best things to do in Kerala in December when the weather is insanely plesant. If you’re looking to houseboat the blues away, Alleppey sees a lot of tourist traffic, but Kumarakom is more solitary and distant which makes it an ideal perfect getaway. After you have cruised the waters, feast yourself on some of the best dishes locally prepared at restaurants along its banks.
Luxuriate In The Serenity Of Kovalam
Many will recognize Kovalam because of its lighthouse by the sea. And many have sent postcards sporting this picturesque view to family, friends, or whoever. But, Kovalam is beyond just a fancy postcard that’s ultimately stuck on a fridge. It is a place known for its well-recognized Ayurveda schools. Head into Somatheeram Ayurveda Village and rejuvenate yourself with its unique massages. Trust us, you will feel so much more ready to take on the world.
The other side of Kovalam is its tropical side which is full of sandy shores and adventure sports. If it is your lifelong dream to sail like Sinbad The Sailor (without the shipwrecking part, of course), then visit Hawah Beach for their sailboats. To get a bird’s-eye view of the lighthouse, you can always paraglide at the Lighthouse Beach.
Have A Cup Of Chai In Munnar
Being in a hill station amid the December chill is surreal. And there is no better place than Munnar to scout a green tea expanse within scaling mountains reaching up to the misty sky. It’s like being in a video game altogether! Treks are organized as well, so you can get a closer look at the lush green tea estate and maybe understand the process of how tea is grown. While you’re down inhaling the sweet fragrance of the tea leaves, look up the hills to witness thick fog devouring the peaks!
Also, if you want to have an Instagram-worthy picture, then you can paraglide over the green tea estate as well. Think about the number of likes and shares you’ll receive on that post! And you can always crash at our goSTOPS Munnar property after an exerting day.
Some of Munnar’s breathtaking tea estates are:
- Kolukkumalai Tea Estate
- Sevenmallay Tea Estate
- Pallivasal Tea Garden (situated on the outskirts of Munnar)
Breathe The Intoxicating Aroma Of The Spice Plantations In Kumily
Located in the Idukki district of Kerala, this quaint village has a sweet-smelling aroma pervading the corners of its streets. This aroma is attributed to its spice plantations and, of course, due to the amount of spice sold in the market.
Cardamon is the most cultivated crop here. Its special variety called Cardamom Small adds a certain texture to the expanse since it grows about 1200 meters above sea level. A fun fact for you: around 70% of Kerala’s cardamom is exported from the plantations of Kumily.
Pepper plantations are in abundance as well. The shape the leaves take as they follow the sunlight is a sight to see, all coupled with the thin winter air brushing your cheeks. Many tours take you to these plantations, so book one and experience Kerala like never before.
Hear The Call Of The Wild At Thekkady
Now we come to the more raw side of Kerala. And this part is for all those who love a bit of adventure in their lives. Take a boat crossing Periyar Lake and reach Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, where you will truly understand how nature coexists with humanity. There is an abundance of treks and safaris waiting to guide you through the green mess of God’s Own Country. Apart from that, Garudan Thookkam, one of Kerala’s most celebrated ritual art forms, can be experienced through its Kali sanctuaries.
What Are You Waiting For?
Kerala is such an exotic destination that it has to be experienced at least once. The culture, the vibe, and most importantly, the people make up the warm and welcoming atmosphere Kerala possesses. And if you want to experience more warmth in your stay, then visit our goSTOPS properties in Munnar, Kochi, and Alleppey. We are just minutes away from major landmarks yet far from the bustle of city noise. This is an added cherry on the top!
Is December A Good Time To Visit Kerala?
December is hands-down one of the best times to visit Kerala. Exploring the spice plantations, wildlife sanctuaries against the chill but the pleasant climate is indeed convenient. Temperatures in December range between 25°C to 34°C making sightseeing enjoyable.
Is Kerala A Safe State?
Yes, Kerala is safe, especially for women. This means you can spend more time having fun than worrying about your safety in every street you walk on.
How Many Days Do You Need In Kerala?
Kerala is a huge state offering some pretty scenic destinations. Visiting them would require at least 3 – 6 days to cover half of them. But to truly enjoy Kerala, you need a 2-week vacation at the most. Of course, we have our goSTOPS property located in some major cities for you to crash in.