December is the last chance to have a memorable holiday before the year ends in regret. So, for the grand chance to have a last blast before the calendar changes, check out the exotic places to visit in Kerala. Beautiful beyond words, Kerala offers ample opportunities to celebrate, relax, try out new experiences and have a vacation that makes you look forward to the New Year.
Cruise backwaters on a luxury houseboat, walk amid lush tea gardens, spot wildlife in the verdant jungles, pamper with some Ayurveda massages, relax on a sun-kissed beach, savour the cuisine, attend folk performances, go sightseeing, try adventure sports among many other things on a holiday in Kerala with family, friends, your partner or even solo.
Kerala has a lot of surprises in December, the weather is at its best, there are festive occasions and lots of places to visit, things to do and experiences to try. While planning your visit, take a look at our handpicked list of best places to visit in Kerala.
On the very top of our list is Kochi as this harbour city is the gateway to God’s Own Country. Though always exciting, the fervor rises in December as Kochi celebrates the year-end carnival takes place during this time.
What’s special in Kochi in December- The 10-day carnival that starts on the 22nd December and ends on 31st December. Highlights include music bands, bike races, fire displays, beach football, floor drawings, and swimming competitions, grand procession with bedecked elephants, folk art forms and spectacular floats.
Alleppey is officially known as Alappuzha and one of the most sought after tourist destination in Kerala. Bordering the Laccadive Sea and boasts of palm-fringed beaches, Alleppey is popular for its interlinking canals and backwaters. The network of blue lagoons is an exotic beauty but making it special is the scenic surroundings, chirping of birds and the distant villages. The soft sandy shores lead to the cerulean Arabian Sea offers a beach break, heritage and cultural tour. Backwaters are among the best tourist attractions in Alleppey where travellers can stay in houseboat and make their vacation memorable.
What’s special in Alleppey in December – The ten-day colorful festival of Mullackal Chiraq held in December. Also, the perfect weather to enjoy overnight houseboat cruise on backwaters and the Alleppey beach. Even the experience of traditional Ayurveda massages suits the pleasant winter temperatures.
Tucked in the Anamalai mountain range of the Western Ghats, the hill station of Munnar is a sight to behold and one of the most beautiful places to visit in Kerala. Dotted with emerald tea gardens, the town puts a spell on visitors especially the couples on honeymoon in Kerala. Though the hill town does not receive snow the weather is very chilly. Trekking, wildlife excursions, and sightseeing are the
What’s special in Munnar in December – The chilly weather of Munnar makes your visit very special. Learn about tea-making at the TATA tea museum and sip on the warm brew. Explore the trekking routes in the Eravikulam National Park or go chasing the Nilgiri Tahr. Walk and explore the colonial bungalows and rolling landscape.
Nestled in the lush environs of the Western Ghats, Thekkady is one of the exotic places to visit in Kerala. Well-known for its wildlife haven -the Periyar National Park and spice gardens, Thekkady is amazing to explore in December. The Periyar National Park offers an exciting jungle safari that offers the chance to spot elephants, tigers, sambars, gaurs, the very rare lion-tailed macaques, deer, etc. The fragrant spice gardens offer the chance to learn about spice and its therapeutic uses.
What’s special in Thekkady in December- The weather is perfect for a break from city life. There are scenic wildlife boat rides on the Periyar Lake, jungle patrolling, stay in the jungle lodges and other experiences.
Kovalam is one of the most beautiful beach destinations in India and idyllic for couples in Kerala. The scenic sandy beaches and the blue sparkling waters are the perfect settings to bask in the sun. There are thrilling adventure sports, soothing Ayurveda massages, mouth-watering dishes and more. Reinvigorate for the New Year and give up all the stress of the year in the blissful setting.
What’s special in Kovalam in December- Beach carnivals held in December are full of fun and frolic. If you want some quiet moments there are some amazing beach resort offering sessions of yoga, Ayurveda therapy, mediation and more.
Wayanad is a beautiful hill station with its backdrop of the Western Ghats and is blessed with immense natural beauty. Stay at the treehouses, go sightseeing, or explore the scenic trails that lead to the Chembra Peak with a stop at the heart-shaped lake. Chembra Peak is one of the best places to visit in Wayanad and a paradise for nature lovers.
What’s special in Wayanad in December- The popular Malayali festival of Karthigai where earthen lamps are lit is a beautiful occasion.
Kerala is a matchless beauty and no doubt why it is known as ‘God’s own Country’. It offers memorable experiences for holidays and an amazing place for family, friends and couples. So, what are you waiting for? Plan a trip to Kerala in December and experience the charisma of this enchanting state.