Is it Safe to Visit Kerala Now

Kerala: A mix of tropics and history

What makes Kerala so special? And when is the best time to visit the Indian state's water network? You will find the answers in our series "Dream place of the day"

Whether as a little everyday escape for in between or as an inspiration for the next trip: In our series "Dream place of the day" we show you the most beautiful destinations in the world. Today: Kerala, the Indian state on the tropical Malabar coast on the Arabian Sea.

Welcome to Kerala! Welcome to India!

In addition to the popular beaches on the tropical Malabar coast, the Indian state of Kerala is known for the cultivation of tea and spices in the mountains of the Western Ghats as well as for the unique waterway network of backwaters in the hinterland of the coast. The waterway network stretches over 1900 square kilometers from Kochi to Kollam in the Indian state of Kerala. Coconut palms and mangroves form the backdrop, but also heavily agricultural sections with rubber plantations. The backwaters have served as trade and traffic routes for centuries. Typical means of transport are the wooden barges that slowly make their way along the water channels.

Where is Kerala located?

The state of Kerala hugs the tropical Malabar coast in the southwest of the subcontinent over a length of almost 600 kilometers.

What makes Kerala so special?

Kerala combines a lot of what all of India stands for in a small area. In the National parks like Eravikulam, elephants, tigers and langur monkeys roam about, in the Western Ghats spices and tea are grown fertile plains allow up to three rice harvests a year and life is unique Backwaters waterway network, lined with coconut palms and mangrove forests, shows the bright colors of India.

Say and write 29 larger lakes and lagoons, 44 rivers and a total of around 1500 kilometers of canals form the important transport network to this day. The backwaters connect the second largest city in the state of Kochi with the port city of Kollam in the south and have meanwhile also become interesting for tourism. Travelers can do this on passenger-friendly wooden barges Hinterland of the Malabar coast discover on a multi-day tour.

The coast itself is of course one of the highlights of Kerala. Palm-lined bays crowd close together. A good combination with a backwaters tour is for example Marari Beach, which is not far from the starting point of most of the Alappuzha tours.

A visit to the is also a must City of Kochiwhich is considered to be one of the must-see in South India. Here you can see the remains of the Portuguese fort from the 16th century, which also houses the tomb of the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama. The pompous palace of the Rajas also dates from the 16th century.

When is the best time to visit India and Kerala?

Little rain and temperatures around 30 degrees are expected in the months between December and April. Those who can live with a little rain and prefer fewer visitors come in May and November.