The magical land of Kerala is filled with tropical beaches, shimmering backwaters, coconuts, rich cultural traditions, and elephants. The warm and cozy tropical climate of ‘God’s Own Country’ is perfect for a holiday in December.
Kochi: Revel in the fervor of the year-end carnival
Live on a houseboat, explore the backwaters, eat traditional Kerala cuisine, go on scenic treks, visit mist-laden green meadows and go fishing with special Chinese fishing nets on your Kerala holiday. The whole festive atmosphere during this time also makes it one of the best places to go on a trip in December. So go ahead and explore the top 20 places to visit in Kerala in December.
Kochi Alleppey Backwaters Munnar Kumarakom Wayanad Thekkady Varkala Kovalam Thiruvananthapuram Kozhikode Thrissur Malampuzha Vagamon Bekal Nelliyampathy Poovar Ashtamudi Ponmudi Bandipur Kannur 1. Kochi: Revel In The Fervor Of The Year-End Carnival
Key attractions: Vypeen Island Zone, Fort Kochi, Paradesi Synagogue, Marine Drive, Santa Cruz Basilica are among the best places to visit in Cochin.
Alleppey Backwaters: Explore the “venice of the east”!
One of the best things to do in Kerala in December is to stay in a houseboat in the middle of the Alleppey backwaters as the Kerala weather in December is cool and dry and you will be able to enjoy the scenic surroundings. Devour traditional food of Kerala wrapped in banana leaves and observe lavish paddy areas below the water, go fishing with special Chinese netting, and enjoy the serene views of water lilies, ducks, and small chapels.
There is also a ten-day colorful festival called Mullackal Chiraq held here in December which is a fun event to witness. This is also the perfect weather to go kayaking and to visit the Elephant Camp at Punnamada Lake.
Key attractions: Alappuzha Beach, Kumarakom bird sanctuary, Marari Beach, Revi karunakaran museum, Punnamada Lake
Munnar: Get a feel of the charming colonial hill station
Encircled by the Anamalai mountain range, the beautiful hill station of Munnar is a sight to behold in the chilly winter season with mountain slopes covered in 80,000 miles of green tea farms surrounded by misty valleys and low flying clouds.
Visiting Munnar in December is an experience in itself as you get to enjoy the misty cold weather that can plunge right down to five degrees Celsius. Keep yourself warm with a hot cup of tea at the TATA tea museum and watch the beautiful waterfalls cascade down. There are also trekking routes, tea factories and little bungalows in Munnar that will give you an old world colonial feel.
Key attractions: TATA Tea Museum, Eravikulam National Park, Kundala Lake, Mattupetty Dam, Marayur , Lockhart Gap, Meesapulimala
Kumarakom: Stay in the lap of nature
One of the best places to see in Kerala in December is the palm-fringed streets of Kumarakom where you can stay in the lap of nature. The weather during this time is cool and makes for the perfect weather to explore the misty green mangrove forests, coconut palms lining the embankments and the shimmering backwaters.
Sail around the Vembanad Lake in this magical weather in a houseboat and watch migratory birds flock here from all around the country. You can also kickstart your New Year celebrations at some of the best resorts in Kumarakom.
There is also a bird sanctuary spread across 14 acres as well as a famous beach in this beautiful paradise.
Key attractions: Pathiramanal Island, Bird sanctuary, Kumarakom village, coconut groves, rice barges, Juma Masjid