Kerala, one of the most sought destination among travellers in India that tops the list of backpackers throughout the year. Known as Gods own country, blessed with beautiful golden beaches, astounding backwaters, tea gardens, wildlife, waterfalls, lakes, lofty mountain ranges, powerful art forms, colourful flora and fauna. All 34 lakes in Kerala are bestowed with water throughout the year, some with fresh and other with saline water. This monsoon if you want to enjoy your holidays in the solitude of nature far from the maddening crowd amidst the lovely backwater, Kerala will not disappoint you. Let’s know the best offbeat backwaters you must visit during monsoon.
Vembanad Lake in Kumarakom is an offbeat destination without compromising on beauty. Relatively unexplored algae rich green water is the longest lake in India and the largest in Kerala. The lake is blessed with both fresh and brackish water, divided into two parts by a saltwater barrier, you can easily notice the difference between two. While sailing along the lake you will notice 3 beautiful districts in its surroundings which, an incredible experience. To relish the real beauty of the lake, book your stay in a houseboat for three nights and spend every night in a different island along with the delicious dining experience amidst the captivating nature. Go birdwatching in Kumarakom bird sanctuary, attend snake boat race during Onam and experience houseboat on the backwaters of the lake.
Ashtamudi backwaters have 'eight braids' that’s why it is known as Ashtamudi (Ashta: 'eight'; mudi: 'hair braids') in Malayalam, situated in Kollam District with an area of 1700 Sq.km. It is Kerala’s unrevealed secret which is also known as the gateway to the backwaters of Kerala, a lush green land famous for its houseboats and backwater resorts. Rich in mineral and populated with innumerable species of life, 40 species of wetland birds and 26 species of butterflies as well as more than 50 species of avifauna.If you an adventure yet comfortable stay in the Gods’ own country, book a tour package from eKerala. A delight for nature lovers with lovely resorts at backwaters providing a unique opportunity to stay in the floating huts. Bird watching, houseboat tours and relaxing Ayurvedic therapies are few of the most enjoyed activities whenever you are in Ashtamudi Backwaters of Kollam.
Thiruvallam Backwaters, situated in Thiruvananthapuram, is one of the lovely offbeat backwater destinations, a beautiful secret which is not revealed to everyone. A perfect place for nature and photography lover because its less crowded along with the pristine beauty of nature. The rivers Killi and Karamana meet here before merging in the Arabian Sea. With coming up of blissful monsoon, this backwater becomes more charming with lush green vegetation, scenic beauty all around and lots of water birds to capture and cherish for a lifetime. You can also visit nearby Parashuram temple which remains crowded, lots of devotees come to seek blessing and pay respects to the legendary founder of Kerala.
Poovar backwaters, situated near Kovalam, is an incredible island, a real paradise and one of the must-visit offbeat destination when you are in Kerala. This lovely island stands out for its unexplored golden sand beaches, scenic backwaters and the long stretches of coconut palms. A beautiful destination, very few people know about this paradise making it less crowded& enjoyable. The interesting thing is, the island is surrounded by small canals and Neyyar River, with the monsoon comes numerous types of water birds including night heron, kingfisher, black darter, Indian Cormorant eagle etc. adding on to the beauty of the site.
Kavvayi Backwaters at Payyanur in Kerala are formed by a cluster of islands on River Kavvayi. This third largest backwaters in Kerala is fed by four rivers and remains as a lesser-known destination among travellers. The perfect place to enjoy the mesmerising beauty of backwaters during your Kerala travel, dotted with several small and large beautiful islands, Valiyaparamba Island is the largest among them. This offbeat destination will make you fall in love with nature and its solitude all over again. There are no cruises, you can enjoy your day relaxing and walking along the stunning backwaters or ride in country boats while exploring and relishing the scenic diversity, especially during Monsson when everything looks overwhelmingly beautiful.
The little offbeat Valiyaparamba Backwaters in Kasaragod is an offbeat destination that attracts true nature lovers. One of the most captivating backwaters created by merging of four rivers, small heaven dotted by a petit island. Houseboat ride is one of the rememberable experience because it is surrounded by greenery, inhabited by diverse wildlife and migrated birds.
Monsoon adds on to the beauty, the sprinkling raindrops make them lush green and eye-soothing while making the raindrops over the leaves, glow like a pearl, an incredible view. You can also add some adventure to the trip and indulge in hiking, boating, or bird watching to the Mangrove Trail of Malabar. Don’t miss the ferry ride and trip to the Bekal fort and Chandragiri Fort as well as the astounding magical view of the sunset at Kasaragod.
The ideal time to cherish the charismatic beauty of Kerala is between Dec to Feb, however, monsoons are also considered as the perfect time because of the different famous local festivals held during this time. Also, it’s the best time for Ayurvedic Treatments because the weather is moist, cool and dust-free which helps in opening up of the pores in your skin while making the therapy more effective. The nature on the other hand with lush green mountains and blooming flowers will delight you with enchanting views. Don’t worry, the monsoon in Kerala is not accompanied by continuous rain over days and weeks. Typically, it rains for few hours followed by golden intervals of soft sunshine through the wet palm leaves, you can bask in the sunlight or enjoy the calm darkness of the monsoons. The temperature remains lovely between 23 to 29 degrees, making monsoon one of the ideal times to plan your escape in the serenity of Kerala.