Kerala is the popular tourist destination. It is best to visit Kerala during December since you can witness the state’s cultural festivals, rituals and traditions followed. Kerala attracts travelers with its numerous attractions ranging from caves, beaches, valleys and hills. Here listing some of the best places to visit in Kerala in December.
Kochi is a gorgeous place to visit in December. It hosts the year end carnival at this time of the year. During this 10 days carnival, you can indulge in various activities like bike races, beach football, fire displays, swimming competitions and a lot more. Floor drawing is another unique activity over here. The Mattancherry Palace decorats beautifully during this time. 31st December ends with a grand procession with fancy dress, music bands and elephants. You can even enjoy at the Chinese Fishing Net Bridge, Santa Cruz Basilica, Fort Kochi, Marine Drive and Paradesi Synagogue for a different experience.
Popularly known as the Venice of the East for its backwaters and stay in the houseboats, Alleppey is a best place to visit for December vacation. The weather remains cool during December and it is a perfect time to enjoy the scenic beauty of the place. You can enjoy yourself at the Mullackal Chiraq Festival- a colourful festival held in December. You can even go for kayaking at this time of the year and you can go for fishing here using the special Chinese netting. Among the nearby places, you can visit the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Punnamada Lake, Marari Beach and the Alappuzha Beach.
Munnar is a beautiful colonial hill station surrounding by Anaimalai mountain range. The freezing winters and the misty cold weather makes it a great place to visit. The mountain slopes and the green tea farms look beautiful during this time. At times, the temperature even goes down to 5 degrees giving a freezing effect. You can visit the Tata Tea Museum, Kundala Lake, Lockhart Gap, Eravikulam National Park, Mattupetty Dam, Meesapulimala and Marayur. The little bungalows there takes you to the colonial era.
If you want to stay in the lap of nature, Kumarakom is the perfect place of visit. The palm fringed streets, the mangrove forests, the cool weather, the beautiful backwaters and the shimmering embankments are the most attractive features here. You can sail around the Vembanad Lake and visit the large bird sanctuary too. It spreads up to 14 acres and during Christmas. Large number of migratory birds flock here. The weather remains cool and calm at this point of time. Some of the major attractions during this time are the Rice Barges, Coconut Grove, Jama Masjid and Pathiramanal Island.
Karthigai festival is celebrated during the month of December. It is known as the Festival of Lights. It is a Malayali festival and is popular in Kerala. Burning torches were made up of palm leaves which were brought to their homes after the bonfire. You can see the scenic lighted background of Wayanad during December. You can visit other tourist places like Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, The Chembra Peak, Edakkal Caves and the Meenmutty Falls. The villagers are seen carrying a burning torch during this Festival of Lights.
It is best to visit Thekkady during December. The Periyar national park is a major attraction here. You can go for a jungle safari and spot various animals like the bisons, boars, leopards, lion tailed macaques and others. You can even enjoy wildlife boat rides around the Thekkady Lake during this season. The Garudan Thookkam Festival is hosted during this time of the year. Garudas, which is a ritual dance is also performed during this time.
At Varkala, you can enjoy the vibrant beauty of nature. It is a scenic place in Kerala which becomes lush green after the monsoons, during the winter season. It is a good idea to visit it during the winter because of the golden sands of the beaches. The cool weather during this time makes it ideal to take a stroll along the beaches, like the Papanasam Beach. You can attend the Sivagiri Festival which is held during that time of the year. Other major attractions are the Janardana Swami Temple, Sivagiri Mutt, Kappil Lake, Varkala beach and others.
The beach carnival in Kovalam is amusing and entertaining. During the New Year, it fills with fun and glory. The beach carnivals puts you into a complete festive mood. The beaches are a great sight during the winter nights. The major attractions are the Lighthouse Beach, Kurumkal Hillock, Hawah Beach, Vizhinjam Mosque and the Samudra Beach.
Thiruvananthapuram is a great place for the Christmas fervour and the shopping extravaganzas. It takes you away from the chaos and bustle of the daily drudgery. It is popular for the idyllic beaches and the rich culture. Moreover, Thiruvananthapuram is a beautiful city where you can enjoy the nice cold weather during this time. The Theyyam Art Form is popular here. The International Kite Festival is also takes place during this time. The lagoons and the backwaters can be visited during this season. Other places that can be visited are the Kowdiar Palace, Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, Attukal Temple, and the Padmanabhaswamy Temple.
At Thrissur, you can find decorative elephants, festive traditions and colourful cultural festivals held during this time. The Guruvayur Ekadasi and the Chembai music festival are the main festivals during this time. The place is lavishly decorats in the festive spirit. You can visit other places too like the Viyyur Jail Park, Thrissur Zoo, Thampuran Palace, Athirapally Waterfalls and the Shaktan Palace.
Vasco da Gama has first set his foot in Kozhikode. Many percussion events and elephant parades are holding in December. There are many rituals to do during December. You can relax yourself in the Kozhikode Beach. Other places that you can visit are Sarovaram Biopark, Mananchira Park, Beypore, Dolphin’s Point, Kappad Beach and Thusharagiri Waterfalls.
Malampuzha is known as the Vrindavan of Kerala. It has serene rivers and mountains during this season. The fountains, pools and the freshwater aquariums looks even more beautiful during this time. The Japanese park and the rock garden looks gorgeous because of its diverse flora and fauna. You can stroll along the hanging bridge in the Japanese park. The Fantasy Amusement Park is another attraction for its fun filled rides. Other attractions are the Malampuzha Dam, Snake Park, Thread Garden and the Ropeway Ride.
Vagamon is popular for its cascading waterfalls and the fertile valleys. The cool mountain air during the winters makes it a perfect weekend getaway. The tea gardens, the meadows and the trekking routes are just perfect and are worth visiting during the winter. You can even try paragliding during this time. There are other attractions to see like the Kurisumala Pine Hills, Vagamon Meadows, Thangal Para, Kurisumala Ashram and Pullikkanam Estate.
It is the best place to enjoy the buffalo races. They take place during December. Many rituals and grand festivals take place during this time. The fireworks displays which take place at the time of the Pattulsavam Festival is a special attraction. The Kambala buffalo races should not be missed. You can also visit places like Bekal Fort, Bekal Beach, Kappil Beach and Kodi Cliffs during the winters.
The scenic beauty and the trekking routes of Nelliyampathi attracts a huge number of tourists during the winters. It is the perfect time to trek over here. The valleys and the evergreen forests are the major attractions. You can spot many squirrels and bisons during this time of the year. Other attractions are Raja’s Cliff, Padagiri, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary and the Nelliyampathy Hills. It has a resplendent beauty during the winters.