Is it going to be safe travelling to Kerala in December in light of the flooding?

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Iím due to travel to Kerala in December. Will the situation improve and be safe travelling there by then?
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I think it's too early to say. The length of time is fine for the water to recede and evaporate, for roads to be repaired and most tourist infrastructure to be brought back up. Actually that should happen once the rainy season is past, so before December.
However, structrual damage to heritage buildings in Kochi area , wayanad etc is soemthing that may not even have been assessed by then. At this time, the focus is on saving lives, next will be the place and last will be buildings etc.
Someone local can comment better.
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Originally Posted by Gary Whitehead View Post Iím due to travel to Kerala in December. Will the situation improve and be safe travelling there by then?
I'm sure that flights will be landing, and I expect that trains will be running by then.

It will be important for Kerala to get its tourist industry up and running again, It is that thought that makes me hesitate to say anything negative but... I think it is a little too early for your question. Wait until the water has drained away, and people know what it left behind and what it didn't.

In the meantime, people planning trips there later this year could post their itineraries. Those with local knowledge can then advise if those places are in badly affected areas or not.
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Your question is vague. If you mean safe as in the flood situation will improve and rains will subside, then yes, it will be safe. But remember that after any mass flooding, it takes months to get sanitation back to normal, and so diseases and stuff cannot be ruled out, specially those spread by mosquitoes.

Having said that, hotel person will be looking to welcome guests to get back on track, roadside restaurant will looking for some customers and so will the auto guy who will wish to be busy like hell after the lull. So you going there will support the comeback in a small way.

If that is not what matters then you should check the ground situation again in November, depending on your interests and places, you will have a fairly good idea about whether it is worth going or not.
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Yes you should visit

I recall visiting mahabalipuram and a beach hotel a week after the typhoon hit the chennai coast in December 2011. They were very happy to see us and bent over backwards to keep us happy.

I expect the high end tourist hotels in Kerala will respond similarly. I have called a hotel in the kochi area , and they promised they'd be up and running.

Although no two disasters are the same, I would be surprised if they don't get ready in time for the peak tourist season. The airports, railroad stations should be up and running.

I plan to spend 3-4 days around Ernakulam and palakkad .
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Is it going to be safe travelling to Kerala in December in light of the flooding?

I can't remember what impact the 2011 storm had on Kerala (the cyclone that landed near Pondicherry? It didn't affect Chennai much).

If I remember correctly, there was a cyclone that hit the Kerala coast last year.

The one that hit us in 2016 was devastating in terms of tree destruction etc, but it was cleared up relatively quickly.

Even having lived in the 2015 floods here, I find it impossible to imagine how it must be for the worst hit areas of Kerala. We did not have fast flowing water and landslides to add to our woes.

It seems that with so much that is awful, people are still faking "news." On WhatsApp, yesterday, a flood video, complete with Malayalam voiceover, which I am guessing was from the Japan tsunami of a few years ago.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post If I remember correctly, there was a cyclone that hit the Kerala coast last year.

The effects of the cyclone hit Goa. Some of the beaches up and down the coast were closed because beach shacks were flooded and destroyed but not in Patnem where I was. Pretty close tho. It also hit Kanyakumari and parts of it hit Pondicherry the day after I left it last year.

My friends in Varkala never mentioned a cyclone hitting them and in fact called me in Goa to see if I was OK!
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post If I remember correctly, there was a cyclone that hit the Kerala coast last year.
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Originally Posted by Sama View Post My friends in Varkala never mentioned a cyclone hitting them and in fact called me in Goa to see if I was OK!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyclone_Ockhi#India_2
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According to government officials, about 33,000 people from Kerala and another 2,800 from Tamil Nadu were affected by the cyclone as of 30 November 2017. The Centre Government reported that 39 people had died 167 were missing after the Cyclone hit parts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
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Indeed. Had been monitoring the approach and path of that cyclone. I'm not a huge weather enthusiast, but luckily, others are, and Kea Weather Blog was there for us as it had been in previous years.

(I suppose it's about time I tuned in there for this year's NE monsoon.)



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