Kerala in May

#1 Feb 18th, 2009, 17:03
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I have wanted to go to Southern India for the last few years but have been very very poor - however this year looks like I will actually be able to live the dream!

There is just one problem - I am running this years London Marathon (for WSPA) and so will not really be able to go until after that. Which might be dicing a little closely with the old monsoon season...

I have read snonymous' post about Kerala last May - it sounds amazing AMAZING and it made me even more excited, but the weather isn't really mentioned too much, and that is my main concern... a few days of rain is no bother, I just woud prefer it not to hammer down for the whole time I'm there!

Any help VERY gratefully received.
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Hello Jakkijax

I dont know when the London Marathon is, - wish you all the best.

The monsoons start in Kerala anytime from the last few days of May to the first two weeks of June. Last year it was around 31 May, but the rains were deficient in 2008. I did not mention the weather as such in my Kerala post as the monsoons started the day we left.

In a normal monsoon season in Kerala, expect June to August inclusive to be with heavy downpours, easing off in September.

As to hammering down all the time, that is anybody's guess! It can rain for days on end, on the other hand it could just as easily rain for a few hours at night and not much or not at all during the day.

Preferably, try and schedule your trip from September onward, or visit neighbouring Tamil Nadu first [does not get much rain Jun - Aug, and also has so very much to offer] and come to Kerala later.
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hey you are fast! Thank you

Unfortunately I'm not travelling for any length of time - I'm fitting this around work so i have to literally go in and out in two weeks. But Kerala seems like perfect mix of beaches, scenery, wildlife, adventure, exploring, etc etc. I spent a long time in central america a few years ago and Kerala looks like an Asian version of a lot of places!!

The marathon is at the end of April - and I work at a magazine publishers where we need to take our holidays at certain times. If I don't go before July then I've missed my 'slot' for the year... maybe I should just be patient and go next year?

But then it will be busy and I kind of expect most of Kerala to be pretty quiet this time of year...

*conflicted*

I can go from mid-May onwards... if I go the second I can, I should really avoid the rains, shouldn't I? Like I say, I don't mind a few days of pelting rain, all adds to the experience - but it might get a bit frustrating if it's all we see!
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May should be okay for the most part, except that being a peak season, you should book hotels in advance.
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Really, it's a peak season? I thought it'd be really quiet on account of people avoiding the rainy season!

Sorry for being so questions questions, but all the info I have managed to find in books or on the net so far says peak season ends around March. Real life experience is much better though
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More on the weather in May - it is considered as one of the hottest (and sweat-iest)months in Kerala; you may have to bear 34-35 degree Celsius at a relative humidity of 80-90%! Even the hill stations (like Munnar) will not have a pleasant climate. Then comes the rain factor - last year or so, the month of May recorded heavy rainfall. However, the month of May is mostly dry except for the last week when the Monsoon starts; but there is no proper prediction mechanism in place and that may be a hit and miss. Another advice is to start early morning and get back to your residence by noon to avoid the harsh heat in the afternoon; then again set off after 4 pm.
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^^ That's ok, I'd rather have that than dry heat!

Am doing more reading on this forum - some posters have reported areas such as Varkala as being 'practically closed down' in May, while others say you'll need to book hotel rooms because its so busy! So confusing!!
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Peak Season is Nov - Dec - Jan

Monsoon time is Low season,Just like Goa.

May is very hot and humid though in Coastal Kerala.

Up in them there HILLS is the place to be.

vandy

BTW, the Monsoon was quite late and Light on last year.
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Agree with comments made by Vandy. Humidity is already hitting 90%plus on some days which tends to slow you down and can feel uncomfortable. Either head for the hills such as Munnar or Coonoor or make regular trips there to cool down a bit.
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Thank you all so much for replying, it really helps. Sounds like humidity might be a problem - and I don't fancy an unbearable holiday. Although I do want to spend a lot of time in the hills anyway, seeing the animals and the towns and the greenery etc - so maybe a day or two on the beach here and there might not be too bad?

Have just spoken to my publisher and it looks like I might be able to juggle deadlines and go in early October. That would be better, yes?

Not so busy as November, but after monsoon is all done and dusted
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Yes October might be better. You might get some rain at the back end of the monsoon (always a bit unpredictable) but it won't soil your trip. Last November was pretty quiet in fact in Kerala some hotels are reporting only 50% occupancy and with the global economy it is not likely to get much busier this year.
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I too would go in October rather than May. The heat and humidity in May just before the monsoon is extreme!

If you are heading to the beaches popular with western tourists (i.e. Varkala or Kovalam) both May and October are very quiet in terms of tourist numbers. Many places are not even open, especially the shops and restaurants specifically catering to western tourists. The highest season by far is Dec, Jan, Feb!

Snonymous is right about May generally being quite busy as May marks Indian summer holidays. Apart from the beaches, hotels in places like Cochin and even Kumarakaom may be quite full. However, long beach holidays are not really the order of the day for Indian summer holidays though some day-tripping is! You will see lots of day-trippers especially in Kovalam. The other related point worth noting is that the seas in Kerala at any time of year other than December to February can be quite rough!

However personally I have always really enjoyed Kovalam in October though! It is quiet, prices are lower and the waves make for excellent body-surfing! The rest of Kerala is nice then too! My last trip to Kerala was mid october!
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You are all so lovely and helpful

I think it's going to have to be October then - I don't mind a few days of rain at all - in fact I would imagine everything will be green and shiny and lovely after the monsoon has been. Hurrah!

You have frightened me a little by saying things will be shut though. Will we still be able to eat/sleep easily?! Should I just suck it up and go early next year when it will be really busy
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October should be fine! Well at least when I was there it was! I remember talking to the manager of the Hotel I was staying at in Kovalam who was telling me that he will always give special price to "..the season-opener fellows" who come in October!
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In all the Times I have visited Kerala it's been in October, I would however like to visit one time
During the monsoon and another time when the mangoes are fruiting which I think is around Feb -
March.

Experienced some rain last Oct, but no big deal.

vandy


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