Kerala is the most beautiful during the monsoon season and Monsoon is the best time to experience the magic of the nature. The atmosphere is dust-free, everything is green and lushy and everyone seems to be happy…
Kerala has two rainy seasons: Southwest Monsoon in June-July and the Northeast Monsoon in October. For me, Southwest Monsoon is the best time to visit Kerala and enjoy its beauty in her liquid form adorned with wet green palm leaves.
I visited Munnar and Periyar last year in mid July. Munnar (munnaru – three, aaru – river) is a hill station at the Western Ghats surrounded by beautiful tea gardens, waterfalls, lakes and wildlife sanctuaries. It is situated at the height of 1600 m above sea level in the confluence of rivers Mattupetty, Kannimala and Nallathanny. Munnar is also famous for the wild orchids locally called Neelakurinchi which blooms once in 12 years. There is also a small Tea Museum in the town where you can see how tea is produced. Munnar town is a small and busy town and if you are planning to stay there it’s better to book your acommodation in advance.
Periyar National Park (also known as Thekkady and Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ) is the protected area and elephant reserve. There is also a tiger reserve but it stays closed during the monsoon season. Elephants like rain, tigers don’t. There are huge jackfruit trees all around. It’s the most exotic fruit I have ever tried. Elephants also like them very much. Activities you can enjoy at elephanth reserve are elephant riding (around 400 Rs , 30 min) and elephant bathing (1000-1500 Rs).
“The earth has music for those who listen.”