Kerala Weather in December

December 9, 2011

Hows the weather going to be in Kerala during our trip, specifically around Munnar, Alleppey and Cherai Beach ? Anything that you'd want us to know, and take care of, before we leave for there ?

Kerala  •  India  •  Cochin  •  Alleppey  •  Munnar
December 10, 2011

Weather in Kerala

The coastal state of Kerala has beautiful weather almost throughout the year, with no dry spells. Although it gets a wee bit wet during the monsoon, December is a wonderful time of the year to visit. I have done some research on the three places, and found out the general weather you can expect during your holiday. I say general, as the weather is fickle, and is one of the most unpredictable force of nature. 

Sunset Kerala (Source: Ramanathan Kathiresan)

1. Munnar

Munnar is one of the most visited hill stations, with lush green landscapes, the weather is typically temperate throughout the year, and tourist flock here to escape the harsh summer months. December can be extremely cold ranging anywhere from 0⁰C to 28⁰C. So pack your woolens and choose a hotel that has central heating or a fireplace. There is also a possibility for rain, so pack some rain gear as well.

Munnar (Source: Munnar)

Here's a brief overview.

Munnar experiences a moderate climate throughout the year. Summers (March to May) are pleasant and the temperature ranges a maximum of 25C to minimum of 15C. Winters during December to February are cool and temperature comes down to 10C during this period. Monsoons (June to September) are lovely with pouring rainfalls.

(Source: MUNNAR Weather, mustseeindia.com)

Check here for a seven day weather forecast.

2. Alleppey

The coastal area of Alleppey is warm and humid at most times, with temperatures soaring to the high 30's during the summer. December is the perfect month to visit, with beautiful mild weather ranging from 20°C to 30°C. An ideal time to visit all the attractions and stay in the houseboats, which can get a bit stifling during the summer months.

India - Kerala - 001 - houseboats for rent in Alleppey (Source: McKay Savage)

Here's a glance at the weather.

A glance at our sunshine and temperature chart for Alleppey explains why Kerala is such a popular winter holiday and cruise holiday destination with UK holidaymakers. Sunshine hours in Alleppey peak at 9 hours in January and February! Alleppey temperatures from November to March are consistently around 30C. December to March is also the driest time of year. Many Kerala holiday connoisseurs rate November to March as the best time to go to Alleppey. These are the months of lowest rainfall. Christmas is idyllic. Easter is also popular. March and April bring the warmest Alleppey weather along with occasional thunderstorms. Alleppey temperatures begin to rise in late February and there is a small increase in humidity.

 (Source: Alleppey Weather - directline-holidays.co.uk)

Check here for current temperature

3. Cherai Beach

Considered the golden beach in Kerala, Cherai beach is 15km of unspoiled sands, with tourism fest held in December. Just 40 mins drive from Kochi, this is a great destination. Like most beachside, its best to visit during the winter months, when the weather is pleasant. You can expect temperature ranging between 17°C to 30°C.

Cherai Beach (Source: Liji Jinaraj)

Here's an overview of the climate year round.

Summers(March to May) are accompanied with dry and humid weather due to sea effect. The maximum temperature reaches up to 38C. 

Monsoons(June to September) are offering heavy rainfalls in the month of June and July which is not suitable for visiting purposes. .

Winters(December to February) are very pleasing and considered as the best season for visit as the temperature remains between 17C to 30C.

(Source: Cherai Beach - Taaza Travel)

For up-to-date forecast, check here

As in any trip, there are a few things you need to keep in mind before visiting Kerala.

  • Though safer than most other parts of India, Kerala has its fair share of criminals, like pick pockets in crowded areas.
  • Keep your costly belongings in a safe when checking in.
  • Women are advised to dress conservatively, and not walk alone at night.
  • Keep an eye out for protests and strikes, these are published in the papers.
  • Do not eat or drink anything offered by random strangers.
  • Ask for life jackets while boating as the waters can be very deep.
  • Do not go with any person claiming to be tour guides unless the licensed tour operators assign them to you.
  • Do not consume alcohol in public, as it is seriously frowned upon.
  • Always drink bottled water, as tap water is not safe.
  • Always carry some rain gear as it rains periodically throughout the year.

I hope the above information is what you were looking for. Do write back in case you need anything else.



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