Kerala Monsoon Myths

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Do you like to holiday when few tourists are around? When good quality accommodation is really cheap? Then come to Kerala during the monsoon.

No, it doesn’t rain all day every day. That’s the first myth about monsoon.

No, it isn’t cold. For those of us not born in a tropical climate, we WISH it would cool off. Sometimes the locals will say ‘It’s cool today.’ And yes indeed there was a temperature drop. Of one miserable degree celsius! The average daily temperature during monsoon is around 29C. Nice and warm.

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But what about the rain? Well, imagine a warm shower. Heavy at times, yes. But it tends to come in strong bursts rather than a continuous flow all day long. And no, we can’t predict it exactly at this stage. But at the end of May we can be sure that India will start to nuzzle up to two big arms of rain, one from the east and one from the west.

The monsoon hits the southern tip of Kerala first. It used to begin with great precision on June 1st. But with climate change allegedly it now starts before the end of May in Kerala and the two big arms meet together in central India sometime in July.

Local people don’t like rain. But then they haven’t experienced the pin prick sensation of cold, sharp rain clawing at your face. So everyone stays indoors. And as a tourist, you’ll have the place to yourself. Lovely.

Ayurvedic tradition has it that as the rain rejuvenates the earth so also are our bodies and minds more susceptible to rejuvenation at this time. So if you are serious about doing a week-long or more course in Ayurveda, you really should come to Kerala during the rainy season. That’s June and July.

Heavenly!

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Local life in Alleppey

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The town of Alleppey (Alappuzha in Malayalam language) is criss-crossed by a network of canals – a bit like the symmetry of Manhattan at a push. In earlier days it was called the Venice of the East. Now that makes me cringe. But I would certainly go with the Venice of India.

The canal (above) is around the corner from our hotel. And it is on canals like these that you will take your houseboat cruise – a mini floating hotel with your private local staff of three gliding you through serene swaying palms with glimpses of real village life as you cruise by.

A Kerala houseboat

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A happy man but what does he sell? You can ask him if you come visit. He’s not a million miles away from the hotel! But I don’t think you’ll be shopping with him somehow

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Strong-looking lady in her colourful sari at the local market selling coconuts for countless Kerala dishes.

Pics by our chef Ananthu A. & senior steward Phillip J.