Monday, June 4, 2012

Monsoon and Monsoon Tourism Hit Kerala

South West Monsoon has hit India’s southernmost state of Kerala as expected.

Of course, the Dream Season has already started in God’s Own Country on full earnest, right from April 1st. But ask any international traveller, which is the best of the dream, chances are high that the answer would be this season’s last leg, from June 1st to September 30th.

That Kerala is God’s Country is no tall claim. South West Monsoon offers the most poignant illustration of this blessing, from time immemorial.

The hard work is done by the dry Thar and adjoining areas in North India that gets red hot during the prolonged summer. And to cool that comes nature’s supply of cool, moisture laden air from the vast Indian Ocean. Further hard work is done by the stately Himalayas and Western Ghats, which traps the storm clouds that forces them to rise and pour out the blessings.

All the elements of nature working together to make sure Kerala remains wet and green, and not dusty and dull like its neighbouring states. The state is the first and most blessed beneficiary of the generous monsoons, year after year.

The preference given to God’s Own Country is stunning. Just east of Kerala’s boundary, Western Ghats, lies the large Tamilnadu State, which is not blessed with this rainy season which is noted not only for its heavy lasting downpours but the holistic and multifarious ways in which it beautifies the already exceptional beauty of Kerala.

And through the Dream Season campaign and its integral Monsoon Tours packages, Kerala Tourism is giving back to the world the greatest gift it has received. Keralites known for their warm hospitality is inviting travellers from all over to witness how water from heavens magically transforms this land.

The South West monsoon in Kerala do not take the pattern of incessant rains continuing for weeks. It rains for a few hours continuously, then comes sunny interludes. Occasionally the rains might stretch on for a few days but the respite of sunshine is never far away.

The Southwest Monsoon is called ‘Edava-ppathy‘, as it comes in the middle of the month of Edavam on the Malayalam Calendar.

Water cleans. Water rejuvenates. And water cools like no other. In God’s Own Country, nature uses it to soothe summer’s dry emotions of 24-34 degrees to a moist 20-30 range.

According to Ayurveda, Monsoon is the best season for rejuvenation therapies. During the Monsoon season, the atmosphere remains dust-free and cool, opening the pores of the body to the maximum, making it most receptive to herbal oils and therapy.

Kerala traditional artists make best use of this, and special herbal oils and medications are applied on the body of these artists during the monsoon time to ensure muscle flexibility and dexterity of movement.

This makes Ayurveda an important regimen in Monsoon Tours. During recent years, this has caused an influx of discerning tourists into this southernmost state of India, from all nooks and corners of this globe.

What is more beautiful than a beautiful woman? A beautiful woman coming out from her bath, maybe? That is how Kerala looks during monsoon. Come, witness, experience for yourself how God magically transforms His Own Country with heavenly downpours.

The monsoon rains give fresh lease of life to plants and animals every year. Kerala’s famed elephants, for an example. These giants who roam Kerala’s temple and festival grounds love the wetness of rains and are in the best mood to play with tourists.

And if you thought downpours pause life the world over, you haven’t yet seen Kerala up close. In the Malabar region, with the onset of the South West Monsoon comes a 28-day festival, held at the Kottiyur Temple. It has its proceedings going unhindered during the rains and is attended by thousands.

As the South West Monsoon enters the Malayalam month of Karkatakam, it signals the arrival of a distinct group of theyyams. Majority of these theyyams are performed in the month of Karkatakam, with these theyyams being different in size and form compared to the ones that are witnessed during the main theyyam season in Kerala that starts later in the year.

South West Monsoon is especially famous for beautifying select destinations like Ranipuram near Kanhangad and Valiyapraramba near Kasargod, both of them towards the Northern side of Kerala. While Ranipuram is noted for its shola forests, monsoon forests, and grass savannahs, with its excellent trekking trails, Valiyaparamba is a scenic and larger-than-life backwater destination noted for its extensive fishing facilities for tourists.

But the real beauty of monsoon in Kerala is that it doesn’t leave not even one destination more beautiful with its touch.

Be it the backwaters of Kumarakom, or the waterfalls of Athirampilly, or the forests of Wayanad, or the paddy fields of Kuttanad, or the beaches of Varkala, every destination beckons you more than ever during monsoon.

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