Places to Visit in Kerala in October to Unburden the Humdrum of City Life

How about hearing the lullaby of the rain in Kerala in October? Yes! You can! All you have to do is lace up your sneakers and venture out at the best places to visit in Kerala in October. It is because Kerala has two monsoon seasons – one starts from July till September, while the other one commences from October till November. Unlike other states, rain showers are common for 9 months in Kerala.

If you book a trip to Kerala in October, you will have an extra retreat because the hill stations snuggled in the Western Ghats Ranges and its foothills become whimsical green covered in misty, cool air. While it’s 600 kilometers (approx.) Arabian Sea coastline with an intricate network of backwaters is at no risk to water adventure activities lovers. Give this blog a read if you want to end 2021 by injecting the magic of God’s Own Country into your veins.

10 Best Places to Visit in Kerala in October: From Hill Stations to Beaches and Backwaters

 

Beach or Backwater Places to Visit in Kerala in October Places (Hill Stations) to Visit in Kerala in October
Kollam Munnar
Alappuzha (Alleppey) Vagamon
Thrissur Wayanad
Kozhikode Thekkady
Kochi Ponmudi

 

Best Beach or Backwater Places to Visit in Kerala in October

Kerala has a coastline interconnected with canals and rivers. Here are the best beach or backwater places to visit in Kerala in October:

1. Kollam

  • Kollam Temperature in October: 24°C – 29°C (approx.)
  • Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport (66 km)
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kollam Junction (3.4 km)
  • Closest Cities or Towns: Hyderabad, Goa, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Hotels in Kollam: The Raviz Ashtamudi, The Quilon Beach Hotel, Fragrant Nature Paravur

Explore the centuries-old focal point of the Malabar spice trade, Kollam, if you want to explore the 1-day trip places in Kerala in October. Kollam, aka Quilon, is an offbeat getaway to the backwaters of Kerala, which is still unexplored by mass tourism.

In October, you will have a gala time at Kollam Beach, swimming in Palaruvi Falls, a boat cruise in Ashtamudi Lake, and a 6 D theatre at Jatayu Nature Park. Whether traveling with kids, family, spouse, or friends, there won’t be any dull moments in October during the Kollam expedition.

Places to Visit in Kollam with Friends Places to Visit in Kollam with family Places to Visit in Kollam for Couples
Shenduruny Wildlife Sanctuary Mayyanad Thillumurawalam Beach
Asramam Adventure Park Kottukkal Cave Temple Kollam Beach

 

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2. Alappuzha (Alleppey)

  • Alleppey Temperature in October: 24°C – 30°C (approx.)
  • Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (83 km)
  • Nearest Railway Station: Alleppey Junction (1.8 km)
  • Closest Cities or Towns: Hubli, Tirupati, Pondicherry\
  • Hotels in Alleppey: Punnamada Resort, Palm Grove Lake Resort, Kayaloram Heritage Lake Resort

Ditch the original Venice for the sake of India’s Own Venice – Alleppey (Alappuzha) in October if you want to experience the international travel vibes without going broke. Cruise the brilliant backwaters of the Alleppey with your sweetheart on traditional yet modern houseboats with spacious rooms, kitchen, and bathroom.

Alleppey is one of the best places to visit in Kerala in October for couples because the crowd is very thin at that time. You can pamper yourself with the couple’s massage at the authentic Ayurvedic resorts tucked on the banks of the Vembanad Lake.

Places to Visit in Alleppey with Friends Places to Visit in Alleppey with family Places to Visit in Alleppey for Couples
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary Vembanad Lake Marari Beach
Triveni Floating Market Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple Pathiramanal Island

 

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3. Thrissur

  • Thrissur Temperature in October: 23.6°C – 29°C (approx.)
  • Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (52 km)
  • Nearest Railway Station: Thrissur Railway Station (2.2 km)
  • Closest Cities or Towns: Bangalore, Goa, Chennai
  • Hotels in Thrissur: The River Retreat Heritage Ayurvedic Resort, Joys Palace, Ayuryogashram, Trichur Towers

Grace your Instagram feed on a trip to Kerala in October by visiting Thrissur to get enticed with the Bahubali’ famed Athirapally Waterfalls. Another reason to visit Thrissur in Kerala in October is temperature is ideal for day sightseeing of religious sites like temples, churches, and mosques. This district of Kerala is known to host the most colorful temple festival of Kerala annually.

If you want to visit the best religious places in Kerala in October with family, bookmaker Thrissur for October travel. There are several other pristine waterfalls to relax, lush green parks to enjoy outdoor fun with family, and beaches to unwind if you are a backpacker or a couple.

Places to Visit in Thrissur with Friends Places to Visit in Thrissur with family Places to Visit in Thrissur for Couples
Thrissur Zoo and State Museum Shakthan Thampuran Palace Chavakkad Beach
Peechi Dam Marottichal Waterfalls Snehatheeram Beach

 

4. Kozhikode

  • Kozhikode Temperature in October: 24°C – 29.5°C (approx.)
  • Nearest Airport: Kozhikode (Calicut) International Airport (29 km)
  • Nearest Railway Station: Quilandi Railway Station (25 km)
  • Closest Cities or Towns: Lakkidi, Thamarassery, Thiruvambady
  • Hotels in Kozhikode: Hotel Copper Folia, The Raviz Calicutt, Grand Plaza Suite

Get the best of lush greenery, historical forts, and tranquil beaches at this coastal town of Kerala. Kozhikode, also called Calicutt, is known for its rich heritage, history, and culture. And what’s a better time to discover the attractions in Kozhikode than in the occasional rain showers? October in Kozhikode is a great time to witness migratory birds on the banks of the Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary that originates from the Arabian Sea.

Visit this place on your 2 days trip to Kerala in October and be bedazzled with the stunning waterfalls treks that turn into green bliss. If you are wondering where to holiday in Kerala in October for the beaches, lush greenery, and the temple, village hopping tours, Kozhikode is the place to go!

Places to Visit in Kozhikode with Friends Places to Visit in Kozhikode with family Places to Visit in Kozhikode for Couples
Chandragiri Fort Pazhassi Raja Museum and Art Gallery Beypore Beach
Mananchira Square Sarovaram Biopark Kappad Beach

 

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5. Kochi

  • Kochi Temperature in October: 25°C – 31°C (approx.)
  • Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (38 km)
  • Nearest Railway Station: Ernakulam (7 km)
  • Closest Cities or Towns: Lakkidi, Thamarassery, Thiruvambady
  • Hotels in Kochi: Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty, Port Muziris, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Monsoon Empress

Crowned as the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea, Kochi ranks on top in the list of places to visit in Kerala in October for a honeymoon. Local’s favorite activities here in Kochi are fishing, dolphin spotting, and swimming at the local beaches. Kochi is a great place for little tourists because the culture, Portuguese heritage, and history of Kerala are best observed in Kochi.

Outdoor adventure in Cochin includes watching heritage shows and exploring the beaches and watersports during the day because October weather in Kochi seems tropical. 6.5 hours of sunshine per day is expected, with 12 days (approx.) rain throughout October in Kochi.

Places to Visit in Kochi with Friends Places to Visit in Kochi with family Places to Visit in Kochi for Couples
Pallipuram Fort Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary Willingdon Island
Ginger House Museum Hotel Fishing Villages Kodanad Elephant Sanctuary

 

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Places (Hill Stations) to Visit in Kerala in October That Are Snuggled in the Western Ghats

In comparison to the coastal towns of Kerala, the hill stations in God’s Own Country are relatively cooler during October travel. Flick through the best places (hill stations) to visit in Kerala in October:

6. Munnar

  • Munnar Temperature in October: 15°C – 21°C (approx.)
  • Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (128 km)
  • Nearest Railway Station: Aruva Railway Station (107 km)
  • Closest Cities or Towns: Ooty, Coimbatore, Coonoor
  • Hotels in Munnar: The Silvertips, Tea County Munnar, The Leaf Munnar

Number 1 hill station in Karnataka for October travel on our list goes to Munnar. A visit to this lush green paradise is like walking on the stretches of rolling green hills. It has elusive flora and fauna because Munnar is located at an elevation of 1,532 m (approx.) sea level. The hills are covered with cultivated tea which is a postcard-perfect moment for couples and shutterbugs.

You will find a huge difference in the climate of Munnar in comparison to the coastal towns of Kerala during October travel. With the occasional rain in October in Munnar, snuggle the good moments with your beloved one.

Rain god showers a lot of generosity in the Munnar in October, and the good thing is accommodation in Munnar drops by 25% – 35%. If you are looking for affordable honeymoon destinations in Kerala in October, exploring Munnar is a good deal for birdwatching trips, waterfall excursions, and camping under the star-studded sky.

Places to Visit in Munnar with Friends Places to Visit in Munnar with family Places to Visit in Munnar for Couples
Top Station Eravikulam National Park Pothamedu View Point
Mattupetty Dam Tata Tea Museum Kundala Lake

 

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7. Vagamon

  • Vagamon Temperature in October: 17°C – 23°C (approx.)
  • Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (96 km)
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kottayam Railway Station (63 km)
  • Closest Cities or Towns: Ooty, Coimbatore, Coonoor
  • Hotels in Vagamon: Beyond Pines, Palette Hill View Resort, Chillax Vagamon

Another hill station of Kerala that will wow the group of friends is Vagamon. It is one of the best places to visit in Kerala in October with friends. Here you can indulge in dozens of adventure activities like hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing.

Paragliding in Vagamon over the green slopes and waterfalls is a very unique experience to cherish in October. Positioned at the fringe of the Western Ghats, Vagamon is at an elevation of 1,200 m (approx.), and the climate is cool here at night.

Vagamon is one of the best places to visit in Kerala for a 2 days trip in October for backpackers because homestays in Vagamon start at INR 1,000 (approx.) onwards.

Places to Visit in Vagamon with Friends Places to Visit in Vagamon with family Places to Visit in Vagamon for Couples
Mundakayam Ghat Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary Karikadu View Point
Thangalpara Vagamon Pine Forests Vagamon Meadows Lake

 

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8. Wayanad

  • Wayanad Temperature in October: 21°C – 29°C (approx.)
  • Nearest Airport: Kozhikode International Airport (100 km)
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kozhikode Railway Station (86 km)
  • Closest Cities or Towns: Bangalore, Mangalore, Mysore
  • Hotels in Wayanad: Windflower Resort, Banasura Hill Resort, Vythiri Village Resort

Nestled at an elevation of 700 m (approx.) above sea level, Wayanad is a gorgeous district in Kerala and is one of the best places to visit in God’s Own Country for trekking with friends. In October, a trip to Wayanad will make more sense if you explore the vast stretches of must-capped mountains and traverse through the green meadows of valleys.

Since winter marks its presence in Wayanad in October, engulf yourself in the splendor of the pristine waterfalls, lush greenery of the spice plantations, tranquility of the shimmering lakes, and thrilling encounters with wildlife.

Wayanad in October is Instagrammable from every angle. Dry, deciduous, and semi-evergreen forests in Wayanad are perfect for natural walking trails. Make an advance hotel booking because October is the peak tourism season in Wayanad.

Places to Visit in Wayanad with Friends Places to Visit in Wayanad with family Places to Visit in Wayanad for Couples
Edakkal Caves Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary Kuruva Island
E3 Theme Park Neelimala View Poin Meenmutty Falls

 

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9. Thekkady

  • Thekkady Temperature in October: 23°C – 30°C (approx.)
  • Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (146 km/4 hours
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kottayam Railway Station (114 km/3 hours)
  • Closest Cities or Towns: Kumily, Mangalore, Bangalore
  • Hotels in Thekkady: Poetree Sarovar Portico, Forest Canopy, Greenwoods Resort

A dream destination for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts, Thekkady in the Idukki district of Kerala near Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the least crowded tourist attractions to visit in Kerala in October. This unspoiled hill station of Kerala is located at an elevation of 900 m – 1,800 m (approx.) sea level. Wide varieties of wildlife in the lush green forests are the highlight of Thekkady tourism.

Particularly in October, the presence of shimmering lakes and water bodies in Thekkady becomes the breeding ground of migratory birds. From Malabar Grey Hornbill to Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, expect to click them on a bird-watching trip. When in Thekkady, boating the Periyar Lake, exploring the temples, and admiring the views of the rolling green carpets from the vantage point are one of the best experiences to cherish during the October trip.

Places to Visit in Thekkady with Friends Places to Visit in Thekkady with family Places to Visit in Thekkady for Couples
Pandikuzhi Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary Abraham’s Spice Garden
Vandiperiyar Elephant Junction Thekkady Parunthumpara View Point

 

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10. Ponmudi

  • Ponmudi Temperature in October: 23°C – 30°C (approx.)
  • Nearest Airport: Trivandrum Airport (58 km/2.5 hours)
  • Nearest Railway Station: Trivandrum Railway Station (55 km/2.5 hours)
  • Closest Cities or Towns: Mangalore, Mysore, Gokarna
  • Hotels in Ponmudi: KTDC Golden Peak Ponmudi, Orchard Valley Resort, Sacral Resort

Crowned as the ‘Kashmir of Kerala,’ Ponmudi is not an oh-so-popular hill station in God’s Own Country, but you should visit it if you love exploring unexplored and unspoiled destinations. This is a great place to visit in Kerala in October with whoever you like to travel with – friends, family, or couples.

The average elevation of this wonderfully hilly retreat in the Western Ghats is 1,100 m (approx.) sea level, and thus, dozens of mist-laden valleys are sprawled in Ponmudi. Plan a trip to Ponmudi in October if you want to enjoy trekking in the mist hills where clouds seem like kissing you on the face. The calmness, tranquility in Ponmudi will rejuvenate you for sure!

Places to Visit in Ponmudi with Friends Places to Visit in Ponmudi with family Places to Visit in Ponmudi for Couples
Peppara Dam Mini Zoo Meenmutty Falls
Koyikkal Palace Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary Golden Valley

Wrapping Up

There are many other unearthed treasures in Kerala to explore in October, whether you are a couple, family traveler, backpacker, or leisure traveler.

Considering your budget, travel preferences, and the days you have in hand will make your trip to Kerala in October exceptional.

As Kerala has two monsoon seasons, including October till November, it is advisory to carry a waterproof jacket during day sightseeing.

When you are in Kerala, pamper yourself with Ayurvedic therapies/massages because the inception of Ayurveda in India has its roots in Kerala.

Why Visit Kerala in October: The Retreating Monsoon Season

October in Kerala marks unique festivals like Panachikkadu Festival, Navratri, Ayilyam Festival, Mannarasala Ayilyam. The Pallakad, Allapuzha, Kozhikode, Kottayam, Thrissur, Ernakulam districts activate their festive mode in Kerala. Kerala does not take the form of excessive rain over days and weeks.

In fact, October month in Kerala is expected to receive 19 days of rainfall, not continuously, but rain showers are expected. Rejuvenation in Kerala in October is the bonus for you to harness the power of authentic Ayurveda to purify your mind, body, and soul.

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People Also Ask FAQ’S About Places to Visit in Kerala in October

Q. Which beach in Kerala is best to explore in October?
Ans: There are many beaches you could explore in Kerala like Cherai Beach, Marari Beach, Kovalam Beach, Bekal Beach.

Q. Is October a good time to witness wildlife in Kerala?
Ans: Yes! October marks the peak season till February and is considered one of the best times to witness wildlife in Kerala.

Q. Does it rain in Kerala in October?
Ans: Yes! Rainfall is not strong, but occasional showers could amaze you when you are out for a day sightseeing of Kerala’s tourist attractions.

Q. Is Kerala a hill station or coastal town?
Ans: Kerala is one of those unique states in India with varied demography, and it has mountains, backwaters, beaches. This South Indian state is positioned between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea.

Q. Is Kerala a coastal state of a hill station?
Ans: Kerala is the amalgamation of two topographies – Western Ghats mountains and 590 kilometers (approx.) of Arabian Coastline. The average distance between the Western Ghats and Arabian Coastline is around 120 kilometers (approx.).

Q. How many airports does Kerala have?
Ans: There are 4 international airports in Kerala, and they are – Kannur, Cochin, Kozhikode, Trivandrum. Each of them has good domestic and international flight connectivity.

Q. What are the main railway stations in Kerala?
Ans: The important railway stations in Kerala that are interconnected through the Indian railway connectivity are found in Ernakulam, Kozhikode, Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam.

Q. Is October the best time to visit Kerala?
Ans: Yes! If you plan a budget trip to Kerala, October is the best time to visit God’s Own Country because accommodation is cheaper, and November marks Kerala’s peak tourist season.

Q. What are some spiritual places to visit in Kerala in October with family?
Ans: Explore the temple towns of Kerala like Guruvayoorappan, Sabarimala, Trivandrum, and Vagamon.

Q. What are the best places to visit in Kerala in October for trekking?

Ans: Hill stations of Kerala above the elevation of 1,000 ft (approx.) are good places to visit in Kerala for trekking. Choose from Wayanad, Munnar, Vagamon.

Q. What are some historical places to visit in Kerala in October with family?
Ans: If you want to explore the historical places in Kerala in October with family, head to Bekal Fort, Edakkal Caves, Fort Kochi.

Q. Where can I enjoy houseboat rides in Kerala in October?
Ans: Apart from the Alleppey (Alappuzha), enjoy houseboat rides in Kerala in October at Kumarakom, Kollam, Cochin.

Q. Where can I enjoy wildlife in Kerala in October?
Ans: Head to the Thekkady National Park, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, or Silent Valley National Park to witness the wildlife in Kerala in October.

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