Places to visit in Kerala in September | Autumn Breaks

September. It’s the time of the year with blazing red tree leaves, cool weather, and flowers decorated with just the right hint of dew. Didn't get the gist? What we meant to say is, September might be the best time to put on your travel shoes and head for a stress buster vacation. Here is an interesting post on best places to visit in India in September. And what could be a better idea for a trip than exploring God’s own country, Kerala? Also, read about how to plan a Kerala trip. For those of you, looking for a snapshot, here is the list!

Nine places to visit in Kerala in September and Why

The season of autumn paints the entire southern landscape in colors so surrealistic; it is hard not shell a little to witness the grandness of an exotic culture, alleviated in a majestic glory. It is easy to fall in love with this heaven; with its pristine beaches, abundant forest cover, a buzzing fauna and pocket-friendly markets. Of course, with a lesser crowd and an agreeable weather, autumn is just another excuse (and a good one too!) to head here. But if you have no idea what places to visit and which ones to give a miss, allow us to guide you through the best places to visit in Kerala in September, so that you don’t miss out on the fun!

Munnar in September

One of the best (and most popular) locales in Kerala, Munnar is a sight to witness in September. With its lush green forests washed a new and waterfalls filled to the brim, this month, falling just after the rainy monsoons, makes it right about perfect timing for a visit. Also, the hill station is bordered by the Annamalai mountain range and comes dotted with vast tea gardens, presenting some of the most unusual nature walks you have ever seen. If adventure is your cup of tea, Munnar takes delight in serving its delectable treasures.

Places to visit:

  • Tea gardens at Kolukkumalai for a brew experience
  • Mattupetty Damz
  • Eravikulam National Park, visit for nature walks and wildlife photography
  • Anamudi, for adrenaline, packed trekking/hiking experience
  • Top station, for camping

Alleppey in Autumn

Known for its stunning backwaters, magnificent houseboats and colorful, low budget markets, Alleppey lets you experience the Malabar culture like nothing else. Don’t fret if you happen to miss the summer visit. September being outside the ‘season’ bracket is one of the best times to visit the city, with cheaper lodging rates, less crowded beaches, bargainable wares and the biggest incentive, more privacy. Head here for a romantic getaway with your partner or on a solo trip, to find your escape route through bewitching meadows, whistling waters, and ancient gothic churches.

Places to visit:

  • Kumarakom Bird sanctuary, an excellent place for birdwatching enthusiasts
  • St. Andrew's Basilica Arthunkal, to relish its 400-year-old architecture and a vivid history
  • Floating Triveni, a flea market but on water  
  • Zakariya Bazaar, for an amazing food cum shopping experience
  • Pozhiyoram, a gorgeous sunset point
  • Houseboats

Thrippunithara around Onam

September in Kerala is the month of festivities, with excitement levels on full swing. A small suburb in the city of Kochi, Thrippunithara captures this very essence in a magnificent display of celebrations through the traditional Attachamayam procession. This procession marks the beginning of the 10-day 'Onam' festivities in Kerala with the date of the event falling somewhere in the first half of the month. The celebrations come decorated with drummers, entertaining performances, and tableau with actors enacting various scenes from the Hindu religious texts. Boosting of a vivid history and an eclectic mix of culture and modernity, this place is also a home to various ancient temples and the erstwhile palace of Maharaja of Kochi.

Places to visit:

  • Hill Palace, for an amazing 19th-century architecture, museums, and parks
  • Sree Poornathrayesa temple, an ancient temple of Lord Vishnu
  • Thamaramkulangara Sree Dharma Sastha temple, a prominent temple dedicated to Lord Ayyappa
  • Wonderla, an amusement water park designed for kids.

Aranmula during Onam

Places to visit in Kerala in September.

Image Credits: Arun Sinha.

One of the most iconic descriptions of the Keralite culture lies not in its houseboats or palm-tree-bordered golden beaches. Rather, it is an identity we all grew up learning, in our textbooks- the snake boat race. One of the most challenging, bizarre and exhilarating aspects of Kerala's culture, this annual mega-event is held in the temple town of Aranmula at the time of Onam festivities.

Needless to say, September in Aranmula is a busy month with a host of travelers both national and international crowding the streets in a frenzy that is enough to keep your eyes glued and camera shutter snapping.

Places to visit

  • Pamba river banks, the site of the snakeboat race, Aranmula Vallamkali
  • Aranmula Parthasarathy temple, an ancient Hindu shrine
  • Arattupuzha, a historical landmark, and temple

Kochi in September

If you are looking for amazing places to visit in Kerala this September, take our advice and add Kochi to your bucket list. Ever buzzing with fun, this port city is a melting pot of grand architecture, nature trails, lip-smacking street food, and art, all served wrapped up in a big dose of traditional extravaganza and charm. If you happen to end up here this September, we suggest you explore its every nook and corner on foot and end your day relishing the sunset on any of its pristine beaches. Also, read about weekend getaways from Kochi.

Places to visit

  • Marine Drive, for a quiet walk through round the entire cityscape
  • Jewish town, witness the Jewish culture come alive in this tiny hamlet along with some great bargains
  • Kerala Folklore Museum, a mecca for any and every art lover a storehouse of ancient paintings, handicrafts and sculptures.
  • Cherai beach, visit and experience the soothing silence
  • Santa Cruz Basilica, a Portuguese church with amazing gothic architecture

Thrissur in Autumn

The cultural capital of Kerala, Thrissur is a land that needs neither invitations nor advertising to attract travelers to the potpourri of spirituality, culture, and religion it has to offer. An important center of Shaivism, the city’s name translates to 'the city or town with the name of ‘Lord Shiva’. September, however, makes the experience twice as alluring, with the grand Onam celebrations and the excitement in the air. The city hosts the traditional Pulikali festival every year, with the festivities including a variety of musical and dance performances performed by the trained artists in a bid to relive this 200-year-old tradition that takes place on the fourth day of Onam.

Places to visit

  • Vadakkunnathan temple, visit for its bewitching architecture and auspicious sanctity
  • Lady of Dolours Syro-Malabar Catholic Basilica,  the tallest church in Asia known for its gothic architecture
  • Thrissur Zoo, one of the oldest zoo in the country
  • Shakthan Thampuran Palace, a Dutch-styled architectural marvel with an equally vibrant history
  • Vilangan Hills, For a majestic panoramic view of the entire city

Kumarakom as best place to visit in September

When it comes to experiencing the old world charm amidst a gorgeous, rustic landscape, the city of Kumarakom serves as a perfect fairytale bliss. A sleepy hamlet set by Kerala’s backwaters, this medieval storybook town weaves an out-of-this-world magical aura for its travelers with its delectable cuisine, peaceful silence, raw natural beauty, a rare variety flora and fauna and a rough, unexploited terrain. With the occasional September showers and a cool, pleasant weather, Kumarakom is the place to be if you call yourself a nature lover or an explorer, curious enough to step into the time wrap, this town is.

Places to visit

  • Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, the home to a variety of rare species including cuckoos and Siberian storks.
  • Bay Island Driftwood Museum, pay a visit to study arrays of exquisitely carved wooden sculptures.
  • Pathiramanal Island, an excellent place for birdwatching and nature photography
  • Ancient Thazhathangady Mosque, a delight for history lovers

Varkala - Must visit in September

Places to visit in Kerala in September.

Image Credits: Thejas Panarkandy .

A small coastal town lying in the Thiruvananthapuram district, Varkala is one of Kerala’s best-kept secrets. Being away from the limelight, this heavenly locale often finds its name under the best off-beat destinations in Kerala and provides the privacy and quietness that most commercial tourist sites lack. Varkala is famous among the traveler community for its sun kissed beaches, raw charm and plenty of exotic, natural wonders that will make your jaw drop. One can indulge in several playful activities, by its attractive seashores, like boat riding, surfing, and ayurvedic massages, that prove to be more beneficial in the month of September. One of the most interesting aspects of this city is its significance as an important pilgrim center with the northern end of the seaside made ideal for sun worshipers & the southeast end for Hindu devotees.

Places to visit

  • Varkala Beach, for a fun adventure session by the pristine seashore
  • Janardhana Temple, a 2000-year-old Vishnu temple
  • Kappil Lake

While these locales serve as our top choices for a great Kerala experience, there are countless other destinations on the map, lying in some nook and corner and just waiting to be discovered. Kerala is a potpourri of surprises and enchantment and while it is recommended visiting between the months of October and March, we suggest that this September, you pay no heed to that ‘off-season’ signboard and head to Kerala, for a uniquely personal experience and countless beautiful memories sketched, somewhere lost in this cultural nirvana full of exotic episodes and rare delights. If you are flying in from Delhi, then you should also check out places to visit near Delhi in September. We believe in experiencing and not just exploring, and we strongly recommend to follow suit and make your Kerala trip not just great, but grand.