Monsoons in Kerala
Kerala experiences two types of monsoons. Southwest monsoon is the main monsoon season in Kerala, which gives a break from the summer heat. Kerala being the first state to receive monsoon, witnesses voluminous rainfall. The slopes of Western Ghats are mainly hit by this monsoon and the rainfall continues for months with light to heavy rainfall.
North East Monsoon starts in October and continues till November. These monsoons are also known as Retreating Monsoons and generally show thunder and lightning with heavy rainfall. The climate prominently remains hot and humid.
The average rainfall during this season is 450 – 500 mm Monsoon gives you the opportunity to see Kerala at its best in its myriad hues of green, blue grey and orange.
Many Indian people welcome the summer monsoons despite the potential for destruction in some parts, Farmers depend on the rains to irrigate their land. In addition, the monsoons provide water power that generates electricity.
Trivandrum the capital of Kerala lies on the west coast of India in the Western Ghats range. It is comprised of the lowlands and the midlands geographical regions. Due to its location along the Arabian Sea and proximity to the seaside, the city experiences a tropical climate without distinct seasons but observes high rain fall during monsoon season starting in July . The temperature of the city varies between 21°C to 35°C. The weather is usually pleasant throughout the year. Summer is from April-May and it is warm and sunny. With the onset of monsoon in June the city gets ample rainfall till the North –East monsoon fades by November. The moderate climate of Trivandrum is suitable for tourists from the West.
Scenes of impending storm and rains in the city and the coastal areas.
Though Trivandrum does not receive as much rainfall as its other counterparts in Kerala, still June and July are the rainiest months here. It can be humid in the monsoon months but the overall breezy air lends a cool environment . Now-a-days many tourists come to visit the town especially during rainy season to see the lush-green environ of Trivandrum. Trivandrum has varied areas – hill stations, beaches, rivers, water falls and coastal areas . Even during the peak of summer, the temperature doesn’t soar over 40 0C unlike other states. The season also shows erratic rains along with thunder and lightning. Besides providing a green cover for the city , the incessant and heavy rains can also create havoc to low-lying areas of the city and suburbs.
Rainy day in the city
Normally flooding occurs in low-lowly areas or when river banks over flow. Adequate safety precautions are taken and residents are warned of potential danger and evacauted to safe locations until the flood waters recede.
Kerala is a land where the ‘season’ never ends. Monsoon season is one of the best times to experience Kerala. It rains for a few seconds, or few hours with sunny interludes. While the tourist season in India usually runs from September to April, Kerala welcomes tourists during the monsoon months (June-Mid August) too, with its hugely popular Ayurveda health holidays and beautiful sights of nature. Pleasant and equable climate of Kerala attracts a number of tourists each year. Winter and summer are the peak tourist seasons. A cruise in the houseboats on the backwaters of Kerala, or watching the sunset over the Arabian sea from Kovalam beach are pleasant experiences. Many tourists from the western countries visit Kerala around this time of the year to escape from the chilly and cold weather in their countries.
Monsoon over Kovalam
Climatic conditions in Kovalam shows great fluctuations based on the change of seasons. As the best time to visit Kovalam is summer, it is advisable to visit during that time. And if you prefer winter season, bring woolen clothes as the night gets really cold. But carry an umbrella, raincoat and hat.
Monsoon wedding: The unique geographical location of India offers it a distinct season for heavy rainfall. Traditionally, this season (from June to late August) is considered a lean season for getting married. However, with recent improvements in infrastructure, focus on tourism and developments in the hospitality sector, monsoon does not hamper the wedding plans but offers a beautiful theme and a backdrop for a truly memorable wedding . Rains are considered auspicious for all occasions. Light rains during the wedding is welcome.
Ayurveda gets you the best results during Edavapathy (July) as it provides the most conducive climate at its home turf of Kerala. 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. Special Ayurveda deals on rejuvenation therapies are available during the monsoons which has lasting effects.
There are several Ayurvedic centers in Trivandrum. Popular resorts of foreign tourists are the Coconut Bay Resort in Vizhjam and Somatheeran Ayurveda Resort in Kovalam.
The Lightning Awareness and Research Centre (LARC)located in Trivandrum monitors the weather pattern during monsoons. Occasional showers with lightning is characteristic of the North East monsoon season.
AVOIDING THE DANGER
The following safety tips and precautions are provided for the locals and the tourists.
· one has to keep away from these frames and also those objects touching the frames· All objects with cable connection such as land telephone, cable TV, wired internet modems and all devices connected to electric power should be disconnected during lightning.
· People should also keep away from water pipes and taps, including those in the kitchen,
· public should avoid removing connections of equipments connected to the wall plug
when lightning strikes
· While being outside the house, one has to avoid being near trees and large metallic vehicles like trucks and earth movers.
· If trapped in an open location or are out on ground when lightning sets in, try to move quickly to a concrete building and be at the centre of the room.
· If there is a group, disperse immediately.
· While being in open ground, even umbrellas have to be discarded.
· Riding bikes and leaning on cars can be dangerous;
· Use of metal objects such as ‘ shovels, pickaxe and metal poles should be avoided.
· While being outside the house, one has to avoid being near trees
· Being in water is more serious and can be fatal so avoid swimming
Being inside the car, bus, train and inside a concrete roof building is safe during lightning·
It is safe to use mobile phones and cordless receivers of land telephones when one is away from dangerous objects and locations.