If you are planning to go on a trip to this beautiful state, famed as ‘God’s own country’, this monsoon, we have a list of places you cannot miss.

Houseboats on Ashtamudi Lake Home to 34 lakes, the place is a perfect getaway for those who love cruising through the waters. The serene lakes are at their best during the monsoon as they are beaming with various species of birds and fish.

Visit the cliff beach at Varkala The Varkala Beach is a well-known tourist spot, but there is a cliff overlooking it that promises to offer stunning views. The red-stone cliff is at a height of around 80 feet above sea level and is also home to a 2000-year-old Janardhanaswamy Temple.

Waterfalls of Wayanad Located on the southern tip of the Deccan Plateau, Wayanad has a host of misty hills, wild forests and breathtaking waterfalls. Soochipara Waterfalls, Meenmutty Falls, Kanthanpara, and Chethalayam are some of them you can visit.

Backwaters of Alleppey Also known as the ‘Venice of East’, Alleppey’s scenic backwaters are one of the most popular spots in Kerala. You can opt for a houseboat and witness the coconut groves, golden paddy fields, Chinese fishing nets etc.

Treehouses of Thekkady Located 700 m above sea level, Thekkady Hill station is a perfect destination for wildlife lovers. It has over 60 species of animals, such as the Asian elephant, tiger, Indian bison etc. You can also experience the wilderness by staying in a tree house.

Chai amid the clouds at Munnar Once the summer resort of the British government, the hill station is home to Attukad Waterfalls, Tata Tea Museum, Eravikulam National Park, and Mattupetty Dam. Don’t forget to get yourself a warm cup of chai while enjoying the peaceful views.

Snakeboat racing at Champakulam If you are visiting Kerala during the monsoon season, then you cannot miss the snake boat —  a long traditional style canoe — which is up to 100 m long and known as chundan vallam racing. Watching the boats steering to the finish line is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Malabar river festival at Kozhikode Organised by the Kerala Adventure Tourism Promotion Society, the festival hosts International Kayaking Competition. If you are not participating, you can still witness the event from the scenic location near the beautiful Thusharagiri Waterfalls.