Kerala in November: weather and travel tips

Olga Sitnitsa

written by
Olga Sitnitsa

updated 16.01.2024

November in Kerala sees the charm of late autumn enhance the beauty of the scenery. With pleasantly warm days and calm evenings, it's ideal for those who crave a combination of nature, culture and relaxation. Intrigued? Read on for more detail on the weather in Kerala in November.

What is the weather like in Kerala in November?

As Kerala transitions into late autumn, a more temperate climate sets the stage for a delightful travel experience. Here we take a closer look at the weather in Kerala in November.

Air and sea temperatures in Kerala in November

With daytime temperatures ranging from 23°C to 32°C (73°F to 90°F), November heralds a warm and inviting atmosphere. 

The sea maintains its warmth at around 29°C (84°F), providing ideal conditions for coastal activities and relaxation along the sandy shores.

Average rainfall in Kerala in November

November sees a significant reduction in rainfall, averaging around 174 mm (6.85 inches). 

This decline means drier days, creating a favourable environment for outdoor pursuits and sightseeing. 

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Chinese fishing nets in Fort Cochin, Kochi, Kerala

Chinese fishing nets in Fort Cochin, Kochi, Kerala

Is November a good time to visit Kerala?

Marking the transition to drier, cooler weather following the monsoon season, November is indeed an excellent time to visit Kerala. 

The reduced rainfall and milder temperatures offer the ideal conditions for exploring Kerala's diverse landscapes — from its tranquil backwaters to verdant hill stations.

This period also sees fewer tourists compared to the peak season, which typically begins in December, making it a great time for those who prefer a more peaceful and less crowded experience. 

Additionally, with the festive season just around the corner, you might also get to witness the beginning of cultural and religious celebrations, adding a unique charm to your visit.

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What about the crowds and cost?

In November, Kerala experiences a relatively moderate level of tourism compared with the peak season months of December and January, making for a more relaxed, less crowded experience.

Regarding costs, you might find that prices for accommodation and local tours are more reasonable during this time. 

It's a favourable period for those looking for budget-friendly options without compromising the experience. 

However, it's still wise to book in advance to secure the best deals, especially in popular tourist spots.

Thusharagiri Falls between dense green forest in Wayanad, Kerala, India © Shutterstock

Thusharagiri Falls, Wayanad, Kerala, India © Shutterstock

Ready for your dream trip to Kerala?

Our tailor-made trip service allows you to fully enjoy the weather in Kerala in November without the hassle of planning. All our itineraries are created by local India travel experts and can be tailored to your specific needs.

  • Treasures of India - South and North (17 days): Start with the coastal charm of Cochin, then visit the lush tea plantations of Munnar and savour the tranquil waters of Kerala. Explore the palaces of Udaipur, the bustling streets of Jaipur and the wildlife of Ranthambhore.
  • Magical Kerala (7 days): The rich greenery of Kerala's backwaters, towered over by countless coconut palms, epitomises tropical India like nowhere else. Enjoy a lazy cruise on a converted rice barge, visit fragrant spice plantations, explore Kochi and observe local wildlife.
  • Kerala – God’s Own Country (11 days): taking in the lush greenery of tea plantations, colourful markets and spice plantations, this itinerary cannot fail to delight. Take a boat trip on the backwaters of Kerala and then end your journey with a few days of relaxation on the beach.

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Parassinikadavu Sree Muthappan © Shutterstock

Parassinikadavu Sree Muthappan © Shutterstock

Festivals and events in Kerala in November

November in Kerala is a time of vibrant cultural celebrations and festivals, reflecting the rich traditions of this region. Here are some notable events:

Kerala Piravi

Kerala Piravi, celebrated on 1st November, is significant as it marks the birth of the state of Kerala. This special day is accompanied by vibrant cultural programmes, traditional dances and breathtaking musical performances that resonate across the state. 

It's a collective celebration that not only honours history and pays homage to Kerala's rich heritage — it also brings communities together.

Parumala Perunnal

Wrapped in spiritual fervour, Parumala Perunnal adorns the Parumala Church every year, attracting thousands of devoted souls in early November. 

The celebration, dedicated to the revered Bishop Mar Gregorios, unfolds in a symphony of elaborate rituals, majestic processions and earnest prayers.

Alleppey, Kerala, India © Christian Ouellet/Shutterstock

Alleppey, Kerala, India © Christian Ouellet/Shutterstock

Mannarasala Ayilyam

Mannarasala Ayilyam, a festival steeped in mysticism and awe, unfolds on the consecrated grounds of the Mannarasala Sri Nagaraja temple — a shrine dedicated to snake deities. 

This extraordinary festival sees women carry golden snakes in a grand procession as a sign of devotion.

Tips for travelling to Kerala in November

Travelling to Kerala in November can be a delightful experience, especially if you're well-prepared. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your trip.

What to pack for Kerala in November

When travelling to Kerala in November, take light, loose clothing suitable for the warm climate and comfortable shoes for walking. 

Sun protection is very important — take sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. 

Although rain is less frequent, it's worth taking a compact umbrella or mackintosh. Mosquito repellent is also a must because of the lush nature of the landscapes.

In addition, don't forget to dress modestly when visiting religious sites.

The Hawah Beach at Kovalam in Kerala, India © Shutterstock

Hawah Beach, Kovalam, Kerala, India © Shutterstock

Indulge in Ayurvedic wellness

It's not for nothing that Kerala is globally renowned for its Ayurvedic treatments. They offer serene, rejuvenating experiences that are deeply rooted in ancient healing traditions. 

Take your pick from therapeutic massages, rejuvenating wellness retreats, and holistic health programs.  

Such sessions don't just relax the body. They also balance the mind and spirit and are typically tailored to individual needs using natural ingredients and age-old techniques.

Travel responsibly

Responsible tourism in Kerala is crucial for maintaining its pristine natural beauty. As a visitor, you can contribute positively by respecting local environments and communities.

This involves following eco-friendly practices, like disposing of waste properly, minimising plastic use, and respecting wildlife habitats. 

Supporting local businesses and crafts also forms part of responsible tourism, ensuring your visit helps sustain Kerala's culture and natural heritage for future generations to enjoy.

Planning your November trip to Kerala

For more inspiration, discover some of the best things to do in India, and start planning your trip with The Rough Guide to India.

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Olga Sitnitsa

written by
Olga Sitnitsa

updated 16.01.2024

Online editor at Rough Guides, specialising in travel content. Passionate about creating compelling stories and inspiring others to explore the world.

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