Kerala in October: weather and travel tips

written by Olga Sitnitsa

updated 16.01.2024

In October, Kerala transforms into a peaceful haven that sees the gentle touch of autumn adorn the lush landscapes of southern India. At the same time, the weather in Kerala in October offers warm days and serene evenings, creating an enchanting atmosphere for those seeking a harmonious fusion of nature, culture and relaxation. Intrguied? Read on to fnd out more about visiting this gem in October.

What is the weather like in Kerala in October?

The weather in Kerala in October provides a perfect backdrop for sightseeing, cultural exploration, and enjoying the natural beauty of Kerala.

Air & sea temperatures in Kerala in October

In October, Kerala enjoys mild to warm air temperatures, averaging 27°C (81°F). Coastal areas are slightly warmer, but sea breezes offer pleasant respite. 

At the same time, the Arabian Sea remains pleasantly warm, around 29°C (84°F) — perfect for swimming and beach activities

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Average rainfall in Kerala in October

Rainfall in Kerala decreases markedly in October, averaging about 225 mm (8.86 in). The retreat of the monsoon season results in fewer rainy days, usually with light to moderate showers. 

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North Cliff beach in Varkala, Kerala, India © Shutterstock

North Cliff beach in Varkala, Kerala, India © Shutterstock

Is October a good time to visit Kerala?

In short, October is the ideal time to explore Kerala. As monsoon season withdraws, the weather in Kerala in October undergoes a pleasant transformation. Mild temperatures and reduced rainfall contribute to a comfortable atmosphere, making it an excellent time to travel. 

At this time, the landscapes — lush from earlier rains — showcase Kerala's natural beauty, while coastal areas benefit from gentle sea breezes.

Overall, October offers a perfect balance for inland exploration and coastal leisure, making it a very good time to enjoy a memorable visit to Kerala.

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What about the crowds and cost?

In October, Kerala experiences fewer crowds compared to the peak tourist months. As the monsoon is still subsiding, many tourists have yet to arrive, allowing for a more relaxed and intimate experience at popular attractions. 

Additionally, accommodation options and activities often come with more budget-friendly prices during this shoulder season. Hotels may offer discounts, and it's possible to negotiate better rates.


Tea plantations in Munnar, Kerala, India

Ready for your dream trip to Kerala?

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

  • Kerala – God’s Own Country (11 days): The lush greenery of tea plantations, colourful markets and spice plantations await in this itinerary. Take a boat trip on the backwaters of Kerala and  end your journey with a few days of relaxation on the beach.
  • 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 the local wildlife.
  • Unmissable India (12 days): Explore the country's exquisite forts and temples, stunning cuisine and atmospheric cities as you travel through the Golden Triangle before discovering the lush waters of Kerala.

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2. Kolukkumalai tea plantation, Kerala/Tamil Nadu border, India

Kolukkumalai tea plantation, Kerala/Tamil Nadu border, India

Festivals and events in Kerala in October

In October, Kerala plays host to diverse cultural and religious festivals, offering a unique insight into its rich heritage. 

Navratri Festival 

Navratri in Kerala is a splendid nine-day affair dedicated to Goddess Durga. 

Temples across the state become hubs of activity, featuring elaborate religious ceremonies, vibrant processions, and traditional dances. This festival is a true reflection of Kerala's devotional spirit and cultural richness.

Alpasi Utsavam 

Celebrated primarily in famous temples like Sabarimala, Alpasi Utsavam is a significant religious event in Kerala's October calendar. 

The festival includes various rituals, cultural performances, and processions, offering a deep dive into the spiritual and traditional aspects of Kerala's Hindu communities.

Kapad beach located in Calicut © Shutterstock

Kapad beach, Calicut © Shutterstock

Tips for travelling to Kerala in October

Travelling to Kerala in October 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 October

When travelling to Kerala in October, keep the transitional weather in mind. Opt for light cotton clothing, and bring sandals for beach walks and sturdy walking shoes.

 Although rainfall is decreasing, still bring a light mackintosh or umbrella in case of occasional downpours. 

Sun protection is also extremely important: use high SPF sunscreen, sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat. 

Insect repellent is also essential for an active holiday amidst the lush landscapes of Kerala. Carry a basic first aid kit and respect local customs by taking modest clothing, especially for visiting religious places during festivals.

Have cash on hand

Make sure you have enough cash with you, especially when travelling to rural areas where card payment options may be limited, or out of the question.

Puttan-Malika Palace © Shutterstock

Puttan-Malika Palace © Shutterstock

Learn basic phrases in the local language

Enhance your travel experience by learning some basic Malayalam phrases. Simple greetings like "Namaskaram" (Hello) and "Nanni" (Thank you) can go a long way, making your interactions warmer and showcasing your cultural respect.

Planning your October trip to Kerala

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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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