Averages for Kerala in December

Weather lowdown

Kerala, India, enjoys wonderfully warm weather in December with only a little bit of rainfall. December is the official start of the dry season in the resort, a time of year without much rain or humidity and with plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures.

In December, temperatures can reach a scorching average daytime high of 31°C. Temperatures this high can be dangerous, so don’t forget to drink plenty of water to keep...

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  • Temperature Temperature 27°C 81°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 31°C 88°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 23°C 73°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 7 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 69 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 4 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 29°C 83°F

Daily averages for December

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Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
°C 29 29 28 29 28 28 28 28 28 27 27 29 28 28 28 28 26 25 26 26 27 27 25 26 27 27 27 26 27 26 26
°F 84 84 82 84 82 82 82 82 82 81 81 84 82 82 82 82 79 77 79 79 81 81 77 79 81 81 81 79 81 79 79

Averages for Kerala in December

Weather lowdown

Kerala, India, enjoys wonderfully warm weather in December with only a little bit of rainfall. December is the official start of the dry season in the resort, a time of year without much rain or humidity and with plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures.

In December, temperatures can reach a scorching average daytime high of 31°C. Temperatures this high can be dangerous, so don’t forget to drink plenty of water to keep hydrated and maybe even stay out of the sun in mid-afternoon. The evenings cool down to a much more pleasant average low of 23°C after sunset. Both those temperatures stay essentially constant throughout the month. The overall average temperature is a pleasant 27°C, which it actually has been since June. It will get a tiny bit warmer in January. The sea temperature is comfortably high all-year round and in December as well. It averages a warm and bath-like 29°C—even higher than the average air temperature!

The amount of rainfall drops dramatically in December. The likelihood that it will rain decreases from 20% in the beginning of the month to only 4% at the end. The total rainfall that hits the resort’s beaches this month isn’t more than 69mm, spread out over 4 days—significantly less than the 192mm and 13 days in November and the incredible 268mm and 23 days in October. December is arguably one of the best months to visit Kerala. Although the chance of rainfall is rather low, it does occasionally rain. Thunderstorms are the most likely type of rainfall, occurring on 55% of the days with precipitation. Other common types are drizzle, light rain and moderate rain, respectively happening on 19%, 17% and 9% of the rainy days. Rain, however, is nothing to worry about in December.

Cloud cover also decreases greatly in the course of the month. While the beginning of the month had 41% cloud cover, the end has 31% left. This makes December the third clearest month of the year, after January and February.

A decrease in cloud cover opens up the sky for more sunshine. A typical day in December has 7 hours of sunshine on average, one or two hours more than the previous six monsoon months.

Where to stay

Set amid an expansive tea and cardamom plantation in Thekkady, Carmelia Haven is a so-called plantation resort—these are strongly recommended places to stay in Kerala. What makes them so good is their sense of seclusion, being hidden from the outside world by plantations and natural surroundings. The plantations around this luxury hotel grow many different crops, including cardamom, pepper, banana, orange, litchi, papaya and cinnamon. There are 25 well-furnished rooms—suites, cottages and even tree houses. Amenities include a swimming pool, a superb restaurant, a spa, a games room, a coffee shop, a children’s park and a conference room.

Things to do

The Indira Gandhi Boat Race is one of the most exciting and colourful water sports festivals held in Kerala in December. The long and narrow boats usually hold four helmsmen, 25 singers and 100 rowers, making this race an incredibly spectacular thing to see.

If you’re holidaying with children, the Kerala Folklore Theatre & Museum is a fantastic place to visit. The several exhibitions include a display of Kerala artefacts collected by one man over the course of 25 years. You’ll also be treated to an amazing dance show with performers decked out in traditional costumes and makeup.

If you plan on visiting a temple during your stay, the Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple comes highly recommended. This is, in fact, the most important of all 393 shrines that dot three districts in Kerala. The goddess of the temple is believed to be very powerful and is said to fulfill wishes. This main deity is known as the Divine Mother, or Rajarajeswari, and is worshipped in the morning, at noon and in the evening. Smaller temples dedicated to other deities surround the main temple.

Hit the beach

Situated seven kilometres from Thiruvananthapuram, Shankhumugham Beach lies close to Veli Tourist Village and the Thrivandrum International Airport. In addition to offering absolutely spectacular sunsets, the beach has an indoor recreation park, a children’s playground and a restaurant.

Eating and drinking out

Zam Zam Restaurant is a hugely popular restaurant in Trivandrum. With a combination of great service and tasty food, Zam Zam is definitely a recommended place to visit when you’re feeling hungry. The Arabian-inspired menu features mostly Arabian-style food combined with Indian cooking techniques and spices. There are actually three restaurants right next to one another, together offering a huge variety of dishes to suit any appetite and taste.

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