Kerala, India: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Kerala, India? If you're planning to go to Kerala, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Kerala, India

Based on the climate and weather in Kerala, the best time to go is January. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Kerala, India by month

January

January here is consistently hot, somewhat hazy and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the 80s F (low 30s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Skirts
  • Sandals
  • Dresses
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Shorts
  • Sunglasses

February

If you go to Kerala in February, you will notice that it is extremely hot, somewhat hazy and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the low 90s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunglasses
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Shorts
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Sandals
  • Short sleeve shirts

March

March in this region is blindingly hot, somewhat hazy and very dry. Temperatures average in the 90s F (mid 30s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Thin short sleeve shirts
  • Light shorts
  • Light dresses
  • Thin pants, such as light khakis
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Tank tops
  • Sandals
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Skirts

April

April for Kerala is unbearably hot and somewhat hazy. Temperatures average in the high 90s F (mid 30s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Waterproof luggage that you don't mind ruining
  • Tank tops
  • Thin short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals
  • Skirts
  • Sunglasses
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Thin pants, such as light khakis
  • Rain coat
  • Rain boots
  • Light dresses
  • Umbrella
  • Light shorts

May

May in Kerala is sizzling and somewhat hazy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 90s F (mid 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light dresses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Tank tops
  • Light shorts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sandals
  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella
  • Thin pants, such as light khakis
  • Rain coat
  • Thin short sleeve shirts

June

June for Kerala is constantly hot and somewhat hazy. Temperatures average in the low 80s F (low 30s C) during the day. It rains regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Skirts
  • Shorts
  • Dresses
  • Sandals
  • Sunglasses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Waterproof luggage

July

If you are traveling to Kerala in July, you will notice that it is consistently hot and somewhat hazy. Expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time.

Daytime temperatures are in the high 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Rain coat
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Umbrella
  • Sandals
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Shorts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear

August

If you visit Kerala during August, you are likely to find that it can be very hot and somewhat hazy. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 70s F (low 20s C).

Humidity is generally around 70 during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Shorts
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Sandals
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Short sleeve shirts

September

September in Kerala is constantly hot and somewhat hazy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C) to low 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Shorts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Umbrella
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sandals
  • Rain coat
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof luggage

October

If you vacation in Kerala during October, you are likely to find that it can be sweltering and somewhat hazy. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 70s F (low 20s C).

Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Shorts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals
  • Rain coat
  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof footwear

November

November in Kerala can be sweltering and somewhat hazy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters.

During this time, temperatures average in the high 70s F (mid 20s C) to 80s F (low 20s C), although night temperatures can dip into the 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Shorts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sandals
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Umbrella
  • Dresses
  • Rain coat
  • Sunglasses
  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion

December

December in Kerala is pretty consistently hot and somewhat hazy. Temperatures average in the 80s F (high 20s C) during the day. It rains once in a while.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Dresses
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Shorts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Kerala, India

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Kerala, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types C, D and M
  • A SIM card that works in Kerala
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • If you plan to visit a mosque, pack clothing that covers the knees and shoulders
  • If you are visiting a temple, pack respectful clothing
  • If you plan to visit a synagogue, take appropriate clothing
  • Pickpocketing is an issue, so wear a money belt or neck pouch

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