Our photographs capturing the beauty of the southwest monsoons in the beach, backwaters and forest destinations in which Niraamaya Retreats are located, will make you want to travel back to our retreats next year

There is more to Kerala monsoons than the oft-talked about flash floods or closed airports that you may have heard of. This lush green state on the southwestern Malabar Coast of India cocooned in acres and acres of green and wedged between the Arabian Sea and the biodiversity-rich Western Ghats.

Crisscrossing it are a million of water bodies – from the mighty ocean to the labyrinth backwaters — a network of brackish lagoons and interconnected canals, inlets, and rivers that snake through parts of southern Kerala. Spread out across the state’s southwest region are dense jungles of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, in Thekkady, a protected region of astounding beauty covered by moist deciduous forest and savanna grasslands.

The Kerala end of Western Ghats is where the southwest monsoon first bursts over India, before traveling to Mumbai, Goa and other parts of the country, bringing life, and hope to millions after a particularly harsh summer. It is a season of renewal: fishermen, who live on the produce of the sea, park their boats and take a break. It is the fish breeding season and traditionally, Indian fishermen have kept away from the oceans. Besides, the wild winds and chopping oceans ensure they spend time ashore,
repairing their nets and boats or bonding with the family. For farmers, plantation owners, and those who make their living off the land, it means nourishment for their crops.

Through these photographs, we bring you the beauty and joy of the monsoons in and around the three Niraamaya Retreats in Kerala — Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra, Kovalam; Niraamaya Retreats Backwaters & Beyond, Kumarakom and Niraamaya Retreats Cardamom Club, Thekkady. Enjoy the photographs as we get ready to bid goodbye to the monsoons in September.

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