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Climate of kerala



Kerala is a popular tourist destination famous for its backwaters, Ayurvedic treatments and tropical greenery. Kerala has a higher Human Development Index than all other states in India.The state has a literacy rate of 94.59 percent,the highest in India. A survey conducted in 2005 by Transparency International ranked Kerala as the least corrupt state in the country.

» Winter - The winter season sets in during the month of December and continues till end of February. During this season temperature is comparatively low but as mentioned earlier it does not vary much from other seasons. In the highlands of Kerala, where the climate is cool throughout the year, winter temperatures often fall below 10C. Winter season in Kerala witnesses the lowest amount of rainfall.

» Summer - Winter is followed by the summer season. Its tarts in February and continues till May. Relatively higher temperature, low rainfall and slightly humid weather , Occasional showers with Lightning is a characteristic of this season. Kottayam receives the highest rainfall during this season.

» South West Monsoon - The South West Monsoon begins either in the end of May or in the beginning of June and fades out by September. Moving towards north, this seems to gain intensity. During this period Peerumedu in Idukki and Vaithiri-Kuttiyadi range in Malabar receive the highest rainfall. The rainfall is comparatively low in the Lakshadweep islands. In the southern areas the monsoon is around 40-50% and in the northern areas it is around 80%.

» North East Monsoon - The NorthEast Monsoon commences in October, dry weather setting in by the end of December. The Kanjirappalli-Peerumedu range and Kuttiyadi area experience the abundance of NorthEast Monsoon. The northern parts of the state account for a mere 10% of the annual rainfall.

» Temperature - The annual range of temperature is comparatively low in Kerala. The coastal areas record a maximum temperature of 32oc and a minimum of 22oc. The interiors record a maximum of 37oc during summer. In the coastal area it is hot and humid during April-May while cool during December-January.