Kerala Travel Tips

January 8, 2014

Choose your route wisely

Think about what interests you have, what you like to do, and tailor your trip accordingly. Local Kerala tour consultants can assist you for making a convenient tour plan for your Kerala Trip.

Slow down the Travel Plan

Too many people try to cram too much into a visit to Kerala. Don’t be one of them. Seeing one place slowly is so much more interesting than seeing many places in a quick look. You’ll be less stressed, gain a deeper understanding of where you are and have more time to build relationships with the people you meet.

Visa

Foreign passengers are required to obtain a VISA from the nearest Indian Consulate and remember to apply for the VISA at least 14 days before date of arrival and buy adequate travel insurance.

Language in Kerala

Malayalam is the local language in Kerala, which widely use for spoken and written communication. Kerala is the 100% literacy state in India a very good number of people in Kerala can understand, write and speak English.

Money

There is no limit to the amount of foreign currency that visitors can carry with them. US Doller is accepted all over Kerala, still recommend you to carry some Indian rupees with you for local shop purchases.

Banks in Kerala

Banks in Kerala are open from 10:00 – 15:30 hrs on weekdays and from 10:00 – 12:00 hrs on Saturdays ( second Saturdays of every month will be holidays for banks).

ATM’s in Kerala

You can find enough ATM machinese all over Kerala, so better avoid carrying too much money with you.

Credit Cards acceptance in Kerala

Most of the hotels, restaurants and shopping centers accept major credit cards like Visa, Master etc.

Time in Kerala (Indian standard time)
(Hours fast (+), slow (-) on IST)

USA: -10.30, Germany: – 4.30, Canada: – 10.30, France: – 4.30, Australia: + 4.30, Spain: – 4.30, UAE: – 1.30, UK: – 5:30.

Climate

Kerala has a balanced climate throughout the year and do not have extreme hot or cold. Winter months are December and January and summer months are April and May.

Clothing

Casual and Smart casuals are recommended and its better to avoid wearing too short skirts. Please carry woolen clothes if your itinerary cover Kerala Hill Stations like Munnar, Wayanadu or Thekkady.

Best time to visit Kerala

Peak Tourism season in Kerala : October, November, December, January, February and March.

High Tourism season in Kerala: September, April and May.

Monsoon and low Tourism season in Kerala:: June, July and August.

Airports in Kerala

Kerala have 3 internationsl Airports, Cochin International Airport. Trivandrum International Airport and Calicut International Airpiort. You can consult with your travel agent and choose the Airport as per your travel plan.

Trains in Kerala

Major cities in Kerala ( except hill station) well connected with train service and this is considered as cheap and comfortable travel option. All Inter state trains have A/C and sleeper class compartments available. Ticket need to be purchased in advance for travel and passenger need to carry original valid identity card to travel in the train.

Buses and Local Transport in Kerala

Most of the places in Kerala well connected with buses / boat transport/ Local taxi / Auto Rikshaw etc.

Avoid night Travel in Kerala

Avoid night travel in the hill stations like, Munnar, thekkady, Wayanadu etc, there might be fog on the road and its danger to drive this time.

Travel Kit and medicines

Cotton outfits; hats, sunglasses, sunscreen lotion etc. Also carry your medicines and few tablets for fever, cold, head ache, vomiting etc.

Drugs

carrying or having drugs may cause heavy penalties including imprisonment for possession of narcotic drugs.

Kerala Ayurveda

We recommend only to those Ayurveda centres who are classified/approved by the Department of Kerala Tourism.

Food in Kerala

All standard restaurants in Kerala offer a variety of cuisines including Continental, Chinese, Indian and typical Kerala food.

Stay healthy

Please drink only sealed water and eat more fruits during your travel. Drink more fresh tender coconut in Kerala, which is known as natural glucose.

Emergency Numbers in Kerala

Kerala Police control room: 100
Kerala Fire station: 101
Ambulance in Kerala: 102, 108

Kerala Police Helpline

While traveling on Kerala Highways (Highway Alert Number): 9846 100 100
While traveling by Trains in Kerala (Railway Alert Number): 9846 200 100
Kerala Police Website: www.keralapolice.org

Kerala Temple Codes or Policies

Some temples in Kerala do not permit entry to non-Hindus. Strict dress codes are followed in most of the temples. Footwear is banned inside the temple premises.

Nudity

Nudity is illegal in any Kerala beach or any public places.

Smoking / Drinking

Smoking and drinking is illegal in public places.

Footwear in Houses

Visitors to most Kerala houses leave their footwear outside before entering the house.

Demonstrativeness in Public

Behaviour, demonstrating affection in public like hugging or kissing is not an accepted practice in Kerala.

Wildlife Sanctuaries in Kerala

To visit a wildlife sanctuary, prior permission has to be taken from the authority concerned of the sanctuary.
Website: www.forest.kerala.gov.in

Official Kerala government website

To know more about Kerala, visit the website of the Government of Kerala www.kerala.gov.in , Kerala Tourism department website is www.keralatourism.org