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Kerala Travel Tips

Kerala Travel Tips

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We have a few Kerala travel tips for all our visitors to ensure their trips run smoothly and that they have a great time in God’s Own Country, Kerala.

Money

There is no limit to the amount of foreign currency that visitors can bring.

Banks

Banks are open for transaction from 10:00 – 15:30 hrs on weekdays and on First and third Saturdays. Second and Fourth Saturdays will be holidays.

Credit Cards

Main hotels, restaurants and shopping centres honour major credit cards.

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.

Best time to Visit

High season: September-May
Monsoon Rejuvenation programmes: June-August

Travel Kit

Cotton outfits; hats, sunglasses, sunscreen lotion etc.

Food

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

Drugs

Heavy penalties including imprisonment for possession of narcotic drugs.

Ayurveda

Go only to those Ayurveda centres that are classified/approved by the Department of Tourism. Click here to see the list

Emergency Numbers

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

Police Helpline

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

Temple Codes

Some temples 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 not allowed in any Kerala beach.

Smoking

Smoking is banned 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

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

For further enquiries, contact: The Chief Conservator of Forests, Thiruvananthapuram 695 014, Tel: + 91 471 2322217

Official website

To know more about Kerala, visit the website of the Government of Kerala www.kerala.gov.in

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