KERALA. Gods own Country
With the Arabian Sea in the west, the Western Ghats towering 500-2700 ms in the east and networked by 44 rivers, Kerala enjoys unique geographical features that have made it one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Asia. An equable climate. A long shoreline with serene beaches. Tranquil stretches of emerald backwaters. Lush hill stations and exotic wildlife. Waterfalls. Sprawling plantations and paddy fields. Ayurvedic health holidays. Enchanting art forms. Magical festivals. Historic and cultural monuments. An exotic cuisine... All of which offer you a unique experience. And what's more, every one of these charming destinations is only a two hour drive from the other. A singular advantage no other destination offers.
Kerala, India's most advanced society : A hundred percent literate people. World-class health care systems. India's lowest infant mortality and highest life expectancy rates. The highest physical quality of life in India. Peaceful and pristine, Kerala is also India's cleanest state.
We request you to carry your visa for entry to India/Kerala on your holiday. For clarification please contact the Indian High Commision/Embassy.
There is no limit to the amount of foreign currency that visitors can bring.
Banks are open for transaction from 10:00 - 14:00 hrs on week days and from 10:00 - 12:00 hrs on saturdays.
Main hotels, restaurants and shopping centres honour major credit cards.
(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: December - May
Monsoon Rejuvenation programmes: June - November
Cotton outfits, hats, sunglasses, sunscreen lotion etc.
Heavy penalities including imprisonment for possession of narcotic drugs.
All standard restaurants offer a variety of cuisines including Continental, Chinese, Indian and typical Kerala fare.
Tap water is purified and quite safe to drink. It is not advisable to drink water from slow moving streams, lakes or dams. Bottled water is also available.
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 is not allowed in any Kerala beach.
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
Behavior demonstrating affection in public like hugging or kissing is not an accepted practice in Kerala.
To visit a wildlife sanctuary, prior permission has to be taken from the concerned authority of the sanctuary.
Courtesy : Kerala Tourism Department