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 Travel tips to Kerala

  1. Money
  1. There is no limit to the amount of foreign currency that visitors can bring, when they travel to Kerala, India.
  1. Banks
  1. Banks are open for transaction from 10.00 to 14.00 hrs on all days except Sundays,on Saturday (10.00 to 12.00 hrs).
  1. Best time to visit to Kerala
  1. High season: October to April - Monsoon. Rejuvenation programmes: May to September
  1. Travel wear
  1. Cotton outfits, hats, sunglasses, and remember to carry sunscreen lotion when you travel to Kerala, India.
  1. Credit cards
  1. Main hotels, restaurants and shopping centres honour major credit cards.
  1. Currency
  1. Indian Rupee (INR)
  1. Drugs
  1. Heavy punishments including imprisonment are imposed for possession of narcotic drugs.
  1. Food
  1. All standard restaurants offer a variety of cuisines including Continental, Chinese, Indian and typical Kerala fare.
  1. Emergency numbers
  1. Police control room: 100, Fire station: 101, Ambulance: 108
  1. Water
  1. Tap water is purified and quite safe to drink. It is not advisable to drink water from slow moving streams, lakes or dams. Mineral water is available in sealed bottles.
  1. Nudity
  1. There no nude beaches in Kerala and nudity may offend local customs.
  1. Temple codes
  1. Footwear inside the temple and entry into the sanctum sanctorum is not permitted in all the temples. Some temples do not permit entry to non-Hindus, while some do. Shirts for men and trousers are not permitted in some temples and allowed in some others. Where they are banned, men have to be in mundus and women in saris, salwar kameezes or long skirts.
  1. Ayurvedic treatment
  1. If you wish to undergo Ayurvedic treatment, it is very important to ensure that you go to an authorised center when you travel to Kerala, India.
  1. Weather
  1. Weather in Summer
    Kerala experiences hot summer months. Since the south of India lies near the equator, the temperature in summers usually goes up. Since Kerala is located on the coast, the on-shore winds cool off the temperature as evening settles in. Also, the greenery in Kerala keeps the temperature moderate. The maximum temperature in Kerala goes upto 35o Celsius. The evening and nights are relatively cooler.

  2. Weather in Monsoons
    It pours almost throughout the year in Kerala. Almost all months experience one good rainfall. This helps in keeping the heat from turning into dry spells. Kerala experiences monsoons twice a year. The southwest monsoons winds bring heavy rainfall in the months of May to July. In the months of October-November, Kerala receives another good dose of rainfall from northeast monsoons. Going to Kerala during monsoons is an experience in itself.

  3. Weather in Winters
    Kerala hardly has cold winters. Mornings are pleasantly warm and evenings are mildly chilly. The minimum temperature does not go below 20o Celsius. People do not wear woolen clothes. Just full sleeved shirts are enough for sustaining the chill.


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