13 Kerala Travel Tips to Know Before Planning Your Trip

You are all set to step your feet in Kerala, “God’s Own Country”. So, here a few travels on your Kerala trip which should be remembered while voyaging this place. These useful traveling tips in Kerala will let you stay away from the undesired problems to have an uninterrupted journey!

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1. Best Time to Visit Kerala

The ideal time to visit God’s own country begins from September and lasts till March. Also, monsoon month is the best time for Ayurveda.
The accommodation rates plus the taxi fare rates are higher during the peak season from December 20 to January 5 and in the offseason from April to August, you can accordingly plan your visit.

2. Clothes and Other Accessories
Having a stable climate all round the year, it’s good if you carry light and cotton clothes here. But if you’re going to hill stations or colder places such as Thekkady or Munnar, it’s recommended to go with woolen wears. Also, take your hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen with you to avoid tanning on the spectacular Kerala beaches.

3. Binoculars and Your Friend, Camera!
There are many wonderful places in Kerala, if you want to save these beautified places with your family or friend, then it’s better to have your own digicam and give these clicks a special space. If you plan to visit Kerala’s wildlife sanctuaries, then Binoculars plays an important role to witness the wild animals around you!

4. Water
You must be carrying a water bottle or a mineral water bottle with you every time you step out to explore. It’s suggested not to drink water from public places or roadside places. If you’re feeling low, then go for coconut water of Kerala which is indeed a good energy booster!

5. Medicines
Don’t forget to bring medicines with you, along with a few tablets of vomiting, fever, headache, cold, also, some Eno packets in case you’re suffering from acidity, etc. to make your trip hassle-free. Also if you are traveling with your kids here, also carry an antibiotic ointment, regular first aid kit.

6. ATMs and Banks
Just avoid cash as there are a number of ATMs all over the towns and cities of Kerala. So, avoid having plenty of cash with you.

7. Public Places
India is a platter of unorthodox places. So, avoid showing affectionate greetings, especially in the form of hugs, kisses, etc in open places.

8. Smoking
Kerala is a famous ecotourism spot. So, most of the places in Kerala have prohibited alcohol consumption and smoking at public spots. These things are considered punishable violation under the law.

9. Nudity
Nudity is illegal at public places in Kerala. It’s strictly prohibited at all the beach spots in India.

10. Repellents
A mosquito repellant will work for you, here in the dense greenery.

11. Accommodation
In advance, plan your trip with renowned Kerala tour operators. Make your advance bookings and also choose a budget-friendly resort.

The dimension of accommodation starts from nominal homestays to luxurious resorts. So, choose a fusion of heritage and luxury experience while your stay in Kerala. This will make you meet with the best hotel comforts, having more privacy, much better options for local food.

It’s always a money-saving option if you prefer a renowned and authorized Kerala Tour Operator rather than direct booking with hotels. Most of these holiday Kerala tour packages accompany transportation cost along with accommodation.

Most accommodations are made available with offerings of clean hot and cold water, and all the modernized amenities.

If you have planned for a houseboat trip, make choices between a day-time cruise or a night-stay in these boathouses. These accommodation places welcome you with every meal type - Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

It’s recommended to not go with daytime accommodation in the houseboat because you have to check-in by 12:00 pm. And if your flight is delayed, you might lose the chance of houseboat experience.

12. Transportation in Kerala

Public transport is not suggested in Kerala at the time of the holiday as the place is generally crowded. You will be having the options of drivers or cabs which are both economical and the best way is booking a comprehensive tour package.

Download Google maps and apps such as maps, translators, before your journey starts! These apps will make your Kerala trip more problem-free!

In Kerala, taxi services are spread extensively and mostly the tour operators offer professional drivers who speak both Hindi and English fluently.

If any couple is traveling, select TATA Indigo or TATA Indica for an easy and safe tour. If you have planned a trip with family members or your buddies, then opt for different types of cars, which depends on the need of your travel and also the budget-type for transportation mediums such as Chevrolet Enjoy, Toyota Innova, or Mahindra Scorpio.

13. Airports and Railway Stations in Kerala
The best airport in Kerala is Kochi but you can choose Calicut or Trivandrum, depending upon your travel and also having the second opinion of your travel agent.
If you are booking train tickets, then search Ernakulam, if you’re searching for Cochin; Ernakulam is same as Cochin. Also, for your information, there’s no railway station naming, Cochin. The station code for Ernakulam is ERS or ERN.

Documentation and Visa

Make sure you have copies of all your travel related documents in order to have a back-up option, in case, your original documents are lost.

Foreigners are recommended to take VISA from the closest Indian Consulate. Also, don't forget to apply for a VISA at least 14 days prior to your arrival date and purchase enough travel insurance. Moreover, there are many countries in the world in which VISA on arrival is required in Kerala. You can go through the post, “Do I need a Visa to visit Kerala in India?” for frequently asked questions on VISA.

Pre-departure Tips