Kerala Travel Guidelines

To ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience in God’s Own Country, we offer the following travel tips for all our visitors:

Money
Visitors can bring an unlimited amount of foreign currency.

Banks
Bank transactions are available on weekdays and the first and third Saturdays from 10:00 to 15:30 hrs. Second and fourth Saturdays are observed as holidays.

Credit Cards
Major credit cards are accepted at main hotels, restaurants, and shopping centers.

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 programs: June-August

Travel Kit
Pack cotton outfits, hats, sunglasses, sunscreen lotion, etc.

Drugs
Possession of narcotic drugs incurs heavy penalties, including imprisonment.

Ayurveda
Visit only approved Ayurveda centers classified by the Department of Tourism. Check the list here.

Food
Standard restaurants offer a variety of cuisines, including Continental, Chinese, Indian, and traditional Kerala food.

Emergency Numbers

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

Police Helpline

  • Highway Alert Number: 9846 100 100
  • Railway Alert Number: 9846 200 100
    Website: www.keralapolice.org

Temple Codes
Some temples restrict entry to non-Hindus, and strict dress codes are enforced. Footwear is prohibited inside temple premises.

Nudity
Nudity is not allowed on any Kerala beach.

Smoking
Smoking is prohibited in public places.

Footwear in Houses
Visitors are expected to leave their footwear outside most Kerala houses.

Public Demonstrations of Affection
Public displays of affection, such as hugging or kissing, are not socially accepted in Kerala.

Wildlife Sanctuaries
Prior permission is required to visit wildlife sanctuaries. For more information, visit www.forest.kerala.gov.in.

Enquiries
Contact The Chief Conservator of Forests, Thiruvananthapuram 695 014, Tel: +91 471 2322217.

Official Website
Explore more about Kerala on the Government of Kerala’s website: www.kerala.gov.in

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