North Kerala Foot Notes

Vital statistics State Capital : Thiruvananthapuram (commonly known as Trivandrum)
Population : 35 million.
Language(s) : Malayalam (official), though English and Hindi are widely spoken.
Time : GMT+5.5 International dialing code: +91
Visas : Apply for an e-visa in advance (indianvisaonline.gov.in).
Money : The Indian rupee (INR)
Credit cards are widely accepted and there are ATMs in cities.

When To Go
Kerala is warm year-around with relatively little seasonal variation in temperature (27°C – 29°C).

December to March is the dry, peak season. In June to August the south-west monsoon drenches the state. Lighter, less frequent rain can also be expected in April, May and September to November. Traditional weather patterns are becoming decreasingly reliable.

Most Theyyan performances happen November to April.

Health & Safety
For the latest on entry requirements, including COVID-19, visit the site (https://www.mohfw.gov.in/). Kerala’s one of the safer parts of India. Take precautions such as only eating peeled fruit and cooked vegetables, and do not drink tap water. All hotels and restaurants provide filtered water. The best way to avoid both stomach upsets and single-use plastic is to have a water filtering bottle. The sea is often rough with a treacherous undertow, so swim with care.

Getting There
Etihad Airways (etihad.com) expect to resume flights to Calicut (Kozhikode Airport) via Abu Dhabi. Alternatively, BA or Virgin connect at either Delhi or Mumbai, and then on to Cochin (Kochi) International Airport from there.

Getting Around
Include a Taxi car as part of a pre-arranged package. Except for those on backpacker-basic budgets, this is the norm. There is a railway all the way up the Malabar coast, and bus services to Wayanad. In towns, auto-rickshaws are the easy option.

Food & Drink
With such a long coastline, fish and seafood predominate and are offered in a variety of spicy sauces. More surprisingly, Keralans also eat quite a lot of meat, even beef. As everywhere in India, there are always plentiful vegetarian dishes. The fruit’s delicious, especially the creamy, finger-sized bananas. Kerala has fairly strict laws on alcohol, with beer and wine available only in top hotels.

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