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Tips to remember when visiting Kerala

Currency

Indian Rupee is the accepted currency. Also you can exchange foreign currency. There is no limit to the amount of foreign currency that visitors can bring.

Banks

Banks are open for transaction from 10:00 – 15:30 hrs on weekdays and from 10:00 – 12:00 hrs on Saturdays.

Credit Cards

Credit Cards are accepted in Main hotels, restaurants and shops.
If you wish to pay by credit card please make sure if it’s accepted before you make the purchase and also some shoppers will charge extra

Clock

(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

Summer – April to June

If you plan to visit during summer you could save up to 30% on trip cost.

High season: Winter- September to March

This is the peak season and rush in all the places. You can experience the various places at its best beauty during this time of the year. Experience Onam – It’s the state festival of Kerala. It’s a10 daylong celebration across Kerala. Participate in the flora carpet decoration and taste the OnamSadhya (Traditional meal served on banana leaf with lots of mouthwatering curries)

Monsoon – July & August

Rising trend of Monsoon Tourism

Monsoon Tourism helps tourists to rediscover the fact that Kerala is God’s own country. The beauty of rain can be experienced even from indoors. Heavy downpours, even soft showers, cool breeze and lush landscape   can be romanced by being with the rain outdoors too. Monsoon always tickles romance in the hearts of lovers
Kerala Wellness Tourism, mainly Ayurveda Treatment, backwaters and beaches have become popular. The Kerala tourism is combining these three and other facets with the touch of rains to promote Kerala as a Monsoon Tourism destination. Monsoon is the best time for taking Ayurveda Treatments and rejuvenation therapies
This is the time for smart travelers. The package rates are very low during monsoon season.

Ayurveda

Go only to those Ayurveda centres that are classified/approved by the Department of Tourism.
Drugs
Heavy penalties including imprisonment for possession of narcotic drugs.

Food

All standard restaurants offer a variety of cuisines including Continental, Chinese, Indian and typical Kerala food.

Emergency Numbers

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

Police Helpline

While traveling on Highways (Highway Alert Number): 9846 100 100
While traveling in Trains (Railway Alert Number): 9846 200 100

Temple Codes

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.

Smoking

Smoking is banned in public places.

Demonstrativeness in Public

Behaviour, demonstrating affection in public like hugging or kissing is not an accepted practice in Kerala.

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