TIPS TO KERALA VISITORS

   

                                     TIPS TO KERALA VISITORS

Visas

Carry your visa for entry to India/Kerala on your holiday.

For further clarifications, contact the Indian High Commission.

For visa extension, contact Office of the Commissioner of Police, Thiruvananthapuram.  Ph: 0471-2320579.  

Money

There is no limit to the amount of foreign currency that visitors can bring. 

Banks

Banks are open for transaction from 10.00 to 14.00 hrs on all days except Sundays (10.00 to 12.00 hrs). 

Best time to visit

High season: October to April - Monsoon.

Rejuvenation programmes: May to September  

Travel wear

Cotton outfits, hats, sunglasses, sunscreen lotion etc  

Credit cards

Main hotels, restaurants and shopping centres honour major credit cards.  

Currency

Indian Rupee (INR)  

Drugs

Heavy punishments including imprisonment are imposed for possession of narcotic drugs.  

Food

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

Emergency numbers

Police control room: 100

Fire station: 101

Ambulance: 101  

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  

Water

Eventhough tap water is purified, It is better to drink bottled drinking water or drinking water from houses/restaurants. It is not advisable to drink water from slow moving streams, lakes or dams. Mineral water is available in sealed bottles.  

Temple codes

Footwear inside the temple and entry into the sanctum sanctorum is banned in all the temples.

Other customs and codes of conduct and dress in temples across the State vary from each other.

Some temples do not permit entry to non-Hindus, while some do. Shirts for men and pants are banned from some temples and allowed in some others. Where they are banned, men have to be in mundus and women, in saris, half-saris or long skirts.  

Nudity

Nudity is not allowed in any Kerala beach.  

Footwear in houses

Visitors to most Kerala houses leave their footwear outside before entering the house.  

Ayurvedic treatment

If you wish to undergo Ayurvedic treatment, it is very important to ensure that you go to an authorised centre.  

Demonstrativeness in public

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

Wildlife sanctuaries

To visit a wildlife sanctuary, prior permission has to be taken from the concerned authority of the sanctuary. For further enquiries, contact: The Chief Conservator of Forests, Thiruvananthapuram 695014.