Kerala (nicknamed "God's Own Country") is known for its palm-lined
beaches, backwaters and boat cruises. Rejuvenate yourselves with special Ayurvedic
treatments, visits to mountain ranges, tea, coffee and spice plantations as
well as abundant native wildlife.
With the Arabian Sea to the west, the Western Ghats towering 500-2700m in the east and networked by 44 rivers, Kerala enjoys unique geographical features that have made it one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Asia. A long shoreline with serene beaches. Tranquil stretches of emerald coloured backwaters with lushious green hills, exotic wildlife, waterfalls, sprawling plantations and paddy fields. All of which offer you a unique experience and furthermore each of these charming destinations is only a two hour drive from the other - a singular advantage no other destination offers.
Kerala, India's most advanced society: With hundred percent literacy. World-class health care systems. India's lowest infant mortality and highest life expectancy rates. The highest physical quality of life in India. Peaceful and pristine, Kerala is India's cleanest state.
Currency: Indian Rupee (INR)
Season - Oct - May
Climate: Kerala is situated close to the equator and as a consequence, enjoys a tropical climate. Temperatures stay fairly consistent throughout the year, with average maximum highs between 29°C and 33°C and minimum lows ranging between 23°C and 25°C. The overall average daily temperature doesn’t drop below 27°C or rise above 29°C in the course of the year. It’s not just the land temperatures that are stable, but also the temperature of the sea, which remains fairly constant throughout the year—it ranges from 27°C to 30°C, which is incredibly warm.
With a world of its own, Kochi is rightly called the "Gateway to Kerala". The enchanting place represents the bygone era and has more foreign tourists than Indians. Fort Kochi is an excellent place with a bunch of cosy cafes away from the city life. Fort Kochi’s growing culture, historic churches, Chinese fishing nets and comfortable homestays are sure to provide the tourists with a lot to explore. The architecture and historical sites in Fort Kochi attract most of the visitors to the area. The waterfront, Chinese fishing nets line the shore, casual restaurants, beautiful sun sets, Kathakali dance performances and Ayurvedic treatments in the region will satisfy each type of traveller.
Periyar National Park is the most popular and one of the most beautiful wildlife sanctuaries that encloses a large artificial serene lake. Bison, Sambar, Wild bear, Langur, Elephants and Tigers can be spotted in the vast region. Mountain sceneries and jungle walks are enjoyed by both the Indian and foreign tourists. The park remains open all year round, even during the monsoon season and the 30 minute elephant rides, safaris, and eco-tourism activities through the jungle are the best ways to enjoy in the national park.
Varkala has a naturally magnificent setting with a stretched cliff and beautiful views that extent to the Arabian Sea. The cliff top has grown into Kerala's most popular hangout place for backpackers. A gravelled footpath is carved along the cliff that is surrounded by coconut palms, quaint shops, beach shacks, hotels, and guest houses. At the bottom of the cliff is a long length of sparkling and a quiet beach that is undoubtedly one of India's best beaches. At the edge of the cliff, restaurants play trance music and stalls sell T-shirts, baggy trousers and silver jewellery. Varkala is essentially a temple town and the main beach is a place where Hindus come to make offerings for passed loved ones.
Witnessing the rolling hills from the mountain top in Munnar is the best way to experience the beauty of the place. The rolling hills around Munnar are South India's largest tea growing region that include emerald-green tea plantations, contoured, clipped and sculpted like ornamental hedges. The Kundale Tea Plantations surrounds a sparkling lake that facilitates witnessing tea being picked and processed, and to try fresh tea from the gardens. The region is naturally beauty and has lanes, hills and forests full of plants and wildlife. Munnar provides a platform to trek to the highest peak in South India, explore Eravikulam National Park, enjoy rock climbing and paragliding and relax in a homestay at the plantation bungalows.
Wayanad is believed to be the most beautiful part of Kerala. It is a mountainous region that spreads along the Western Ghats with a breathtaking range of coconut palms, green forests, fields, and sky-high peaks. Trekking to Chembra and Meenmutty, visiting old temples, climbing the Edakkal Caves, wildlife safari at Muthanga and Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuaries and delightful homestays in the area, are some activities enjoyed by the tourists. The place is also ideal for people who are keen to spot wildlife, especially the wild elephants. Wayanad is still a place which is not spoilt and is outlandish.
Money and transactions: In Kerala, the travellers are not bound to carry only a limited amount of money. Foreigners can bring any amount of foreign currency and the banks remain open from 10 am to 3:30 pm on weekdays. Big hotels, restaurants and shopping centres accept major credit cards.
Essentials: While travelling in Kerala, cotton outfits, sunscreen, shades, and hats or caps are ideal to carry. The best time to visit Kerala is from September to May. However, the monsoon season is a great time for rejuvenation programmes in the state, which run from June to August.
Authorised places: Visitors must only approach Ayurveda centres that are approved by the Department of Tourism. Also, to visit the Wildlife Sanctuaries, permission from the concerned authority of the sanctuary is necessary without which you will not be allowed to enter the place.
Cuisine: All standard restaurants offer a variety of cuisines including Continental, Chinese, Indian and typical Kerala food.
Basic etiquettes: Be careful about some temples that do not permit entry to non-Hindus. However, if the tourists are allowed inside the temples, make sure that you remove your footwear before entering the temple premises. Exposing too much of your skin could come off as unacceptable so make sure that you cover your knees and shoulders as a necessary step towards respecting the culture of the place. Smoking and display of affection in public like kissing or hugging is not an accepted practice in the state.