Travel Guidance

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

Banks Banks are open for transaction from 1000 to 1400 hrs on all days except Sundays (1000 to 1200 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 numbersPolice control room: 100

                                                   Fire station: 101

                                                   Ambulance: 101

Time (Hours fast (+), slow (-) on IST)

                 USA: -1030, Germany: - 430, Canada: - 1030, France: - 430, Australia: + 430, Spain: -430, UAE: - 130

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 codesFootwear 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 housesVisitors to most Kerala houses leave their footwear outside before entering the house

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

Demonstrativeness in publicBehaviour demonstrating affection in public like hugging or kissing is not an accepted practice in Kerala