Trip Planning Tips for Visiting Kerala, India
Plan a Perfect Trip to Kerala
A trip to Kerala, God’s own country is sure to provide you with a great time. But certain travel tips are to be kept in mind while touring or traveling to the place, which is actually a paradise for foreigners. While planning a trip to Kerala it is very necessary to understand, which is the best time of the year to visit, what to wear and take while traveling, about visas, transport, money etc.
Best Time to Travel
Any time of the year can be chosen to visit Kerala, as it experiences a pleasant weather throughout the year. For the same reason it is thronged with visitors all year round. Winter months (December – February) is the best time to visit Kerala, when the weather is hot and dry. It is time when you can find the biggest crowd there. The peak season for Kerala visit is the time from October to March. From June onwards there is heavy rain, but traveling won’t be difficult as there won’t be rain through out the day and the crowd will also be comparatively less. It is the best time for Ayurveda treatments too.
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Clothes and goods to carry
If you have selected public transport its better to avoid too many things. Even though there are no restrictions regarding the clothes to wear in Kerala, it’s advisable to wear clothes that cover up and look descent. Light cotton clothes are best for the warm weather. Clothes are available at very cheap rates in Kerala. The people in Kerala dress modestly and they expect the same from the visitors. Women are expected to wear clothes that cover their shoulders and knees as they are very orthodox in nature. While visiting a place of worship both men and women should wear long trousers or skirts and always take off the footwear before entering into it. Some places also require you to cover your head. Take with you sunglasses, hats, sunscreen lotion, and make sure you avoid wearing provocative and revealing clothes.
Shopping in Kerala
Each and every craft items in Kerala are blessed with its traditional touch. There are many delicious eatables that you can buy there. Malls and showrooms are found in all major cities. People in Kerala are crazy about gold ornaments and you can find gold shops in almost all the places. While shopping in Kerala never forget to bargain as you may get some discount.
Food available in Kerala
It’s not too difficult to find a place to eat while you are traveling. A huge variety of food is available there along with the traditional cuisine. You can also find fast food joints that maintain traditional identity, which is the specialty of Kerala. They provide with their own variety of fast food and other snacks.
Foreign currency, traveller’s cheques, drafts drawn on banks in India or letters of credit can be brought into India without any limit. Nationalized banks are open from 10.00 in the morning to 14.00 hrs in the afternoon. Some private banks are open between 8.00 am to 8.00 pm. Extensive number of ATMs spread across metros, towns and villages. Major credit cards are accepted by most of the prominent hotels, shops and restaurants.
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Travel Precautions in Kerala
Buses, auto-rickshaws, cabs, trains etc are some cheap options of travel in Kerala. Ask the rate before you board on a rickshaw or cab. For travel in train reserve your tickets in advance, in case of long distance journey.
- Try to carry only a sufficient amount of cash while on travel. In case you need to withdraw some cash, ATM’s are widely available throughout the state.
- All tourists, especially women should wear descent clothes as it invites unwanted attention. It’s better for them to converse the least with men.
- Keep your valuables safe. Be very careful about your money while traveling.
- Avoid exhibiting any public display of affection. Physical intimacy like hugging and kissing in public is not approved by the people here.
- It’s a punishable offence under law to smoke in public in Kerala. So avoid such practices.
- Always ask for permission from the concerned authorities before taking a snap of a monument or building.
- Do not depend on strangers to book tickets for you. Try to contact a recognized travel agency for this purpose.
- During the tour don’t throw away the bills, tickets and receipts. Save them for record purposes and transparency as you may need them at the end of the tour.
Although traveling in Kerala is an easy and rewarding experience if you follow the above mentioned simple guidelines, your trip to Kerala would truly be a pleasant one.
Enchanting Honeymoon Spots in Kerala
If you are planning for a honeymoon, the best place in the world is none other than Kerala. Kerala, God’s own country is the ideal destination to enjoy it to the maximum.There are a number of mind blowing places in Kerala that you can select for your romantic vacation after wedding. Romantic resorts on the beaches, backwaters and hill stations make it unique.
Alappuzha, also known as Alleppey is a beautiful backwater town. You can visit a number of places in Alappuzha which includes backwaters, beaches and lagoons. You can also enjoy the backwater cruise in a traditional houseboat. While on the houseboat you can enjoy the natural beauty of Kerala that is comparable to the paradise. There are a number of sight seeing places here, which are the following:
- Mullackal Temple
- Punnamada Kayal
- Krishnapuram Palace
It is one of the most preferred honeymoon destinations in Kerala.
Cochin or Kochi, the port city in Kerala is well known as the “Queen of Arabian Sea”. Some of the main attractions of this place are:
- St. Francis Church(oldest existing church in India)
- Mattancherry Dutch Palace
- Fort Kochi
- Cherai Beach
- Santa Cruz basilica
Cochin is popularly known for its Jews street and China fishing nets.
Idukki is located among the beautiful hills of the Western Ghats. It should be included on the itinerary of anyone going for a honeymoon trip. In this charming green region, you can see animals like deer, elephant, and bison. Here you can also see the Idukki Dam, which is the biggest arch dam in India.
The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in Thekkady. It is one of the world’s most fascinating wild life reserves. It is renowned for its wild life and scenic beauty. It cannot be compared to any other wild life sanctuaries in the world as every thing here is really very different. A honeymoon tour to this place offers you with the sight of vegetation, the flora and fauna and the birds which are uniquely rich, vast and varied.
It’s a hill station. It has derived its name from the union of three mountain streams – Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundale. Some sightseeing spots over here are:
- Mattupetty(boating and horse riding)
- Indo Swiss Dairy Farm(100 varieties of cattle)
- Echo Point
- Devikulam hill station
Kumarakom is a group of small islands on the Vembanad Lake. Several activities over here attract a lot of honeymoon couples to this spot. The Bird Sanctuary in Kumarakom is very popular. It can be visited by canoes, house boats or speed boats. Even though canoe is a very cheap option, it would be more enjoyable.
The rich cultural heritage of Kerala has made it an ideal honeymoon destination. Its natural beauty provides a romantic ambiance for honeymooners. Only a few places have been mentioned above. There are still many more places in Kerala that attract honeymooners.
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