Plan your PERFECT HOLIDAY trip to Kerala!
Has Kerala been on your bucket list for the last couple of years? Are you ready to go on an exciting holiday to God’s Own Country? If you have already booked the tickets, arranged a tour package and is all set for the trip, then here’s the ultimate travel checklist for you.
1. If you are planning a trip any time between February and May, during the hot, simmering summer, and wish to spend a few hours at the beach, don’t forget to carry sunscreen. And, even if you forget to carry one, no worries. There are several medical stores and pharmacies where you can get it.
2. While visiting temples, it would be good to keep certain things in mind. Non-Hindus are not allowed in some temples in Kerala, and there are strict dress codes and regulations that you need to adhere to. In certain temples like the Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, you will have to leave your footwear outside the temple premises.
3. Want to make your holidays absolutely rejuvenating and refreshing? Stay in one of the many resorts in Kerala and avail an Ayurvedic treatment package. It would be better to choose Green Leaf & Olive Leaf classified Ayurveda centres that are approved by the Kerala Tourism Department. Monsoon is the best season for Ayurvedic treatments. The best time to visit Kerala is from September to March. So, get yourself an Ayurvedic massage or treatment and heal your body, inside out.
4. Depending on the climate and the activities that you have planned, carry comfortable clothes and accessories such as cotton outfits, hats, sunglasses, sunscreen lotion, mosquito repellent, walking shoes, flip-flops, umbrellas etc. By the way, if you are planning to spend a week or two in a hill station like Munnar, Thekkady or Wayanad, do carry sweaters to keep yourself warm and cosy
5. Do not carry too much cash, precious jewellery or gold, and even if you do, keep it to the bare minimum. You can use debit or credit cards for transactions. On weekdays, most of the banks are open from 10 AM to 3:30 PM and till noon on Saturdays.
6. Get bottled water or fresh juice from shops, and keep yourself hydrated throughout your journey. Stay refreshed!
7. While in Kerala, pamper your appetite with some authentic Kerala food. Kerala cuisine is absolutely delectable! As it is medium spicy, your taste buds may take some time to get adjusted. So, before ordering food, always enquire with the chef or waiter about the amount of spices and other ingredients present in it.
8. For sightseeing, you can take rental cars or other vehicles including bicycles. However, ensure that they don’t take extra charges.
9. If you are a foreign citizen and wish to drive around in a vehicle in Kerala, do carry your international driving licence.
10 . Smoking is banned in public places in Kerala and you are liable to be prosecuted if you are found smoking in public.
11. Refrain from public kissing as it is not acceptable in Kerala.
12. It is wise not to travel to remote areas during night hours. Stay in a reputed hotel or a resort and continue the journey early morning.