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Visa
Carry your visa for entry to India/Kerala. For Registration and Visa extensions contact the Commissioner of Police (In cities) or District Superintendent of Police (in Districts)

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

Banks

Banks are open for transaction from 10:00 - 14:00 hrs on weekdays and from 10:00 - 12:00 hrs on Saturdays.

Credit Cards
Main hotels, restaurants and shopping centers honor major credit cards.

Time Zone

GMT +5:30 Hours

Best time to Visit
High season: September-May
Monsoon Rejuvenation Programs: June-August

Travel Kit
Cotton outfits; hats, sunglasses, sunscreen lotion etc.

Currency
India Rupee

Drugs
Heavy penalties including imprisonment for possession of narcotic drugs.

Ayurveda
Go only to those Ayurveda centres that are classified/approved by the Department of Tourism. Click here to see the list

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

Water
Tap water is purified and quite safe to drink. It is not advisable to drink water from slow moving streams, lakes or dams. Bottled mineral water is recommended.

Emergency Numbers
Police control room: 100
Crime Stopper: 1090
Fire station: 101
Ambulance: 108
Kerala Police Message Center: +91-9497900000

Police Helpline
While traveling on Highways: +91-9846100100
While traveling in Trains: +91-9846200100
 

Temple Codes
Some temples do not permit entry to non-Hindus. Strict dress codes are followed in most of the temples. Footwear is banned inside the temple premises.

Nudity
Nudity is not allowed in any Kerala beach/Public Places.

Smoking
Smoking is prohibited in public places.

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

Demonstrativeness in Public
Behavior, demonstrating affection in public like hugging or kissing is frowned upon in Kerala.

Wildlife Sanctuaries
To visit a wildlife sanctuary, prior permission has to be taken from the authority concerned of the sanctuary. For further enquiries, contact: The Chief Conservator of Forests, Thiruvananthapuram 695 014, Tel: + 91-471-2322217

Useful Links

  1. Govt of Kerala - http://kerala.gov.in/
  2. Department of Tourism, Kerala Government - http://www.keralatourism.org/
  3. Diplomatic Missions/Consulates in India - http://meaprotocol.nic.in/
  4. Kerala Police - http://www.keralapolice.org/