We request you to carry your visa for entry to India/Kerala on your holiday.For clarification please contact the Indian High Commision/Embassy.For visa registrations and extensions,contact the Commisioner of Police (in cities) and the District Superintendent of Police (in districts).

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

Banks are open for transaction from 10:00 - 14:00 hrs on week days and from 10:00 - 12:00 hrs on saturdays.

Credit cards
Main hotels, restaurants and shopping centres honour major credit cards.

(Hours fast (+), slow (-) on IST)
USA: -10.30, Germany: - 4.30, Canada: - 10.30, France: - 4.30, Australia: + 4.30, Spain: -4.30, UAE: - 1.30, uk:-5:30

Best time to visit
High season: December - May
Monsoon Rejuvenation programmes: June - November

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

Heavy penalities including imprisonment for possession of narcotic drugs.

Go only to those Ayurveda centres that are classified/approved by the Department of Tourism

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

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

Emergency numbers
Police control room: 100
Fire station: 101
Ambulance: 101

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 is not allowed in any Kerala beach.


Smoking is banned in public places

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

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

Wildlife sanctuaries
To visit a wildlife sanctuary, prior permission has to be taken from the concerned authority of the sanctuary.

For further enquiries, contact:
The Chief Conservator of Forests,
Thiruvananthapuram 695014. 

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