Money: There is no limit to the amount of foreign currency that visitors can bring, when they travel to Kerala, India.
Banks: Banks are open for transaction from 10.00 to 14.00 hrs on all days except Sundays (10.00 to 12.00 hrs).
Best time to visit: High season: October to April - Monsoon. Rejuvenation programmes: May to September
Travel wear: Cotton outfits, hats, sunglasses, and remember to carry sunscreen lotion when you travel to Kerala, India.
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 numbers: Police control room: 100, Fire station: 101, Ambulance: 101
Water: Tap water is purified and quite safe to drink. It is not advisable to drink water from slow moving streams, lakes or dams. Mineral water is available in sealed bottles.
Nudity: There no nude beaches in Kerala and nudity may offend local customs.
Temple codes: Footwear inside the temple and entry into the sanctum sanctorum is not permitted in all the temples. Some temples do not permit entry to non-Hindus, while some do. Shirts for men and trousers are not permitted in some temples and allowed in some others. Where they are banned, men have to be in mundus and women in saris, salwar kameezes or long skirts.
Ayurvedic treatment: If you wish to undergo Ayurvedic treatment, it is very important to ensure that you go to an authorised center when you travel to Kerala, India.
Wildlife sanctuaries: To visit a wildlife sanctuary, when you travel to Kerala, India, 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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