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Why go to Kerala

Kerala holidays promise long, languid days spent on golden sandy beaches, seafood served fresh from the ocean, and traditional houseboat cruises along serene backwaters. It’s India at its most laidback and relaxing.

Kerala’s coastline stretches for 600km (372 miles) along India’s western coast, almost reaching the country’s most southern tip. No surprise, then, that Kerala is a sunseeker’s paradise – suitably reflected in the untouched, palm-lined beaches that fringe this coastal region.

Elsewhere, Kerala is equally lush. Whether you head inland to the Western Ghats, which are cloaked with vast swathes of green forest and tea plantations, or to big cities such as Trivandrum and Alleppey to get a taste of the country’s infamous crowded chaos, holidays to Kerala are as rich in natural beauty as they are culture.

Travel Information

Language

Malayhalam

Currency

Rupee

Average flight time(from London)

9 hrs 54 mins

Tips and advice

Is it safe to go to Kerala?

Generally, Kerala is a very safe destination for travellers, with only petty crime, such as pick-pocketing, likely to impact on your trip. Take sensible precautions with your valuables, and don’t travel with large sums of money. For up-to-date travel advice for India, check the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.

Do I need to have a visa to go to Kerala?

You need a visa to visit Kerala. Tourists from the UK can obtain a 30-day, one year or five-year visa online before travelling to Kerala in India.

What vaccinations do I need to go to Kerala?

Some vaccines, such as Hepatitis A, Diphtheria, Tetanus or Typhoid, are recommended for travel to Kerala. Consult with your doctor before travelling and check the NHS advice.

How many days do I need in Kerala?

Kerala is a vast state, so you’ll never really be able to see it all. A good two-week holiday should give you an excellent overview of the landscapes and culture here, though.

Are there any local customs I need to be aware of?

Kerala, and India as a whole, is a deeply religious state and so respectful dress is required, especially in temples or mosques (you may be asked to remove your shoes before entry).

Getting around Kerala

Public transport networks by bus or rail are extensive, but hiring a driver and guide is the best way to get around Kerala. Hiring your own vehicle is not recommended, as Kerala’s roads are busy and often difficult for foreign drivers.

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