Congratulations on booking your next amazing vacation to the scenic state known as God’s own country, Kerala. Located on the Malabar Coast in Southern India, Kerala is a tropical paradise with stunning beaches, rolling mountain ranges, exotic backwaters, teeming wildlife and the most vibrant of cultures. There’s so much to be excited about but we know that there are always some travel jitters to address.
This step-by-step guide is put together to help you do just that, in a simple and convenient way. Think of it like an informative travel check-list that answers any queries you may have as well as prompt you with all the necessities you must take care of, before your departure.
Two Weeks Prior
Let’s begin with some of the probable questions you may have before taking this trip to Kerala.
What Are The Important Documents Required For This Journey?
Since this isn’t an international journey, you do not need a passport or visa documentation for Indian na-tionals.
But you will still need:
1. Photo/adress ID proof like driver’s license or Pan/Adhaar Card for airport entry and hotel check-in
2. Tickets in print and soft-copies
What Should You Pack?
What Is The Maximum Luggage Allowed By Airlines?
For domestic flights, your luggage should generally weigh not more than:
However, various carriers could have different baggage allowance rules so it’s best you check on their website to be sure.
Two To Three Days Before The Trip
You do not need any foreign exchange as the Indian Rupee is the local currency.
Power Banks And Adapters
Most plugs should work in the available sockets around Kerala, but it is always better to carry an adapter just in case. Even though there are power outlets in all your places of visit across the state, it is still advisa-ble to carry a power bank to charge your electronics in an emergency or while you’re on the move.
Create your own travel first-aid kit with the following items:
The Day Of Travel
The flight to Kerala is only a few hours long so you needn’t necessarily carry any packaged food with you on the craft. The airport and airline have options to purchase light snacks if need be.
Travel insurance is an important asset when it comes to protecting yourself while holidaying, like in the case of unwanted circumstances interrupting or cutting short your trip once the bookings have been made. It allows you to recover some of your money as well as provides medical assistance and cover during the journey. Choose any of the top travel insurance companies or ask SOTC for assistance.
Always keep handy the telephone numbers of the police and other emergency services as well as of any travel agents you have consulted.
Confirm your hotel bookings and insist on a receipt before you leave for your destination. Check if your hotel provides pick-up and drop-off services or ask SOTC to organise it as part of your package.
Cash / Card
Credit and debit cards are accepted across Kerala, though it is always good to carry some amount of cash when you’re out and about. Cards can be used to withdraw money at any available ATM.
During The Trip
The language of Kerala is Malayalam, although most across the state speak English too, especially with tourism so popular. You shouldn’t face too much trouble getting around or communicating with locals.
Tips For Travelling In Kerala
Kerala is the dream tropical holiday you’ve been waiting for and so much more! But to really make the best of your visit, you must be prepared for what’s in store.
When To Visit:
Kerala In The Arts:
Kerala’s scenic beauty has often been chosen to film Bollywood movies. You might recognise sights such as the Athirappally Waterfalls of Thissur in Bahubali and Guru; the hills of Munnar in Chennai Express and the backwaters of Alleppey in Dil Se.