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Even with its picturesque locations and near perfect climate, Kerala does have its own flaws. However, these flaws should not affect your plans to travel, if you are prepared before-hand for a ‘Plan-B’.
1. Drinking Water
As a tourist, it is best if you avoid the tap water in Kerala wherever offered. It is recommended you drink only bottled water that is sealed. Although most of the restaurants offer packaged water in their jugs, carrying your own water will be the safest option on deck.
- Kinley, Aquafina are brands that offer safe, bottled water
- The price of a bottle of water starts from 20 INR
2. Heavy clothing
As it gets humid during the summer in Kerala around May, packing heavy clothing will only yield in discomfort and shortage of packing space. Clothing made from material like cotton or synthetics will offer you the needed comfort to last the day in Kerala’s heat.
- Average annual humidity is 72%
- Highest recorded humidity is seen in June at 82%
3. Skirts and High Heels
Addressing specifically to women, the Indian society isn’t very comfortable with short clothing for women. Avoid a few staring/glaring eyes pop up at you by wearing jeans or considerably longer skirts. As you might have to do a lot of climbing up on stairs, high heels are best avoided
- Traditionally, women of Kerala wear a Kasavu Sari
- Kasavudu Handloom
4. Being Late
Always try to be on time or around it. Have a good night’s sleep and get up early. The people of Kerala, unlike most states of India, value their time a lot. If you have a houseboat reservation or have a cab booked, ensure that you stick to the time as the people on the other end will too.
Another primary requirement of any form of travel are prescriptions. Medicine in India is more need-based and less based on any formal doctor’s prescription. However, pharmacies in Kerala strictly maintain a prescription-only means of issuing drugs/medicines.
- Majority of the medicines are sold in India based on their brand names
- Check for active drug compounds in medicines and look for available alternatives
6. Traveling in the heat
It gets humid in Kerala’s summer. This may not be a great time for any form of travel for small children or for adults who have small babies. Neither is it a good time for older people who might badly strain themselves in the process.
- Padamnabhan Palace and Shri Thiruvallur Statue require you to climb a lot of stairs
- Vivekanand Memorial requires a lot of walking to cover distance from point to point
7. Messing with Mosquitoes
As it is humid area, Kerala can be regarded as the land of mosquitoes looking to suck on blood in the open. A mosquito repellent in the room or applying body cream to keep these predators off is your best defense against them.
- Mosquito repellents
- Odomos cream is one of the most famous mosquito repellent body creams available
8. Don’t Litter
The people of Kerala take pride in their tidiness and maintenance skills. This is evident in their public places including their railway stations. With separate dry and wet waste collection boxes, they take their garbage clearance very seriously.
9. Staying in Hotels
If you restrict yourself to the comfort of the four walls of a hotel, you will only end up with a superficial experience of the state. To have the most fun, it is recommended you stay in tree houses, resorts, and houseboats. These are your best options to explore God’s own country.
10. Know your Shoe Etiquette
One thing that Indians are most vary about is shoe etiquette, a thing that is rarely followed in other countries. When you’re entering the premises of any home, you take your shoes off and enter after. Similarly while entering any religious gathering or a temple/mosque, you need to leave your shoes outside.
As a tourist, being vary of these tips can assist you greatly in your travel across Indian states, including enjoying your trip to Kerala, one of the most beautiful places on earth.
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