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Located at the southern end of the country land, Kerala is one of the most peaceful states of India. Kerala is currently ranked as the state with the highest literacy rate in India. The serene and bucolic landscapes of the state make it a favorite among tourists.
Kerala’s climate is pleasant and does not drastically fluctuate. It is advised that you pack light and do not over stuff on your luggage. The geographical location has an impact on the weather that is not too hot or too cold.
- March records the highest average temperature in the year at 29°C
- Munnar and Thekkady are colder in comparison to other cities
2. Plan your Flight
Do not worry if you can’t find a flight directly to Cochin, look for a flight to Trivandrum or even Calicut, it will be easier to find cabs that take you to Cochin without having to spend a lot of your precious holiday time on road
3. Plan your Trains
Another travel related tip, you will not find a train that has ‘Cochin Railway Station’ as its destination. The railway station for Cochin is known as Ernakulam Railway Station. This would be useful for tourists who are on a South India tour.
- Book train tickets
- The station is abbreviated as ERN or ERS
4. Driving in Kerala
While driving in India, there are several things to keep in mind. The most important of them is all is your safety. Always put your seat belt on. Traffic in Kerala is another problem that you have to plan ahead for.
- A majority of the cars in India are right-hand driven
- Rental Cars
5. Safety of your Belongings
As a majority of the travel is done in the city, there is every chance that you might counter a few unfavorable citizens. For women, it is advised not to carry their valuables in handbags or wear really expensive jewelry.
- Gold ornaments and jewelry can be avoided
- In crowded places, have a strong grip on your belongings
6. Credit, not Cash
Avoid carrying a lump sum of cash. Minor bills just to get you the basic necessities should be enough. There are ATM’s at every corner that help you get around chance expenditures while keeping all transactions secure.
7. Safe Water(s)
Carry a bottle of mineral water that is RO and UV purified to avoid risk contamination and allergic reactions. At all times, avoid drinking tap water, as it is not suitable for drinking purposes. Many food joints offer bottled water as an option.
- Aquafina, Kinley packaged drinking water is recommended
- Avoid the packaged bottles that have their seal broken or damaged
8. When in Public
There are separate areas for smoking and alcohol consumption. Public consumption of alcohol is prohibited and will be taken seriously as per the Indian police norms. Nudity, in any form, is also taken seriously by the Indian Police.
The roads in Kerala aren’t always maintained in their best condition. Traveling in a car or a bus to scenic routes might get you nauseated. Discuss with your driver and request him to drive carefully and stop wherever necessary.
10. Dealing with Jet Lag
Jet lag is common for all international passengers and tourists. With a time shift, it is recommended that international passengers arrive a day before their destined travel plans to get good sleep and enjoy their trip to the maximum extent.
- Indian Standard Time is UTC+05:30
- Kerala Tourism
Kerala is a beautiful place that features on every itinerary for South India Travel. By making yourself aware of the difficulties one might face in travel, you can avail most out of your trip to Kerala.
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