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The state of Kerala is a narrow strip located along Arabian Sea in the southernmost tip of Indian Peninsula. The state has been crisscrossed by a number of water bodies (popularly known as backwaters). This has given birth to internal water navigation systems, which also work as the major trade ways in the state. These backwaters of late have become the major tourist attractions of Kerala and people have started offering luxurious houseboat accommodations to the visitors.

Air Transport
Reaching to Kerala is not a difficult thing. Thiruvananthapuram, the state capital, is connected to most of the major airports in India, including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Bangalore. As the Thiruvananthapuram is an international airport, there are considerable connections to gulf countries also from this airport. Kochi and Calicut are other two airports connected from air to other cities in India.

Rail Transport
Rails are another good way of moving inside and from the outside Kerala. There are around 200 railway stations in Kerala connecting most of the places in the state to places in the other parts of the country and inside the state. Long-distance express trains connect important places in Kerala to places outside the state like Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, and Kolkata.

Road Transport
Roads in Kerala are in much better shape than other states in India. Major modes of road transport are buses, tourist taxis, cars, and local taxis and autos. State is connected with other parts of South India by a number of National Highways. Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh are some of the neighboring states that are easily connected to Kerala through roads.

Water Transport
From Cochin (Kochi), there are regular ships venturing towards the Lakshadweep Islands. Inside, backwaters of Kerala act not only as a popular transportation medium but are tourist attractions in themselves. These internal water navigation systems are today the single most popular travel product of Kerala.

Climate, Language, Population
Location : Southwestern tip of India.
Area :

38, 863 sq km.

Population  : 3,18,38,619 
Capital : Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Language : Malayalam;English is widely spoken.
Religion : Hinduism, Christianity, Islam
Time : GMT +5:30
Currency : Indian Rupee
Climate : Tropical.
Summer : February - May (24 - 330C)
Monsoon : June - September (22 - 280C)
Winter : October - January (22 - 320C)

Visa Requirements

Kerala is a State in the Republic of India. The rules and regulations issued by the Government of India regarding visa and passport are applicable in the state.

For information on passport and visa rules please visit:

Registration of Visas
In cities, the Commissioner of Police is the Foreigner’s Registration Officer. And in districts the District Superintendent of Police is the Foreigner’s Registration Officer.

For more information and guidelines please visit:

Yearly Activities

Festivals of Kerala
Referred to as God's Own Country, the southern Indian state of Kerala is renowned for its colourful festivals. Festivals in Kerala are an integral part of the social and cultural structure and every community, every religion has something to celebrate about all through out the year. Kerala wakes up to some festival or the other every day of the year.

Onam Festival: Onam is celebrated in Kerala when the August monsoon rains give way to the pleasant warmth of autumn. Onam is the celebration of the return of Mahabali, the once and future king. This king ruled "when all men were equal, when no one was poor, when there was neither theft nor dread of thieves".

Kerala Boat Festivals: On the great backwaters of Kerala, fierce Vallom Kallies (boat races) and water carnivals erupt every year in a dramatic spectacle and hold tens of thousands of people spell-bound, cheering the action, laying bets, goading the boatmen to row faster. The water carnivals and snake boat races herald the week of the great harvest festival of Onam. It is Kerala's most important celebration and in scores of villages spread across central Kerala, competitive races featuring the smaller churulans, oadis, and irrutukuthies provide expression to the spirit of an intrepid, athletic people, born and bread near water.

Vishu Festival: Vishu falls on the first of Medam (March-April), which is the Malayali New Year's Day. Since it is considered propitious to view good things on this day for year round good fortune, Vishu morning is an important time in Kerala.

Thrissur Pooram Festival: The most spectacular festival of Kerala is Thrissur Pooram. Sakthan Thampuran, the Maharaja of erstwhile Kochi state, introduced this festival. Celebrated in Medom (April-May) the festival parades the fulgent faces of Kerala culture. With every passing year Tthrissur Pooram, the temple festival, attracts large masses of devotees and spectators to Kerala.

Payippad Jelotsavam Festival: Payippad Jelotsavam held in memory for the Prathista ceremony of Haripad Subramanya temple and therefore has a religious significance. This festival is celeberated for three days commencing from the Onam festival day. Snake boat processions are taken out on the first two days and competitive boat race take place on the third day.

Attukal Pongala Festival: Attukal Pongala this is the one and the only temple festival in the world where lakhs of women assembled together to make offerings by cooking a pudding for the goddess in the Attukal temple. It is taken home after the chief priest of the temple will come and sprinkle the holy water and will shower the flowers. This festival will come to an end in the evening with a procession from the temple.

Makaravillakku at Sabarimala Festival: For centuries, Sabarimala in Pathanamthitta has been a major pilgrim centre in Kerala attracting lakhs of devotees from all over India, more so from the southern states. The presiding deity is Lord Ayyappa known as Dharma Sastha, a considered symbol of unity between Vaishnavites and Saivites.

Christmas Festival: With a large number of Christian population in Kerala, Christmas is a festival that is celebrated with much vigour and enthusiasm in the state. Easter is also an important festival in the state. The numerous churches that are spread across the state brighten up around this time.

Theyyam Festival: Theyyam is one of the popular festivals of Kerala. It is the worship of the deity; on the other hand, the dancer is also the deity. Theyyam celebrates primarily the Mother Goddess. Animals, serpents and trees also figure in worship.

Other important festivals of Kerala are Eid, Muharram, and other festivals that are traditionally celebrated all over the country.

Tourist Guidelines

There is no limit to the amount of foreign currency that visitors can bring.

Banks are open for transaction on all days except Sundays and declared holidays.

Best time to visit
High season: October to April - Monsoon.
Rejuvenation programmes: May to September

Travel wear
Cotton outfits, hats, sunglasses, sunscreen lotion etc.

Credit cards
Main hotels, restaurants and shopping centres honour major credit cards.

Indian Rupee (INR)

Heavy punishments including imprisonment are imposed for possession of narcotic drugs.

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

(Hours fast (+), slow (-) on IST)
USA: -10.30, Germany: - 4.30, Canada: - 10.30, France: - 4.30, Australia: + 4.30, Spain: -4.30, UAE: - 1.30

Eventhough tap water is purified, it is better to drink bottled drinking water or drinking water from houses/restaurants. It is not advisable to drink water from slow moving streams, lakes or dams. Mineral water is available in sealed bottles.

Temple codes
Footwear inside the temple and entry into the sanctum sanctorum is banned in all the temples.

Other customs and codes of conduct and dress in temples across the state vary from each other.

Some temples do not permit entry to non-Hindus, while some do. Shirts for men and pants are banned from some temples and allowed in some others. Where they are banned, men have to be in mundus and women, in saris, half-saris or long skirts.

Nudity is not allowed in any Kerala beach.

Smoking is banned in public places

Footwear in houses
Visitors to most Kerala houses leave their footwear outside before entering the house.

Ayurvedic treatment
If you wish to undergo Ayurvedic treatment, it is very important to ensure that you go to an authorised centre.

Demonstrativeness in public
Behaviour demonstrating affection in public like hugging or kissing is not an accepted practice in Kerala.

Wildlife sanctuaries
To visit a wildlife sanctuary, prior permission has to be taken from the concerned authority of the sanctuary.

For further enquiries, contact:
The Chief Conservator of Forests,
Thiruvananthapuram 695014.
Ph: ++ 91-471-2322217

Helpline Services



Tourist Facilitation Centre, Department of Tourism, Park View


Tourist Information Centre, Railway Station, Thampanoor 


Tourist Information Centre, KSRTC Central Bus Station, Thampanoor  


Tourist Information Centre, Domestic Airport  


Tourist Information Centre, International Airport 


Tourist Facilitation Centre, Guest House Compound, Kovalam 


District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC), Vellayambalam 

Email : info@dtpcthiruvananthapuram.com

Tourist Amenity Centre , Varkala  0470-2602227


DTPC Tourist Information Centre, KSRTC Bus Stand 

District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC), Guest House Complex, Asramam  ++91-474-2750170
Email : info@dtpckollam.com , contact@dtpckollam.com

Department of Tourism - District Office, Govt. Guest House 



Tourist Information Office

++91-468 2326409  

District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) ++91-468 2229952
Email : info@dtpcpathanamthitta.com

District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC)


Tourist Information Office, Dept. of Tourism 



District Information Officer 

++91- 4812562558 

District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) ++91- 4812560479
Email : info@dtpckottayam.com


District Tourist Information Office, Department of Tourism, Near SBT,Kumily,


District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) Pynav.po,Idukki

:04862 232248(HO)
Munnar:04865 231516
Email : info@dtpcidukki.com


Tourist Information Officer, Dept. of Tourism  ++91-484-2360502 
Govt. of India Tourist Office, Willingdon Island ++91-484-2668352/1913 

Airport Information Counter, International Airport,Nedumbassery

Domestic Terminal  ++91-484-  2611309
District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC),
Old Collectorate Bldg., Park Avenue 
Email : info@dtpcernakulam.com  


District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC)  Palace Road  Chembukkavu  ++91- 487-2320800
Email : info@dtpcthrissur.com  
Guruvayur ++91- 487-2550400


District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC), Near Children's Park, Palakkad  ++91-491-2538996  
Fax: ++91-491-2530566
Email : info@dtpcpalakkad.com


District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) ++91-483-2731504
Email : info@dtpcmalappuram.com


Kozhikode Railway Station  ++91-495-2702606  
Karipur Airport  ++91-483-2712762  
District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) ++91-495-2720012 
Email : info@dtpckozhikode.com


District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC), Kalpetta  ++91-4936-202134
Email : info@dtpcwayanad.com  
Pookot ++91-4936-255207 
Tourist Information Centre, Collectorate  ++91-4936-204441


District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC), Near Civil Station, Kannur  ++91-497-2706336
Email : info@dtpckannur.com  
DTPC, Tourist Information Centre, Railway Station  ++91-497-2703121


District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) Email : info@dtpckasaragod.com
Bekal Resorts Development Corporation, Project Office Thanal Vishrama Kendram  Bekal Fort ++91-4997-272007/273625 Email:brdc@stayam.net.in  www.bekal.org  
Outside Kerala

Tourist Information Office, Government of Kerala, TTDC Complex, Walajha Road, Chennai 600 002

Travancore Palace
Kasturba Gandhi Marg
New Delhi – 110001
Kerala Tourism
Ground Floor
Kadamba Bus Station Building
Panaji, Goa

Kerala Tourism, India Tourism Complex, 123, M.K.Road, Church Gate, Mumbai-400020

 Tele-Fax:-++91-22-2203049 ticktmumbai@hotmail.com


Tourist Information Office
Kolkatha Malayali Samajam
22 Chinmoy Chatterjee Sarani
Kolkatha – 33

 033 – 24249225 (PP)

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