Kerala

General Information

Location : Southwestern tip of India.
Area : 38,863 sq km.
Population : 31,84,1374
Capital : Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Language : Malayalam. English is widely spoken.
Religion : Hinduism, Christianity, Islam
Time : GMT +5:30
Currency : Indian Rupee (INR)
Climate : Tropical
Summer : February - May (24 - 33°C)
Monsoon : June - August (22 - 28°C) October - November
Winter : November - January (22 - 32°C)

Police helpline Emergency Numbers

While traveling on Highways + 91 98461 00100
While traveling in Trains + 91 98462 00100
Police control room: 100
Fire station: 101
Ambulance: 101

Airports

Cochin International Airport (CIAL), Nedumbassery Tel : + 91 484 2610113
Thiruvananthapuram International Airport Tel : + 91 471 2501424
Calicut International Airport, Karipur Tel : +91 483 2710100

Banks &Money

Banks are open for transaction from 10.00 to 14.00 hrs on all days except Sundays (10.00 to 12.00 hrs IST). Main hotels, restaurants and shopping centres honour major credit cards. Bringing Indian currency by any foreign national is prohibited. Only Indians who travel overseas frequently can bring small amount of INR. Hence please bring your country currency and get it exchanged into Rupees here.

However, declaration of foreign exchange/currency is required to be made in the prescribed Currency Declaration Form in the following cases:-

(a) Where the value of foreign currency notes exceeds US$ 5000/- or equivalent
(b) Where the aggregate value of foreign exchange (in the form of currency notes, bank notes, traveler cheques etc.) exceeds US$ 10,000/- or its equivalent

Visa Requirements

Carry your visa for entry to India/Kerala on your holiday. Please contact indian embassies in the respective contries for obtaining a new indian visit visa.

Drugs

Heavy penalties including up to 20 years imprisonment for possession of narcotic drugs.

Food

All standard restaurants offer a variety of cuisines including Continental, Chinese, Indian and typical Kerala fare.

Nudity

Nudity is not allowed in any Kerala beach.

Photography

Photography is strictly prohibited in places of military importance, railway stations, bridges, airports and military installations.

Smoking

Smoking is banned in public places.

Demonstrativeness in Public

Behaviour, demonstrating affection in public like hugging or kissing is not an accepted practice in Kerala.
Kerala - Distance Map