VISITORS GUIDELINES
 
     
  Visa  
  Carry your visa for entry to India/Kerala on your holiday.  
 
  Money  
  There is no limit to the amount of foreign currency that visitors can bring.  
     
  Banks  
  Banks are open for transaction from 10.00 to 14.00 hrs on all days except Sundays
(10.00 to 12.00 hrs).
 
     
  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.  
     
  Currency  
  Indian Rupee (INR)  
     
  Drugs  
  Heavy punishments including imprisonment are imposed for possession of narcotic drugs.  
     
  Food  
  All standard restaurants offer a variety of cuisines including Continental, Chinese,
Indian and typical Kerala fare.
 
     
  Time  
 

(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

 
     
  Water  
  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  
  Nudity is not allowed in any Kerala beach.  
     
  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.