FAQ Kerala

Kerala FAQ’s – Frequently Asked Questions

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1 .What is the best season to visit kerala?

Ans: Best season to visit Kerala is between September to March. During winter you will feel a comfortable climate and pleasant weather with less humidity.
Winter is the perfect season to explore lagoons, tranquil canals and spicy plantations of Kerala. 
 People prefer monsoon season from June to August for ayurvedic treatment 
Peak Season – (October-February) Temperature lies between 10°C to 25°C,
Shoulder Season – March to May
Temperature lies between 29°C to 40°C.
Low Season – June to September
Temperature lies between 29°C to 35°C.

2. What are the places from where we can shop during the Kerala trip?

Ans: Here is top shipping places of Kerala 
Spice market of Kochi 
Mattupetty Dam market, Munnar 
Mattancherry Spice market, Cochin
Kovalam fish market 
Local town market of Munnar 
Sarwar market, Trivandrum 
Broadway street market, Kochi 
Center Square Mall, Cochin 
Connemara Market, Trivandrum
Lulu Mall, Kochi 

3. How many minimum days are required to explore Kerala ? 

Ans: 4 days are enough to explore best tourist places in Kerala like Munnar, Thekkady and Alleppey 
For delightful family trips, 8 to 9 days are enough and for honeymoon couples 4 nights and 5 days are enough for a romantic tour. 
If you want to try famous adventure activities and some offbeat places then you can extend this trip for 2 or 3 days. 

4. What kind of Vehicle will you provide during the trip? 

Ans: We will provide 
Swift Dzire/ Artiga/ Indigo: for 1 to 3 Pax
Innova: for 4 to 6 pax
Tempo Traveler: for more than 7 Pax 

5. What is the nearest airport for Kerala ? 

There are three major airports in Kerala.
Cochin International Airport Limited, Nedumbassery – CIAL (IATA: COK)
Trivandrum International Airport, Vallakkadavu (IATA: TRV)
Calicut International Airport, Karipur (IATA: CCJ)
In which Cochin International Airport Limited is the most active and well connected with all major cities in India and the world with regular flight services

6. What is the nearest railway station for  Kerala? 

Kerala railway network is very active with frequent trains connecting the state with the major cities of India. The major railway junctions of Kerala are 
 Trivandrum Central (TVC), Ernakulam South/Junction (ERS), Shoranur Junction (SRR)

7. What is the local food of Kerala ? 

Ans: Kerala is known as the spice bowl of India. It is famous for its rich heritage of tasty food specially sea-food. Well known for  spicy versions of non vegetarian dishes  Chicken, Meat and Fish (‘Molly’ fish and ‘Karimeen Pollichathu’ Fish). Vegetarian people can try veggie delicacies made with coconut and bananas (Kerala’s ‘Puttu-Kadala’ and ‘Appam-Ishtu). Don’t forget to try Palada Payasam and Halwa which are special desserts of Kerala.  

8. What is Kerala famous for?

Ans: Kerala is known for its scenic natural beauty, tourist attractions, heritage sites, exotic beaches, backwaters, houseboats rides, densely forested mountain ranges, deciduous semi-deciduous jungles that are home to some rare, plant life wildlife species. 

9. What kind of Tour providers are in Kerala?

Ans: Kerala Hill station Tourism
Kerala Beach Tourism
Backwater tourism 
Kerala Culture Tourism
Kerala Home Stay Tourism
Kerala Medical Tourism
Kerala Adventure Tourism 
Kerala Sustainable Tourism

10. What are the Do’s and Don’ts while visiting Kerala? 

Do’s:
Carry a tourist map 
Do some prior research 
While travelling,  carry mineral water 
Pack clothes which get dry easily during monsoon 
 Do prior booking  to get the best  deals 
Keep a good quality camera  along with tripod and additional lenses
Carry light woolen clothes and sports shoes if  Munnar and Thekkadday is in your package
Take necessary safety measures for trekking and rafting.
Do negotiation before hiring a houseboat and check the condition of the houseboat before taking the ride 
Always include breakfast in your hotel package.
Take out footwear, headgear, shoes and leather items while visiting any religious place

Don’ts:
Don’t wear shoes in sacred areas
Don’t carry heavy luggage with you while sightseeing 
Do not carry heavy woolen clothes 
Avoid travelling after 7 pm in Munnar and Thekkady due the fog and wild animals, don’t take pictures in restricted areas 
Do not add lunch and dinner in your hotel package that will cost you higher price 
Don’t enter into anybody’s home without permission during the local village trip.

11.  Is it safe to travel alone in Kerala?

Ans: Kerala is safe to travel alone anywhere in Kerala during day-time But during night avoid travelling alone due to chances of pick-pocketing etc and do not walk on the streets alone at night.

12. What should I pack for a trip to Kerala

 Ans: Umbrellas/Rain Coats
Tropical Clothes
Flip Flops
Sunglasses
Sunscreen
Mosquito Repellants
Medicines
Sanitizer
Candies
Water Bottles
Power Bank
Camera
City Guide
Spacious Bags

13. What activities can I do in Kerala ?

Ans: 
Witness a Kathakali Performance
Explore the Iringal Crafts Village 
Watch a Kalaripayattu Bout
Experience Sandalwood Forests at Marayoor
Enjoy a elephant ride 
Watch a Theyyam performance 
Enjoy Bamboo rafting in Periyar
Try Ayurveda massage 
Do not forget to Sail down Alleppey backwaters 
Explore tea Plantations
Try fishing with Chinese Fish net 
Cheer a snake boat race ( every year in the month of August and September) 
Ride a canoe 
Bird watching 
Stay in tree house 
Paragliding in Munnar 
Kayaking in backwaters 
Jungle safari 
Enjoy Onam festival

14. What are the major attractions of Kerala ? 

Ans: Alleppey: Alleppey Beach, Marari Beach, Krishnapuram Palace, Pathiramanal, Kuttanad Backwaters etc. 
Wayanad: Banasura Sagar Dam, Chembra Peak, Soochipara Falls, Sentinel Rock Falls, Kanthanpara Waterfalls, Kuruva Island, Pookode Lake, Lakkidi, Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, Pakshipathalam, Edakkal Caves etc. 
Cochin: Fort Kochi, Vypeen Island, Vypin Beach, Cherai Beach, Andhakaranazhi Beach, Marine Drive, Bolgatty Island, Guruvayoor, Chinese Fishing Nets, St. Francis Church, Kodanad Elephant Training Centre, Hill Palace Museum etc. 
Munnar: Eravikulam National Park, Mattupetty Dam, Pothamedu View Point, Anamudi, Blossom Park, Devikulam, Pallivasal, TATA Tea Museum, Vattavada, Attukal Waterfalls, Cheeyappara Waterfalls, etc. 
Kumarakom: Eravikulam National Park, Mattupetty Dam, Pothamedu View Point, Anamudi, Blossom Park, Devikulam, Pallivasal, TATA Tea Museum, Vattavada, Attukal Waterfalls, Cheeyappara Waterfalls, etc. 
Kovalam: Vellayani Lake, Lighthouse Beach, Chowara Beach, Kovalam Beach, Hawah Beach, Samudra Beach, Shanghumukham Beach, Neyyar Dam, Veli Tourist Village, Artificial Coral Reef, Vizhinjam Rock Cut Temple, Padmanabhaswamy Temple etc. 
Thekkady: Periyar National Park, Periyar Lake, Gavi, Kumily, Cardamom Hills, Spring Valley Mountain, Pandikuzhi, Chellarkovil, etc. 
Kollam: Dutch Quilon, Thirumullavaram Beach, Kollam Beach, Ashtamudi Lake, Palaruvi Waterfalls, Paravoor, Punalur, Thenmala, Mayyanad, Deer Park, Rameshwara Temple, etc 
Vagamon: Murinjapuzha WaterFalls, Ulipooni Wildlife Sanctuary, ElaveezhaPoonchira, Idukki Arch Dam, Pine Hills, Parunthumpara Point, etc. 
Kozhikode: Kappad Beach, Kozhikode Beach, Beypore Beach, Kozhippara Falls, Thusharagiri Falls, Thikkoti Lighthouse, Kadalundi, Tali Temple, etc. 
Ashtamudi: Ashtamudi Lake, Thevally Palace, Alumkadavu Boat Building Yard, Monroe Island etc. 
Bekal: Bekal Fort, Pallikere Beach, Bekal Fort Beach, Valiyaparamba Backwaters, Kappil Beach, Hosdurg Beach etc
Idukki: Periyar National Park, Periyar Lake, Idukki Arch Dam, Munnar, Vagamon, Thekkady, Nadukani, Painavu, Gavi, Murikkady, Kulamavu Dam, Anakkara, Hill View Park etc. 
Kannur: Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach, Payyambalam Beach, Meenkunnu Beach, Thottada Beach, Baby Beach, Mopila Bay, Dharmadam Island etc. 
Palakkad: Palakkad Fort, Silent Valley National Park, Parambikulam WildLife Sanctuary, Mayiladumpara Peacock Sanctuary, Malampuzha Dam and Gardens, Rock Garden, 
Thiruvananthapuram: Ponmudi, Kovalam, Shanghumugham Beach, Aruvi Waterfalls, Akkulam Tourist Village, Veli Tourist Village, Aruvikkara Dam, Neyyar Dam & Wildlife Sanctuary, Peppara Dam & Wildlife Sanctuary, Poovar, Kowdiar Palace etc
Varkala: Paragliding, Varkala Beach, Thiruvambadi Beach, Edava Beach, Kappil Beach, Papanasam Beach, 590 Cliff, Anjengo Fort, Sivagiri Mutt, Janardhanaswamy Temple, Varkala Lighthouse etc

15. Things to buy in Kerala 

Ans: Spices: You can buy in Kumily near Thekkady, second best area Fort Cochin 
Aroma Oils: You can buy in Thekkady, Kumily or Kochi (Spices Board outlet)
Aranmula Kannadi (Mirror)
This mirror is crafted of metal, not glass!
Coconut Coir Products, Banana Chips and Cashew Nuts: You can buy at local stalls, especially in and around Fort Kochi.
Kasavu Mundu: You can buy in local as well as branded outlets all over Kerala. There is also some government. licensed Kerala Tourism outlets where you can get stuff.

16. Unique things about Kerala 

Ans:  
It is one of the cleanest states in India according to NSSO 
It’s a melting pot of Ayurvedic culture 
Kerala has the highest female-to-male ratio
Kerala has the highest literacy rate in the country (93.91%)
Highest number of festivals celebrated in kerala 
Kerala is known as the spice coast of India

17: Commonly spoken language in Kerala? 

Ans: English and Malayalam is commonly spoken language of Kerala. Beside that 
Malayalam is actually the official language of Kerala. Other languages and dialects spoken across Kerala –  Tamil, Hindi and Kannada

18 : ATM facilities in Goa

Ans: ATM facilities are quite good in the state and You can find the widest reach of Federal Bank within the state. Apart from it 
you will also find HDFC, ICICI, SBI and Axis Bank ATMs easily.

19 : How is mobile connectivity in Kerala? 

Ans: Kerala has good connectivity with major operators like Airtel, BSNL, Vodafone, Idea and Aircel. You can face network issues in hilly regions like Munnar, Thekkady and Wayanad.

20: Emergency Numbers of Kerala

Ans: Police: 100
Ambulance: 108
Fire station: 101
Women helpline: 1091

21: Major Religion in Kerala

Ans: According to census of India figures, 
Hindus: 54.73%, Muslims: 26.56%, Christians: 18.38% and other religion: 0.33%

22. What are the important points to remember while travelling in Kerala ?

Ans:
Keep all important documents
Carry debit/credit cards
Never keep too much of cash while Sightseeing and shopping 
Carry less luggage
Save medical emergency number 
Check climatic condition of Kerala during your trip
Choose accommodation carefully 
respect the local culture and heritage of the state
Don’t forget the dhoti: if you want to enter temples (for men). Women can wear sarees or long skirts
Experience houseboat accommodation during Alleppey trip 

23. What are the offbeat places in Kerala?

Edakkal Caves, Wayanad 
Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, Kochi
Kappil Beach, Varkala 
Gavi, Periyar
Nelliyampathy Hills
Vagamon, Idukki 
Ashtamudi Lake, kollam
Pine Hill, Vagamon 
Kolukkumalai Estate, Idukki 
Kuruva Islands (Kuruvadweep)
Soochipara Waterfalls, Wayanad 
Banasura Sagar Dam
Neeliyar Kottam, Kannur
Agasthyarkoodam, Trivandrum 

24. Famous festival of Kerala. 

Ans: Kerala festivals are famous for
vibrant colours, scintillating music, exotic fragrances and century long traditions
 Kerala Boat Festival (July to September) 
Vishu (14th, 15th, 16th April) 
Thrissur Pooram 
Christmas (23red December to 2nd January) 
 Makaravilakku Festival (14th January) 
 Ambalapuzha Arattu 
Theyyam Festival between) (April to December) 
Makaravilakku (30th December to 20th January) 

25. Famous beaches of Kerala 

Ans. Here are the most visited beaches of Kerala. 
Alappuzha Beach
Kovalam Beach for action 
Lighthouse Beach 
Varkala Beach for chill out 
Kozhikode Beach 
Marari Beach for serenity 
Kannur Beach for culture 
Cherai Beach
Bekal Beach for luxury 

26. Is visa is required to visit Kerala 

Ans: Yes visa is required for foreign nationals to enter India. You can apply for a visa in Indian embassy or Indian High commission located in your country.

27. How safe is houseboat stay 

Ans: Houseboat stay is absolutely safe and houseboat crew take care of the tourist as well as they give special training in first aid and life saving techniques to the tourist for the emergency. 

28. Do the houseboats operate in monsoon?

Ans: Yes houseboats do operate during the monsoon. In case of heavy rain, a houseboat will not be possible. 

29. Do they serve vegetarian and non vegetarian food in houseboat 

Ans: Yes houseboats provide veg and nonveg food. It depends on your preference, if you have chosen a veg meal plan they will serve you only vegetarian food. 

30: How safe is drinking water in Kerala 

Ans: We prefer mineral water bottles which are easily available everywhere in Kerala. Foreign nationals might find it unaccustomed to the available drinking water. If you are at a restaurant avoid drinking any kind of water or juice 

31: Is sightseeing possible during the night at any of the destinations? 

Ans: No, Sightseeing is not possible after 18:00 hours at any destination.

32: Major airlines operating in Kerala 

Ans: Here is list of major airlines which operate in Kerala 
European Carriers : Virgin Atlantic, Air France, Lufthansa, Swiss Air and British Airways etc. 
Asian Carriers: Qatar Airways, Oman Air, SriLankan Airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Gulf air, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways etc. 
American Carriers: Delta Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines. 

33. Most beautiful place in Kerala 

Ans: Munnar is the most beautiful place of Kerala as well as it is one of the most romantic honeymoon destinations in India. Munnar is famous for its scenic attractions and backwater.

34. Can I wear shorts in Kerala?

Ans: Yes you can wear whatever you’re comfortable in but you will not be permitted to visit religious places wearing shorts. Your knees and shoulders should be covered up to visit religious places.

35. Do they speak English in Kerala?

Ans: Yes, English is a widely spoken language in Kerala after Malayalam.

36. Which is the culture of Kerala?

Ans: Kerala culture is a combination of Indian and Dravidian culture, which is influenced from other parts of India and abroad. Kerala’s culture is the main USP of Kerala tourism, which is focused on arts like Kathakali, Mohiniyattam and Martial Art of Kalaripayattu.

37. What is the climate of Kerala?

Ans: Kerala’s climate is humid, wet and tropical. Kerala receives an average annual rainfall of 3107 mm – some 7,030 crore m3 of water, so it’s better to avoid visiting Kerala in the rainy season.

38. Which dance is famous in Kerala?

Ans: Kerala is famous for Mohiniattam and Kathakali classical dance forms.

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