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Kerala Destination Guide

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For more information, please call our Travel Consultants on:01244 897 551

Your guide from the Luxury Travel Experts


Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Kerala, created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

If you require further information, not featured on this page, please call one of our Travel Consultants.

Overview+

Language Indian
Time Difference 5 hours
Currency Rupee
Voltage 220V

One of India’s most beautiful states, Kerala is also referred to as ‘God’s Own Country’, which is no coincidence! The coastal strip provides incredible sandy beaches and a coastline stretching almost 600km along the glistening Arabian Sea. Incredible scenery and sights are just waiting to be discovered, including the famous sparkling backwaters and the beautiful tea and spice covered hills of the Western Ghats. Not only is the scenery spectacular, the mouth-watering cuisine is some of the most delicious in India; delicately spiced dishes will leave you wanting more. If you consider yourself a wildlife enthusiast, Kerala is the destination for you! Meet stunning tigers, wild elephants and beautiful exotic birds at one of the many sanctuaries around the region. Whatever you decide to do on your luxury escape to Kerala, we guarantee that you will not be left disappointed.

Highlights+
Backwaters

Take a trip to the beautiful backwaters of Kerala, comprising stunning lakes, lagoons and canals that run parallel to the Arabian Sea. It is no surprise that the backwaters are one of India’s most popular tourist destinations, boasting houseboat cruises that float effortlessly upon the tranquil waters. Visit Alappuzha, known as the ‘Venice of the East’, on a canal cruise - a truly great place to soak up both Keralan culture and nature.

Museums

Discover Kerala’s rich and fascinating history at one of the many museums in the region. Visit the brilliant Museum of History & Heritage, situated in a beautiful old building, which focuses on tracing Keralan history and culture through interactive audio-visual presentations and static displays. Among the exhibits are Iron Age implements, bronze and terracotta sculptures, dhulichitra (beautiful floor paintings), and recreations of traditional Keralan homes. Alternatively, take a trip to Napier Museum, housed in a captivating 1880 wooden building designed by the British architect, Robert Chisholm; explore alluring displays of eclectic bronzes, temple carts, ivory carvings and Buddhist sculptures.

Wildlife

Kerala is home to countless beautiful wild animals - including elephants, exotic birds and striking tigers - which can easily be seen from many of the brilliant sanctuaries dotted around the region. Take a trip to the 5-hectare Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary on Lake Vembanad, home to a large variety of native and migratory birds - visit from October to February to see travelling birds such as garganey teal, marsh harrier, osprey and steppey eagle, whilst from May to July is breeding season for local species including the Indian shag, pond herons, darters and egrets. A little further afield, discover the brilliant Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary and the protected animals that thrive there - spot leopards, elephants, deer and the endangered grizzled giant squirrel on a truly brilliant day out.

Climate+

Situated close to the equator, Kerala enjoys a tropical climate. The winter months stretch from late-November until mid-February, during which the average temperature is around 28°C and there is very little rainfall and humidity. Summer in Kerala begins towards the end of February and lasts until May or June – temperatures often reach 33°C and humidity increases. The region experiences two monsoon seasons per year; the Southwest Monsoon season, falling between June and September, brings torrential rain and an average temperature of 27°C. The Northeast Monsoon season also sees heavy rainfall and similar temperatures, occurring from September to November.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Kerala.

  Temp °C Rain mm
January2821
February2826
March2940
April29119
May29216
June27341
July27239
August27156
September27175
October27268
November27192
December2769

Getting There+

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Travel Documentation+

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk

Health+

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/

In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.

Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net, www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.

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