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Travel Guidelines
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 Saturdays (10.00 to 12.00 hrs). Sunday is a holiday. Now some Banks open from 08.00 to 20.00 hrs.
Best time to visit High season: October to April
Monsoon: June to August.
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.
Emergency numbers Police control room: 100
Fire station: 101
Ambulance: 102
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

The Chief Conservator of Forests,
Thiruvananthapuram 695014.
Ph: ++ 91-471-2322217
Winter: 18-22c
Summer 24-32
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