Kerala Tourism & Travel Guide

Kerala is a tropical landscape of sweeping beaches, shimmering backwaters and silhouettes of Chinese fishing nets (Cheenavela). Stretching for 550km along the the Malabar coast, this state is a holiday haven. Travel to Kerala for its palm-fringed shores, spice plantations and backwaters dotted with houseboats. There’s an assortment of places to visit and things to do on this coastal land for both tourists and backpackers. Make a travel guide of everything you want to do in the state. Start the day with a cinematic sunrise at the beaches of Alleppey, Kovalam and Varkala. Surf their topaz waters, and have steaming idlis for breakfast. To get a glimpse into Kerala’s heritage, take a walk through the forts of Anjengo in Varkala, Bekal in Kasaragod and the Koyikkal Palace in Thiruvananthapuram. If you are looking to escape the heat, head to the forested hills of Munnar, Wayanad, Thekkady and Vagamon. These hamlets are known over the world for their coffee, tea, spice, and rubber plantations. Among the more active things to do in Kerala, a trek through the Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary, in search of the rare Nilgiri tahr, and one through the Periyar reserve for a herd of elephants, should definitely not be missed. Also, while you are here, make sure to catch a snake-boat race, a kathakali play or an extravagant temple festival, such as the Puram Festival in Thrissur. Wondering how much a visit to Kerala will cost you? Go through our detailed itinerary below to get an estimate of the budget you need to set aside for your trip.
Best time to visit

The months of September to March see the most tourists in Kerala. This is when the monsoon season has given way to the winters, making for sunny skies and pleasant temperatures. Also, Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Kerala is a delight to experience.

Budget
For Budget Travellers: INR 500 - 800 a day
For Mid-range Travellers: INR 1500 to INR 3500 a day
For Luxury Travellers: INR 5000 and upwards a day

About Kerala

The land of backwaters, palm trees and gorgeous lakes is worth a visit anytime of the year, but most tourists prefer to visit Kerala in the months between September to March. Peak season is from November to February, with Munnar and Alleppey being amongst some of the most visited places. Besides these, Kerala also has some stunning destinations for city folks who are looking for weekend getaways to escape the hustle-bustle of daily life. Wayanad and Periyar are popular spots amongst those looking for peace and quiet.  

Whether you’re a budget traveller or someone looking for a more luxurious experience, Kerala has something on offer for everyone. If you’re tight on funds, you can get away with spending as little as INR 500-800 a day. On the other hand if you’re looking to splurge, sky is the limit; luxury stays start from INR 5,000. 

How to reach Kerala

Kerala is well-connected to the rest of the country through all major means of transport. You can choose your mode of travel depending on time and budget constraints. 

  • By air: Kerala has three operational international airports in Kochi, Calicut, and Thiruvananthapuram with daily flights from all major metro cities, including Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, and Chennai.
  • By road: National Highways 17, 47, and 49 connect Kerala to the rest of the country. Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are directly linked to the state via a good network of roads with state buses and taxis plying regularly.
  • By train: Being one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, Kerala has a well-connected rail network. Direct trains connect Kerala to over 200 stations, including ones in Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Kolkata,

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Best Time to Visit Kerala

Peak Season: The months of  September-March see the most tourists in Kerala. This is when the monsoon season has given way to the winters, making for sunny skies and pleasant temperatures. Also, Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Kerala is a delight to experience.

Shoulder Season: The days during these months, June-August are very sunny, while the evenings are usually frequented by thunderstorms

Off-season: The summer months from April to May bring to Kerala fewer crowds, cheap tariffs and humid weather due to frequent rainfall. The state is less congested during this season and if you can brave the heat, this is the best time to plan a trip for the budget backpacker.

 


Budget for Kerala

For Budget Travellers: INR 500 - 800 a day

  • Accommodation in hostels and inns: INR 150 - 550
  • Food in local cafes and street eateries: INR 50 - 100
  • Public Transport in local trains and buses: INR 7 - 100
  • Sightseeing and Plays: INR 10 - 200

For Mid-range Travellers: INR 1500 to INR 3500 a day

  • Accommodation in mid-range hotels and homestays: INR 800 - 1500
  • Food in mid-range cafes and restaurants: INR 500 - 700
  • Local transport in local taxis: INR 250 - 400
  • Guided Tours: INR 10 - 1000

For Luxury Travellers: INR 5000 and upwards a day

  • Accommodation in 4* or 5* hotels: INR 3500 and upwards
  • Food in upscale restaurants and bars: INR 700 and upwards
  • Local transport in private cabs: INR 500 and upwards
  • Activities and Guided Tours: INR 500 and upwards
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