Kerala Travel Guide and Tourism

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 your days with a cinematic sunrise at the beaches of Alleppey, Kovalam or 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.
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Top Attractions in Kerala

God's own country has been a favourite among travellers from around the world for centuries. It is a place that is known to excite, entrance and enrapture. Here's Tripoto's hand-picked list of attractions that you absolutely cannot miss in Kerala.

Best Luxury Hotels in Kerala

Sample the lifestyle of the rich and the famous while sipping on champagne and savouring caviar at some of the most luxurious hotels in Kerala. Here are Tripoto's top picks 

Best Mid-Range Hotels in Kerala

If you're looking to witness the magic of Kerala without burning a hole in your pocket, Tripoto's list of the best mid-range hotels will come in handy while booking your next stay.

Best Budget Hotels In Kerala

If you believe Kerala is an expensive place for a vacation, Tripoto's list of the best budget hotels will definitely change your mind.

Best Hostels in Kerala

You can stay at these awesome homestays to gain insight into local culture of Kerala or opt for one of these interesting hostels to interact with people from all over the world. 

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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