It is at the extreme southwest of the Indian subcontinent, separated from the rest of the country by the majestic mountain range of the Western Ghats, that Kerala, "land of God" as its inhabitants call it, spreads its splendid landscapes made of a myriad of canals and lagoons, superb beaches overlooking the sea of the Laquedives and tropical forests. Beyond its exuberant nature, Kerala is home to an impressive and unique cultural heritage: a subtle cuisine, a protean architecture inherited from Jews, Muslims, Dutch and Portuguese who once traded in spices by sea, unique traditions such as theyyam (ritual art close to trance), kathakali (traditional dance theatre) or the ancient martial art called kalarippayatt, still practiced in Calicut.... The tourist guide of Kerala will make you discover an India far from the clichés, the tourist infrastructures are very well developed, and will allow you to cross its lands and waters, sometimes on board a houseboat, rocked by the backwaters, sometimes in the bunks of a train as old as magnificent running towards the cosmopolitan Fort Cochin. And what about these tea plantations of Munnar, running infinitely towards the horizon, without forgetting the cliff of Varkala or the beach of Kovalam... Namaskaram!

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When to go to Kerala?

When did he go to Kerala? The best time to visit Kerala is from October to March, and the best two months to visit this southern part of India are January and February. As with all popular seasonal destinations, there are disadvantages to come to India during the most tourist months: tourists flock to Kovalam and Varkala for example. Hotels also inflate their prices during these periods, so you may prefer to come during the off-season (April, September, October and March), when there are fewer people and prices become negotiable again. The monsoon floods Kerala between June and September. Some regions are at the height of their beauty during the monsoon season (especially the Western Ghats), but then it is difficult to travel and the risk is greater to be exposed to diseases such as malaria. Floods, power outages and natural disasters are also not uncommon. When to go to Kerala? Ideally in September-October and March-April, or even from December to March, making sure to book your accommodation well in advance.

How to go to Kerala? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

Perhaps more than elsewhere in India, there is no shortage of travel providers to organize a stay in Kerala. The region has very well developed tourist infrastructures to suit all budgets. You can concentrate your visit on one or another area of Kerala, but it is also possible to set up, in conjunction with the travel agency of your choice, a tailor-made tour to discover the main features of the region.

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To get to Kerala by your own means, the most convenient way is certainly by air. Depending on the region you wish to visit, you will target Thiruvananthapuram or Kochi airport. Bangalore and Bombay are also possible gateways, but an additional part of the journey (train, plane or taxi) will have to be planned to reach Kerala. As with accommodation, in order to save money, we will make sure to book well in advance.

On the air side, more than 70 cities are regularly served by the national airline Indian Airlines. Public ferries are a pleasant and cheap, although a little slow, means of transport. They travel on the backwaters and connect the cities of Kollam, Alleppey, Kottayam and Kumarakom. By bus, comfort is poor and they are often overcrowded, while the Indian rail network is the second largest in the world and serves almost every region of the country. Cheaper than flying, trains are often the best solution for covering long distances. Finally, the car remains an option offering more autonomy, preferably with a driver.

Prepare for your trip Kerala

Transportation
  • Airport/Station car parks
Accommodations
  • Find a hotel
  • Airbnb rental
  • Holiday rental
Stays
  • Tailor-made trip
Services / On site
  • Book a table
  • Activities & visits

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When to travel?

When did he go to Kerala? The best time to visit Kerala is from October to March, and the best two months to vi...
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Weather forecast

The weather in Kerala is conditioned by a tropical climate, so the region does not experience any major climatic vari...
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Budget

India's currency unit is the Indian rupee. When it comes to spending money, Kerala can allow you to be extremely vola...
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Formalities

To travel to Kerala, a visa and passport (not necessarily biometric but valid 6 months after the end of your trip) ar...
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Health

India has a bad reputation for its food hygiene and in particular for the quality of its water : water is not drinka...
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How to travel by yourself?

To get to Kerala by your own means, the most convenient way is certainly by air. Depending on the region you wish to...
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How to get organized?

Perhaps more than elsewhere in India, there is no shortage of travel providers to organize a stay in Kerala. The regi...
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Getting around

On the air side, more than 70 cities are regularly served by the national airline Indian Airlines. Public ferries a...
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