5 things to consider while traveling to Kerala

‘God’s own country’ – Kerala is a renowned land of beaches, valleys, hills, mountains, backwaters and adventurous outing options like paragliding, mountaineering, trekking, surfing, canoeing and cycling. These factors turn Kerala the most wanted place for holidays by the people all over the world. Kerala Traditional Ayurveda Centres are appreciated by all for the authentic treatments and therapies offered. One can plan a memorable trip to Kerala with some information about the best travel modes, accommodation, food, important places to visit and the necessary documents which is required while using different facilities related to the travel.


1. Travel Mode


Kerala is well connected with road and rail transport. KSRTC is the public transportation system in Kerala state. All districts have KSRTC bus stands from where people can even reserve their tickets in advance or pay while travelling. Information counters at the KSRTC depots provides details about the bus timings, routes and fares. Many private bus operators have bus services between main cities and important places within the cities. The cheapest mode of travel in Kerala is the public transportation system but its route is pre decided so people can’t use it every nook and corner. Tuk Tuk (Auto rickshaw) is easily available in all the places and it can be used for short distance journeys. All major cities have railway stations and these are well connected to the towns by road. Tickets can be booked in advance or taken at the time of journey as per the convenience. For long distance travels it is always preferred to book the seats well in advance for comfortable trip. The places which are surrounded by back water are linked with boat service. Cochin, Calicut, Trivandrum are the main airports in Kerala. People can use the facilities of Cab, Boat, Bus, Train and Flight as per their requirement. If a single person is travelling to unknown places it is always advisable to use the public transport system.

2. Stay


In Kerala Hotels, Resorts, Houseboats, Home stays are available for stay according to the geological features. Advance booking of the room is always better to avoid the last minute hassles. All the reputed firms offer the details of their rooms and facilities on their website so that people can book according to their budget and taste.  Resorts are the best ways to stay in harmony with the nature. Houseboats are preferred to explore the back waters and home stays offer a homely atmosphere to the guests.


3. Food


Local cuisine is the best to enjoy as is made authentically in Kerala style. Many varities of traditional dishes are associated with the different localities. People can enjoy the diverse food as they travel along Kerala. Kozhikode in Malabar area is famous for Biriyani and Halwas. Alleppey is famous for fish curry and sea food items. Cochin is famous for street food. Trivandrum is well known for non vegetarian dishes. Hence it is recommended to enjoy the local dishes in each locality to enjoy the taste of Kerala. The breakfast items are Dosa, Idli, Puttu (steamed rice cake), Appam, Chapatti, Poori served with respective curries. Lunch and dinner can be vegetarian and non vegetarian. Beef roast, Duck roast, Mutton fry, Chemmen fry, Lobster fry, Fish curry and Chicken curry are the non vegetarian items popular in Kerala. Sambar, Avial, Kalan, Olan, Koottu curry, Mampazha Pulisseri, Rasam, Thoran, Puli inchi, Pickles, Payasam are the main vegetarian dishes.  Unniyappam, Uzhunuv ada, Parippu vada (Lenthil Fritters), Sukhiyan, Bonda, Mulaku bhaji, Ethakka appam (Banana Fritters), Ela ada (Sweet Rice parcels), Vegetable cutlet, Achappam (Rose cookies), Kuzhalappam and Vegetable Puffs are some of the main Kerala authentic vegetarian snack items.


4. Places to Visit


Main attractions in Kerala are the beaches, waterfalls, high ranges, tea plantations, spice gardens, museums, temples, churches, art galleries and dams. Munnar and Thekkady are the popular hill stations in Kerala and famous for the tea and spice gardens. Kovalam, Varkala, Muzhupilangad – drive in beach, Alleppey and Marari are the famous beaches. Athirapally, Vaazhachal, Meenmutty, Thommankuthu, Palaruvi are the popular waterfalls that needs to be included in the list. Alleppey, Cochin and Kollam are the prominent back water destinations. Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple at Trivandrum, Sree Krishnaswamy temple at Guruvayoor, Vadakunnathan temple at Trissur, Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja temple at Haripad, Sree Krishnaswamy temple at Ambalappuzha are some of the well known temples. Kadamattom church at Muvattupuzha, St. Judes church at Ernakulam, Arthunkal church at Alleppey, Mount Carmel church at Munnar are among the well known churches in Kerala. Many historical and folklore museums are available for the art lovers.


5. Travel Checklist


Foreign travellers need to keep their passport and visa handy with them for the verification purpose. Indian nationals should have photo and address proofs with them. People should carry drinking water, cloths matching the climate and culture of the place visited, enough Indian money as foreign currency may not be accepted in all places, ailment history and medicine details if any, details of close friends or relatives to be contacted in case of any emergency and maps of the places to be visited. It is advisable to keep a copy of all important documents which can be used in case of any loss or theft of the original.