Due to its proximity to sea, the climate of Kerala is neither too hot nor too cold. Kerala is an all season destination, however, the period between October to February are considered the best as the temperature of Kerala during this period remains quite moderate . The period between June to September is considered the best time for getting Ayurvedic treatments, for which Kerala is famous worldwide.
Kerala, one of the most tranquil states of India, lies at the extreme southwest of Indian peninsula flanked by the Arabian Sea on the west and the mountain ranges of the Western Ghats on the east. The state can be divided into hills, valleys, midland plains and coastal belts. Formed in the year 1956, it has 14 districts with Thiruvananthapuram as its capital.
Kerala has become one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the country as well as abroad. It is famous for its rivers, backwaters and endless beaches. Besides, ayurveda, unani and naturopathy- medical tourism has also become quite popular among national as well as international tourists.
Popularly known as God's own country, Kerala offers a lot of tourist destinations. Some of the famous tourist spots are Cochin, Thattekad, Munnar, Vagamon, Thekkady, Alleppey, Ponmudi, Kumarakom, Kovalam, Kochi, Munnar, Palakkad, Varkala, Poovar, Kozhikode and Wayanad.
All the important cities in India like Delhi, Mumbai (Bombay), Kochi (Cochin), Chennai (Madras), Hyderabad, Bengaluru (Bangalore), Kolkata (Calcutta), Calicut (Kozhikode) and Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) are major international gateways for India. In order to visit Kerala, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram & Calicut Airports are available. Kerala is well connected to all the major cities.
Emirates Airlines, Ethihad Airways, Gulf Air, Air Arabia, Oman Air, Qatar Airways, Kuwait Airways, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Mahan Air, Singapore Airlines, Air Asia, Srilankan Airlines, Air Lanka, Air Maldives
Air India, Jet Airways, King Fisher Airlines
Cochin- Kochi International airport:
The Kochi International Airport at Nedumbassery,30 Kms North East of Cochin is the biggest International airport in Kerala and the fourth busiest international airport in India. International and Domestic terminals are located right next to each other. The airport is well connected with all major cities in India and international airports in Europe, Asia Pacific, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Africa.
Trivandrum International Airport:
The airport is 6 kms from the city center and 15 kms from the well known Kovalam Beach. Trivandrum is well connected to all the domestic airports in India, also all major European countries, USA, Canada, Middle East cities- Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Riyadh, Doha, Kuwait, Bahrain and Muscat
The Karipur airport is 26 Kms away from the city. The airport is well connected to national and international airports. There are domestic flights from Mumbai, Chennai and Coimbatore. There are also some international flights from the Middle East flying directly to Karipur International airport
You can pick up a mobile phone connection from most departmental stores and often even from small roadside stores. The service provided by these private companies is on par with the best in the world.
We advise that you pick packaged drinking water or mineral water which is cheap and widely available. Order the same when you are at a restaurant. As far as possible, avoid drinking any kind of water or juices from roadside carts and vendors.
In tourist restaurants or hotels a 10% service charge is often added to bills, in which case there is no need to give a tip. In smaller places, where tipping is optional, you may give only a few rupees as tip, not a percentage of your bill. It is customary to tip waiters, porters, guides and drivers.
Eat non-vegetarian food only in good restaurants. What you get in smaller places is generally of dubious quality though it tastes quite yummy, thanks to concoctions of Indian spices and masalas.
Compared to other Indian states, Kerala lies closer to the equator. Yet Kerala is bestowed with a pleasant climate throughout the year. This is because of the land's nearness to the sea and the presence of the fort like Western Ghats on the east. Kerala would have been a dry land because of the dry winds blowing from the north, if not for the Western Ghats which prevent this wind from entering the land. Kerala receives copious rain (average 3000 mm a year) each year. The temperature in Kerala normally ranges from 28° to 32° C (82° to 90° F) on the plains but drops to about 20° C (68° F) in the highlands. The Highlands of Kerala, which is an area of major tourist attraction, enjoys a cool and invigorating climate the year-round. Owing to its diversity in geographical features, the climatic condition in Kerala too is diverse. It can be divided into 4 - winter, summer, South-West Monsoon and North-East Monsoon