KERALA

Kerala, India's most advanced society with hundred percent literacy. World-class health care systems. India's lowest infant mortality and highest life expectancy rates. The highest physical quality of life in India. Peaceful and pristine, Kerala is India's cleanest state and popularly known as God's Own Country


Location Southwestern tip of India
Area 38,863 sq km
Population 3,18,41,374 (Census 2011)
Capital Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Language Malayalam. English is widely spoken.
Time GMT +5:30
Currency Indian Rupee
Climate Tropical
Summer February - May (24 - 34°C)
Monsoon June - September (20 - 30°C)
Winter October - January (18 - 28°C)



HISTORY

Kerala's history is closely linked with its commerce, which until recent times revolved around its spice trade. Celebrated as the Spice Coast of India, ancient Kerala played host to travellers and traders from across the world including the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch, French and the British. Almost all of them have left their imprint on this land in some form or the other - architecture, cuisine, literature.


PEOPLE AND LIFE

Kerala is one of India's most progressive states in terms of social welfare and quality of life. The State boasts of one of India's highest literacy rates, highest life expectancy and lowest child mortality rates. The literacy rate for women is one of the highest in all of Asia. Enjoying a unique cosmopolitan viewpoint, the people of Kerala, at all levels of society, have greater access to services and opportunities - as well as a greater say in their governance.



PASSPORTS & VISA

To travel to India from overseas, one needs a 6 month valid passport and visa. Citizens of Nepal and Bhutan require only passports. All Indian consulates worldwide are authorized to issue visas. Please find the nearest Indian consulate close to where you are and inquire. After arrival, guests from overseas must register with the 'Foreigners Regional Registration Office' within 14 days of arrival. THREKA will take care of this service for you upon arrival in India. If you are a business traveler, you could benefit from applying for a multiple entry visa which is valid for up to one year. In addition, special visas are issued for trekking, botanical expeditions, sports and journalism related activities. You may move freely throughout Kerala and other parts of the country, except to a few restricted or prohibited areas. Check the website: www.indiavisados.com for more information.

INSURANCE

Please be informed that we do not have insurance policies to cover the expenses bourn by guests caused by accidents, sickness, loss due to theft, or any other unforeseen circumstances. Guests from abroad are advised to avail short term Travel Insurance arrangements in their home country prior to departure.



OTHER GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS

If you bring more than US $ 10,000 (or the equivalent in traveler's cheques or bank notes) you will have to fill-in a currency declaration form. You may bring in up-to 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars, and one litre of alcohol, duty-free. It is illegal to bring non-sporting firearms and narcotics as well as Gold Bullion or coins. The penalties are heavy, if these rules are violated

BANKS

Banks are open for transaction from 10:00 - 15:30 hrs on weekdays and from 10:00 - 12:00 hrs on Saturdays.

CREDIT CARDS

Main hotels, restaurants and shopping centres honour major credit cards.



EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS

Police control room: 100
Fire station: 101
Ambulance: 102, 108
While traveling on Highways (Highway Alert Number): 9846 100 100
While traveling in Trains (Railway Alert Number): 9846 200 100
Website: www.keralapolice.org



TEMPLE CODES

Some temples do not permit entry to non-Hindus. Strict dress codes are followed in most of the temples. Footwear is banned inside the temple premises.

NUDITY

Nudity is not allowed in any Kerala beach.

SMOKING

Smoking is banned in public places.

FOOTWEAR IN HOUSES

Visitors to most Kerala houses leave their footwear outside before entering the house.

DEMONSTRATIVENESS IN PUBLIC

Behaviour, demonstrating affection in public like hugging or kissing is not an accepted practice in Kerala.

HOW MUCH IT COSTS ...?

This just for a idea of prizes in India, almost everything in India is fairly inexpensive to make the switch to € Euro.
A bottle of water 15 rupees (0.21 €)
A 1/2 litre soda 25 rupees (0.35 €)
Breakfast 60 rupees (€ 0.85 )
Food: dhal (lentils), rice and vegetables 200 rupees (€ 2.70)
Chai (tea with milk) Rs 5 (€ 0.07) in a restaurant the price varies, and can cost about 10 rupees (about 0 14 €)
Travel by train: a journey from Agra to Delhi, (12 hours) including litter and air conditioning cost us 1,200 rupees, which would be around 20 Euros.

CASTE

India is characterized by very marked hierarchies and values for thousands of years imposed social hierarchy of castes, which today continues in rural areas.



TASTE OF KERALA

Kerala's cuisines have evolved over the years with the influence of customs and traditions governed by its three major religious groups; the Hindus, Christians and Muslims. With the exception of a few traditional vegetarian cuisines, many of the rest of them have developed through outside influences. Kerala has over 2000 years of overseas trading history. It has been regularly visited by traders from Greece, Rome, Eastern Mediterranean, Arab countries and Europe. Because of this, Kerala's cuisine is also a blend of indigenous dishes and foreign dishes adapted to Kerala tastes. Kerala has both pure vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Vegetarian dishes are prepared using a variety of locally available vegetables and pulses. Non-veg preparations use fish, poultry and meat. Seafood preparations are highly recommended, as it is available fresh out of the Arabian Sea, and also from the fresh water lakes and rivers linking every part of Kerala. As coconut is abundant in Kerala, coconut kernel (sliced or grated), coconut cream and coconut milk are widely used in dishes to make the gravy thick, rich, and to add flavour.

AGE MATTERS?

Our tour experts will accompany with all guests, so age does not matter at all. On the other hand, it is no problem if you travel alone, as couple, as small group or big group and we never recommend a holiday at any place that we have not stayed at and experienced.



BEHAVIOR OF A RESPONSIBLE TRAVELER

Each of us can be a good traveler. How?

Paying attention to the world and the people around him. To do that, follow some simple rules of behaviour before, during and after the trip:

Before traveling, looking for good information (guidebooks, web ...) to visit the country. You can read about culture, history, nature, education, customs, religion, etc.

It is essential to respect the rules established in the country visited, especially those with whom we have a big cultural difference.

During the trip , remember that when travelling have the opportunity to learn new cultures and integrate them. Try to adapt to their customs, without imposing your habits and lifestyles.

It is important to be respectful of the rules of the place, it does not try to get privileges or emergency treatment only for the simple fact of being a tourist. In other words, we are invited; We do not act as "clients" of a country.

It establishes cordial and correct relations with the local population, leaving stereotypes and prejudices aside.

Respect is the best calling card: treated with respect for peoples, beliefs and religions. We open our minds to accept "other truths and beliefs," seize the cultural differences enrich us.

After the trip, reflect on what you have seen and known. Keep commitments you had with local people and continuing with us, you can sign up for the workshops we do to remain co-responsible with your environment.

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