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Kerala travel tips: Things to do and avoid in Kerala
Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Kerala is a stunning destination all year round. The greenery, backwaters, idyllic ambience, delectable cuisine and much more together makes this destination the kingdom of the Gods. Though the land is perfectly beautiful all year round, it is during the monsoon season that it becomes breathtakingly gorgeous. With the water bodies replenished by the fresh rains, the overcast sky shrouding the lush rolling hills, Kerala is picturesque during the rains, so naturally this season sees a lot of tourist activities and you might also be interested in joining in. However, if you are a first time traveller to God’s own country you will be better equipped for your visit, if you keep in mind the following Dos and Don’ts for your Kerala holiday.

Things to Do in Kerala 

  • Shoe etiquettes – In most places in India, shoes that you wear out of home are taken off before entering home premises. Therefore, carry an extra pair of slippers to wear indoors whether you are staying at a homestay or some local’s home, this would help you in your visit.
  • Visit Thekkaddy – When in Kerala it is a sin to miss out on the marvel that is Thekkady. The largest wildlife reserve of the country, also known as the Periyar wildlife sanctuary. Here one can sight, ride and interact with the gentle giants.
  • Homestay – If you wish to have a true to the core Kerala experience, then you must spend time at a homestay. Homestays are run by the locals and are the best place to get some home-cooked Kerala fare. They provide you the complete package without the artificiality of chain hotels. Homestays don’t necessarily mean meagre facilities. There are many luxury bed& breakfast options that bring in the right mix of authentic experience and luxurious amenities.
  • The local cuisine – Remember to definitely try the local cuisine, Kerala is famous for its spicy and varied local fare so do experiment whenever possible.
  • Houseboats – This one is an absolute must in the list of things to do in Kerala. Even the most novice traveller will know about the backwaters of Kerala, however to truly experience the famed waters you should definitely take a houseboat ride for a day or two while in Kerala. Or travel to your next destination on a houseboat,check out our special monsoon itinerary right here.
  • Snake boat race – One of the most unique sights of Kerala is the Vallam Kali or snake boat race. Popular during monsoons this unique sport is a treat for the eyes as you see the large groups of racers work in unison rowing the immense boats across the rain swelled rivers, while the hymns sang and the chants of the locals overwhelms your auditory senses.


Things to Avoid in Kerala


  • PDA – Physical contact in public is not taken very lightly in the Indian society especially between the opposite genders. So it is best not indulge in public displays of affection during your visit.
  • Illegal purchase -NEVER purchase ivory in any form, it is illegal and can lead to prosecution. Same goes for purchase of wild life, shahtoosh shawls and hunting as well. Even if shopping for antiques do not buy anything that is older than 100yrs old.
  • Chain Hotels – And  if you want a true to the land experience of Kerala, this should be in your list of things to avoid in Kerala. Don’t spend all your time within the walls of a run of the mill chain hotel. With the options of homestays and houseboats abundantly available in the region, there is no reason you should go for the manufactured chain hotel experience.
  • Get stuck in the rut – If it is your first visit to the land of the Gods, do not just stick to the tired old tourist itinerary. Venture out on your own, find out the secret, local favourites which are yet not too known to the visiting masses; be open to more than what is offered in package trips.
  • Heavy clothes – Kerala is humid throughout the year hence avoid heavy clothes at all times, soft cotton based or blended clothes are your best bet. Also, never forget your umbrella back at home, you never know when an unannounced shower will surprise and drench you.
  • Water – Even though most restaurants will offer packaged water, it is always safe to carry your own water, especially on long sightseeing trips.

Keep these little pointers in mind and you can enjoy a happy and hassle free visit to one of the most beautiful places on earth – Kerala.

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