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Time
Kerala is five and a half hours ahead of the Greenwich Mean time; Four and a half hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time; Ten and a half hours ahead of American Eastern Standard Time.

Accessibility
Kerala has three international airports at Trivandrum, Cochin and Calicut. Trivandrum is the most convenient Gateway to South India. Daily flights will connect Trivandrum to Middle Eastern countries like Dubai, Bahrain, Sultanate of Oman, Kuwait etc. By using this route one may negotiate a cheaper fare/Charter fare. The whole of Kerala is also well connected by excellent rail and road networks to every destination in India.

The Climate
Winter: November to March - Pleasant sunny days with temperatures ranging from 26 to 30 Degree Centigrade. (80-86 degree Fahrenheit).
Summer: March to June - Maximum temperature maybe up to 35 degree centigrade (95 degree Fahrenheit). Time to escape to the hill station.
Monsoon: June to August - Heavy Downpour.
October to December - Short Downpour. Brilliant Sunshine. Sea bathing and hiking not possible.

The People
Kerala's location as an open port attracted waves of migration from earliest times. Christianity was brought by Saint Thomas, Buddhism came in the 5th century BC, Judaism in the 6th century and Islam in the 11th century. Hindus synthesized these beliefs into their own philosophical system. Religion and culture combined with education give the people of Kerala a unique spirituality; no nostalgia for what was; no impatient anticipation for what will be.

The Dress
Warm climate here requires minimum clothing. Preferably cotton textiles and sandals (leather); better for your skin to breathe.

Currency/Credit Cards
The Rupee is the Indian Currency. Conversion Rate is approximately 43 Rupees for an American Dollar. All the major Credit Cards are accepted throughout Kerala.

Drugs
Heavy punishments including imprisonment are imposed for possession of narcotic drugs.

Food
All standard restaurants offer a variety of cuisines including Continental, Chinese, Indian and typical Kerala fare.
Emergency numbers
Police control room: 100
Fire station: 101
Ambulance: 101

Water
Tap water is purified and quite safe to drink. It is not advisable to drink water from slow moving streams, lakes or dams. Mineral water is available in sealed bottles.

Temple codes
Footwear inside the temple and entry into the sanctum sanctorum is banned in all the temples. Other customs and codes of conduct and dress in temples across the State vary from each other. Some temples do not permit entry to non-Hindus, while some do. Shirts for men and pants are banned from some temples and allowed in some others. Where they are banned, men have to be in mundus and women, in saris, half-saris or long skirts.

Nudity
Nudity is not allowed in any Kerala beach.

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

Ayurvedic treatment
If you wish to undergo Ayurvedic treatment, it is very important to ensure that you go to an authorized centre.

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

Wildlife sanctuaries
To visit a wildlife sanctuary, prior permission has to be taken from the concerned authority of the sanctuary.


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