Visas: We request you to carry your visa for entry to India/ Kerala on your holiday. For clarification, kindly contact the Indian High Commission. For visa extensions contact Office of the Commissioner of Police, Trivandrum.

 

Money: There is no limit to the amount of foreign currency that visitors can bring.

 

Banks: Banks are open for transaction from 1000 - 1400 hrs except Saturdays (1000 - 1200 hrs). Closed Sunday.

 

Best Time to Visit: Season: Aug - Nov & Feb - Mar Peak Season: Dec - Jan Off. Season :  April July  (Monsoon Rejuvenation Programmes).

 

Credit Cards: Main hotels, restaurants and shopping centers honour major credit cards.

 

Food: All standard restaurants offer a variety of cuisines including Continental, Chinese, Indian and typical Kerala dishes.

 

Emergency numbers: Police control room: 100, Fire Station: 101, Ambulance: 101

 

Time: [Hours fast (+), slow (-) on IST] USA: -10.30, Germany: -4.30, Canada: -10.30, France: -4.30, Australia: +4.30, Spain: -4.30, UAE: -1.30     

 

Air Connections: Cochin International Airport: Tel: +91-484-610113  * Domestic Flights (direct): From/To: Mumbai, Chennai, Goa, Agathi, Bangalore  * International (direct): From/To: Sharjah, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Dhahran, Bahrain, Riyadh, MuscatThiruvananthapuram International Airport: Tel: +91-471-502323 * Domestic Flights (direct): From/To: Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore *  International (direct): From/To: Colombo, Maldives, Dubai, Sharjah, Bahrain, Doha, Ras-al-Khaimah, Kuwait, Riyadh, MuscatKaripur Airport, Kozhikode: Tel: +91-493-712762   * Domestic Flights (direct): From/To: Mumbai, Chennai, Coimbatore *  International (direct): From/To: Sharjah, Bahrain, Dubai, Doha, Ras- al Khaima, Kuwait, Riyadh, Fujairah

 

Travel Formalities: A Visa is a must to enter India. You can contact the Indian Embassy/High Commission in your country for this. It is best to carry your passport with you at all times. You should also carry travel insurance.

 

Visa Extensions: Visa Extensions for foreign nationals can be arranged from an office situated at Thycaud, 2 kms. away from the central bus station. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and remains closed on second Saturdays of the month, Sundays and Public holidays.

 

Communication in Kerala: Kerala has a well-established communications network with telephone, fax, telex centers and internet cafes on almost every corner, enabling you to get in touch with any part of the world easily.