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Destination Focus India – Kerala

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Kerala is a little piece of paradise tucked away at the south-western tip of India. Appropriately labelled as `God’s Own Country`, this enchanting tropical territory fits the mythical notion of Eden and is fast turning into one of the most sought after destinations of the world.

For many travellers, Kerala is South India’s most serenely beautiful state. A slender coastal strip, shaped by its layered landscape: sandwiched between the rugged mountains of spice – and tea-covered hills of the Western Ghats and almost 600km of glorious Arabian Sea coast with serene beaches and tranquil stretches of emerald backwaters.  Just setting foot on this swath of soul-quenching, palm-shaded green will slow your sub continental stride to a blissed-out amble. Kerala is a world away from the frenzy of elsewhere, as if India had passed through the Looking Glass and become an altogether more laid-back place.

Besides its famous backwaters, elegant houseboats, ayurvedic treatments and delicately spiced, taste-bud-tingling cuisine, Kerala is home to wild elephants, exotic birds and the odd tiger, while vibrant traditions such as Kathakali plays, temple festivals and snake-boat races frequently bring even the smallest villages to life.

No other destination offers such exciting mix of attractions. As per National Geographic Magazine, this beautiful state occupies a firm place among the top ten must see global destinations. The literacy rate of this place is highest in the country. A lot of importance is given to art and culture. A unique place with highly cultured populace extends warm hospitality to the guests coming here.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Visas – It is mandatory for all International travellers to have a valid visa before they travel to India.  Your passport must be machine readable, with 2 blank pages for your visa and valid for a minimum of 180 days at the time of your visa application.  India’s Bureau of Immigration has announced that with immediate effect, foreign nationals who arrive at an Indian port holding non-machine readable passports will be denied entry. Carriers who transport non-Indian passengers holding non-machine readable passports may be subject to a fine.  To transit through India you will need a transit visa.  For more information, please visit:   https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/india/entry-requirements

Language: Although residents speak a wide array of languages, Malayalam and English are the most common.

Currency: Indian Rupee (INR)

BEST TIME TO GO

Kerala has pleasant and equable climate throughout the year.  The monsoon seasons are:  June-September & October-November and summer:  February-May.  Winter is only a slight drop in temperature from the normal range of 28-32°C.

About the Author
Steve spent several years in Business Travel so has a wide understanding of the travel industry and has also lived and worked in the Caribbean and across Europe. He is a member of The Global Travel Group who have been selling leisure travel products for over 25 yrs and has recently set up Mint Holidays.