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Traveling to Kerala

Kerala is famously known as ‘God’s Own Country’ because of its abundant natural beauty, abundant resources, pristine beaches, backwaters and a relaxed non chaotic culture. Kerala is a haven for backpackers as the state offers a variety of activities like Trekking, adventure sports, city tours etc.

Language:

Malyalam is the official language of the state of Kerala and it would be good to know a phase or two of the language. Because of the rise of tourism, English is spoken by many people, but there are quite a few who do not understand the language and might confuse you. Here are a few useful quotes that might help you out:

Thank You – Nannhi
Good morning/afternoon -
Nice to meet you – Kandelhe Sandosham
How much is this? – Edhunu Ethraya
Where? – Evide
When? – Eppol

What to see:

If you are visiting Kerala, make sure you take a trip on the backwaters at The Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom or Alappuzha, for a refreshing trek visit Munnar and Kodaikanal for vast, clear beaches head towards Kovalam and if you are in the mood for some local exploration visit the historic town of Fort Kochi.

Clothing:

Considering the pleasant weather throughout the year and also the slightly orthodox mentality of the people, it would be preferable to dress in loose clothing. There are many places of worship in Kerala where visitors wearing shorts and leather accessories are not allowed, so make sure you check with a local before dressing up.

Time to Visit:

The best time to visit Kerala is during the months of October to March as the monsoon season would have set in and the place becomes nice and cold. Make sure you carry an umbrella and woolen clothes as the temperature is extremely unpredictable.

What to Eat/Drink:

Kerala is all about coconut based dishes, so make sure you try some Kerala style food which is usually rice served with vegetables. For non vegetarians, the fish is a must have as it is extremely fresh and prepared with a variety of local spices and condiments. Make sure to have some refreshing coconut water and eat the ‘malai’ (cream) of coconut for a heavenly experience.

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