There are no compulsory health requirements for travel to Kerala. There are malarial regions in remote areas of the state. You are however strongly advised to contact your own GP or vaccination centre with regard to recommended vaccinations for Kerala. It is important to seek medical advice at least 6 weeks before departure as some vaccinations may require more than one injection.
It is essential that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance prior to travel to India. This insurance must cover personal accident, medical expenses, loss of effects, repatriation costs and all other expenses, which might arise as a result of loss, damage, injury, delay or inconvenience. You must also ensure that the insurer is aware of the type of travel to be undertaken.
Chinese Fishing Nets
Tea Covered Hills In Munnar
Bamboo Rafting At Periyar Lake
Interlinked Tropical Waterways
Kerala - God's Own Country
A: Northern Kerala
A region of spectacular rainforests and mist soaked mountains. Relatively untouched by tourism.
The great melting-pot harbour of Kerala with the historic quarter of Fort Cochin and delicious Syrian cuisine.
Tea covered hills and high ‘shola’ forests of the Western Ghats with stunning scenery and magnificent views.
The spice growing centre of Kerala, where heady aromas fill the air. Periyar is one of India’s best wildlife reserves.
E: The Backwaters
A system of interlinked tropical waterways that are best explored on a Rice Boat through still waters.
F: Kerala’s Beaches
Famed beach resorts include Kovalam, Chowara, the idyllic Poovar estuary, and Varkala and Marari to the north.
G: The Lakshadweep Islands
One of the last unspoilt beach paradises in the world. Coral atolls with superb diving and snorkeling.
When To Go?
July – September
The country is lush and green after the South West Monsoon, so touring Kerala during this time can be a very pleasant experience.
October – April
The Winter Season
Best time for Kerala’s beach resorts, with calm seas and dry weather. A good time for touring and exploring the backwaters as there is minimal rainfall.
May – June
The South West Monsoon
Rainfall likely during these months. The duration and intensity depends on local conditions. This is the best time for Ayurveda treatments in Kerala.
Regional Weather in Kerala
Kerala has a constant average temperature of 30 0C on a year round basis except for the cooler Western Ghats.
Kerala’s Beach Resorts
The Beach Season lasts from October to the end of April when the seas are calm and rainfall is lowest at resorts such as Kovalam, Varkala and Marari. During the Off Season the sand cover gets washed off at many of these beaches.
The Western Ghats
At Munnar (6000ft) among the tea estates, the weather is akin to a spring day in the UK. The best time to visit the Western Ghats is in April. Wildlife at Periyar is best observed from February-May as the animals come down to the lake in search of water.
Holders of passports from the vast majority of countries, including UK, Ireland and other countries of the European Union, United States, Australia and New Zealand require a visa in order to holiday in India.
The collection of visa applications and their delivery has been outsourced to VF Services UK Ltd.
Please visit the VF Services UK Ltd website or the Indian High Commission London website for details of applying for a visa to visit India.
For access to The Lakshadweep Islands, you will need a special permit and these are arranged locally through our Cochin Office free of charge.
We provide an individual bespoke service for travellers who cherish independence and value for money in their travel arrangements.
Financial Protection For Non Flight Clients
All non-flight holiday packages provided by The Kerala Experience in the UK for any clients that are resident worldwide are covered by our TOPP insurance cover.
TOPP & The 1992 Package Travel Regulations
TOPP stands for Total Payment Protection Policy and is a policy underwritten and issued by Travel And General Insurance Group (TGIC) that covers all financial failure requirements of the 1992 Package Travel Regulations.
In the unlikely event of financial failure please contact the TOPP claims helpline on 0870 0137 965. A copy of the policy is available on request.
If You Are Arriving From A Country Other Than The UK
Our TOPP Protection Policy is a worldwide policy that applies to residents of any country. Under exceptional circumstances we may, by prior arrangement, allow for Payment On Arrival for clients arriving from non-UK destinations.
We can quote and receive payment for our holidays in Euros and US Dollars.
About Our Company
The team at The Kerala Experience is a group of travel industry professionals who have over 30 years knowledge of touring Kerala and the Indian Subcontinent.
Our unparalleled knowledge of Kerala means that we can give you first hand information on all of our featured tours (we have tried them out ourselves) and hotels (we have stayed there too).
As an Independent UK – Kerala Company we have an association with of one of Kerala’s largest inbound tour operators (GITC). We are also unique in having our Head Office in the UK as well as partner offices throughout Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka that are responsible for coordinating all of our ground arrangements.
We can therefore provide the back-up facilities usually reserved for larger tour operators while still catering to the individual needs of our clients.
You can have complete peace of mind in the knowledge that help and support, should you require it, is personally available to you 24 hours a day either in the UK or while on holiday in Kerala.
Our partner offices in Kerala operate its own fleet of vehicles and employ its own fully accredited driver-guides. You always deal with one company all the way from start to finish.
Your Financial Security
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The Kerala Experience’s air holidays are fully ATOL Protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. ATOL is the government's licensing and financial protection scheme for air holidays and flights sold by tour operators and travel organisers in the UK.
ATOL protects you from losing money or being stranded abroad when a tour operator goes out of business. All licensed firms have to lodge bonds with the CAA so refunds can be provided and arrangements made for people to finish their holidays and fly home.
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You can book your travel via The Kerala Experience with complete confidence and the knowledge that your holiday and your money are safeguarded.