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South India

Strategically located in the southwestern part of India, Kerala enjoys unique geographical beauty. A narrow strip of land sandwiched between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghat Mountains has today become referred to as “God’s Own Country”. With its amazing natural beauty, breathtaking backwaters, lovely beaches, picture perfect hill stations, exotic wildlife parks and sanctuaries, terrific temples, historical forts and a rich and vibrant culture has made the small state of Kerala one of India’s most desirable destinations.

Kerala is predominantly famous for its breathtaking backwaters which are gifted with amazing beauty and provide wonderful opportunity to explore the rustic charm of Kerala, its beauty of Nature, terrific temples, astounding scenic vistas and traditional relaxed way of life.  Windows of scenic beauty start to open as you cruise from the comfort of your private luxury houseboat, offering glimpses of palm and coconut trees lined interconnected waterways along which lie cantilevered Chinese fishing nets, small towns and villages with churches, mosques, temples and schools, cascading waterfalls, historical forts and exotic boutique resorts. Cruising through the picturesque backwaters will truly be the enchanting experience.

When you dream of faraway tropical paradise where you can escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life then it’s time to discover Kerala; Soothing and rejuvenating as you relax and be pampered on some of India's most beautiful beaches; Sweeping stretches of golden sand, swaying palms, warm sea breeze. Almost the southern tip of Indian landscape, Kovalam is one of the most beautiful beaches on earth and even today it still retains a secluded charm. Kovalam is the tropical paradise in the true sense. 

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When to go

The weather is hot most of the year with variations from region to region. The coolest weather lasts from around December to February, with fresh mornings and evenings and mostly sunny days. The really hot weather, when it is dry, dusty and unpleasant, is between March and June. Monsoon rains occur in most regions in summer anywhere between June and early October. 

Flying time

From London to Delhi is 8 hours; to Kolkata (Calcutta) is 9 hours 45 minutes; to Chennai (Madras) is 11 hours, and to Mumbai (Bombay) is 8 hours 30 minutes.

Time difference

GMT +5½.


Passport & Visa

Visa Required?
British Yes
USA  Yes
Other EU Yes

Passports must be valid for a minimum of 180 days


Visa Validity

Tourist: six months or one year for multiple entry. Transit: maximum stays of 15 days within three months. Business: six months or one year, or up to two years for multiple entry. Visas are valid from the date of issue.

Visa Note

Certain parts of the country have been designated protected or restricted areas that require special permits and in some cases prior government authorisation. Intent to visit a specific restricted region should be indicated when applying for a visa and a permit will be granted to visit that region only. 


Health requirements

Diphtheria Yes
Hepatitis A Yes
Malaria  Yes
Tetanus Yes
Typhoid Yes
Yellow Fever No*


Inoculation regulations can change at short notice. Please take medical advice in the case of doubt. Where 'Sometimes' appears in the table above, precautions may be required depending on the season and region visited.