Kerala, located in southwest India, is a popular tourist destination. With much to see and do, this province features a high level of development that resembles first-world conditions. The state is popular for visitors who seek to take part in its natural beauty, as well as its yoga and Ayurvedic traditions.
When to Visit
The best time to visit Kerala depends on the reason for visiting. For those who travel to Kerala for its natural beauty and cultural sights, August to March is the ideal time to visit when the weather is at its best -- neither too hot, nor too cold. For those who are visiting Kerala for its Ayurvedic treatments -- the claim to fame for the state -- April to August is the best time to travel since the weather is conducive to the Ayurvedic treatments. It is important to note, however, that Kerala experiences its monsoon seasons from June to July and October to November.
The state of Kerala takes responsible tourism seriously and works with travel and tourism groups in order to minimize the negative impacts of the influx of visitors to the state. "Responsible Tourism" is a global initiative that focuses on using tourism for developing and benefiting a region while also limit the potentially dangerous social and environmental impacts of tourism. Responsible Tourism initiatives are worked out between individual travel providers and locations in Kerala.
What to Do
Kerala has many attractions for tourists, including the noted Ayurvedic treament -- an alternative, traditional form of medicine native to India. The state also puts on festivals such as the state festival of Onam -- a celebration of the homecoming of the legendary King Maveli. Kerala also offers numerous opportunities for renting boats -- such as houseboats -- for touring the rivers and backwaters of the state. The state also boasts numerous museums, beaches, exotic wildlife and performance arts.
Visitors to Kerala are allowed to bring as much foreign cash as they wish, and banks are open daily from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on weekdays, and from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Most major businesses in Kerala accept credit cards. Visitors should wear light dress and are advised to wear heats, sunglasses and sunscreen. Kerala is tough on illegal drugs, so visitors are expected to know and follow local narcotic laws. The Kerala Declaration on responsible tourism outlined measures to contribute to the movement including education for the local population and visitors, environmentally and economically sustainable tourism policies, and community-based tourism.
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