It is compulsory for guests visiting Kerala to have at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine before two weeks *OR* to have an RT-PCR negative certificate taken 72 hours before arrival in Kerala.
Things to do in Kerala:
Places to visit in Munnar
- Sunrise hike to the hilltop
- Stay in plantation houses
- Spices shopping
- Chocolate shopping
Places to visit in Thekkady
- Elephant ride
- Trekking in Periyar national park
- Spice garden visit
- Jungle view stay
Places to visit in Alleppey
- Stay in Boathouse
- Alleppey backwaters
Things to do in Varkala
Things to do in Kovalam
- Beach view stay
- Clearwater on the beach
Things to do in Poovar Island
- Mangrove ride
- Poovar beach
- Poovar backwaters
- On the way
- Cheyyappara waterfalls
- Chellarcoil viewpoint
- Vellathooval bridge
- Ponmudi dam
Note 1: Things to be carried in your Kerala trip change a bit as per the season during which you plan your trip. In the following list, we have mentioned seasonal things separately. Do check with your trek leader about the weather forecast before packing.
Note 2: You need not carry anything extra apart from the things mentioned in the list. It is curated in such a way that it perfectly suits the requirements of this backpacking trip & ensures your safety concerning rains & cold.
Head and Skin Protection & Accessories:
- Cap / Sun hat/ Balaclava
- Sunscreen (SPF 30 and above)
- Lip balm, Moisturizer & other skincare products if req.
- Head Torch/ Hand-held Torch
- Woolen Cap (In winters - from November to February)
Clothing & Accessories:
- Comfortable clothes (Full sleeves shirts & full pants, 2 to 3 pairs.)
- Dry-fit cloths (Min 2 pair)
- Innerwear (4 to 6 pairs)
- Sport Shoes/ Trek Shoes
- Sandals or Flip-flops
- Socks (4 to 5 pairs)
- Rucksack (40 - 50 Ltr should suffice. Avoid trolley bags.)
- Small backpack (10L to 20L) (Mandatory)
- Water bottle
- Raincoat/ Poncho (In Rainy season - from May to September)
- Fleece/ Sweater (In winters - from November to February)
Documents & Electronics + Accessories
- Original ID proof
- Camera & Kit (Optional)
- Mobile chargers
- Power bank
- Waterproof pouches for Mobile & liquid cash (Mandatory in Rainy season)
- Liquid cash
- Toiletry kit
- Personal medicines (If any)
- Dry snacks, ORS, dry fruits, chocolates, Nutri bars, etc.
Tip: While packing, you can use plastic bags to compartmentalize things and carry a few extra plastic bags for wet clothes. Maintain separate bag for used tissues & napkins & then dispose of it properly.
Note 1: We need not carry backpacks during the hikes with us. You can keep them inside the hotel or vehicle.
Note 2: Littering any kind of rappers, tissues, napkins, bottles or anything else will strictly not be entertained. So doers shall be on their own thereafter.
Q1: Which meals are included? And what kind of food should I expect?
Ans: At some places like Varkala, we want to give the freedom to you to be able to explore the variety of cuisines provided by different restaurants there instead of fixing one menu and leaving you with no other option. At Alleppy boathouse, we will take care of your complete meals including welcome drink, lunch, evening snacks, dinner & next day's breakfast. Please check the inclusions & exclusions to get more clarity about this day-wise plan.
All breakfasts will be vegetarian. Rest meals that are provided are specifically mentioned in the inclusions, please have a check.
Q2: Is swimming allowed?
Ans: It depends on the guidelines of Kerala tourism which are dynamic.
Q3: What is the best time to visit Kerala?
Ans: October to February is the best time to visit Kerala. March to May is considered as the shoulder. June to September is considered a low season because of the monsoon.
Q4: How much liquid cash should I carry for this Kerala trip?
Ans: Rs.2000/- would be sufficient for food and basic expenses. Rest all depends on how much you want to shop and other activities.
Q5: Which mobile networks are available in Kerala?
Ans: Almost all the networks work. Only during the transit from one place to another, there will be little disturbance in the network.