Frequently Asked Questions
When is the Thrissur Pooram?
The Thrissur Pooram is held during the Malayalam month of Medam (mid-April to mid-May). As the date keeps varying every year, a fixed date cannot be said. If you are planning your trip specially to see the Thrissur Pooram, then ask your tour operator to find out the exact date of the Pooram. The 36 hour temple festival is something you have to see to believe. You wouldn’t want to miss out on it due to confusion about its date!
When is the best time to visit Kerala?
Though the ideal time to visit Kerala is considered to be October-April (owing to the moderate weather) you can visit Kerala at any time of the year. The monsoon season is the best time for Ayurvedic Treatments as it is during this time that the body’s pores open up and become receptive to the therapies. If you are an avid fan of temple festivals then you must plan your visit during April-May as the Thrissurpooram takes place at that time.
What is the best option for accommodation?
There are several hotels and resorts in Kerala that provide good accommodation. If you are a luxury traveller, then elite hotels such as the Taj Malabar, the Le Meridian, CGH Earth, Somatheeram Ayurvedic Resort would be ideal for you. Backpackers will find budget hotels and homestays ideal. There are also several two and three star hotels. View our Accommodation page for a detailed list of hotels and resorts.
Where can I get the best Ayurveda treatment packages?
Kerala has numerous Ayurvedic Spas that offer rejuvenating treatment therapies. Somatheeram Ayurvedic Resort is India’s first Ayurvedic resort that has its own herbal garden with over 600 varieties of herbs that are used to prepare potions and massage oils. The Kottakal Arya Vaidyashala is Kerala’s oldest Ayurveda Hospital that has several Ayurveda treatments. The Ayurveda packages offered by hotels and resorts would be best for you if you are here on holiday as they include sight seeing tours too.
Which are the airports in Kerala?
Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, Thiruvananthapuram
Nedumpassery International Airport, Kochi
Karipur Airport, Kozhikode
What are the usual business hours in Kerala?
Private and Government establishments function from 10 am to 5 pm. Travel agencies' offices are opened up to 8 pm. Railway reservation counter, on working days functions till 8 pm and on holidays till 1 pm. Private and public establishments remain closed on Sunday.
Are there any Indian Languages Study Centres in Kerala?
Vijnana Kalavedi Cultural Center at Aranmula in Pathanamthitta district offers courses in many Indian languages including Malayalam, Hindi and Sanskrit.