Travel Tips

Check List

Make a checklist of what you want to take with you about a week before your vacation to avoid packing in a panic. Keeping a list in your hand luggage, will prove handy, should anything go missing and an insurance claim ensue.
Passport, Travel Tickets,Booking details, Cash /Cards, etc.
Please carry your medication & all medical details along with a prescription with you, making sure they include:
Your Health Insurer's contact details and your policy number
Name and address of contacts in the event of an emergency
Your blood type, general medical history, list of any medications you are taking, known allergies, glasses/ contact lens prescription, etc.
Kerala has a tropical climate and so is warm throughout the year with the exception of the monsoons. Wear light cottons during your visit to Kerala. Since there are several beaches and lakes here, you might as well come all prepared with your swimming gear. Do not forget to bring your sunglasses, hats, umbrellas and sunscreen lotion.

Airport Check In

Report at least 3 hours prior to departure
1hr before departure for Domestic and 3hrs before departure for International
Pre Departure formalities include readying your
Passport, Air tickets & Foreign exchange
All check in baggage must be X-rayed
Check in baggage must not exceed 20 Kgs and handbags must not exceed 1 piece (7 kgs)
Do not put any cash/jewelry/expensive items inside the check in baggage
Use some form of permanent identification on your check in luggage and also note its make/brand.
Fill the embarkation card & proceed to the immigration counter
Always keep the following in safe custody
Baggage identification slip
Air ticket
Boarding card -till the end of the journey
Personal Foreign Exchange


Proceed to the Immigration Counter; hand over your passport, air ticket, boarding card & embarkation card to the officer
You may be asked about your itinerary, purpose of visit and place of stay, etc.
All documents (except the embarkation card) duly checked and stamped will be returned back to you
Collect the baggages and proceed to the Arrival gate as specified on Airport
On airport arrival you will be received by our representative who will be holding a pluck card outside the Airport and welcome you in a traditional manner.

Money, Time & Climate

There is no limit to the amount of foreign currency that visitors can bring.
Banks are open for transaction from 10:00 - 15:30 hrs on weekdays and from 10:00 - 12:00 hrs on Saturdays.
Main hotels, restaurants and shopping centres honour major credit cards.
Indian Standard Time IST= GMT+5.30
(Hours fast (+), slow (-) on IST)
USA: -10.30, Germany: - 4.30, Canada: - 10.30, France: - 4.30, Australia: + 4.30, Spain: - 4.30, UAE: - 1.30, UK: - 5:30.
Summer - April-June (26 - 33 degree Celsius)
Monsoon - July-September (22 - 27 degree Celsius)
Winter - October-March (24 - 32 degree Celsius)

Hotel & Services

International - 2pm check-in and 12pm check-out and domestic 12pm check-in and check-out
However, this may be different for some properties.
Room/s will be assigned to you at the time of check-in and can vary in specifications according to the availability at the time of check-in and at the discretion of the hotel.
Coffee/ Tea
Refrigerator/ Mini Bar
Some rooms may have a mini refrigerator or a mini bar stocked with soft and hard beverages or a basket of eatables
Please note that these are chargeable of utilized and not included in your tour itinerary package

Tipping & Other Services

After checking out, please clear all personal/ extra bills, if any, at the Front Office.
Poterage is not included at hotels and are not part of any itinerary/package
You may have to pay for portage and the tips or any service charges as per local rules or customs at the destination
Each time you leave the room, please ensure you deposit your room keys at the front desk making it easy for your room mate to access the same
It is not advisable to carry the room key outside the hotel; you may be charged (often, a huge sum) if it is misplaced
If you order anything extra like Tea/ coffee, laundry services, liquor, make telephone calls, breakfast in the room, or cause any damages to the room you are staying in, it will be charged to you directly.
Breakfast timings at the hotel are generally 7:00am onwards and generally served at the hotel restaurant

Kerala Tourism

Kerala is undoubtedly an ideal place for a holiday with your family. The natural beauty, the pleasant climate and the various places of interest will make for a wonderful stay of yours.
Travel Kit :  Cotton outfits; hats, sunglasses, sunscreen lotion etc
Food :  All standard restaurants offer a variety of cuisines including Continental, Chinese, Indian and typical Kerala food.
Temple Codes:   Some temples do not permit entry to non-Hindus. Strict dress codes are followed in most of the temples. Footwear is banned inside the temple premises.
India is a very orthodox country and doesn't accept any show of affection in public places especially hugging, kissing etc.
Nudity :   Nudity is not allowed in any Kerala beach.
Smoking :  Smoking in public places is banned.

Travel Etiquettes

It is imperative that you maintain punctuality at all times-for departure times, optional tours, and meeting times-so that you do not get left behind and so that all participants can enjoy the tour. It is rude and unfair if your travel companions have to waste time waiting for you when they could be enjoying the destination. Moreover, your itinerary has been planned to maximize the touring experience, and on-time operation is necessary to ensure the planned itinerary can be followed.
People everywhere love to welcome visitors to their part of the world. They appreciate those who take an interest in their culture, so having an open mind will help you take away some great experiences. The best way to embrace the local culture is to do what the locals do-and on our vacations, you will have ample opportunity to do so! We live in a wonderfully diverse world. One of the greatest benefits of travel is the opportunity to return with different experiences and new points of view. Consideration for others goes a long way toward making your own vacation experience an unforgettable one!
Every Pearl Holidays vacation is special because of the experienced, knowledgeable, and motivated Tour Directors who escort each tour. These friendly professionals are highly respected, are trained in dealing with people from different cultures and backgrounds, and work hard to provide you with an enjoyable and hassle-free vacation.
Your drivers ensure that you have a comfortable and safe journey as you discover new places on your vacation. They navigate through heavy traffic and ensure your coach is neat and tidy for your next day of travel.