There is no limit to the amount of foreign currency that visitors can bring.


Most banks open from 10.00 to 15.30 hours on weekdays. Closed on sundays and 2nd & 4th saturdays. 24 hours ATM's available throughout Kerala.

Foreign Exchange

Hotels and Foreign Exchange outlets exchange foreign currencies and travellers cheques.

Postal & Telephone

Government post offices open 09.00 to 15.00 hrs. Private courier services are also available.
Public telephone with international and national dialling available at hotels and STD/NSD booths.

Credit cards

Credit and debit cards are accepted by most of the establishments, but kindly cross check with them before purchasing.


Indian Rupee (INR)

Travel wear

Cotton outfits, hats, sunglasses, sunscreen lotion etc


Heavy punishments including imprisonment are imposed for possession of narcotic drugs.


All standard restaurants offer a variety of cuisines including Continental, Chinese, Indian, Chettinadu and typical Tamilmadu fare.

Emergency numbers

Police: 100
Fire: 101
Ambulance: 108
Crime Stopper: 1090
Highway Alert: 1033
Emergency & Accidents : 1099
Tourist Information toll free: 1-800-425-31111


(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


Eventhough tap water is purified, It is better to drink bottled drinking water or drinking water from houses/restaurants. It is not advisable to drink water from slow moving streams, lakes or dams. Mineral water is available in sealed bottles.

Temple codes

Footwear inside the temple and entry into the sanctum sanctorum is banned in all the temples.
Other customs and codes of conduct and dress in temples across the State vary from each other.
Some temples do not permit entry to non-Hindus, while some do. Shirts for men and pants are banned from some temples and allowed in some others. Where they are banned, men have to be in mundus and women, in saris, half-saris or long skirts.


Nudity is not allowed in any Tamilnadu beaches.

Footwear in houses

Visitors to most Tamilnadu houses leave their footwear outside before entering the house.

Ayurvedic treatment

If you wish to undergo Ayurvedic treatment, it is very important to ensure that you go to an authorised centre.

Demonstrativeness in public

Behaviour demonstrating affection in public like hugging or kissing is not an accepted practice in Tamilnadu.

Wildlife sanctuaries

To visit a wildlife sanctuary, prior permission has to be taken from the concerned authority of the sanctuary. For further enquiries, contact: PRINCIPAL CHIEF CONSERVATOR OF FORESTS (HEAD OF DEPARTMENT), PANAGAL MAALIGAI, 1, Jeenis Road, SAIDAPET, CHENNAI 600 015. Ph: +91 94454 68040, +91 44 2432 3783