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To Travel Is To Live
1. God’s Own Country – What?

Kerala is truly “God’s Own Country”, favoured by the God because of the rich flora and fauna, season changes, climate conditions and friendly hostile people.

The enchanting backwaters of Kerala are a plexus of lagoons criss-crossed with rivers, shallow pools and narrow canals. Houseboat cruise across the tranquil stretches, treehouse stay in the lush jungle, a walk through the swaying coconut farms and lulling paddy fields, sunbathing in the exotic sandy beaches and the fascinating views from the alluring hill stations provide the much needed serenity to the travellers. You can witness numerous timeless traditions in Kerala, be it dance forms like Kathakali, martial arts like Kalaripayattu, Ayurveda – the science of life and longevity, herbal spas or festivals like Onam.

The phrase was coined in 1980s to promote the high tourism potential of this beautiful destination in South India before the travel world. The October 1999 edition of the National Geographic Traveller Magazine chose Kerala as “One of the Ten Paradises of the world” and also included Kerala in the list of ‘”50 Places of a Lifetime”.

2. How do I reach Kerala?

Kerala could be reached conveniently by air, rails and sea.

By air: Easy to reach Kerala by air from across the globe. Three international airports connect this mystic world to the rest of the world. Thiruvananthapuram International Airport at Southern part of Kerala, Cochin International Airport at Central part of Kerala and the Calicut International Airport up at the North.

By road: Through National Highway 17, 47 and 49, Kerala is easily accessible by road from any part of the country. Kerala is connected by road networks directly with Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

By sea: From Cochin there are regular ship ventures. Within the state the internal water navigation system is a popular travel product with its public ferry services, speed boats and houseboats.

3. When is a good time to visit Kerala?

Throughout the year across all the season and month, Kerala is blessed with a pleasing and enjoyable climate. Each season has got it’s uniqueness, which makes it an ideal destination for tourists for variety of travel experience. Summer season in Kerala is from April to May followed by the enthralling monsoon season. Southwest Monsoon season begins in June and continues till September and Northeast Monsoon is from October to November.

4. What do most people do when they visit Kerala?

Kerala is an abode of nature, a destination where mankind and beauty of nature coexist in harmony. Each experience will enthral you, making for a wholesome holiday experience.

Watch a Theyyam, Kalaripayattu, Snake boat race, Kathakali performance and be mesmerized. Visit the village for a cultural experience and learn the marvellous Kerala arts. Explore the nature’s delight anywhere you go in Kerala. Take an elephant ride and feel like a king, get thrilled in the Periyar bamboo rafting, get the traditional Ayurvedic massage, sail down the  Backwaters, sip tender coconut and go for fishing with bow and arrow, ride a canoe, watch birds and be amazed at the beauty of nature. For a rustic experience stay in a tree house , travel back to colonial times by taking a walk through the Fort Cochin, for an intimate heritage experience visit a Tharavadu and spice up the taste buds with traditional culinary, for an adrenaline rush go for a paragliding and trekking. Kerala is rich with the lush greenery and the wild charm of backwaters.

5. What should I consider when planning my trip to Kerala?

Planning a long trip can be a daunting task. It is easy to get overwhelmed in the beginning especially when you haven’t done it before. Decide where you want to go and for how many days you want to enjoy vacation. A travel is a chance to experience the world, so before starting your journey decide where you want to travel, most importantly considers your funding. Grab it right and life is good, do all the paper work correct.

6. What is the food like in Kerala?

For vegetarians and non-vegetarians, Kerala cuisine offers a multitude of dishes from traditional Sadhya to Sea food delicacies. Unique style, unique spices, coconut milk, coconut paste, makes food delicious. Typical Kerala Sadhya (meal) is served in banana leaf with more than 14 vegetable dishes and is topped with Payasam (dessert). Sea food dishes like Karimeen Pollichathu (Pearl spot fry) and prawn fry in Kerala are very yummy and spicy.  A visitor should definitely try the traditional Kerala dishes like Tapioca and Fish curry, Appam and Duck curry, Puttu, Idiyappam and Kerala Stew.

7. What festivals do the local population celebrate?

Festivals are colourful celebrations in God’s Own Country. The festive seasons display the best of Kerala’s rich culture and heritage.  Besides being occasions for enjoyment, festivals of Kerala have traditionally been preservers of the art and culture of this land.

Onam, Vishu, Christmas and Eid are celebrated all over the state.

Onam is the state festival of Kerala, observed by all it’s citizens, irrespective of caste, creed or community. It is a harvest festival celebrated once a year during the Malayalam month of Chingam (August-September).

Vishu is an auspicious festival celebrated on the first day of the Malayalam month of Medam (April-May). Vishu is hailed as the beginning of a new year by residents of Kerala.

For the entire year, Kerala celebrates with hundreds of traditional festivals like Poorams, Gajamelas, Pongala, Bharani, Arattu¸ Kettukazhcha, Vela, Mahotsavam, Perunnal etc.

8. What are climate and weather conditions in Kerala?

Kerala experiences a moderate climate throughout the year. In the hilly regions it is quite cold but it is warmer in the plains and along the sea coast. The South West monsoon starts in May-June and continues till July-August.  The North East monsoon is from August – September to October – November.

Kerala is a land where the ‘season’ never ends.  While the tourist season in India usually runs from September to April, Kerala welcomes tourists round the year and especially during the monsoon months, with its highly popular Ayurveda health holidays and beautiful sights of nature.

The winter season starts in December and continues till end of February.  Winter is followed by the summer season that starts in February and continues till May. An occasional shower with lightning occurs in this season.

The annual range of temperature is comparatively low in Kerala. The coastal areas record a maximum temperature of 32 °C and a minimum of 22 °C. The interiors record a maximum of 37 °C during summer.

9. How is WanderNow different from other trip planners?

We sell ‘experience’ and NOT packages. WanderNow is not only for accommodation or facilities or amenities, of which it has many, WanderNow is for the unique experiences at the Best Rates.  We specialise in inbound trip planning.

10. You are a new startup, how do I trust you?

We provide 24×7 customer support throughout your trip. It is this personal attention from start to finish that leaves a lastly impression. We assure you that you will not only enjoy the WanderNow way of experiencing the trip, but will be our trusted ally in your hometown.

11. What is your price match guarantee and how does it apply?

From over 50 suppliers from Kerala, we get you the best possible pricing. Since most of our packages are for foreign guests, the premium service will always be provided at a competitive rate.

12. How can I get in touch with you during the vacation?

You can reach us on the dedicated 24×7 support platform. Our office time is from 9 am IST to 6 pm IST. In times when we are not available, you will be able to reach your resort/ hotel/ homestay/ camp / activity provider mentioned in the email.

13. Will you be helping me with Visas and Air tickets as well?

We will assist you by connecting to our partner companies engaged in Visa application and Ticketing.

14. What happens once I have made the payment?

You will get the payment confirmation receipt by mail and our dedicated Relationship Manager will be assisting you from that moment onwards.

15. What happens if I want to change the Itinerary after I have confirmed?

Get in touch with our Relationship Manager and in terms of the cancellation policy he/she will inform you about the availability and charges for the newly customized itinerary.

16. What is your cancellation policy once payment is done?
  • Before 30 days of arrival, 10% of the tour package cost
  • 30-15 days before arrival, 50% of the tour package cost
  • 14-7 days before arrival, 75% of the tour package cost
  • 6-0 days before arrival, 100% of the tour package cost