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Kerala History Dates Back To Mauryan Empire

The first recorded history of Kerala appears in the inscriptions of the Mauryan Emperor, Ashoka (269-232 b.c.).In these inscriptions, Ashoka refers to four independent kingdoms that lay to the south of his empire. These were the kingdoms of the Cholas, the Pandyas, the Keralaputrasand the Satiyaputras.Among them, the Keralaputras or the Cheras, as they were called, reigned over Malabar, Cochin and North Travancore – all part of present-day Kerala. They managed to maintain their independence because they were on good terms with the Great Maurya.
   
Cochin Airport
Cochin International Airport is one of the country's youngest Airports with modern facilities and conveniences.Located at Nedumbassery, which is about 30 kms off Kochi (Cochin) city.
   
Cohin Harbour
Kochi earned a significant position on the world trading routes after the world famous port at Kodugallur (Cranganore) was destroyed by massive flooding of the river Periyar in 1340 AD. Records show that Kodugallur/Cranganore was known to the Arabs and Chinese traders for centuries.
   
Cohin Railway Station
Ernakulam Junction railway station is one of the major rail heads of Kerala. The railway station is under the administrative control of the Southern
Railways. Ernakulam railway station is connected to all the major locations of the country.
 
Visa
We request you to carry your visa for entry to India/Kerala on your holiday.  For clarification please contact the Indian High Commision/Embassy.
 

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

Banks
Banks are open for transaction from 10:00 - 14:00 hrs on week days and from 10:00 - 12:00 hrs on saturdays.

Credit cards
Main hotels, restaurants and shopping centres honour major credit cards.


Time
(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

Best time to visit
High season: December - May
Monsoon Rejuvenation programmes: June - November

Travel Kit
Cotton outfits, hats, sunglasses, sunscreen lotion etc.

Drugs
Heavy penalities including imprisonment for possession of narcotic drugs.


Ayurveda
Go only to those Ayurveda centres that are classified/approved by the Department of Tourism

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


Water
Tap water is purified and quite safe to drink. It is not advisable to drink water from slow moving streams, lakes or dams. Bottled water is also available.

Emergency numbers
Police control room: 100
Fire station: 101
Ambulance: 101

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

Nudity
Nudity is not allowed in any Kerala beach.

Smoking

Smoking is banned in public places

Kerala Map


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