Travel Tips for Solo Women traveling to Kerala

Kerala is an exciting tourist destination in India. Blessed with abundant natural beauty, rich culture and heritage, it attracts people from all over the globe. Kerala is frequented by all types of travellers- luxury travellers, backpackers, families, honeymooners and solo female travellers.

As a solo female traveller there are many concerns that arise and safety issue tops that list. While Kerala is generally safe for female travellers, it is always wise to take precautions to avoid any untoward incidents. In this article, let’s check out some tips for women traveling to Kerala.

Traveling to Kerala

Packing

It is always advisable to pack clothes in light natural and breathable fabrics. The main deciding factors while packing for a Kerala trip are the season of travel and the place of travel. Light clothes work for most places in Kerala especially during summers and rainy season. But if you are travelling during winters or to hill stations such as Munnar, Vagamon or Thekkady, then it is essential to carry warm and woollen clothes.

Clothing

Also for women traveling to Kerala it is advisable to wear modest clothing especially when walking on the streets, visiting popular tourist places and travelling by buses and other local transport options, if you want to avoid people staring at you all the time. Also strict and modest dress codes are followed in most temples and footwear is not allowed inside temple premises. People are expected to leave their footwear outside before entering the temple. It is advisable to always carry a scarf or a shawl with you at all times.

Travelling

There are a plethora of options to travel in and around Kerala. They most economical ways are buses and trains, and they also give you an insight to the daily lives of people. But more often than not they can be very crowded. Especially for women traveling to Kerala, if you want to travel comfortably and luxuriously then Kerala taxis and cabs are a better option.

Food

Kerala cuisine has a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Sadya is a traditional Kerala feast served on a banana leaf, which is a must try for any tourist to Kerala. The food is generally spicy but if you are not fond of spices you can try out the various appams (a fluffy pancake made out of fermented rice flour) which go well with vegetable and meat stews that are low on spices. Food is relatively cheap and even at the luxury resorts, you could eat handsomely for less than equivalent standard in any foreign country.

Accommodation

There are many different accommodation options available for women traveling to Kerala. You can find anything from hostels, to home stays to luxury resorts. If travelling during monsoons, one can avail great discounts on hotel prices. If you are planning to stay in Kerala for a longer time, there are many girl hostels and homestays being offered for as low as Rs 3000 per month.

 

Respect

Kerala is great culture sensitive destination, so try being friendly with the locals to get a deeper insight into their lives, culture and heritage. Do not be rude to the locals. The locals are mostly very warm and you will often find yourself being invited to their and for family lunches.