Are any vaccinations necessary?
If you have recently visited some countries in Africa or South America where there is risk for yellow fever transmission Indian authorities require proof of vaccination certification to enter the country. Otherwise there are no mandatory vaccinations for India. Many Western authorities recommend protection for tetanus, diphtheria, polio, hepatitis A and typhoid. Kerala is not known as an area for malaria. During our 20 years’ of clinical activity we are not aware of any case of malaria in Kovalam or its surroundings. Please consult your GP for further details and advice.
What is the climate like during winter/ summer/ monsoon?
Kovalam climate is tropical in nature and pleasant all through the year due to its vicinity to the sea with temperatures rarely much more than 30 degrees or much lower than 20. Still most people choose to visit during the months between September and March. During the winter months (November to February) the temperature goes slightly down. During the summer (April to May) the days are quite warm. But the sea breeze soothes and refreshes. During monsoon which begins in June heavy rainfalls occur most days until July and sometimes also in October. In August and September the weather tends to be dry.
What kind of clothing do you advise?
The best time of the year to swim in the sea is between November and March. As currents of the Indian Ocean are very turbulent it is not always possible to swim in the sea – especially during monsoon period.
What currencies do you accept? Which credit cards do you accept?
We accept most currencies based on current exchange rates from our Indian bank. International credit cards.
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