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In a move that will delight travel enthusiasts as well as tourism industry professionals, Kerala will now welcome visitors without any restrictions starting Monday 12th October 2020.
However, beaches will stay out of bound for tourists till November 1st. All hill stations, adventure activities as well as the prized Kerala backwaters tourism spots will be accessible to all tourists.
Kerala, also referred to as ‘god’s own country’ is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Kerala is especially renowned for its backwaters, beaches and spa & Ayurveda. This year due to Covid-19 pandemic, the state closed it doors for tourism in March.
After a gap of nearly 6 months, the Kerala government has finally decided to reopen the travel & tourism activities and properties. Hopefully, it might bring in some travelers to the state and save the travel and hospitality industry which is in dire straits due to national lock down.
The Kerala government has also announced some SoPs which tourists as well as service providers will have to follow so that proper safety and hygiene measures could be observed to check the spread of Corona virus.
Mentioned below are some of the SoPs for tourism in Kerala post-Covid-19
- You don’t need Covid-19 negative certificate for a Kerala tour less than 7 days, but like Uttarakhand, it is mandatory for visitors to pre-register themselves at www.covid19jagratha.kerala.nic.in
- Visitors must have Aarogya Setu app installed in their mobile
- If a visitor is spending more than 7 days in Kerala, it is mandatory for them to get Covid-19 tested at a registered RT-PCR center before entering the state. The cost will be borne by visitors themselves.
- If a visitor spending over a week doesn’t get Covid-19 tested 72 hours or less from entering the state or immediately upon entering the state, s/he will be sent for quarantine for 7 days.
- Visitors have to follow all the Covid-19 protocol put in the place strictly while visiting the tourist attractions and spots.
- It is mandatory to wear masks at public places at all time. It is also recommended that you carry alcohol based sanitizer all the time. Maintaining 6 feet social distance at public places.
- If a visitor exhibits Corona virus symptoms during their visit, they must contact DISHA helpline and seek immediate assistance. They will have to undergo the Covid-19 test at an authorized lab and if found positive, they will be sent to mandatory quarantine of 14 days. All the expenses will be borne by visitors themselves.
With lock down came monotony. But now with recovery rate surpassing new infections, more and more people are looking to break the shackles for a change of scenery. Locked down for almost 3 months in home and with tourist places locked down for almost 6, there were no options for any travelers for a long time.
Further Reading for Planning Trip to Kerala
- 15 Offbeat Places to Visit in Kerala
- 18 Interesting Things to do in Kerala
- Top 5 Kerala Backwaters Destinations
- Top 5 Places to Visit in Kerala for Honeymoon
- Top 10 Treehouse Resorts in Kerala
- Best Places for Ayurveda Treatments in Kerala
- 10 Most Romantic Things to do during your Kerala Trip
- 10 Best Tourist Places in Kerala
With Unlock 5.0 in place now, many destinations in India have opened up for tourism post-Covid-19 travel. Uttarakhand and Rajasthan were the first to open their door. Himachal and Goa followed suite and just recently on 10th of October, Sikkim opened its doors to travelers as well joining Darjeeling & Kalimpong in the North East India.
Selective places in South India like Ooty, Kabini, Coonoor and Kodaikanal are also open. There is indeed some risk when it comes to traveling but more and more people are traveling out to breathe in the fresh air and for a change of setting. Hills are especially popular with Mount Abu, Shimla, Manali etc. sold out on weekends. With Kerala government’s announcement, it is expected that tourism will finally take off along the Malabar coast again.
Also, the great India festive season is here with a lots of holidays. Durga Puja is approaching followed by Diwali. Then we have Christmas and New Year. This is the peak season of tourism in India. It’s wedding season as well and couples are definitely looking out for more and more options to plan their honeymoon in India in winter.
No matter which destination you choose for your vacation be it a family holiday, honeymoon or traveling with friends, by following the protocols in place and observing all SoPs, ensure that you travel safely and that you don’t spread the virus when you travel.
Do read our posts which are written specifically to help you plan Covid-19 safe holidays in India. Bon voyage!
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