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During my last trip across Kerala, India I came across this place amidst the tea gardens of Munnar. The place looked surreal filled with lushness of greenery. The little drizzle added to the beauty of the location. The relaxing feeling at the time was unforgettable. This photo always reminds me of what heaven on earth might look like :)
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1 Is it ok to wear bikini in Kerala beaches? If you wear a bikini, what are the beaches that might make others stare less?

Answer: It is okay to wear a bikini between Kovalam and Varkala Beach, but if you are planning to visit other beaches, then you should avoid it. If you are planning to go in the water, then it is best not to bring other options like swimsuit. I would recommend you to buy swimming attire for your Kerala trip as you will feel a lot more comfortable in them.

2 Is it ok to wear flip flops / open toe sandals?

Answer: Yes - everyone here does! For those who rest on glam, flip flops are sent to heaven. No other type of shoes is more comfortable. However, if you are going to cold places like Munnar and Wayanad, then you should take off shoes.

3 Is it ok to walk in the streets / markets etc. with skirts that are just above the knee (not mini)?

Answer: Yes, it is, but you will feel comfortable with longer dresses. It can be uncomfortable when people stare at you. Also, a long, flowing skirt is generally a better option than something shorter than your knee. Those who are visiting Kerala should know that India is a conservative country, and there are still people who believe in traditional costumes. Make sure you are dressing properly. Ditch short skirts and shorts. It is a good idea to cover your knees and shoulders. Sometimes, the right to wear clothes can make all the difference in a country like India.

Early morning shots near our resort at Varkala, India.
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4 Is it okay to wear a scoop-necked top and also have a scoop on the back under the neck?

Answer: Yes, however, make sure that they are not very revealing. However, if you are visiting small towns and villages, it is better to cover yourself more. Dressing, according to the place, is a good idea. You can dress more comfortably on the beaches, so it depends entirely on the place you are.

However, if you are planning to visit temples in Kerala, all temples across the state have strict dress codes. Short pants, sleeveless tops or shirt, etc. are not allowed. Therefore, you should pack full pants or full-length skirts, dresses for your Kerala trip. In addition, your arms should also be covered. If you are more comfortable wearing sleeveless then you can carry a long scarf with you in your bag. Just wrap it on your shoulders and cover the arms. You can apply this trick anywhere in Kerala, whenever you feel uncomfortable, use scarves to cover yourself. In some temples in Kerala, women are allowed only in sarees. So if you want to visit those temples, then you may have to buy a saree. In fact, to avoid unwanted attention, it is a good idea to wear clothes that are liked by the locals.

5 For how long can anyone roam freely?

Answer: Keep your street smart about yourself because you will be anywhere in the world, yet Kerala is generally a far safer place than other places on the planet. However, it depends where you are, although shops usually close from 8 to 9 pm in most places except in big cities. After that, it becomes a bit gruesome in light of the fact that everything is deserted, however, it is not really the case that the muggers are waiting around each corner. But it is good to always be vigilant and if you are alone, do not go to isolated places.

6 Is Kerala safe for single women travelers?

Answer: Kerala is amazing for solo travelers. It is one of the safest places in India. However, I would advise you to avoid wandering alone after 8 pm even if you are in the city center. And this is not only for Kerala, but for the whole of India. Now coming back to Kerala, a great thing is that you will find many other foreigners one of the most important tourist destination of India. You do not face much language issue as Keralites are well educated and can communicate well in English. People are supportive, and I can guarantee that you won't feel insecure there.

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7 What are the top travel destinations for a single  traveler in Kerala?

Answer: There are many breathtaking places in Kerala. From beaches to backwaters to hills - there is a lot. Below are some places that you should include in your Kerala trip:

Kochi

Fondly named as the 'Queen of the Arabian Sea', Kochi is a beautiful city in Kerala. It is excellent for its spice wealth, and flavors such as black pepper, ginger, chilli, turmeric, and nutmeg are grown here in large quantities. Backwaters, Willingdon Island, Chinese Fishing Nets, St. Francis Church, the beach are other important attractions.

Kovalam

Couple walking by the beach in comfortable clothing Picturesque to the hilt, Kovalam is synonymous with beautiful beaches. Kovalam attracts many foreign tourists. The beaches here are trendy among foreigners. Most of the hotels here have their private beaches that are well guarded. So, even if you are planning a solo trip, you will feel safe.

Alleppey and Kumarakom

It is an exciting place known for its backwaters. Famously known as the 'Venice of the East', Alleppey is loved by all kinds of travelers. The well-known snake boat race of Kerala is likewise held here. Wayanad Travelers listening to their guide during border hiking This destination boasts of entrancing environment, arresting hills, natural beauty, salubrious weather, islands, and enthralling wildlife.

Munnar

Lush green hills and tea gardens of Munnar There is no denying that Munnar is one of the most amazing hill stations in Kerala. The most entrancing sight here that spell-bounds every spectator is that of the lush green mountains covered with estates of tea and coffee. The place is additionally home to some stunning waterfalls, trekking destinations, dams and so on that exudes charm.