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(Kerala Trip Guide) ➜ Here’s The Cost of Traveling In Kerala

Kerala is the beautiful land of backwaters, seashores, pristine mountains, rejuvenating waterfalls, holy temples, and many more.

Legends say that, Kerala was created by Lord Parasurama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu by throwing his axe across the sea to create new land for his devotees to live peacefully.

So, Kerala is God’s own creation, hence it is called God’s own country!

Tourists love Kerala, and why they won’t? It’s so beautiful and indeed one of the perfect holiday destination in South India.

This beautiful state is both the nature hub of mother earth and the culture hub of the diverse people living here.

I am not just saying it. You will feel it, once you enter the pristine lands of Kerala.

The backwaters of Kerala are my favorite part here in Kerala.

Nevertheless, if you are planning to make a visit to Kerala and you just want to know and estimate what should be the budget for a perfect trip in Kerala. Then, this is the perfect post to read right now.

This Kerala Trip Guide will help you know everything you ever wanted to know about the cost of traveling in Kerala.

So, without any further ado let’s get started and, you keep reading there’s so much to learn…

Is Kerala Expensive?

Sunset view at Alleppey, Kerala
Sunset view at Alleppey, Kerala

No, Kerala is not at all expensive to travel. For budget-travelers Kerala is the best place to explore and witness the beauty of nature and its surrounding, at the best nominal rates possible.

Some consider Kerala to be expensive in a relative term. But, if you properly plan your budget and trip to Kerala, you will eventually see that Kerala is not so expensive as compared to the other popular tourist places in India.

Kerala Tours are not expensive. They are a very normal price. You can travel to Kerala because it is a great place to visit. You will love it.

This state has everything at one place to enjoy from its beaches, mountains, adventure activities, wildlife, backwaters, heritage, or culture and almost anything you are interested in at the best budget-friendly travel cost possible.

The beautiful state of Kerala is a location where people can stay in budget-friendly hotels.

In the other case, if you want to indulge in luxury type, Kerala offers you that as well at very affordable rates possible.

There are so many hotels and resorts in the mid-category as well depending on your needs. But, I should say that the low-range ones are all fine for a budget-friendly traveler as you get so many wonderful options to choose from.

It is always to be noted that Kerala is one of the cheapest states to travel in India and the best as well.

Kerala is both the cheapest and best and it’s so rare to find such a place in India.

And it will be one of the most beautiful places to travel in India for all time.

Don’t you worry! Now that you know you have got one! Yes! That’s your and our lovely Kerala.

And it’s not at all expensive. It’s budget friendly.


Cost of accommodation in Kerala

Kerala has so many hotel options for you. From various homestays to hotels to resorts anywhere from traditional to modern, you will find everything in Kerala.

The best places to stay in Kerala range from modern beach resorts to traditional properties that have been in the same family for generations.

These are the places that are well-known to spread enthusiastic vibes of Kerala. This is what I do feel.

The majority of the hotels and homestays in Kerala are known for their Kerala’s style of architecture that is so unique in India.

First of all, people love staying in this type of heritage iconized architectured room that makes one feel the real Kerala vibes.

The majority of the hotels in Kerala are not so expensive and you will feel the luxurious stay as well, and so many of them are budget-friendly.

There are so many budget-friendly hotels and homestays all around Kerala that are awesome and cost-effective, I should say. So, it’s always better that you check wisely and find the best affordable ones listed.

I love (Booking.com) and I use it very often to book my stay. I will recommend the same as well. They save time, and eventually save money! And, they do also provide the best cheapest accommodation options for you as promised.

You will also find so many many affordable hotels during the peak season.

The peak season is between September to March when the climate is cool and comfortable and it is also the best time to visit for a holiday in Kerala.

An overview of the cost of accommodation in Kerala:

  • As a budget traveler, you can easily find a hotel between Rs. 700-1500. You will get air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom. You also get 1 extra-large double bed as per your fare within the budget. Budget-friendly rooms mostly include homestays and private properties. Sometimes breakfast may also be included along with the room fare.
  • As a mid-range traveler, you can easily find a hotel between Rs. 1500-3000. It will be a little more comfortable with breakfast included along with a private bathroom, a pool, a garden, and sometimes a very nice view. These types of hotels are often preferred by families and business travelers. Both types of travelers appreciate the cost, convenience, consistency, and locations near their interests.
  • As a luxury high-end traveler, you can easily find a hotel between Rs. 5000-11000. Within this budget, you will get so many beautiful resorts and hotels in various tranquil and pretty destinations. You will get luxurious villas designed to maximize the glorious views of the surroundings. You get everything from meals to comfortable beds with nice views, affordable boutique and heritage hotels, and a nice pool the majority of the time.

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Cost of transportation in Kerala

Remembered, I said Kerala is not expensive to travel. Yes! That comes true from the cost of transportation as well.

Transportation in Kerala is not so super-duper expensive as you may think. It’s affordable and too budget-friendly.

Getting around at Kerala is super easy. The KSRTC (Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation) & KURTC (Kerala Urban Road Transport Corporation) Kerala buses are the best option to commute anywhere in Kerala at very nominal rates.

Read More ➜ Kerala KSRTC Bus Timings & Fare From Here.

There are so many other easy transport options for travellers.

In road transport options you get buses, train, auto-rickshaw, taxi & in waterways such as ferry, jhankars, and boats for proper transportation.

An overview of the cost of transportation in Delhi:

TRANSPORT TYPEAVERAGE FARE
KSRTC BusMinimum Rs. 11-40 per person based on the type of bus
KURTC BusMinimum Rs. 10 per person
Cycle-rickshawRs. 20-50 or even higher depending on the location and traffic
TaxiRs. 1500-2500 per day for 100 km
Auto-rickshawMinimum Rs. 25 per person
E-rickshawMinimum Rs. 10-25 per person depending on the location and traffic
Ferry, BoatsRs. 10-80 per person based on location and the type of transport
HouseboatsRs. 400 minimum
TrainsRs. 10 onwards (As per Indian Railways Rate)
Kochi MetroRs. 10-60
Private cabsRs. 10-30 per km
Rs. 80-100 per hour

Who should take what:

  • If you are a budget traveler, take KSRTC Bus, KURTC Bus, Auto-rickshaw, Cycle-rickshaw, E-rickshaw for transportation.
  • If you are a mid-range traveler, you can take Delhi metro, Cabs, Auto-rickshaw, Taxi, etc.
  • If you are a luxury high-end traveler, it’s better that you take Luxury Sedans and SUVs such as Jaguar, Mercedes, Audi, BMW, Toyota, Camry, and Fortuner from sites like Oba, Uber, etc. It will cost about Rs. 2-4 per minute plus Rs. 20-30 per km on an average.
  • If you are traveling in Kochi use Kochi metro. It is cheap and the most comfortable form of travel within Kochi.
  • Uber and Ola Cabs are available in big cities like Kochi, Trivandrum, Calicut, Thrissur, etc.
  • If you are traveling in waterlogged areas of the of Alappuzha, Kottayam, Kollam, Ernakulam, Kannur, Kasargode, etc. you can use KSWTD (Kerala State Water Transport Department) boats, ferries for transportation and enjoy the waterway views.
  • If you are traveling between districts of Kerala it’s better to use Local and Passenger Trains.
  • If you are traveling within city limits or for short distances, it’s better to use KSRTC ordinary buses and privately owned city buses and Autorickshaws.

Cost of meals in Kerala

In case of meals, again Kerala wins. Having meals won’t be so expensive here.

Food is not at all costly in Kerala. The prices are super-duper okay.

However, the price solely depends on the hotel you choose and what you want to eat there.

If you visit a five-star hotel they will surely charge you a lot of money. That’s something five times more than what you will pay in the local restaurants.

Cost of food can be a little expensive in cities like Cochin, Calicut, Trivandrum, etc. But, even there you can find out places where you get quality food at an affordable cost. There are so many of them.

Do you know that you can also est beef in Kerala?

The Indian states of Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura, Kerala, and West Bengal are the only states where there are no restrictions on cow slaughter and beef-eating.

Read More ➜ Can You Eat Beef In India? Is It Legal Or Illegal? Know More

In general, if you eat at local restaurants:

  • A simple plate of breakfast that includes Omlette, Parathas, Idli, Dosa, Roti/Chappati, etc. can cost you anywhere Rs. 50-100.
  • A lunch or dinner that includes rice, meat, fish curry, dal (pulses), a sabji (vegetables sauteed with spices), etc. can cost you anywhere between Rs. 100-300.
  • A typical Kerala meal may cost you Rs 80 in cities and the same is available at around Rs 50 in villages. Solely depends where you are traveling in Kerala.
  • The main food in Kerala for lunch and dinner is Rice served with Sambar dal and Fish curry (charges extra). It will cost you somewhere between Rs. 50-120.
  • If you are a vegetarian then, you can have a decent lunch within Rs. 100 per plate.
  • Biryani (both chicken and mutton biryani) is another popular dish in Kerala. It can cost you somewhere between Rs. 80-180 per plate.
  • A cup of tea or coffee with a snack, sweet, or biscuit can cost you anywhere between Rs. 30-50.

On the other case:

  • Meals at mid-range nice restaurants can cost you somewhere between Rs. 250 – 400 per meal, per person.
  • At high-end luxury fine dining restaurants like those in the five-star hotels, etc. meals can cost you anywhere between Rs. 1000 – 2500 per meal, per person.

Cost of other things in Kerala

Whether you are backpacking alone, or with your family. Whether you are traveling as a bachelor, or as a couple in Kerala.

It’s much important that you know the estimated cost of the other mandatory things in Kerala as well that will make your trip a fun and enjoyable one.

Here’s the overview of the cost you need to bear while traveling in Delhi:

TYPEBACHELORSCOUPLESFAMILES
EntertainmentRs. 2,000 – 3,000Rs. 4,000 – 5,000Rs. 4,000 – 7,000
ShoppingRs. 1,000 – 4,000Rs. 3,000 – 6,000Rs. 6,000 – 12,000
Monument, Park, Museum, etc. Entry FeesRs. 10-150 per person (Indian)
Rs. 10-600 per person (Foreigner)
Rs. 10-150 per person (Indian)
Rs. 10-600 per person (Foreigner)
Rs. 10-150 per person (Indian)
Rs. 10-600 per person (Foreigner)
Meals at Inexpensive RestaurantsRs. 40 – 150 per person at a timeRs. 300 – 500 at a timeRs. 500 – 700 at a time
Meals at Expensive RestaurantsRs. 300 – 600 per person at a timeRs. 600 – 1200 at a timeRs. 1300 – 2100 at a time
Tea/Coffee (regular)Rs. 10-20 per cupRs. 10-20 per cupRs. 10-20 per cup
Packaged Water (1 Litre)Rs. 10-20 per bottleRs. 10-20 per bottleRs. 10-20 per bottle

The above prices are just an estimate of what you can spend. If you are a budget-conscious traveler you can even enjoy the above options at a very nominal rate less than those mentioned above. It depends on the place and locality and luxury you have chosen for.


Overall, How much money do you need per day to travel in Kerala?

As a budget traveler the minimum money you will need on an average per day to travel in Kerala:

TYPEBACHELORSCOUPLESFAMILES
AccomodationRs. 500 – 1500Rs.500 – 1500Rs. 500 – 1500
TransportationRs. 300Rs. 600Rs. 1000
MealsRs. 50-100Rs. 300 – 500Rs. 500 – 700
WaterRs. 100Rs. 200Rs. 300
Other miscellaneous chargesRs. 200Rs. 300Rs. 300
Total Money You Need Per DayRs. 1150-2100Rs. 1900-3100Rs. 2600-3800

As a mid-range traveler the minimum money you will need on an average per day to travel in Kerala:

TYPEBACHELORSCOUPLESFAMILES
AccomodationRs. 1200 – 3000Rs. 1200 – 3000Rs. 1200 – 3000
TransportationRs. 400Rs. 700Rs. 1100
MealsRs. 150 – 300Rs. 300 – 600Rs. 1100 – 1400
WaterRs. 100Rs. 200Rs. 300
Other miscellaneous chargesRs. 350Rs. 700Rs. 1000
Total Money You Need Per DayRs. 2200-4150Rs. 3100-5200 Rs. 4600-6800

As a luxury high-end traveler the minimum money you will need on an average per day to travel in Kerala:

TYPEBACHELORSCOUPLESFAMILES
AccomodationRs. 5000 – 11000Rs. 5000 – 11000Rs. 5000 – 11000
TransportationRs. 1200Rs. 2200Rs. 3700
MealsRs. 300 – 600Rs. 600 – 1200Rs. 1300 – 2100
WaterRs. 100Rs. 200Rs. 300
Other miscellaneous chargesRs. 500Rs. 900Rs. 1200
Total Money You Need Per DayRs. 7100-13400Rs. 8900-15500Rs. 11500-18300

So, what should be your best budget for a Kerala trip?

The best minimum budget you need per day for traveling in Kerala:

  • As a budget traveler, you will need at least Rs. 1,100 minimum per day in hand to enjoy a budget-friendly trip in Kerala.
  • As a mid-range traveler, you will need at least Rs. 2,200 minimum per day in hand to enjoy a budget-friendly trip in Delhi.
  • As a luxury high-end traveler, you will need at least Rs. 7,000 minimum per day in hand to enjoy a budget-friendly trip in Delhi.
TRAVEL TYPEBACHELORSCOUPLESFAMILES
Budget travelerRs. 1150-2100Rs. 1900-3100Rs. 2600-3800
Mid-range travelerRs. 2200-4150Rs. 3100-5200Rs. 4600-6800
High-end travelerRs. 7100-13400Rs. 8900-15500Rs. 11500-18300

Final tips for having a best budget-friendly trip to Kerala

  • Use KSRTC Local buses to commute within the city. The fares are cheap as compared to the other modes of travel.
  • Use the KSRTC bus or Train if you are traveling between districts of Kerala. It will save a lot of money. Train is the most affordable one.
  • Try booking your hotels from (Booking.com) as they provide so many budget-friendly stays. Check reviews & cost & find your ideal hotel. You will eventually save a lot of time and money.
  • Try to minimize the use of cabs and taxis or else, it will cost you a lot of money.
  • If you are traveling within for short distances, it’s better to use Auto-rickshaw, Cycle-rickshaw, or E-rickshaw.
  • Make the use of Kochi metro if you are traveling in Kochi. It will save you a lot of time and money. It is the fastest mode of transport. Metro ticket fare can range between Rs. 10 to Rs. 60 per head and that’s too cheap.
  • Visit the local restaurants and food stalls to have your meals. Having breakfast here can cost you between Rs. 50-100 per person. And, lunch or dinner can cost you between Rs. 150-300 per person. That’s so budget-friendly, right?
  • If you are visiting a local restaurant or food stall then, hygiene may be an issue. Hygiene could often be unwilling, but that is a risk you are always going to have to take when traveling in India. In that case, you can choose to have meals at mid-range nice restaurants. Rarely opt for high-end luxury restaurants if you want to save a lot of money.
  • At last, make a proper travel cheat sheet with a strict budget in mind. Bookmark this post and read it later if you haven’t made that cheat sheet as this post is already the one.

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