Munnar Eravikulam National Park – Entrance fee revised from 21st October 2014 onwards:
Entrance Fee Foreigner ADULT / CHILD : Rs. 360
Entrance Fee Indian ADULT : Rs. 83
Entrance Fee Indian CHILD: Rs. 65
Video Camera : Rs. 300
Still Camera: Rs. 38
Periyar Tiger Reserve:With effect from 21st October 2014, the Finance department has increased the entrance fee for the Periyar wildlife park. Details are as below.
Periyar Park Entrance Fee Foreigner ADULT – Rs. 450
Periyar Park Entrance Fee Foreigner CHILD – Rs. 155
Periyar Park Entrance Fee Indian ADULT – Rs. 33
Periyar Park Entrance Fee Indian CHILD – Rs. 5
Periyar wildlife Park Video Camera – Rs. 300
Periyar wildlife Park Still Camera – Rs. 38
About Alcohol ban in Kerala:
As you may be aware Kerala has the highest per capita consumption of alcohol in India. In August, Kerala announced plans to ban the sale and consumption of alcohol and said it aimed to enforce total prohibition in the next 10 years. The plans include shutting down bars and shops selling alcohol and introducing more alcohol-free days. In connection to this liquor shops & bars are closed every 1st day of the month and on all Sundays.
There were 752 licensed bars in Kerala. Out of which 418 were already closed in September itself due to Kerala Governments’ new alcohol policy. These were all bars located on the road side, near the railway station, bus stands etc that had no basic facility like toilet etc. After this, Government asked all the 2 and 3 star hotels to close their bars. However all 2 and 3 star hotels approached the Court to appeal and they got stay until 30th October 2014.
On Thursday, the 30th October 2014, the court also supported the Kerala government by lifting the stay and asked the 2 and 3 star hotels to close their bars. However on 31st October 2 and 3 star hotels filed an appeal in the court in this regard and now court has issued a stay on this decision until the end of November 2014 . We shall update you the decision of High court in the 1st week of December 2014.
This is the current scenario in Kerala regarding alcohol consumption.
Please note liquor can be consumed by foreign tourists in Kerala during their stay. However liquor will be available and served only in Hotels that has got 4, 5 star classification and in classified heritage properties which has a Bar license.
Clients can buy alcohol (wine, beer etc) from the shops available in the city and they can take it to their Hotel room during their stay to consume. Please note after 30th November 2014 we are not sure about the 1 to 3 star hotel’s bar status as the decision is pending in the high court.
Please see the list of classified 4, 5 and Heritage hotels in Kerala for your reference where alcohol will be served. Dispute with regard to serving alcohol exists only for hotels up to 3 star category.
Cochin – Classified 4 Star Hotels: 1. Hotel Renai , 2. Avenue Regent , 3. The Gokulam Park, 4. Hotel Air Link Castle (Athani near Airport), 5. Malayattoor Residency (Malayattoor)
Cochin – Classified 5 star Hotel: 1. Le Meridian, 2. Dream Hotel, 3. Casino Hotel, 4. Taj Gateway Marine Drive, 5. Vivanta By Taj Malabar, 6. Hotel Trident, 7. Holliday INN, 8. Ramadha Lake Resort
Cochin – Heritage Property: Heritage Methanam (Kumbalanghi)
Periyar (Thekkady)- Classified 4 Star Hotel: Spice Village & Classified 5 Star Hotel: Hotel Club Mahindra Lake View
Calicut – Classified 4 Star Hotel: Hotel Malabar Palace & Classified 5 Star Hotels: The Raviz Hotel (Ramanattukara) and Hotel Gateway
Calicut – Classified Heritage Property: Beach Heritage.
Kollam ( Quilon ) Classified 4 Star Hotels: 1. Regent Lake Palace (Neendkara), 2. Hotel Dona Castle, 3. Hotel Indraprastha (Pattazhy), 4. Park Residency (Adoor Pathanamthitta)
Kollam ( Quilon ) – Classified 5 Star Hotels: Quilon Beach Hotel & The Raviz Hotel
Bekal Kasaragod – Classified 5 Star Hotels: Vivanta By Taj
Kumarakom – Classified 4 Star Hotels: Vivanta by Taj & Hotel Indraprastha
Kumarakom – Classified 5 Star Hotels: Kumarakom Lake Resort & The Zuri
Kumarakom – Classified – Heritage Property: Coconut Lagoon
Trivandrum and Kovalam – Classified 4 Star Hotels: 1. Hotel Saj Lucia, 2. Hotel Maurya Rajdhani, 3. Hotel Classic Avenue, 4. Hotel Residency Tower, 5. Hotel South Park, 6. SP Grand Days, 7. The Gateway Hotel, 8. Hotel White Dammar (Pappanamcode)
Trivandrum and Kovalam Classified 5 Star Hotels: 1. Taj Residency, 2. Hotel Hilton INN, 3. Taj Green Cove Resort, 4. Leela, 5. Uday Samudra
Trivandrum and Kovalam Heritage Property: The Hill way Heritage (Kilimanoor).
Kannur Classified 4 Star Hotels: 1. Hotel Blue Nile, 2. Hotel KK Residency (Payyanur), 3. Hotel Elegance (Karuvanchal & Cherupuzha), 4. Hotel Sky Pearl (Melechowa)
Malappuram Classified 4 Star Hotels: 1. Hotel Soorya Regency, 2. Rose International Hotel (Nilambur)
Malappuram Classified Heritage Property: Chengara Heritage Hotel (Angadipuram)
Palakkad Classified 4 Star Hotel: Hotel Soorya Swagath (Walayar)
Thrissur – Classified 4 Star Hotel: Niya Regency & Heritage Property: Meriya Heritage Hotel (Kaipamangalam)
Alleppey – Classified 4 star Hotels: Royal Gardens & Empire Residency (Chengannur)