Hiring a car in Kerala is the perfect option of choice if you want to enjoy the state without the restrictions of having to rely on public transport. Whilst there is a variety of public transport available, there is a reduced service depending on which day you travel, meaning that hiring a vehicle is essential to enjoy some of the top attractions. Some attractions, sights and landmarks include Varkala Beach, Eravikulam National Park, Athirappilly Water Falls, Edakkal Caves, Silent Valley National Park as well as much more.
Driving in Kerala is easy and is suitable for both experienced and less-experienced drivers. When you drive in Kerala, you will always drive on the left-hand side of the road, so driving isn’t too dissimilar to driving around in the UK. All hire vehicles will be equipped with a steering wheel located on the right-hand side. Always approach a roundabout with caution and give way to drivers who are coming from the right. Depending on which road you’re driving on, you’ll find different limits of speed. On most roads, you’ll find a speed limit of 50 km/h (31 mph), whereas other major and main roads may increase the limit to 70 km/h (43 mph). Speed might not be signposted, and drivers should always drive at an appropriate speed for the road.
Depending on which provider that you choose to hire a car from in Kerala, you will commonly find that requirements differ in terms of age. You can find suitable companies hiring vehicles to those as young as 18 years old, but the most common minimum age to hire a vehicle is 21 or 23 years old. If you fall in this category, specifically under 25 years old, then expect to face an additional sub charge at your booking, also known as a young driver’s handling fee. It is also a requirement with some providers that you have held your licence for at least 12 months before you are due to hire the vehicle and take it around Kerala.
Intermediate (Class Intermediate Car or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Kerala.
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