Although a comparatively smaller state of India Kerala has a lot to offer its visitors. Its many beautiful cities, blessed with different topographies make up for the wide variety in things to do in Kerala. There are many options available for traveling within the state of Kerala. In case you want to take public transport, you can either opt for train or for state run buses. These tend to be a little crowded but are very economical. But if you have lesser days in hand, you want to travel comfortably and have a reasonable budget, Kerala car rentals is a better option. Additional advantage of renting a car is the flexibility you get. You can spend more or less time at a particular destination as per your wish or even modify your itinerary at last minute.
Here are some tips to help you rent a car in Kerala:
Decide upon the budget you can set aside for car rental: Out of the total budget that you have for your trip set aside budget for accommodation in hotels in Kerala, for your food and visit to attractions and for your traveling. Thus based on your budget for traveling within the state you can rent a car either for the whole tour within the state or part of your tour.
Decide upon the type of car you want to rent: This will depend on two factors – the number of people and secondly budget.
Depending on the number of people, you will either have to rent a small car or a big car or a mini bus. For 3-4 people a small car, 6-9 people a big car and 11-14 people a mini bus will be needed. In these categories too depending upon your budget you can choose to either take a regular or luxury car, an air conditioned or non air conditioned car.
The car options that you could get are Tata Indica, Ford Ikon, Swift Dzire, Logan Tata Indigo, Toyota Innova, Toyota Qualis, Mahindra Scorpio, Tata Dumo, Tempo Traveler, Travera, etc. The rent rate ranges from Rs. 7/ km to Rs15/km depending upon the type of vehicle you choose.
Points to remember while taking Kerala car rentals:
• Cars are usually available on rent that is on per day basis or minimum kilometers, whichever is higher.
• If you take package for multiple days, then you can bargain for cheaper rates or a roundabout total rent.
• Choose a route for your tour that saves you time as well as money. This means that line up the cities that you want to visit in an order that they are near to each other. An ideal route for 6 – 10 days tour would be: Kochi > Munnar > Thekaddy (Periyar) > Kumarakom > Allepey > Kochi. All these cities are at a distance of 3-4 hours drive from each other.
• Many hotels Kerala offer airport pick up and transfer. So before you rent a car from pick up to drop, do check with your hotel.