Car Rental Tips for Tourists to Kerala

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Car Rental Tips for Tourists & Travellers to Kerala

 

How Many to Travel

Before hiring any car, it is quite important to choose the correct private car that would cater to the number of travelers. If you are traveling alone then a very small car would be enough. If you will be traveling with your wife or husband, children, and in-laws, then a 6 seated car will be required, for example, Toyota Innova. If you are traveling with a group of friends or families, then you might need more than one large cars. You can hire these cars with or without chauffeurs.

Driver or no Driver

If you are coming to Kerala and you have a person who was already born and brought up here, then you don’t need to take a cab with a driver. If this is not the case, then you can rent a car without a driver, provided the car has a GPS system in it. If you are a good driver and have driven your car with GPS in your own city, then you will definitely have no problem to drive on the roads of Kerala. The only thing is that you will need to learn any special traffic rule or the times of one way before driving the car. For this, you can take help of the car rental company. They can inform you about these nitty-gritty details.

 

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Touring the Rural Areas

If you are traveling in a tourist bus, then traveling the interiors of Kerala or the tranquil rural areas will not be a possibility for you. This is because the tourist buses will have a fixed schedule and you will be taken to the tourist spots fixed by them. The benefit of hiring a car is that you can travel to locations that are not included in the routine spots of the travel company. For example, if you book your tour through a tourist bus, the islands of Kumarakom may not be included in that tour. However, if you hire a private car, you can do that on your own. For visiting unknown or less visited locations of Kerala, one word of advice would be to hire cars with drivers. They will know about all those locations which are worth a visit but are seldom explored by tourists. They can take you to all those locations which are lesser known to the rest of Indian tourists and yet can be attributed as the most mesmerizing locales of India.

Fuel or no Fuel

When you are hiring the car, you will have to sign the agreement, which means you have completely understood the terms and conditions of the car company. Don’t sign the agreement without reading it properly. Signing the document without proper clarity can drag you into a lot of hassles. Read the amount you need to pay for dents and damages. Check for any rebate you get if you use the car for an extra couple of hours. Sometimes, some car companies offer some discount for people who use the car for some extra number of hours than that has been agreed upon by the car company. However, some car company may have a totally different rule. So make sure you understand and remember the rules and regulations of the company before the car is delivered to you. Also make the manager the car company, completely comprehend your requirement, so that you get exactly what you need.

In order to save a couple of bucks, you may think of renting cars without fuel or a minimal amount of fuel. Although this could be a possible option for people who live in Kerala, for tourists coming from outside Kerala, this is quite dangerous. Being an outsider, you will not know about the location of the petrol pumps. If you, fortunately, know the location of a couple of petrol pumps from where you can fill your tank before starting your journey, then you can take this risk. Otherwise, it is advisable that you hire private cars with total fuel capacity. If you are hiring the car from IndusGo, which is a very popular car rental company of Kerala, then you can get cars with free fuel. When you hire the car from IndusGo have a talk with the manager of this company as to which cars could be hired with free fuel.

 

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Bulk Discounts

To save some money while hiring a private car, you can hire the car on a special occasion. However, this could be a rare possibility and this means that you have to come to Kerala before their festive occasion is about to start. Another option is that one hires the car for a number of people. This can ensure bulk discounts. If you hire private cars for more than one family, you can ask for discounts and gift coupons on the travel. If you travel alone in Kerala, then such bulk discounts are not possible. 

 

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Please Read the Offer Document Carefully

When you are hiring the car, you will have to sign the agreement, which means you have completely understood the terms and conditions of the car company. Don’t sign the agreement without reading it properly. Signing the document without proper clarity can drag you into a lot of hassles. Read the amount you need to pay for dents and damages. Check for any rebate you get if you use the car for an extra couple of hours. Sometimes, some car companies offer some discount for people who use the car for some extra number of hours than that has been agreed upon by the car company. However, some car company may have a totally different rule. So make sure you understand and remember the rules and regulations of the company before the car is delivered to you. Also make the manager the car company, completely comprehend your requirement, so that you get exactly what you need.


To sum up, private cars are a boon for the tourists who are coming to Kerala. You will not have to bother to come to a certain predetermined location to take the car. The car will be delivered free of cost at the location that suits your requirements. Unlike yellow cabs, you will not have to pay any extra charges once you get down from the car. You are required to pay exactly what was agreed to prior to the delivery of the car unless you end up damaging certain car parts while driving.