Accommodation: Homestays are a great option for the places we covered in Kerala. Theyre especially plentiful in Fort Kochi, where prices start from 1,000 Indian rupees ($30) for a decent, non-airconditioned double room. Theyre a great way to meet fellow travellers and swap travel tips, too.
Getting around: The Kerala State Public Transport Corporation (KSPTC) runs an extensive network of services. Fares are cheap by Singapore standards - a 160km bus ride from Alleppey to Kumily (the town fringing the Periyar wildlife sanctuary) costs about 85 rupees. Relatively pricier are the auto-rickshaw rides for travel within each town - fares are negotiated with the driver, and typically start from 20 rupees for a 2km ride.
Periyar wildlife sanctuary: Visitors can sign up for trips at the Eco-Tourism Centre at Ambadi Junction in nearby Kumily town. The bamboo rafting day trip costs 1,000 rupees; border hiking costs 750 rupees. An additional entry fee into the reserve (300 rupees per day for foreigners) applies. More details at www.periyartigerreserve.org.