Where can tourists buy liquor in Kerala - the new liquor policy in the state


Are you visiting Kerala soon and like to know the liquor policy in the state, especially in the tourist destinations? Follow this article to learn the limitations in the state regarding consumption of alcohol in Kerala.

Kerala is known as God's Own Country for many good reasons. Some of the exotic hill stations and serene beaches are just some of them. No wonder it is one of the best tourist destinations in India.

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Some of the recent political developments and policy changes in the state introduced some significant changes in the liquor policy of the state, affecting the tourism industry in a big way. For information to visitors and tourists to the state, I am sharing some of the highlights of the new liquor policy in Kerala:

1. Through a recent policy change, Kerala Government cancelled the license for all Bars in Kerala, except the 5-Star hotels.

2. All the Bars were allowed to apply for a Beer & Wine Parlor license. Most of them did apply and are now functioning as Beer & Wine Parlors.

3. Most towns and tourist destinations have Beer & Wine parlours.

4. Wine is a rare thing in Kerala. In most wine parlors, there are just 2 choices: Red wine and White wine. There are nothing more. If you use names like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz etc, you won't get anything other than a strange look.

5. Wine is really expensive and is one of the most expensive alcoholic in Kerala, unless you go for a really cheap sweet wine or port wine.

6. Other than 5-Star hotels, there are liquor shops operated by Kerala State Beverages Corporation (Govt. of Kerala) in most of the cities and tourist places. These shops are commonly known as "Beverages".

More reading: where to buy liquor in Kochi.

7. The Beverage Shops usually have long queues in front of them to buy liquor. Sometimes the lines are really long and it may take a lot of time to get to the cash counter.

8. While the rich go to the 5-Star hotels and Beer & Wine Parlors, ordinary people including beggars depend on the Beverage shops to buy their daily quota of liquor. So, be aware what kind of a crowd you are going to mess with in the queue in front of the Beverage Shops.

9. There are few high class beverage shops operated by the same corporation but are limited to just a few such shops in big cities like Kochi. These premium shops are air conditioned and are like supermarkets where you can shop with a basket and pick the items you want. They usually sell relatively expensive brands since that's the kind of customers they expect there. One such premium liquor shop is at Kadavanthra, Kochi.



10. The first day of every month is a dry-day in Kerala. None of the liquor shops and bars can sell alcoholic beverages on that day.

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11. For private events, get together etc, a temporary alcohol serving license can be obtained from the government.

12. Bringing alcoholic beverages from other states to Kerala is not permitted.

12. Unlike other states like Karnataka, you can't buy beer and wine from supermarkets in Kerala.

Dry days in Kerala


Liquor shops cannot be opened in the following days in Kerala:

1. Dry Days

The following days are declared as dry days in Kerala and all the liquor shops must remain close during these days:

- Gandhi Jayanthi (2 October)

- Commemoration Day of Mahatma Gandhi

- Samadhi day of Sree Narayana Guru

- Birth Day of Sree Narayana Guru



2. On the 1st of every English Calendar Month the liquor-vending units have to be kept closed as per the order from the Government.

3. In all areas of election, liquor shops must be closed on the day of polling and previous day.

How much liquor a person can carry or possess in Kerala?


According to the official website of Kerala State Beverages Corporation, these are the maximum quantity of liquor a person can carry in Kerala:

Indian Made Foreign Liquor: 3 litres
Beer: 7.8 litres
Wine: 7.8 litres


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