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Kerala car rentals

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Cheap car rentals in Kerala

Passenger VanC$ 97/day
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

Top tips for renting a car in Kerala

  • Unlike most places, Kerala is one of the few states where you can request a car rental driver, especially if you're new to India. But many renters prefer to drive their own car. Renting a car with a driver offers the flexibility of being picked up from your address and getting dropped at your destination, like the airport, at no extra cost. A driver who knows the locality can explain some local topics and experiences. You won't be charged extra, but you may give a tip. Note that a car rental driver is not your guide. They only help with general questions but cannot accompany you inside the attractions.
  • Companies offering Kerala car rentals are found near airports such as Cochin International Airport and major cities like Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Alappuzha, and Thrissur. Rental vehicles are distinguished by black number plates with yellow letters. In case of an unexpected incident, call the rental office and the police immediately, and secure the vehicle if you can. Remember to note down the names, telephone numbers, and addresses of people involved, including a witness. You will need these details to compose the accident report.
  • The car rental period in Kerala is extendable but at most 30 days (for most car rental agencies). Inform the car rental representatives at least three hours before the stipulated drop-off time or as indicated on the rental agreement if you want to keep the car for more hours or days. Note that the extension is not guaranteed and depends on availability. Always return your car on time; otherwise, you will be penalized for every day you defaulted.
  • With Kerala car rentals, you have to follow specific rules, but they differ from one company to the next. For instance, you cannot use the car for pacemaking, racing, towing, and teaching another person to drive. Do not exceed the manufacturer's recommended maximum weight when loading the trunk and secure the luggage safely. You must seek written consent at the rental office if you need to go outside Kerala. Crossing a state border can be costly because the rental agency has to pay taxes. Before you drive off, check whether the price quoted allows interstate driving.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Kerala for C$ 65 or less
  • Book your rental car in Kerala at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about renting a car in Kerala

  • How much does it cost to rent a car in Kerala?

    On average a rental car in Kerala costs C$ 97 per day.

  • What is the most popular rental car in Kerala?

    Economy (Volkswagen Polo or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Kerala.

  • What is the cheapest car rental company in Kerala?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Avis (C$ 97/day).

  • How can I find car rentals near me in Kerala?

    Take a look at our extensive car rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.

  • How much does it cost to rent a car for a week in Kerala?

    On average a rental car in Kerala costs C$ 617 per week (C$ 88 per day).

  • How much does it cost to rent a car long term for a month in Kerala?

    On average a rental car in Kerala costs C$ 2,646 per month (C$ 88 per day).

  • Should I rent a car in Kerala, India?

    Kerala car rentals make traveling around Malabar Coast, India, much more convenient. To explore the indigenous communities, forested areas, and lush green plantations, consider renting a compact crossover SUV with either manual or automatic transmission. A minivan or multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) is suitable for a family trip. A self-drive car rental is safer than getting around in rickshaws and public buses. You won't have to endure the cumbersome public transportation systems, which can delay your journey.

  • What is driving like in Kerala, India?

    Indians drive on the left-hand side, and the speed limit is 85 km/h (53 mph) on the highways, 90 km/h (55 mph) on four-lane roads, and 50 km/h (30 mph) in municipal towns and cities. There is good road connectivity throughout the state and no aggressive drivers. Nevertheless, you should be ready for hairpin bends and numerous hilly drives. When driving into remote places, avoid over-reliance on Google Maps' travel times—it may take you longer than expected to complete your itinerary. Choose an air-conditioned rental car because it gets hot and dusty in non-urban areas.

  • How old do you have to be to rent a car in Kerala?

    While the legal age for driving in Kerala is 18, you must be at least 21 to rent a car. Present your original ID, driving license, and proof of address at the car rental counter. Foreigners can use their original passports as IDs. Your driving permit must be for a 4-wheeler, typically known as an LMV-NT license (Light Motor Vehicle, Non-Transport) recognized for personal use only. If you book a commercial vehicle like a van or truck, ensure you have a TR (Transport, Commercial) license. You should have a minimum driving experience of 12 months. Most car rental companies do not take cash, so you need a credit or debit card. They may accept Internet banking and mobile payments.

Car rental locations in Kerala

Car rental directory

  • carclub

    Car Club car rental locations in Kerala

    3 Locations

  • europcar

    Europcar car rental locations in Kerala

    2 Locations

  • sstravels

    SS Travels car rental locations in Kerala

    2 Locations

  • keddy

    keddy by Europcar car rental locations in Kerala

    2 Locations

  • avis

    Avis car rental locations in Kerala

    1 Location

  • instantcabs

    Instant Cabs car rental locations in Kerala

    1 Location

  • shouqi

    Shouqi car rental locations in Kerala

    1 Location

Good to know

Most popular agency

SS Travels

Most popular car type


Average price

C$ 88/day

Good deal

C$ 65/day

When to book a rental car in Kerala

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