Kerala State Beverage Shops- Alcohol

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Is it possible to find out which towns in Kerala have shops that sell alcohol so we know where and when to stock up as we travel around?
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Trust me. Alcohol will be the last thing you will be in short supply while in Kerala.

Except for the 1st of every month and a few other "dry days" may be.
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Liquor shops !!!!!

For the last 15 years the retail selling of the liquor[except for licenced BARS] in the state of Kerala is the monopoly of the Government,so as to keep spurious/sub standard things at bay.You can find the retail outlets of either Kerala state beverages corporation or MARKETFED outlets in almost all towns with the working time 9 am to 9pm.You could expect atleast the authenticity of the thing you drink as the procurement and distribution is by the state...not to mention the price advantage......50-80% less than a BAR !!!!
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Originally Posted by Darklord View Post Trust me. Alcohol will be the last thing you will be in short supply while in Kerala.

Except for the 1st of every month and a few other "dry days" may be.
Darklord is right - most places in Kerala, especially those with a tourist influence will have places that serve alcohol; we didn't come across too many shops to buy alcohol, although the state beverage shop in Thekaddy (Periyar) was certainly an interesting experience.

Bear in mind that a lot of restaurants that may serve beer do not have licences, in which case you should enquire as to whether they serve "Special Tea" - it's a great throw-back to prohibition!
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as mentioned above liquor is the last thing you should be worried about.
however if u plan to carry it,make sure u keep the beverages bill always just in case some checking comes in ur way.

happy boozing
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Drinking et al

You just cant stock liquor as you wish.The stuffs like Whisky,Brandy etc comes under the purview of IMFL,means Indian made foreign liquor.You just cant posses more than 2 litres along with.For beer,wine etc it's 4 or 5 liter.Drinking in public places strictly prohibited..If you want original/non spurious stuff,you have to depend on Govt outlets only.Not just cheaper,but SAFER..too
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hehe ... some of the guide books give the impression that booze is somehow prohibited or at least highly restricted in Kerala. This is due to the "teapot beer" phenomenon (which occurs only in non-licensed premises). Any town that tourists are likely to vist should have a liquor shop.
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Oddly I haven't seen a liquor shop (except a toddy shop) during one year living in Trivandrum (but haven't searched for it either )

Guess they are in some hidden streets... In Tamil Nadu I remember "wine shops" in public places, and there was always a big bunch of men hanging around.

As mentioned before, you can get liquor in tourist places easily, no need to stock up in a shop. If they don't have a license, you'll get your beer bottle wrapped in newspaper
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Originally Posted by federica View Post Oddly I haven't seen a liquor shop (except a toddy shop) during one year living in Trivandrum (but haven't searched for it either )
You are looking at the wrong places may be. The key is to look for an orderly (!!) queue (!!) in front of shops, nine out of ten probability is that the shop might be a "Bevco" aka liquor shop.

Now, I am unsure about what smiley to use, a crying one or a laughing one.
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You can put a laughing one, I told before that I wasn't searching for a liquor shop
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Ahem.

I was not referring to you or your post nor was I insinuating that you were looking around for one when I made the "smiley" remark, but rather was referring to the fact about people waiting patiently in an orderly queue in front of liquor shops but does not have a civic sense to observe it anywhere else. It is sort of a running joke (?) here. So, my remark was about this sad/amusing social situation.

Sorry that my post came across as a personal insult on you. It was not my intention.
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Strange that about queuing! At Christmas there were orderly queues of 50-60 people at the liquor stores in Ernakulam but you can get trampled to death trying to geton the harbour ferries as people stampede as though their lives depended on it.
Also remember all alcohol bought should have a white label over the opening and that full bottles of spirit should have a plastic insert in the top to restrict the flow (if it hasn't it may well be counterfeit). There is a lot of clever fake bottles around that only the trained eye can detect!
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Originally Posted by Darklord View Post Sorry that my post came across as a personal insult on you. It was not my intention.
No offence taken! Thanks for clearing the misunderstanding!

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