Kerala is not a dry state like some states in India. However consumption of alcohol and liquor in Kerala is controlled and few days every year are enforced dry days which includes
1) 1st Day of English Calendar Every month for administrative purposes.
2) Commemoration Day of Mahatma Gandhi
3) Samadhi day of Sree Narayana Guru – 5th day of Malayalam month Kanni as per calendar
4) Birth Day of Sree Narayana Guru – Chathayam Day in Kerala as per calendar
5) Birthday of Mahatma Gandhi – October 2
6) Dry days are observed on the day of polling and previous day during elections as well.
Kerala has one of the highest per capita consumption of liquor in India and Government of Kerala earns big money from its wholesale alcohol monopoly the sale of liquor is indirectly controlled by Kerala State Beverages Corporation Limited.
Government of Kerala has tried to control the consumption throughj laws and by reducing the maximum quantity of liquor that can be possessed by a person who is not a licenced manufacturer or vendor of liquor to 15 litres from 27.1 litres. The total number of beer bottles one can buy at a time has been reduced to 6 from the previous 12. The quantity of IMFL one can possess has been reduced to 3 litres from 4.5 litre. The quantity of toddy has also been reduced to 1.5 litre from 2.5 litre.
If you are a tourist travelling to Kerala you can buy liquor from Kerala State Beverages Corporation Limited Shops that exists in every nook and corner of the state or from any resort or hotel in Kerala with a valid liquor license.There are beer parlors in many place as well where you can try out beer including Indian beer as well.
It is perfectly legal to carry your own alchohol bottles for personal consumption inside Kerala Houseboat and you can also request your houseboat operator for a taste for fresh madhura kallu (sweet toddy extracted from the coconut palm) to have with exotic karimeen pollichathu which is a part of Menu in Kerala houseboats.