5 days in Kerala Itinerary

5 days in Kerala Itinerary

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5 days in Kerala Itinerary

New Delhi
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Kochi (Cochin)
— Few hours
train:  45​min
Alappuzha
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Thekkady
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Munnar
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h
Kovalam
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
New Delhi

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Kochi (Cochin)

Kochi (Cochin) ©
A flourishing port city and magnet for the spice trade since the 15th century, Kochi (Cochin) proudly bears its distinct international influence and local Keralan culture.
On the 7th (Sat), make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, admire the landmark architecture of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, and then admire all the interesting features of Kerala Kathakali Centre.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kochi (Cochin) online journey builder .

New Delhi to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from New Delhi in July; daily highs in Kochi (Cochin) reach 36°C and lows reach 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can take a train to Alappuzha.
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Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Kerala Kathakali Centre ©
Kerala Kathakali Centre
Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica ©
Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica

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Alappuzha

Alappuzha ©
Affectionately known as Alleppey to locals and tourists alike, Alappuzha acts as a major transport and cultural hub on the Kerala backwaters.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): kick back and relax at Thottappally Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Alappuzha Beach, and then kick back and relax at Marari Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Alappuzha online day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kochi (Cochin) to Alappuzha takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Alappuzha are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Alappuzha

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Marari Beach
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Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Alappuzha Beach ©
Alappuzha Beach
Thottappally Beach ©
Thottappally Beach

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Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): get great views at Chellarkovil Viewpoint, then contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, then look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, and finally look and learn at Green land spice garden.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Thekkady trip planner .

Getting from Alappuzha to Thekkady by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Thekkady

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Green land spice garden ©
Green land spice garden
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake

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Munnar

Munnar ©
Sitting at the point where three mountain rivers meet, the hill station of Munnar has become known as a tea-growing center in the south of the country.
On the 10th (Tue), admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam, then examine the collection at Tea Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at C.S.I Christ Church, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Munnar tour builder site .

You can drive from Thekkady to Munnar in 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Munnar can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in Munnar

#Parks, #Museums, #Historic Sites
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Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Tea Museum ©
Tea Museum

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Kovalam

Kovalam ©
Famous for the groves of coconut trees from which it takes its name, Kovalam offers a long, white sandy beach on the Arabian Sea.
On the 11th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, then kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Kovalam sightseeing planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Munnar to Kovalam in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Kovalam are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kovalam

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

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