8 days in Kerala Itinerary

8 days in Kerala Itinerary

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8 days in Kerala Itinerary

Start: Varanasi
Fly:  5​h 30​min
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Mararikulam
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Thekkady
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Munnar
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Varanasi

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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 13th (Sat), take a stroll through Jew Town and then make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore and take pictures at Kerala Kathakali Centre, admire the striking features of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, look for gifts at Kochi Books, then look for gifts at Waltons Boutique, then take in the exciting artwork at Kashi Art Gallery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Saint Francis.

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Varanasi to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mararikulam.

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Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
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Kerala Kathakali Centre

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Mararikulam

Mararikulam ©
If you're looking for soft sand and warm water, plan a vacation in Mararikulam.
On the 16th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Mararikulam Sree Mahadeva Temple, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mararikulam Beach, and then kick back and relax at Marari Beach.

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Drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Mararikulam in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Thekkady.

Things to do in Mararikulam

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Mararikulam Sree Mahadeva Temple
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Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Mararikulam Beach ©
Mararikulam Beach
Mararikulam Sree Mahadeva Temple ©
Mararikulam Sree Mahadeva Temple

1
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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 17th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Abraham's Spice Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, and then identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve.

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You can drive from Mararikulam to Thekkady in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Thekkady

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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake
Abraham's Spice Garden ©
Abraham's Spice Garden

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam, then examine the collection at Tea Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at C.S.I Christ Church, and finally admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens.

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Traveling by car from Thekkady to Munnar takes 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Munnar are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

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Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Tea Museum ©
Tea Museum

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nights
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) ©
Situated among a collection of low hills that lead up to the coastline, state capital Thiruvananthapuram acts as a base for exploration of the southern tip of the country.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kovalam Beach, and finally admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, stop by Keralashopee, then examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, and finally don't miss a visit to Pazhaya Sreekanteswaram Temple.

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Do a combination of taxi and flight from Munnar to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Kovalam
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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

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