11 days in Kerala Itinerary

11 days in Kerala Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kerala route planner

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Fly
1
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Varkala Town
— 1 night
Train
3
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Munnar
— 2 nights
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Kochi (Cochin)

— 2 nights

Queen of the Arabian Sea

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wonderla Amusement Park and Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chottanikkara Devi Temple, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, visit Jew Town, and make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) trip builder.

New Delhi to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New Delhi in December, expect nights in Kochi (Cochin) to be much hotter, around 28°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 37°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Varkala Town.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Theme Parks · Tours · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Varkala Town

— 1 night
A calm and quiet town offering long sandy beaches on the Arabian Sea, Varkala features a variety of beach activities.
On the 22nd (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Varkala Beach and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Varkala Town attractions tool.

Traveling by car from Kochi (Cochin) to Varkala Town takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December in Varkala Town, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Varkala Town

Spas · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

— 3 nights

Evergreen City of India

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Vizhinjam Lighthouse and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get out of town with these interesting Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) side-trips: Kovalam (Kovalam Beach, Spas & Wellness, &more). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Shri Chitra Art Gallery, don't miss a visit to Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, and look for gifts at Sarwaa.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) vacation maker tool.

You can take a train from Varkala Town to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daily temperatures in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trip

Thekkady

— 2 nights
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
On the 26th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, shop like a local with Abraham's Spice Garden, and then identify plant and animal life at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Periyar Lake and then savor the flavors at Connemara Tea Factory.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Thekkady online travel route planner.

Getting from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Thekkady by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Munnar

— 2 nights

Southern Spice

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Rose Gardens, then get great views at Munnar Hill Station, then see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam, and finally admire the natural beauty at Carmelgiri Botanical Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens, and then stop by Tata Tea Outlet.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Munnar trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Thekkady to Munnar by car takes about 3 hours. In December, daytime highs in Munnar are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks · Museums · Shopping

Kerala travel guide

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Beaches · Bodies of Water · Sacred & Religious Sites
God's Own Country
The south Indian state of Kerala stretches in a narrow sliver of land along the coast, rich in cultural heritage and natural attractions. A trip to Kerala takes you to a tropical paradise of sandy beaches and swathes of coconut groves. Considered one of the most literate states in India, Kerala is also a religiously diverse region, where Hindu temples stand next to Islamic mosques, and Christian churches rub shoulders with Jewish synagogues. Numerous wilderness areas dot this relatively small region, ensuring plenty of opportunities to spot rare birds, wild elephants, and the occasional tiger.