11 days in Kerala Itinerary

11 days in Kerala Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kerala attractions planner

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Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Drive
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Varkala Town
— 1 night
Drive
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Kovalam
— 1 night
Drive
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Thekkady
— 3 nights
Drive
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Munnar
— 2 nights
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Kochi (Cochin)

— 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Marari Beach (in Mararikulam) and Alappuzha Beach (in Alappuzha). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, wander the streets of Jew Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue, and gain insight at Kerala Kathakali Centre.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kochi (Cochin) trip planner.

Chennai to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Varkala Town.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Varkala Town

— 1 night
A calm and quiet town offering long sandy beaches on the Arabian Sea, Varkala features a variety of beach activities.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then enjoy the sand and surf at Varkala Beach, and then look for gifts at Jewels Sky.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Varkala Town online route planner.

Traveling by car from Kochi (Cochin) to Varkala Town takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In February, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kovalam.

Things to do in Varkala Town

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Spas
Highlights from your trip

Kovalam

— 1 night
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 6th (Sat), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lighthouse Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kovalam Avaduthura Devi Temple.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kovalam trip maker tool.

Getting from Varkala Town to Kovalam by car takes about 1.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Kovalam can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kovalam

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Spas

Thekkady

— 3 nights
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Thekkady is known for wildlife, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, indulge in some personalized pampering at Ayur Sparsh, admire the natural beauty at Abraham's Spice Garden, and contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Thekkady trip planning site.

You can drive from Kovalam to Thekkady in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Nature

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 10th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Gardens, then get great views at Munnar Hill Station, then admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Carmelgiri Botanical Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Tea Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens, then look for gifts at Tata Tea Outlet, and finally relax in the rural setting at Cinnamon Gardens Spices Plantation.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Munnar trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Munnar takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in February, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can 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.