5 days in Kerala Itinerary

5 days in Kerala Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kerala travel planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
1
Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 night
Drive
2
Varkala Town
— 1 night
Train to Thiruvananthapuram Central, Taxi to Kovalam
3
Kovalam
— 2 nights
Fly

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Kochi (Cochin)

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Kerala Folklore Museum, then take a stroll through Jew Town, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue, and finally explore the world behind art at Gallery OED Cochin.. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Buddha Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Kashi Art Gallery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Saint Francis, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Mattancherry Palace.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kochi (Cochin) trip planner.

Kolkata (Calcutta) to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. October in Kochi (Cochin) sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Varkala Town.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · 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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): stroll through Kappil Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then kick back and relax at Varkala Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Varkala Town attractions planner.

Drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Varkala Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In October, daytime highs in Varkala Town are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kovalam.

Things to do in Varkala Town

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Spas

Kovalam

— 2 nights
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 25th (Sun), admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, then examine the collection at Napier Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Neeramankara Shiva Temple. On your second day here, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kovalam Beach.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Kovalam road trip planning website.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Varkala Town to Kovalam in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In October, daytime highs in Kovalam are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kovalam

Museums · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

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.