5 days in Kerala Itinerary

5 days in Kerala Itinerary

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5 days in Kerala Itinerary

Start: Pune
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
1
Munnar
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Thekkady
— 1 night
3
Alappuzha
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Kovalam
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h
End: Pune

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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 24th (Mon): see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam and then admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Munnar itinerary builder tool .

Pune to Munnar is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Munnar are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam

1
night
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 25th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Abraham's Spice Garden, then contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, and then identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Thekkady route maker .

You can drive from Munnar to Thekkady in 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake
Abraham's Spice Garden ©
Abraham's Spice Garden

1
night
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 26th (Wed): kick back and relax at Marari Beach, then stroll through Alappuzha Beach, and then explore the activities along Punnamada Lake.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Alappuzha vacation builder app .

You can drive from Thekkady to Alappuzha in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kovalam.

Things to do in Alappuzha

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Marari Beach, Punnamada Lake
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Alappuzha Beach ©
Alappuzha Beach
Punnamada Lake ©
Punnamada Lake

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Hawa Beach, kick back and relax at Samudra Beach, and then explore the activities along Vellayani Lake.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kovalam trip planner .

You can drive from Alappuzha to Kovalam in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kovalam

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple

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