5 days in Varkala Town & Thekkady Itinerary

5 days in Varkala Town & Thekkady Itinerary

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5 days in Varkala Town & Thekkady Itinerary

Start: Varkala Town
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Varkala Town
— 2 nights
train + taxi:  3​h 45​min
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Thekkady
— 2 nights
taxi + train:  3​h 45​min
End: Varkala Town

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nights
Varkala Town

Varkala Town ©
A calm and quiet town offering long sandy beaches on the Arabian Sea, Varkala features a variety of beach activities.
Explore Varkala's surroundings by going to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) (Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple & Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Varkala Beach, stroll through Papasnanam Beach/Varkala Beach, get some fabulous bargains at Asparagus, and look for gifts at Moon Stone Arts.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Varkala sightseeing planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Varkala. In September, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Thekkady.

Things to do in Varkala Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
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Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach
Spas
Papasnanam Beach/Varkala Beach ©
Papasnanam Beach/Varkala Beach

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nights
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 15th (Sun): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Junction. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, explore the activities along Periyar Lake, and then get great views at Chellarkovil Viewpoint.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Thekkady online itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Varkala to Thekkady takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Spas
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake