6 days in Kerala Itinerary

6 days in Kerala Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kerala trip planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 night
Drive
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Varkala Town
— 1 night
Drive
3
Kovalam
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Thekkady
— 1 night
Taxi to Kochi, Fly to Riyadh

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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 20th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiva Temple and then wander the streets of Jew Town. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue, admire the striking features of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, then take in the exciting artwork at Kashi Art Gallery, and finally make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kochi (Cochin) trip itinerary planning app.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 2.5 hours traveling from Riyadh to Kochi (Cochin) due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Riyadh in January, things will get much hotter in Kochi (Cochin): highs are around 38°C and lows about 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Varkala Town.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · 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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): kick back and relax at Kappil Beach, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then enjoy the sand and surf at Varkala Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Janardhana Swami Temple.

Plan trip to Varkala Town with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Kochi (Cochin) to Varkala Town takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive 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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach, stroll through Kovalam Beach, then enjoy the sea views from Vizhinjam Lighthouse, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kovalam Avaduthura Devi Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, then see the interesting displays at Sunil's Wax Museum, then see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, and finally don't miss a visit to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kovalam trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Varkala Town to Kovalam takes 1.5 hours. January in Kovalam sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kovalam

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Thekkady

— 1 night
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
On the 25th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of Lourde's Roman Catholic Latin Church, identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, and then identify plant and animal life at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Thekkady trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kovalam to Thekkady takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Thekkady

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

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.