6 days in Kochi (Cochin), Kumarakom & Thekkady Itinerary

6 days in Kochi (Cochin), Kumarakom & Thekkady Itinerary

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6 days in Kochi (Cochin), Kumarakom & Thekkady Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Kumarakom
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Thekkady
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  7​h
End: New Delhi

1
night
Kochi (Cochin)

Kochi (Cochin) ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): explore the galleries of Kerala Folklore Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kochi (Cochin) trip planner .

New Delhi to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from New Delhi in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Kochi (Cochin): highs are around 39°C and lows about 29°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Tue) before leaving for Kumarakom.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Museums Historic Sites
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Kerala Folklore Museum ©
Kerala Folklore Museum
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue

2
nights
Kumarakom

Kumarakom ©
Kumarakom features one of Kerala's most scenic lakes as the backdrop and serves as a gateway to the area's famous backwaters.
On the 26th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Bay Island Driftwood Museum and then identify plant and animal life at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Kumaramangalam Subramanyaswamy Temple, then take in the exciting artwork at Kerala Album Art Gallery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mararikulam Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Marari Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kumarakom visit planner .

You can drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Kumarakom in 2 hours. March in Kumarakom sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kumarakom

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Mararikulam, Bay Island Driftwood Museum
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Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary ©
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Mararikulam Beach ©
Mararikulam Beach

2
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 28th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and then look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Fri): look and learn at Green land spice garden, then take in nature's colorful creations at Abraham's Spice Garden, then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Junction, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Thekkady travel route planner.

Drive from Kumarakom to Thekkady in 4 hours. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Abraham's Spice Garden ©
Abraham's Spice Garden
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction

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