7 days in Kerala Itinerary

7 days in Kerala Itinerary

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7 days in Kerala Itinerary

Start: Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
train:  45​min
1
Varkala
— 1 day
train + taxi:  3​h
2
Thekkady
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
End: Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

1
day
Varkala

Varkala ©
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 2nd (Thu): kick back and relax at Varkala Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vishnu Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Janardhana Swami Temple.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Varkala trip planner .

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Varkala is an approximately 1-hour train ride. You can also drive. In May, daytime highs in Varkala are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Varkala

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach
Janardhana Swami Temple
Janardhana Swami Temple
Spas

3
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation and Abraham's Spice Garden. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, look and learn at Green land spice garden, explore the activities along Periyar Lake, and pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of Lourde's Roman Catholic Latin Church.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Thekkady online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Varkala to Thekkady in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake

3
nights
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.
Pack the 8th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Wonderla Amusement Park. see Experience Kerala Holiday Planners. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, admire the landmark architecture of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and explore and take pictures at Kerala Kathakali Centre.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kochi (Cochin) route maker .

Getting from Thekkady to Kochi (Cochin) by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. May in Kochi (Cochin) sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Tours Theme Parks Outdoors
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Experience Kerala Holiday Planners ©
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Kerala Kathakali Centre ©
Kerala Kathakali Centre

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