8 days in Kerala Itinerary

8 days in Kerala Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kerala visit planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Munnar
— 1 night
Drive
2
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Kovalam
— 1 night
Taxi to Thiruvananthapuram Central, Train to Varkala Town
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Varkala Town
— 1 night
Train
5
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
Fly

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Munnar

— 1 night

Southern Spice

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.
On the 10th (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, admire the natural beauty at Rose Gardens, then see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam, and finally take some stellar pictures from Munnar Hill Station.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Munnar trip planner.

Kolkata (Calcutta) to Munnar is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In March, daytime highs in Munnar are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks · Museums

Thekkady

— 2 nights
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
On the 12th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, then contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, then relax in the rural setting at Spice Walk, and finally get great views at Chellarcovil View Point. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of Lourde's Roman Catholic Latin Church, then identify plant and animal life at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, then take in nature's colorful creations at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, and finally admire the natural beauty at Abraham's Spice Garden.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Thekkady trip planner.

You can drive from Munnar to Thekkady in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kovalam.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Nature

Kovalam

— 1 night
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 14th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kovalam Avaduthura Devi Temple, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lighthouse Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kovalam trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Thekkady to Kovalam in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In March, daily temperatures in Kovalam can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Varkala Town.

Things to do in Kovalam

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Varkala Town

— 1 night
A calm and quiet town offering long sandy beaches on the Arabian Sea, Varkala features a variety of beach activities.
On the 15th (Mon), look for gifts at Shalimar Weaves, then kick back and relax at Varkala Beach, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally revel in the low prices at Asparagus.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Varkala Town trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Kovalam to Varkala Town by combination of taxi and train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In March in Varkala Town, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Varkala Town

Shopping · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Kochi (Cochin)

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue, then admire the landmark architecture of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, then make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, and finally gain insight at Kerala Kathakali Centre. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Jew Town, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then admire the striking features of Mattancherry Palace.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kochi (Cochin) trip builder tool.

Take a train from Varkala Town to Kochi (Cochin) in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Kochi (Cochin) can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Spas

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.