8 days in Kerala Itinerary

8 days in Kerala Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kerala sightseeing planner

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Fly
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Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 night
Drive
2
Alappuzha
— 1 night
Train
3
Varkala Town
— 1 night
Train to Thiruvananthapuram Central, Taxi to Kovalam
4
Kovalam
— 1 night
Drive
5
Thekkady
— 1 night
Drive
6
Munnar
— 2 nights
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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 13th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then stop by Jew Town, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Mattancherry Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue, deepen your understanding at Kerala Kathakali Centre, then make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, and finally look for gifts at Anchovy.

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New Delhi to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from New Delhi in November, with highs in Kochi (Cochin) at 37°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Spas · Shopping

Alappuzha

— 1 night

Venice of the East

Affectionately known as Alleppey to locals and tourists alike, Alappuzha acts as a major transport and cultural hub on the Kerala backwaters.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): kick back and relax at Marari Beach, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then stroll through Alappuzha Beach.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Alappuzha trip planner.

You can drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Alappuzha in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Alappuzha are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Varkala Town.

Things to do in Alappuzha

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

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 16th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Janardhana Swami Temple, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then kick back and relax at Varkala Beach, and finally stop by The Art of India.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Varkala Town online route planner.

Traveling by train from Alappuzha to Varkala Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. In November in Varkala Town, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in Varkala Town

Spas · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

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.
On the 17th (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kovalam driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Varkala Town to Kovalam takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daily temperatures in Kovalam can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kovalam

Spas · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Thekkady

— 1 night
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Periyar Tiger Reserve, contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, and then look for gifts at Green Land Spice Garden.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Thekkady trip planner.

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 your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Shopping

Munnar

— 2 nights

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 19th (Fri), see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam, then admire the natural beauty at Rose Gardens, then examine the collection at Tea Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Munnar road trip app.

You can drive from Thekkady to Munnar in 3 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks · Nature · Museums

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.