8 days in Kerala Itinerary

8 days in Kerala Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kerala tour planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 night
Drive
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Thekkady
— 1 night
Drive
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Munnar
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Varkala Town
— 1 night
Train to Thiruvananthapuram Central, Taxi to Kovalam
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Kovalam
— 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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): gain insight at Kerala Kathakali Centre, make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, and then admire the landmark architecture of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue, then take a stroll through Jew Town, then explore the world behind art at Kerala Folklore Museum, and finally browse the different shops at LuLu Mall.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) trip builder website.

New Delhi to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. While traveling from New Delhi, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Kochi (Cochin), ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums

Thekkady

— 1 night
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): stroll through Periyar Tiger Reserve, then contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Ayur Sparsh.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Thekkady online road trip planner.

You can drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Thekkady in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Munnar.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Spas

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens, then take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Gardens, and finally see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Munnar itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Thekkady to Munnar in 3 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Varkala Town.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks · Nature · Museums

Varkala Town

— 1 night
A calm and quiet town offering long sandy beaches on the Arabian Sea, Varkala features a variety of beach activities.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Janardhana Swami Temple, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then enjoy the sand and surf at Varkala Beach, and finally look for gifts at The Art of India.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Varkala Town online visit planner.

Getting from Munnar to Varkala Town by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in Varkala Town

Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

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.
On the 8th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kovalam Avaduthura Devi Temple, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple, then see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, and finally make a trip to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kovalam online day trip planner.

Getting from Varkala Town to Kovalam by combination of train and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Kovalam

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.