9 days in Kerala Itinerary

9 days in Kerala Itinerary

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9 days in Kerala Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 night
train:  1​h
2
Alappuzha
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 45​min
3
Munnar
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Thekkady
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Kovalam
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica and then make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets.

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New Delhi to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from New Delhi in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Kochi (Cochin), with highs around 37°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Museums
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Kerala Folklore Museum ©
Kerala Folklore Museum
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica ©
Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica

2
nights
Alappuzha

Alappuzha ©
Affectionately known as Alleppey to locals and tourists alike, Alappuzha acts as a major transport and cultural hub on the Kerala backwaters.
On the 27th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Alappuzha Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Marari Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Alleppey Backwaters.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Alappuzha trip builder app .

You can take a train from Kochi (Cochin) to Alappuzha in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In December in Alappuzha, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Munnar.

Things to do in Alappuzha

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Marari Beach
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Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Alappuzha Beach ©
Alappuzha Beach
Alleppey Backwaters ©
Alleppey Backwaters

2
nights
Munnar

Munnar ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Tea Museum and then admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Gardens, stop by Tata Tea Outlet, then explore the galleries of Mistletoe art Gallery, then get great views at Munnar Hill Station, and finally admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Munnar visit site .

You can take a bus from Alappuzha to Munnar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daily temperatures in Munnar can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Museums Shopping
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Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Tea Museum ©
Tea Museum

1
night
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Chellarcovil View Point, identify plant and animal life at Elephant Junction, and then identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Thekkady travel planner .

Traveling by car from Munnar to Thekkady takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction
Chellarcovil View Point ©
Chellarcovil View Point

2
nights
Kovalam

Kovalam ©
Famous for the groves of coconut trees from which it takes its name, Kovalam offers a long, white sandy beach on the Arabian Sea.
Venture out of the city with trips to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) (Poovar Island & Chacha Nehru Children’s Museum) and Vivekananda Rock Memorial (in Kanyakumari). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach, stroll through Kovalam Beach, and see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kovalam holiday planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Thekkady to Kovalam in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January in Kovalam, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kovalam

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Vivekananda Rock Memorial
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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Vivekananda Rock Memorial ©
Vivekananda Rock Memorial

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