10 days in Kerala Itinerary

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Fly
1
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Fly
2
Varkala Town
— 1 night
Drive
3
Munnar
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Alappuzha
— 1 night
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Kochi (Cochin) — 3 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.
Paradesi Synagogue and Church of Saint Francis are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, wander the streets of Jew Town, browse the different shops at LuLu Mall, and admire the landmark architecture of Mattancherry Palace.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kochi (Cochin), use our trip itinerary maker.

Berlin, Germany to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to India Standard Time is 4.5 hours. In December in Kochi (Cochin), expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to fly to Varkala Town.
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Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Spas
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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 5th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Janardhana Swami Temple, then revel in the low prices at Asparagus, then stroll through Varkala Beach, and finally stop by Jewels Sky.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Varkala Town travel app.

Fly from Kochi (Cochin) to Varkala Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Munnar.
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Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches
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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 6th (Tue), examine the collection at Tea Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Rose Gardens, then see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam, and finally stroll through Echo Point. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Outdoor Activities and then take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Munnar online itinerary builder.

Getting from Varkala Town to Munnar by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. December in Munnar sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Thekkady.
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Thekkady — 2 nights

Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
On the 8th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mangala Devi Temple, stroll through Periyar Tiger Reserve, and then see the interesting displays at Angadipetty -Kerala Ayurveda Museum. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of Lourde's Roman Catholic Latin Church, examine the collection at The Periyar Interpretation Centre, then stroll through Green Park Spices Thekkady, and finally look for gifts at Greenworld Spices & Herbal.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Thekkady itinerary planner.

You can drive from Munnar to Thekkady in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Alappuzha.
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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.
On the 10th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Revi Karunakaran Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Alappuzha trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Thekkady to Alappuzha in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Alappuzha are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.
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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.
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