7 days in Kerala

7 days in Kerala

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Varkala Town
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Alappuzha
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Kochi (Cochin)
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Varkala Town — 2 nights

Varkala Stay

A calm and quiet town offering long sandy beaches on the Arabian Sea, Varkala features a variety of beach activities. Tourism in Varkala centers on its pristine beaches, while the town, an old Hindu pilgrimage site, offers a number of smaller shrines with some beach spots used to scatter ashes. Popular activities on a Varkala holiday include taking a swim at a long, rock-studded beach, visiting one of the many ayurvedic massage parlors, paddling a boat through an old tunnel built by British colonists, or enjoying water sports and paragliding. Scenes of locals playing street cricket matches complement the town's laid-back atmosphere.
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Alappuzha — 2 nights

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.
You've now added Kerala Kayaking to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at Marari Ayurveda Panchakarma Centre, kick back and relax at Marari Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Alappuzha Beach. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Kerala Kayaking, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jain Temple, Alleppey, then meet the residents at Saras Exotic Birds Center, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Alleppey Backwaters.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Alappuzha online vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Varkala Town to Alappuzha takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. August in Alappuzha sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Kochi (Cochin).
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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 16th (Tue): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Kochi Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cherai Beach.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) journey site.

You can drive from Alappuzha to Kochi (Cochin) in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Kochi (Cochin) are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.
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Kerala travel guide

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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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