7 days in Varkala Town, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) & Alappuzha Itinerary

7 days in Varkala Town, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) & Alappuzha Itinerary

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Varkala Town
— 2 nights
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Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 2 nights
Drive
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Alappuzha
— 2 nights
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Varkala Town — 2 nights

A calm and quiet town offering long sandy beaches on the Arabian Sea, Varkala features a variety of beach activities.
On the 11th (Thu), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, kick back and relax at Varkala Beach, then look for gifts at Jewels Sky, and finally step off the mainland to explore Ponnumthuruthu Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Janardhana Swami Temple and then get great views at Varkala Cliff.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Varkala Town day trip site.

Chennai to Varkala Town is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. When traveling from Chennai in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Varkala Town: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can take a train to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).
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Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) — 2 nights

Evergreen City of India

Situated among a collection of low hills that lead up to the coastline, state capital Thiruvananthapuram acts as a base for exploration of the southern tip of the country.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, step off the mainland to explore Poovar Island, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Neeramankara Shiva Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Oriental Arts Emporium, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach, then kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) road trip planner.

You can take a train from Varkala Town to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Alappuzha.
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Marari Beach as well as Alleppey Backwaters. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Alappuzha: Kumarakom (Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary & Sree Kumaramangalam Subramanyaswamy Temple). And it doesn't end there: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at Marari Ayurveda Panchakarma Centre, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mararikulam Mahadeva Temple, and contemplate the waterfront views at Vembanad Lake.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Alappuzha vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Alappuzha takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Alappuzha, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.
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