8 days in Kerala from Chennai, Tamil Nadu

8 days in Kerala from Chennai, Tamil Nadu

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Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 2 nights
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Varkala Town
— 2 nights
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Alappuzha
— 2 nights
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Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
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Vagamon
— 2 nights
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Munnar
— 2 nights
Taxi to Kochi, Fly to Bengaluru

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, Mitra Hermitage Ayurvedic- Day Packages and Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, then see the interesting displays at Napier Museum, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Mitra Hermitage Ayurvedic- Day Packages.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) holiday maker.

Chennai to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Chennai, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Sun) before leaving for Varkala Town.
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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 28th (Sun), head off the coast to Ponnumthuruthu Island, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Janardhana Swami Temple, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): get great views at Varkala Cliff, then kick back and relax at Varkala Beach, and then stop by Jewels Sky.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Varkala Town trip itinerary website.

Getting from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Varkala Town by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Marari Beach and Mararikulam Mahadeva Temple. The adventure continues: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, kick back and relax at Alappuzha Beach, admire the masterpieces at Revi Karunakaran Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jain Temple, Alleppey.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Alappuzha tour planner.

Take a train from Varkala Town to Alappuzha in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Alappuzha are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kochi (Cochin).
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Kochi (Cochin) — 2 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.
On the 2nd (Fri), take in the exciting artwork at Kashi Art Gallery, stop by Anchovy, and then make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, wander the streets of Jew Town, then deepen your understanding at Kerala Kathakali Centre, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kerala Folklore Museum.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) tour planner.

Traveling by car from Alappuzha to Kochi (Cochin) takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Kochi (Cochin) sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Vagamon.
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Vagamon — 2 nights

Once used by the British for growing tea plantations, Vagamon remains untouched by commercialization and modern influences.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): explore the activities along Vagamon Lake, don't miss a visit to Vagamon Pine Forest, and then stroll through Vagamon. On your second day here, take in the awesome beauty at Barren Hills, take in the pleasant sights at Uluppuni Meadows, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vagamon Kurisumala.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Vagamon trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kochi (Cochin) to Vagamon takes 3 hours. In September, daytime highs in Vagamon are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Munnar.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park and then stop by Kanan Davan Hills Plantations Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Rose Gardens, see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam, and then admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Munnar tour planner.

Getting from Vagamon to Munnar by car takes about 4 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel 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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