8 days in Kerala Itinerary

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Fly to Kochi, Taxi to Thekkady
— 1 night
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
— 1 night
Bus to Ernakulam Vythilla Hub, Fly to Chennai


Thekkady — 1 night

Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
On the 6th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, stroll through Periyar Tiger Reserve, then stroll through Green Park Spices Thekkady, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of Lourde's Roman Catholic Latin Church.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Thekkady trip website.

Chennai to Thekkady is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kochi (Cochin).
Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites
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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 7th (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of Mattancherry Palace, then stop by Jew Town, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally explore the world behind art at Kerala Folklore Museum. On your second day here, look for gifts at Anchovy, then make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Durbar Hall Art Gallery.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kochi (Cochin) trip builder.

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Kochi (Cochin) takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Kochi (Cochin) sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Munnar.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping
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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.
Munnar is known for sightseeing, parks, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam, admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens, look for gifts at Tata Tea Outlet, and take in the dramatic scenery at Attukal Waterfalls.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Munnar itinerary planner.

Drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Munnar in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Munnar sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Alappuzha.
Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): kick back and relax at Alappuzha Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Marari Beach, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Marari Ayurveda Panchakarma Centre.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Alappuzha visit planning website.

You can take a bus from Munnar to Alappuzha in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.
Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Spas
Side Trip
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Kerala travel guide

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.