9 days in Kerala Itinerary

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Fly
1
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 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) — 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), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Jeevamatha Church, then don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, then don't miss a visit to Jew Town, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) route tool.

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, daily temperatures in Kochi (Cochin) can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Varkala Town.
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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 4th (Sun): get some fabulous bargains at Asparagus, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then enjoy the sand and surf at Varkala Beach, and finally look for gifts at Jewels Sky.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Varkala Town road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Kochi (Cochin) to Varkala Town takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Varkala Town can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car 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.
On the 5th (Mon), shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour and then admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Gardens, then admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens, and finally get into the urban bustle at Kalari Kshethra.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Munnar trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Varkala Town to Munnar in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December in Munnar, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to 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 7th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, tour the pleasant surroundings at Periyar Tiger Reserve, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of Lourde's Roman Catholic Latin Church. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, then relax in the rural setting at Philip's Natural Honey And Bee Farm, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Green Park Spices Thekkady, and finally look for gifts at Green Land Spice Garden.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Thekkady online tour planner.

You can drive from Munnar to Thekkady in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive 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 9th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Alappuzha Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Alappuzha road trip tool.

You can drive from Thekkady to Alappuzha in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to 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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