9 days in Kerala Itinerary

9 days in Kerala Itinerary

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Varkala Town
— 1 day
Train to Thiruvananthapuram Central, Taxi to Kovalam
— 1 night
— 2 nights
— 3 nights
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights


Varkala Town — 1 day

A calm and quiet town offering long sandy beaches on the Arabian Sea, Varkala features a variety of beach activities.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then enjoy the sand and surf at Varkala Beach.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Varkala Town trip itinerary planner.

Chennai to Varkala Town is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. While traveling from Chennai, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Varkala Town, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Kovalam.
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Kovalam — 1 night

Famous for the groves of coconut trees from which it takes its name, Kovalam offers a long, white sandy beach on the Arabian Sea.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach, stroll through Kovalam Beach, and then look for gifts at Oriental Arts Emporium.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kovalam road trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Varkala Town to Kovalam takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daytime highs in Kovalam are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (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 3rd (Wed), explore the activities along Periyar Lake, indulge in some personalized pampering at Ayur Sparsh, and then admire the natural beauty at Green Park Spices Thekkady. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): stroll through Periyar Tiger Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Junction.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Thekkady road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Kovalam to Thekkady takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Munnar.
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Munnar — 3 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.
Family-friendly places like Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park and Tea Museum will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens, admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam, delve into the lush surroundings at Photo Point, and stop by Kanan Davan Hills Plantations Company.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Munnar trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Thekkady to Munnar in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Kerala Folklore Museum, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then take a stroll through Jew Town, and finally don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets. On your second day here, buy something for everyone on your list at LuLu Mall and then kick back and relax at Cherai Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kochi (Cochin) travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Munnar to Kochi (Cochin) takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Kochi (Cochin), expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time 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.