The God’s own country”, That’s what Kerala, India is known for. Brackish lagoons and lakes, tea plantations, longest drive-in beach, natural herbs and spices, festivals, friendly people and vibrant history and culture. All of these can be found in Kerala trip. If you’ve been to South India before and would like to explore the country beyond the usual tourist circuit, then a visit to Kerala will be a great addition to your trip. This 7-day suggested itinerary is designed to give you a holistic and wholesome experience. Depending on your traveling priorities, you can certainly fine tune this itinerary to suit your needs. Welcome to Kerala!
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Detailed itinerary: 7 amazing days in Kerala, India
Day 1: Kochi Today starts your adventure to Kerala, India! Schedule a flight that will arrive early in Cochin International Airport, located in the city of Kochi. Depending on your time of arrival, you can either take it easy and soak up the atmosphere in Kochi (colonial name Cochin) or take in some attractions. Make sure to drop by the Tourist Information Counter at the arrival hall to get printed maps, bus/train schedules and tour recommendations. Check into your preferred accommodation and grab some breakfast before your self-guided tour. Where to stay in Kochi:
[caption id="attachment_4801" align="alignnone" width="900"] The Minukku and Pacha vesham characters in a Kathakali dance performance in Kochi, also knows as Cochin (Hayaain / Bigstockphoto.com)[/caption] Head to your first destination, which is Sri Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple. It is arguably the most famous temple in the state of Kerala and is known as the Temple of Healing. Then, make your way to your next destination, which is the Kerala Kathakali Centre. Known as a traditional arts center, the Kerala Kathakali is also where the Kathakali, a classical dance of Kerala, is being performed. You may also witness this traditional performance at the Kerala Folklore Museum, located at the Bypass Road of Ernakulam. If you still have energy and time, you may visit the Santa Cruz Basilica, one of the eight Basilicas in Kerala. [caption id="attachment_4802" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Indian schoolgirls near the Santa Cruz basilica in Kochi (ElenaMirage / Bigstockphoto.com)[/caption] Day 2: Kochi – Munnar Today you’re up early to prepare for your next destination. Wake up to a delicious breakfast in your private room or grab a bite in one of the restaurants in town. Then, check out from your accommodation in Kochi and prepare for your departure to Munnar. Getting to Munnar from Kochi can be easily done by bus. Travel time is approximately 4 hours. Check in at your chosen accommodation before you go on your tour. Where to stay in Munnar:
Known for its 19th century tea plantations, Munnar is one of the most famous destinations in Kerala. Due to its perfect location in the Western Ghats mountain range, the area became a summer getaway destination for the British Raj elite in the late 19th century. Do not miss to check out the Top Station Viewpoint located at the highest point on Munnar-Kodaikanal Road. You may also stroll through the rolling hills of Tea Garden. Day 3: Munnar [caption id="attachment_4807" align="aligncenter" width="900"] One of the many tea plantations around Munnar (saiko3p / Shutterstock.com)[/caption] On the morning of Day 3, get set to experience the magnificent Tea Plantations of Munnar. Start by grabbing some breakfast. Then, embark on the much-awaited tour of the day by joining a Tea Plantation Tour. This is a great opportunity to enhance your cultural experience in Kerala and to learn about the history of the century-old tea factories and their tea cultivation and processing. And of course, you can’t say you’ve been to Munnar if you don’t experience cups of steaming Indian tea. Day 4: Munnar It’s time for an adventure on day 4! For fun-loving and adventure-seeking travelers, mountain biking, rock climbing, repelling and para-gliding in Munnar promise a one-of-a-kind experience. These exhilarating mountain activities allow you to see the stunning Western Gats and the extensive Tea Plantation. If you want a more extreme adrenaline activity, try ATV at the RockHill Adventure Park. It is a heart pumping 1.5 kilometer ATV mountain trail challenge through the rough terrains and uphills of Munnar. Don’t worry, though. Expert guides will perform safety protocols and will provide safety reminders. For nature lovers, you’ll be delighted to know that there are plenty of waterfalls, flower gardens and small streams surrounding the beautiful mountains of Western Gats. You may also visit the Eravikulam National Park, home of the Nilgiri Tahr, the endangered mountain goat of Southern India. [caption id="attachment_4806" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Nilgiri Tahr at Rajamalai hills in Eravikulam National Park near Munnar (ManuMNair / Bigstockphoto.com)[/caption] Day 5: Munnar – Alleppey On days 5, check out from your accommodation in Munnar and prepare for your departure to Alleppey (also known as Alappuzha), the Venice of the East. Catch the earliest bus (Kerala State Road Transport Corporation) leaving Munnar to Alleppey at around 6:35 AM. The journey will take around 6 to 7 hours. Since there is no advance booking for this bus, it is recommended to arrive in the station 30 minutes early. Upon arrival, check into your preferred accommodation before you take in some sights. [caption id="attachment_4805" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Traditional Indian houseboat cruising near Alleppey (Fotoember / Bigstockphoto.com)[/caption] Where to stay in Alleppey:
Assuming you arrived in Alleppey at 12:30 PM, you may start your self-guided tour at around 2:00 PM. Make your way to your first destination, which is the Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple. This popular temple built for Lord Krishna is said to have been built between the 15th to 17th AD. Another temple you should not miss is the Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple, a temple dedicated to the serpent gods. End your day with a bang by visiting the scenic seaside while waiting for the sunset. Do not miss to visit the Alappuzha Lighthouse, one of the oldest lighthouses in Kerala. [caption id="attachment_4804" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Alappuzha Lighthouse (Murgermari / Shutterstock.com)[/caption] Day 6: Alleppey On day 6, embark on one of the most exciting trips in Kerala by joining the Alleppey Backwater tour. Cruising through Alleppey in a houseboat is probably one of the best things to do in Kerala. It pretty much has everything you would want from a lake – lush greenery, coconut palm-lined coasts, stunning mountain views, canals and waterways. Aside from enjoying one-of-a-kind countryside views, you would also see several spots in this region with migratory birds. Backwater tours in Alleppey offer one-night cruise on Punnamada Lake or two-night cruise on Alumkadavu. [caption id="attachment_4803" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Great white egret on the backwaters near Alleppey (Fotoember / Bigstockphoto.com)[/caption] Day 7: Alleppey Your final day in India can be spent on last-minute shopping and seeing those Alleppey attractions that you haven’t yet had time for. Fit in one last amazing lunch or dinner in the town before you travel back to Kochi or to other destinations in Kerala or other regions of India. This is the end of our 7-day suggested itinerary to Kerala, India. The sequence of the activities and attractions above are just a guide and you can definitely change it to suit your interests. Travel to India when you are ready because it is definitely not for everyone. Go with your eyes open and experience the charm of this land. Namaste!Have you been to Kerala or anywhere else in India? Do you have any tips or suggestions to share? If so, you can leave your comments below. ]]>