Kerala is all about greenery, exotic beaches, shimmering backwaters and wildlife. It would take a month at least to explore all the travel gem spots spread throughout this so-called “God’s own country”, however you could have a taste of Kerala in a week and it is all about panning it rite.
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In a week you could cover Cochin, Munnar (Hill station), Thekkady (Wildlife), Alleppey (Backwaters) and Kovalam (Beach). Do remember to book a morning flight on the first day and an evening flight on the last day of your Kerala tour so you would get more time to enjoy yourself.
Now, here is the Kerala trip plan for 7 days-
1Night Cochin- 2Nights Munnar- 1Night Thekkady- 1Night Alleppey- 1Night Kovalam
- Day 1: Arrive at Cochin
Do local sightseeing of Fort Cochin which includes the Dutch Palace, the Jewish Synagogue and the Fort Kochi Beach. Do some shopping if you wish at the local markets of Cochin.
Stay in Cochin.
- Day 2: Cochin to Munnar [140 km, 4.5 hours]
Morning drive to the princess of hill stations, Munnar. On the way visit the Cheeyappara and Valara waterfalls. On reaching Munnar spend some time walking through the verdant grasslands and tea plantations of Munnar. Visit the Tea Museum and the Eravikulam National Park as per the time available. If not, cover the same next day
Stay in Munnar
- Day 3: Munnar
Today enjoy sightseeing at Munnar. You could visit the Top Station, the most beautiful location in Munnar Hills as per the travellers. On the way, you would come across the Mattupetty Dam, where you could opt for boating along the Mattupetty Lake.
Stay in Munnar
- Day 4: Munnar to Thekkady [110 km, 3.5 – 4 hours]
Today morning head to Periyar, which would take nearly a 4 hour drive through lush green mountains. As you reach Periyar visit the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, home to a lot of species of flora and fauna. Opt for a boat ride along the artificial lake inside the sanctuary. You have plenty of other adventure options as well, such as Bamboo Rafting, Night Trekking, Tiger Trail and many more.
- Day 5: Thekkady to Alleppey [140 km, 4- 5 hour drive]
Today morning, drive towards the world’s most beautiful backwater destination, Alleppey. As you reach, hop on a houseboat and enjoy your houseboat cruise along the backwaters of Alleppey. Float through narrow canals, witness the local life of Alleppey people, enjoy the local Kerala style food prepared for you on board by the houseboat crew. Sit back, relax and enjoy the Alleppey sights.
Overnight stay in the houseboat.
- Day 6: Alleppey to Kovalam [180 km, 4 to 5 hour drive]
Morning, disembark from your houseboat and resume your tour with a drive to Kovalam, a spectacular beach destination, often called as the “Goa of the South”. On reaching Kovalam, relax by the Hawa beach and enjoy rest of your day at peace. Enjoy the beautiful sunset from this part of the world. At night you could try the popular seafood at various food stalls by the Light House Beach.
- Day 7: Kovalam to Trivandrum Airport [20 km, 20 mins drive]
Morning, engage yourself in a sunbath at the Hawa beach or get wet hitting the waves. Later as per your flight schedule, leave to the Trivandrum International airport or if you wish to do sightseeing at Trivandrum, leave 2 or 3 hours early than planned and visit the Padmanabha Swamy Temple, the richest temple in the World, the Napier Museum and the Kuthira Malika [Horse Palace]. Then drive to the airport and board your flight home.