Kerala is a place where the best of nature is abundantly available. This southern state on India’s west coast has something to offer every sort of tourist, whether its excellent beaches, gorgeous hills, stunning art and culture, or lovely lagoons. Here is the perfect plan to get you started on your travels to “God’s Own Country” if you just have five days to spare.
Day 1: Get acquainted with Kerala in Kochi
By purchasing your tickets at the Cochin International Airport, you may travel to Kerala through Kochi. Discover the wealth of art, culture, and history in the city of Kochi and its most well-known neighborhood, Fort Kochi. Start by visiting Kerala’s museums to learn as much as you can about the state. Visit the Chinese Fishing Nets in the evening to observe the sunset.
Day 2: Munnar, a lovely hill station
Visit Munnar, a region known for its lush hills and tea plantations. A bus departing from Kochi’s Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus terminal at 5:20 in the morning would arrive in Munnar by 9:30. Learn about selecting and preparing tea by visiting the Tea Museum. Then, proceed to the area’s genuine tea estates. Visit Eravikulam National Park to witness the Nilgiri Tahr, an endangered species. For stunning views of the surrounding hills and the far-off towns, go to the Top Station. Don’t forget to stock up on various teas, authentic spices, and honey.
Day 3: Lazy in Alappuzha’s lovely backwaters
Take a trip to Alappuzha’s backwaters, but reserve a houseboat in advance. Spend the 12:50 pm bus from Munnar to Alappuzha, which departs at 6:20 am, or take a little more than five hours to drive there. Get aboard your houseboat and sail across the beautiful lagoons. The journey by houseboat will take you through the sights and sounds of typical village life in what is known as the “Venice of the East.” Enjoy regional specialties like toddy and pearl spot fish or karimeen fry (pearl spot fish). Spend the night on the houseboat to deepen the experience. Additionally, this is a good break that will allow you to rest between excursions.
Day 4: Relax at the alluring Varkala Beach.
Take the 8:15 am KSRTC bus to reach the hippy haven of Varkala around midday. Driving down will be quicker, taking less than three hours. This is a different place to unwind since you may lounge on the well-known Varkala Beach while admiring its magnificent rocks. Enjoy water sports and adventurous pursuits like paragliding. As you say goodbye to the day, relax at one of the cafés perched on the cliffs and take in a stunning sunset.
Day 5: Visit Kerala’s capital, Thiruvananthapuram, to learn about its history and culture.
Many buses run from Varkala to Thiruvananthapuram every morning, which is only 44 kilometers away and takes around two hours to arrive. Pick any bus in the morning based on your convenience. Visit the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, the richest temple in the world. Spend the evening admiring Sagarakanyaka, a stunning mermaid sculpture, along Shankumugham Beach. Make reservations for your return flight from Trivandrum International Airport to top off your visit to Kerala’s capital.