6 days in Kerala Itinerary

6 days in Kerala Itinerary

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6 days in Kerala Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly + taxi:  22​h 30​min
1
Munnar
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Thekkady
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Alappuzha
— 1 night
train:  1​h
4
Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 night
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: New York City

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Munnar

Munnar ©
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 23rd (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens, get great views at Munnar Hill Station, and then see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Munnar online holiday planner .

New York City, USA to Munnar is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a 10 hour difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in December, with highs in Munnar at 90°F and lows at 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks
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Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Munnar Hill Station ©
Munnar Hill Station

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Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of Lourde's Roman Catholic Latin Church, explore the activities along Periyar Lake, and then identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Thekkady day trip site .

You can drive from Munnar to Thekkady in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake

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Alappuzha

Alappuzha ©
Affectionately known as Alleppey to locals and tourists alike, Alappuzha acts as a major transport and cultural hub on the Kerala backwaters.
On the 25th (Wed), explore the activities along Kayamkulam Lake, stroll through Alappuzha Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Marari Beach.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Alappuzha visit planner .

You can drive from Thekkady to Alappuzha in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December in Alappuzha, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Alappuzha

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Marari Beach
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Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Alappuzha Beach ©
Alappuzha Beach

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Kochi (Cochin)

Kochi (Cochin) ©
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 26th (Thu), admire the striking features of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica and then don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kochi (Cochin) visit planner .

You can take a train from Alappuzha to Kochi (Cochin) in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Kochi (Cochin) can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.
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Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica ©
Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica

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