Kerala, better known as God’s own country, is one of the best tourist places in India. I will be briefing you with the Perfect Kerala Itinerary for 7 days, scaling the best tourist places in Kerala.
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What tourist places to visit in Kerala in 7 days?
Kerala is perfect for the honeymooners seeking a relaxing place to start a new beginning, while exploring the enchanting beauty of the Keralan cozy spaces. Its beauty is par excellence, with the breath-taking scenes and mersmerising beauty.
When to plan for a perfect Kerala trip?
The best time to plan your trip to Kerala is between December to February. Between March to May, the weather gets extremely hot and rains heavily from June to November. But the monsoon season is also a preferred time for the budget travelers, as the hotel rates are far economical.
Now, if you’re on a 7 days itinerary to Kerala, this post will brief you with the day wise and time wise itinerary, so that you get the best out of your Keralan holiday.
Places to visit in Kerala – Itinerary – Day wise and Time wise
DAY 1 in Cochin-
Arrival at Cochin Airport / Ernakulam Railway station. If you’ve arrived early, you can explore some of the excellent places in Cochin like,
1. Marine Drive – Mersmerising Sunset
2. Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica
3. Chottanikkhara Temple
4. Wondrela Amusement Park for Kids
5. Fort Kochi – Chinese Fishing Nets
6. Jew Town
Chinese Fishing Nets, Cochin. Source- keralatourism.org
Night stay in your resort / hotel in Cochin.
DAY 2 in Munnar –
Morning – Start your day early, head towards Munnar, a beautiful hill station about 140 Km from Kochi, with lots of tea plantation and scenic beauty. Mattupetty Dam, Kundale Lake and Echo Point are some of the well known places.
Munnar Tea Estates, Source- orchidtravels.in
Evening – If you visit Rajmalai, you can have a chance to spot the ‘Nilgiri Thars’. Don’t rush to reach your destination. Rather enjoy the natural beauty en route and reach your destination by the evening ends.
Night – If your resort is at a distant place from the main town, have dinner in the city and then head back to your resort. You may occasionally find difficultly in locating the destination due to fog, which sets in early.
DAY 3 in Thekkady –
Morning – Start early to head towards your next destination, Thekkady – The Wildlife Destination of Kerala. It is about 90 Km away from Munnar.
Evening – Check in your hotel and get prepared to visit the spice plantation and elephant ride. Enjoy the Periyar Lake boat ride that passes through the Periyar Tiger reserve. You can also watch Kalarippayattu – Martial Arts of Kerala, or go for a relaxing Ayurvedic massage.
Periyar National Park, Source-indiawildlifetourism.wordpress.com
Night – Come back to your hotel, have dinner and relax.
DAY 4 in Kovalam –
Morning – Start early to head towards the beach destination of Kerala – Kovalam. Situated over 200 Km from Thekkady, this place is famous for a spectacular sunset and perfect beaches.
Kovalam Beach. Source- wildkeralatours.com
Evening – Relax on Kovalam beach.
Night – Night stay in Kovalam resort.
DAY 5 Trivandrum or Kanya Kumari Day Trip –
Morning – Start for the Trivandrum day trip / or Kanya Kumari day trip. Both Trivandrum and Kanya Kumari are very near to Kovalam, hence, if you’re staying in Kovalam, then chose any one of the places as a day trip.
Sree Padmamabhavaswamy Temple, Trivandrum. Source – thisblogrules.com
Evening – Day trip to Trivandrum / Kanya Kumari.
Night – Back to your resort in Kovalam.
DAY 6 in Alleppey –
Houseboat in Backwaters, Alleppey Source – keralahoponhopoff.com
Morning – Start early to head towards Alleppey situated about 160 Km from Kovalam. Try to reach your booked houseboat by 12 PM.
Evening – Enjoy the backwaters and the luxury of house boat in Alleppey.
Night – Relax in the houseboat where you’ll be provided with all meals. Night stay in Alleppey houseboat.
DAY 7 Check out-
Morning – Alleppey is in the mid way from Trivandrum to Cochin. Start early to catch your flight from Cochin Airport. Fly back home with happy memories.
Main Places of Interest in Kerala
Kerala is full of picturesque places. This section is divided into many other parts to know the main places of interest in Kerala.
Places to eat in Kerala
Not going too much in text form, here is the list of some of the best places to eat in Kerala.
Cuisine , Source-poastravelers.com
Perfect sea food @ Oceanos Restaurant near Fort Kochi
Tasty and value for money North Indian cuisines @ Dal Roti Restaurant near Fort Kochi
Perfect Indian cuisine @ Trilogi Restaurant at NH47
Typical South Indian recipes @ Saravana Bhavan in Munnar market
Chinese and Indian recipes at budget prices @ Hotel S N near A M Road
Delicious Indian food @ Bar-B-Que near Periyar Hospital
Great continental food @ Our Place near Lake Road
Delicious Fish recipes @ 3rd Rock near Samudra beach
Multi-cuisine @ Bait, part of Taj Vivanta near Kovalam beach
Asian and Chinese cusines @ The Terrace near Kempinski Kovalam beach
Though, if you’ve preferred staying in the house boat, you don’t need to worry about the supper. The house boat charges your stay on full board basis, which includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Your package in house boat starts with Lunch, and end next day after your breakfast. However, if you are planning to chose a decent hotel for your accommodation, you can try either of these restaurants for satisfying your taste buds.
Chicken burger @ KFC near S D College
European Food @ Kream Korner
Asian and Chinese food @ Mushroom near South Police Station
International cuisines @ Villa Maya near VallakadavuVilla Maya, Trivandrum. Source – hotel-r.net
Pure vegetarian recipes @ Arul Jyothi near Oottukuzhy Thycaud
Asian and Arabian cuisines @ Lime Tree
Places to Stay in Kerala – Hotels in Kerala
Here is a brief list for you to know, what places are good to stay in Kerala
Luxurious hotels: Kochi Marriot, Crowne Plaza
Hotel Crowne Plaza, Cochin. Source- Skyscrapercity.com
Comfortable hotels: Diana Heights, Brunton Boatyard, The Dunes
Economical starred hotels: Abaam Hotel Cochin, Travancore Court Hotel
Luxurious hotels: Chandy’s Windy Woods
Chandy’s Windy Woods, Munnar
Comfortable hotels: Munnar Tea Country Resort, Forest Glade
Economical starred hotels: Rivulet Resort
Luxurious hotels: Holiday Vista, Green Woods
Green Woods, Thekkady. Source – holidaypackages.in
Comfortable hotels: The Elephant Court, Poetree Sarovar Portico
Economical starred hotels: Aranya Niwas KTDC, Abad Green Forest Resort
Luxurious hotels: The Leela Kovalam Beach, Niraamaya Retreats
Comfortable hotels: Turtle on the Beach
Economical starred hotels: Hotel Samudra Beach KTDC, Thushara Hotel, Abad Harmonia
Comfortable hotels: Punnamada Resort, Lemon Tree Vembanad Lake Resort
Economical starred hotels: Citrus Retreats Alleppey
Alleppey Houseboats: Xandari Riverscapes, Ayana’s Luxury Houseboat, Aqua Castle, Rainbow Cruise
Luxurious hotels: Hycinth By Sparsa
Comfortable hotels: Hilton garden Inn, Windsor Rajadhani
Economical starred hotels: Beach and Lake Ayurvedic Resort
Luxurious hotels: Kumarakom Lake Resort, Vivanta by Taj
Comfortable hotels: Coconut Lagoon
Economical starred hotels: Karma Chakra, Abad Whispering Palms Lake Resort
Places to Shop in Kerala
Check below the best list to know about best places to shop in Kerala
Lu Lu Mall, Cochin Spice Market, Oberon Mall
Kochi Spice Market, Kochi. Source- stylonic.files.wordpress.com
Abraham’s Spice Garden
Buy accessories at Fashion SOS, Stylish Souvenirs at Sarwaa
Things to do in Kerala
Sightseeing places in Kerala
Here is the list that briefly explains about best sightseeing places in Kerala
Best places in Fort Cochin that attract tourists, mostly foreigners like Chinese Fishing Nets, Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Cemetery, and Mattancherry Palace.
Other places of interest in Cochin are – Wondrela Amusement Park, Chottanikharra Temple, Cherai beach.
Mattupetty Dam, Tea Gardes, Rajamalai National Park
Periyar Tiger Reserve, Boating in Periyar Lake
Kovalam Beach, Light House Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Poovar Island, Veli Tourist Village
Varkala Beach, Source- static.panoramio.com
Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls, Bird Santury
Things to know before you go to Kerala
I would like to give you a small note on some of the important points to keep in mind, when you’re travelling in Kerala. Having the highest literacy rate in India, this state is majority a supporter of Communism. People are warm welcoming but, you must respect the traditional cultural methods. Though, a part of Southern India, this state is quite different from the neighbor state Tamil Nadu. The Keralan people speak Malayalam, and are genuinely interested in discussing politics and sports. Kerala has been the biggest center of spice trade in ancient and medival period, and still exports many spices to the world.
Tourism in Kerala is featured as, one of the most interesting places to see before you die, mainly because of the unique topographical beauty. This includes, Tea garden slopes of Munnar, cosmopolitan streets of Kochi, beautiful backwater cruising experience in Alleppey, exotic wildlife in Thekkady, stunning beaches of Kovalam and much, much more..
Most of the places in Kerala can be covered in a 7 day itinerary, explained above. If you’re a westener, and sincerely would like to explore most of this place, then you can have an extended stay in Kovalam, Wayanad and Kumarakom. These places connect with the warmth of the Kerala state and culture.