Okay so first things first:
Now, if you are already planning for a road trip across Kerala, read along for tips and planning your itinerary:
So once you have figured out when you want to go for your vacation to Kerala, next step is deciding on the destinations. Kerala has a lot to offer and depending on the season that you are going, you can plan to spend the days in hill stations and beaches etc. Like if you are going in relatively hotter months of April-may, you might want to stick to hill stations like Munnar, and if you are travelling during monsoons or winters (July-February) , you have more flexibility when it comes to the places that you can visit.
If you want to experience all that Kerala has to offer, here are the destinations that you should include in your road trip:
- MUNNAR: Famous for the tea tree plantations, Munnar is a hill station that looks like a painting and will leave you mesmerised. Learn how to make tea, roam around in the plantations and enjoy the famous kerala monsoons.
- Thekkady: plan to go to thekkady to visit spice gardens and treks in the cardommom hills. There is also the famous periyar wildlife sanctuary here but the boating opens only after the monsoon season.
- Kanyakumari: If you are planning to go to kerala, Kanyakumari has to be on your list. This is the southern most tip of India and you can see water from the Arabian sea, Indian ocean and the Bay of Bengal merging here. It is pretty magical and the waves create a symphony that is really peaceful and soothing!
- Kovalam: It is one of Kerala’s most hyped beaches and the reason is apparent, it is stunning! Also known as the light house beach, it has a number of stay options for travellers in every kind of budget and the light house offers amazing views of the beach and the city.
- Alleppey: This is a must on every traveller’s itinerary because a cruise through the backwaters is an incredible experience and Alleppey offers a number of walks through the villages.
- Kochi: Although most people (flying in) enter Kerala through Kochi but only a few of them have exploring Kochi on their itinerary. We would recommend you spend a day or two here and explore kochi, especially the old Kochi, also known as Fort Kochi.
These are the destinations that we chose for our Kerala adventure. Here is our Detailed Itinerary:
10 A.M: Arrive in Cochin
11 A.M: Reach the zoom car pick up location
11:30 A.M: Leave for munnar
4:00 P.M: Reach Munnar & Check-in at the hotel
7:00 P.M: Dinner at the Munnar Queen( Amazing views and good food)
8:00 A.M: Breakfast at the hotel
9:00 A.M: Explore Munnar. Visit tea tree plantations! Yay!!
12: 00 Noon: Tea museum to understand the process and benefits of tea.
2:00 P.M: Have lunch at the Sarvana Bhawan for aunthentic Dosas
3:00 P.M: Drive through the amazing tea tree plantations, enjoy the occasional showers and wish you had not booked hotels and all at other places (make a note to come back with the whole family, for a longer duration)
6:00 P.M: Catch the traditional Kathak Dance and Martial arts performance
7:00 P.M: Dinner at the hotel
8:00 A.M: Breakfast at the hotel
9:00 A.M: Leave for Thekkady
1:00 P.M: Reach thekkady and Check-in at the hotel
2:00 P.M : Periyar Wildlife sanctuary
6:00 P.M: Hangout by the pool amidst the forest ( at the hotel)
8:00 P.M: Dinner at the hotel restaurant
7:00 A.M: Leave early from the hotel for Kanyakumari
10 A.M: make a stop for breakfast
10:30 A.M: Carry on the srinagar-kanyakumari highway ( which is absolutely ridiculous! 😀 )
2:00 P.M: Reach Kanyakumari, the southern most tip of India. Enjoy the sound of the waves at the beach, find yourself a secluded part of the beach and discuss about your future, life and all with the husbandman!
4:00 P.M: Start from Kanyakumari for Kovalam
6:30: Reach Kovalam when it is raining like crazy and try to find your hotel among a zillion hotels on the beach
7:00 P.M: Finally check-in your hotel and ask for an ocean view room and pay extra for it. The views from the room’s balcony will make it all worth it!
8:00 P.M: Dinner at a restaurant by the beach. Try to find vegetarian food in the restaurants serving delicious sea-food!
7:00 A.M: Wake up to amazing views of the sunrise on the Lighthouse beach.
8:00 A.M: Take a walk on the beach and be on a lookout for restaurants serving Dosas for breakfast
9:00 A.M: Have a wholesome meal at the restaurant that offers amazing views of the light house.
10:00 A.M: After a delicious breakfast, decide to burn off those calories by going up to the light house.
11:00 A.M: Reach the light house, buy the tickets and end up taking the lift instead of stairs because there are just too many and you just had a very heavy breakfast.
11:30 A.M: Take the final stairs after the lift and while climbing up, bump your head in the ceiling before you reach the top of the light house. You can now enjoy the views from the top of the light house
12:30 P.M: Walk back to the hotel
1:00 P.M: Take a nap
2:00 P.M: Leave for Alleppey
6:00 P.M: Reach Alleppey and check-in at the hotel
8:00 P.M: Dinner on balcony facing the ocean
8:00 A.M: Breakfast on balcony
9:00 A.M: Walk on the beach and enjoy the views
11:A.M: Go for a cruise through the backwaters
3:00 P.M: Take an auto from Boat jetty to the Alleppey beach
5:00 P.M: Stop by at Indian Coffee house for 3 Dosas, 2 vadas, a sandwich, tea, cold coffee and a Sharjahn shake all for 248 rupees! 😀 explore the alleppey market.
7:00 P.M: Walk on the hotel’s private beach & relax on the balcony. Maybe read a book!
8:00 P.M: Dinner on the balcony
8:00 A.M: Breakfast by the beach
9:00 A.M: Walk on the private beach
10:00 A.M: Leave for fort Kochi
12:00 Noon: Explore walk fort Kochi: The best way is to park your car and walk. Read more in our Fort kochi blog here.
5:00 P.M: Drop the Zoom car back on the location and go to the Airport to catch a flight back home and cry that the vacation is over!
This was our itinerary and here are some useful tips before you plan your own Kerala adventure:
- Plan your itinerary according to the weather. The best time to visit Kerala is winter months (October-February)
- Book a ZOOM CAR for your adventure across Kerala. It is the best way to explore kerala at your pace and we have tried booking from various car rental sites, but we have found that zoom car is the cheapest and the best car rental site( No we are not getting paid, although technically they should if you look at the number of times we have booked from ZoomCar)
- Always keep a mosquito repellent with you, it will be a life saver!
- Do not book tickets for kathakali dance performances online, you can directly buy the tickets before the sow, it is cheaper that way.
- Some of the places are so hyped like Alleppey boat rides and light house beach in Kovalam, that you feel like avoiding them totally, but going to these places is worth it!
- Ask your hotel reception to book Backwaters cruise for you or book through the state water transport directly to get the best deals.
- If you are taking an auto rickshaw to go around, get an estimate from your reception about how much should it cost you to get places.
- For stay in Alleppey, check out Colonel’s beach villa. It is an amazing property, they have their own beach front and the hosts are very warm, friendly people.
- For stay in Thekkady, check out Wild corridor thekkady. The resort is beautiful and has a spice garden of their own and offers guided spice garden tours and a lot of other activities.
Now wait for your next vacation and till then, keep watching this space! 🙂
Happy Travels! ❤