Kerala is a land that is richly endowed with the best of nature. Be it its fine beaches, gorgeous hills, graceful lagoons or awe-inspiring art and culture, this southern state on the western coast of India has something for every kind of traveler. If you only have five days to spare, here is the ideal itinerary for getting you started on your wanderlust-worthy trip to ‘God’s Own Country’.

To be able to explore the best tourist places in Kerala, an ideal duration of 4 days in Kerala would work wonders. To appreciate a magnificent family trek to Kerala, the length can be extended up to 8 days and 7 evenings. But to be on safer side, an extended stay of 5 days and 4 nights will easily accommodate the must things to do in Kerala, best places to visit and famous adventure activities in Kerala.

Being an ideal mix of sloping good countries and Kerala backwaters, God’s own country enjoys a heavenly tropical climate owing to its equatorial location. The hilly regions stay cool while the waterfront regions stay damp for the majority of the months.

  • Summer: February to May – The average temperature ranges between 32 degrees to 36 degrees.
  • South West Monsoon: June to September – The average temperature falls between 19 degrees to 30 degrees.
  • North East Monsoon: October to November – The average temperature may rise from 29 degrees to 35 degrees.
  • Winter: December to January – The average temperature fluctuates from 18 degrees to 28 degrees.

Best Time to Visit Kerala

Winters and summers are the best seasons that allow travelers to explore Kerala with ease. This makes the months from November through May the peak season and the best time to visit Kerala.

Duration: December to May

Basic Malayalam for Travelers

Learning few terms in a foreign language is as cool as getting familiar with one of our own. Each explorer must know a couple of normal terms in the neighborhood dialect before going to the separate place and it is the same with Malayalam in Kerala as well.

  • Hello: Namaskaram
  • Glad to meet you: Kandathil Santhosham
  • Thank you: Upakaram OR Nandri

Based on the time you have at hand; these suggested itineraries include a variety of experiences for a holiday in Kerala. This itinerary covers quintessential Kerala, with backwaters, colonial history, and culture. Note that you can also begin the trip at Alappuzha, which is well connected by train.

Kerala Travel Guide: Explore God's Own Country in 5 days

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Day 1: Familiarize yourself with Kerala at Kochi

Arrive in Kerala via Kochi by booking your tickets at the Cochin International Airport, one can also reach Kerala by Bus and trains available from major cities. Explore the city of Kochi and its most famous suburb, Fort Kochi, which is a treasure trove of art, culture, and history. Begin by leaning all you can about Kerala through a visit to its museums, such as the Kerala Museum, the Kerala Folklore Theatre and Museum, the Hill Palace Museum and the Indo-Portuguese Museum.

Proceed to Fort Kochi and Mattancherry, where you can investigate the Mattancherry Palace, the Paradesi Synagogue, the antiquated knick-knacks and ancient rarities at Jew Town and float through the Spice Bazaar, which is injected with the smells of flavors that have been exchanged over the world for quite a long time. Spend the night viewing the nightfall at the Chinese Fishing Nets.

Please Note:

  • Modes of transport are not included as one can reach Kerala via flight, train or bus as per their budget and proximity.
  • Accommodation charges are based on double sharing for 3 stars, 4 stars, and 5 stars respectively.
  • For Houseboats, prices depend on the size of the houseboats and vary from INR 7000 (sharing basis) to 10,000 (individual basis).
  • Since alcohol is banned in Kerala (in most parts), Toddy the locally made palm wine serves as an alternative at a cost of INR 50 per 750 ml.


Day 2: The bewitching hill station of Munnar

Travel to Munnar, the place that is known for verdant slopes and tea ranches. You can take an early morning transport at 5:20 am from Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) transport station in Kochi, which achieves Munnar by 9:30 am. Visit the Tea Museum, where you can take in about the picking and preparing of tea takes off.

Move on to the actual tea plantations that surround the place. Take a trip to Eravikulam National Park to catch a sight of the indigenous Nilgiri Tahr. Head over to the Top Station for magnificent views of the surrounding hills and the villages far below. Don’t forget to buy different varieties of tea and original spices and honey.

Top Station View – Photo credit: Sudheesh S on Visual hunt / CC BY-SA

Day 3: Idle at the celestial backwaters of Alappuzha

Travel to the backwaters of Alappuzha, for which you should book a houseboat ahead of time. Take the 6:20 am transport from Munnar that achieves Alappuzha at 12:50 pm or drive down, which takes barely five hours. Hop into your houseboat and cruise over the splendid lagoons.

Known as the ‘Venice of the East’, the voyage via houseboat will take you through the sights and sounds of everyday village life. Relish in authentic delicacies, such as karimeen fry (pearl spot fish), and the local alcohol, toddy. To extend the experience, stay overnight on the houseboat. This is also an apt break that will give you some rest between your journeys.

Day 4: Saunter around at the alluring Varkala Beach

Take the 8:15 am KSRTC bus, which reaches Varkala, the hippie hangout, at noon. Alternatively, driving down will be faster at less than three hours. This is another destination to relax in as you can laze by the famous Varkala Beach, drinking in the superb sights of the admirable cliffs that line it.

Enjoy water-sports and enterprise exercises, for example, paragliding. Hang out at the bistros over the bluffs and catch a wonderful nightfall as you say farewell to the day.

Day 5: Explore history and culture in Kerala’s capital, Thiruvananthapuram

At a distance of only 44 kilometers, there are consistent transports from Varkala to Thiruvananthapuram that take around two hours to achieve. So pick any transport toward the beginning of the day, as per your comfort. Visit the wealthiest sanctuary on the planet, the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple.

Move on to the Kuthiramalika Palace (Mansion of Horses), a remnant of the rich royal history of Kerala. Spend the evening at Shankumugham Beach, marveling at the beautiful sculpture of the mermaid, Sagarakanyaka. Conclude your trip in the capital of Kerala by booking your return flight from Trivandrum International Airport.

Kerala In 5 Days: Must Experience

1. Backwater Cruise In A Houseboat

The sparkling and crystal clear backwaters form the heart of Kerala that gives life to all the Kerala trips. Cruise through the waters of the Arabian Sea while you soak in the natural beauty of green palms and exotic coconut trees.

Locations: Alleppey, Kumarakom, Kasargod
Best Time: June to March
Operators: ATDC Alleppey, The Houseboat in Kerala, Alappuzha Houseboats
Cost: For Houseboats, prices depend on the size of the houseboats and vary from INR 7000 (sharing basis) to 10,000 (individual basis) and onwards.

  • Make sure you carry a mosquito repellent as backwaters are home to mosquitoes as well.
  • To break the language barrier, request for an English/Hindi speaking guide and caretaker.

2. Ayurvedic Massage & Treatments

After backwaters, Ayurveda is the most noticeable quality to which Kerala and its tourism have been related to. Conveying forward the incredible conventions, Kerala Ayurveda is a way of life in itself that advances harmony of body, psyche, and soul.

3. Snake Boat Race

This is one occasion which isn’t just popular in India yet in addition over the world. Pleasing around 100 rowers at a normal in a watercraft, wind vessel races are not-to-be-missed sights when in Kerala. The most renowned one is that of the Nehru Boat Race which is held in Alleppey.

Duration: July to September

Other Boat Races: Champakulam Moolam Boat Race (Alappuzha), Payippad Jalotsavam (Payippad Lake) and Vallam Kali (Punnamada Lake).

How To Reach: Trivandrum International Airport is 150 kilometers away whereas Alleppey Railway Station is the nearest railhead.


Have fun and enjoy your holiday in God’s Own Country by traversing through this itinerary!

Please keep this point on your mind: –

  • Keep this guide handy.
  • Remember that alcohol is banned in most of the parts in Kerala.
  • Most of the shops accept debit or credit cards in Kerala so keep a limited amount of cash while traveling.
  • With all due respect to all the religions, enquire well before entering a temple in Kerala as some of the temples are open only to Hindus.

Intrigued much? Be it solo or with family or friends, plan well and live an experience like never before!

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Sayantan Chakraborty

A Nomad by nature, Co-Founder and Writer at | Puts Pen into use for travelers alike who have the same taste of traveling the world.

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