Around Kerala in 10 days: Best Kerala Itinerary

Around Kerala in 10 days: Best Kerala Itinerary

Around Kerala in 10 days: Best Kerala Itinerary

Variety is the spice of life. And tourism in Kerala is a fine example. From the serene backwaters and misty hills to ancient architecture and impressive wildlife, God’s Own Country offers a truly diverse travel experience.

How do you pick the best? If you have 10 days for a Kerala tour, we suggest you do ‘The Famous Circuit’ covering Kochi, Munnar, Alleppey and Thekkady. Here’s our favorite Kerala Itinerary:

Kochi

Kochi Kerala Itinerary

Beach view

The commercial capital of Kerala, Kochi (Cochin) has always been a major centre of commerce and trade with the Arabs, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and the British. A walk through the cosmopolitan city of Kochi – known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea – will delight you with beautiful remnants of foreign traders from bygone eras.

No list of places to visit in Kerala can exclude Kochi, considered among the finest of natural harbours in the world. Once an obscure fishing village, Fort Kochi was the first European township in India. Whether it’s the majestic Indo-European architecture or the picturesque Chinese fishing nets, Kochi offers a treasure trove of historical tales. The popular tourist spots include the Bastion Bungalow (1667), Fort Immanuel (1503), and Mattancherry Dutch Palace (1557).

The Bastion Bungalow kochi Kerala Itinerary

The Bastion Bungalow

 

Fort Immanuel Kochi Kerala Itinerary

Fort Immanuel, Kochi

 

Mattancherry Dutch Palace Kochi Kerala itinerary

Mattancherry Dutch Palace Kochi

Munnar

Munnar Kerala Itinerary

Munnar

Thanks to its cool weather, lovely tea plantations, vivid flora and fauna, Munnar – situated 1600 metres above sea level – is the mainstay of Kerala honeymoon packages. Anamudi Peak, the tallest spot south of the Himalayas, is ideal for trekking. Mattupetty reservoir offers a delightful boat ride in the adjoining lake.

 

Mattupetty reservoir Kerala Itinerary

Mattupetty reservoir

The other attractions include Top Station, the highest point in Munnar; Echo Point, situated en route to Top Station; Pallivasal Hydroelectric project, first of its kind in Kerala; and Eravikulam National Park, home to the endangered Nilgiri Tahr.

Nilgiri Tahr in Eravikulam National Park

Nilgiri Tahr in Eravikulam National Park

Counted among the best places to visit in Kerala, Munnar is renowned for the rare Neelakurinji (Strobilanthus), known to bloom once in 12 years. The blue flowers will transform the entire landscape, with its effervescent hue in 2017!

Neelakurinji Flowers Kerala Itinerary

Neelakurinji Flowers are an Effervescent blue colour

Alleppey

Alleppey Kerala Itinerary

Alleppey

The best place to experience the scenic backwaters of Kerala is Alappuzha(Alleppey), home to stunning lakes, canals and lagoons. After all, travellers call it the Venice of the East! It was once an important centre in the maritime history of Kerala. Today Alappuzha is famous for its boat races and backwater houseboat cruises. The place also boasts of the best Kerala beaches.

 

Alleppey Boat Race Kerala Itinerary

Boat Races are quite popular in Alleppey

Don’t miss the Vembanad Lake, surrounded by incredible paddy fields and coconut lagoons.

 

Vembanad Lake Kerala itinerary

Vembanad Lake

If you are a birdwatcher, head to Pathiramanal (Backwater Island) for glimpses of rare migratory birds from across the world. The Alappuzha Beach – with its 137-year-old pier – is a popular picnic spot.

 

Alleppey Beach Kerala Itinerary

Alleppey Beach

A ride on the Kettuvallamsor boats with thatched roofs– earlier used to carry rice and spices – is an experience in itself.

 

Kettuvallam Kerala Itinerary

Kettuvallam are of various sizes like the houseboat (shown here in picture)

Thekkady

Tiger Reserve Thekkady Kerala Itinerary

Thekkady Tiger Reserve is one of the major attractions here

For those who love nature, wildlife and adventure, Thekkady – located at an altitude of 700 metres above the sea level –is among the most beautiful places in Kerala. The Periyar forests, the Tiger Reserve, and the Mullaperiyar Dam are the major tourist attractions, nestled between the forests of Western Ghats.

 

Mullaperiyar Dam Kerala Itinerary

Mullaperiyar Dam

Home to the Asian Elephant, Bengal Tiger, Indian Bison, Sambar Deer, Leopard, Barking Deer, and more than 60 species of mammals, Thekkady promises a unique adventure.

 

Asian Elephant Kerala Itinerary

Asian Elephants

 

Sambar_deer_Kerala Itinerary

Sambar Deer

 

Try a boat cruise in the Periyar Lake; look out for the Smooth-Coated Otter and the Mahseer, the endangered game fish of India.

 

Mahseer Fish Kerala Itinerary

Mahseer Fish

Fancy getting transported to a new world? Soak in the sights and smells of the tea, coffee, pepper and cardamom plantations. All of these are areas adjoining the Tiger Reserve.

 

cardamom plantations Kerala Itinerary

The tiger reserve is surrounded by Cardamom (in photo) and other spice plantations

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