5 days in Chennai & Kerala Itinerary

5 days in Chennai & Kerala Itinerary

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5 days in Chennai & Kerala Itinerary

Start: Chennai
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Chennai
— 1 day
2
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Varkala
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
End: Chennai

1
day
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): buy something for everyone on your list at Express Avenue Mall and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Marina Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Chennai (Madras) travel planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Chennai (Madras). In November, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

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Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach

3
nights
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.
Shop till you drop at LuLu Mall and Kochi Books. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Marari Beach and Cherai Beach. There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Idiom Book Sellers and admire the landmark architecture of Santa Cruz Basilica.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kochi (Cochin) travel itinerary creator.

Getting from Chennai (Madras) to Kochi (Cochin) by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. November in Kochi (Cochin) sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Varkala.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Outdoors Beaches Parks

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Marari Beach
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LuLu Mall ©
LuLu Mall
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach

1
night
Varkala

Varkala ©
A calm and quiet town offering long sandy beaches on the Arabian Sea, Varkala features a variety of beach activities.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): stop by The Art of India, stop by Shalimar Weaves, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Varkala Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Varkala trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kochi (Cochin) to Varkala in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Varkala can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Varkala

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach
Shalimar Weaves ©
Shalimar Weaves
The Art of India ©
The Art of India

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