Ideal 5-day Itinerary for your vacation in Kerala

Are you planning a short, 5-day vacation in Kerala? Though 5 days in Kerala may not seem like much; we can show you how to make the most of your short break. A well-planned itinerary is all you need to explore this beautiful southern state. Here is a plan designed to make your 5-day trip to Kerala memorable. It is a bit rushed, but trust us, it is the best way to enjoy Kerala and all it has to offer. Check the best 5-day itineraries in Kerala in the hill station, near the wildlife sanctuary and the backwaters.

Day 1 in Munnar

Munnar visit

Munnar is an enchanting hill-town, nestled in the Western Ghats at a height of 1600 meters above sea level. Roaring waterfalls, gushing streams, serene lakes, mesmerising mist-covered hills and the freshest air to rejuvenate you, are a few things that make Munnar special. You can see the Cheyyappara, Valara waterfalls and Karadipara viewpoint on the way to Munnar. The drive from the airport will be approximately 4 hours through the scenic western ghats.

Photo Point: Sprawling tea estates and a carpet of green, with rolling hills as a backdrop is the best way to describe photo point. Pose between tea bushes or pretend to pick tea leaves, at this spot, located close to the town centre

Day2 in Munnar:

A visit to the tea factory and tea museum is also a must in Munnar. Kundala lake: Glide on the waters of the Kundala lake. Shikaras, rowboats and pedal boats are hired out by the hour.

Lakkam waterfalls: Stopover for a picnic lunch to the sound of the roaring waterfall. Watch as the thunderous falls, push gallons of water, over rocks and cover you with a spray of fine mist.

Day 3 in Thekkady


Thekkady is roughly 90 km from Munnar, and you’ll be able to cover the distance in a little over three hours. The hilly terrain slows you down. However, the drive is scenic, through the lush mist-covered forest.

The Periyar National Park must be on your ‘to visit’ places. The reserve forest area is home to a wide-range of wild-life – Elephants, wild boar, spotted deer, sambar, Indian bison, langur, lion-tailed macaque and wild cats, such as tigers and leopards. Explore the depths of the jungles in a jeep safari, and you may just catch a glimpse of some elusive animals. And while you are there, do something different, take a bamboo boat ride on the Periyar lake. 

Alternatively, you can go for a spice plantation tour. It promises to be educative, informative and thrilling. And there is the opportunity to buy fresh herbs and spices at a reasonable price. Spend the night in Thekkady.

Also read, Things you should not miss while you are in Kerala

Day 4 in Kumarakom


Depart for Kumarakom, the next day. And like all the other days, you will drive through the Western Ghats, on NH 183 and reach Kumarakom in around 3.5 hours. 

Kumarakom is known for its backwaters and houseboat rides. Choose what you want to do – there is an option of sailing on a houseboat on the Vembanad lake or traversing on one through the Kuttanad backwaters. And if you want none of these, you can also relax on exotic backwater resorts in Kumarakom.

A village life experience tour and a visit to the Kumarakom bird sanctuary can be included if the guest opts to stay in the backwater resort.

Day 5 in Kochi

Kochi visit

Depending on the return timing on the last day, the 5th day can be spent in Fort Kochi exploring the Chinese fishing nets, St. Francis Church, Santa Cruz Basilica, Mattancherry Palace and the Jewish synagogue. All the above landmarks have the historical importance of their own and will give the traveller a feel of the Portuguese, Dutch and British legacy here.

Hope you got a clear idea about how to plan your 5 days in Kerala. Now ready, get set, and go !!!

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