Plan an Exquisite Kerala Itinerary in 2024 With Thesis Insider Facts

When you hear the name “Kerala“, the first thing that might come to mind is the lush greenery, serene backwaters, vibrant culture and rich heritage. If you are one of those travellers, who wants to seek a unique blend of natural beauty and cultural experiences, then preparing a perfect Kerala Itinerary would soothe you. It is indeed a “God’s Own Country“. From the artistic houseboat cruises in Alleppey to the misty hill stations of Munnar and the colourful festivals that fill its calendar, Kerala offers a mesmerizing tapestry of landscapes, foods, and traditions that leave an ever-lasting impression on the minds of the travellers.

Bearing all the aforementioned facts in mind, we were pretty excited and, at the same time, thrilled to travel and experience this beautiful state. Yes, you have arrived at the right place, we will unveil a perfect Kerala itinerary for you all so that you can also plan on your own.

Let’s begin the perfect Kerala Itinerary with…….

Best time for Planning Kerala Itinerary

There is no doubt that Kerala is a magical destination. Let’s answer this question by dividing it into three major seasons

Now that you have got an idea about the best time for you to visit, the next important thing that comes to our mind is….

Things to carry in your backpack

  1. Carry lightweight and breathable clothing
  2. Walking/hiking shoes. Preferably water resistant.
  3. Umbrella or rain jacket. (sometimes, the weather in Kerala is unpredictable)
  4. Sunscreen lotion with high SPF.
  5. Sunglasses.
  6. First aid kit with essential medicines.
  7. Reusable water bottle.
  8. Light snacks. (avoid chips on long journeys)
  9. Insects/mosquito repellant.
  10. ID proofs, medical insurance.
  11. Power bank.
  12. Travel map in case of low network coverage area.
  13. Light windcheater type if you plan to visit any hill stations such as Vegamon or Munnar.

Visa for Foreigners

Foreign travellers can apply for an Indian Visa through here. Check the visa requirements and the documents required from your country of travel.

Travel Insurance

Though travel insurance is not mandatory to enter India, it is highly recommended to get one as it provides coverage in case of unforeseen circumstances such as medical emergencies, baggage loss, trip cancellation, etc.

There are many online options available to choose from. Most of them are pretty affordable. You can check out various options available online.

Things to keep in mind before you book your Stay

We have chosen our stay considering the below points. Also, these will be helpful for budget travellers.

If you are able to sort the above things, you will be able to locate your accommodation with ease. We are just a click away, if you need any help.

Food Options

From aromatic seafood dishes prepared with coconut and spices to flavorful vegetarian curries bursting with local ingredients, Kerala’s cuisine is a celebration of flavours and traditions. Must-try dishes include the iconic Kerala Fish Curry, served alongside fluffy appams or steamed rice.

For vegetarians, the creamy and tangy Avial, a mixture of vegetables cooked in coconut and yogurt, is a culinary delight. Don’t miss out Banana Chips, Pazham Pori (banana fritters), and crispy Vada served with spicy chutneys.

Kerala is also famous for its desserts like Payasam, a creamy rice pudding flavoured with jaggery or coconut milk, and the ultimate irresistible Unniyappam, fried dumplings made with ripe bananas and jaggery. These are some of the must try if you are in Kerala.

Local Transport

To make the most of the exploration, understanding the local transport options is key. Kerala offers a diverse array of transportation modes, each adding its own charm to the travel experience.

State transport buses that connect cities and towns, offering a glimpse into everyday life, to the iconic auto-rickshaws that can travel through the narrow lanes and bustling markets, providing a taste of local flavor, Kerala’s transport network is as vibrant as its scenery.

Scooty or Bike Rental Options are also available in most cities. For those seeking convenience and comfort, taxis and app-based ride-sharing services (Ola, Uber and Rapido) are readily available, ensuring seamless travel across urban areas. For more detailed analysis do read our blogs for enhanced understanding about the place and the transport.

To truly immerse in Kerala’s natural beauty, don’t miss the enchanting ferry rides and houseboat cruises through the serene backwaters and the newly launched Water Metro Services.

Budget Breakup for the Trip

The following is the breakup for budget travellers:

1. Kochi:

  • Budget Accommodation: ₹1,500 – ₹2,000 per night (guesthouses or homestays)
  • Food and Dining: ₹700 – ₹1,000 per day (local eateries and street food)
  • Transportation: ₹300 – ₹600 per day (local buses or auto-rickshaws)
  • Sightseeing and Activities: ₹700 – ₹1,500 per day (entry fees, guided tours)

2. Munnar:

  • Budget Accommodation: ₹1,000 – ₹2,000 per night (homestays or budget hotels)
  • Food and Dining: ₹700 – ₹1,000 per day (local restaurants and cafes)
  • Transportation: ₹700 – ₹1,000 per day (shared taxis or buses)
  • Sightseeing and Activities: ₹700 – ₹1,500 per day (national park entry, trekking fees)

3. Thekkady:

  • Budget Accommodation: ₹1,500 – ₹2,500 per night (guesthouses or budget hotels)
  • Food and Dining: ₹700 – ₹1,000 per day (local restaurants)
  • Transportation: ₹700 – ₹1,000 per day (local buses or shared cabs)
  • Sightseeing and Activities: ₹1,000 – ₹2,000 per day (Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary entry, boat rides)

4. Alappuzha (Alleppey):

  • Budget Accommodation: ₹2,000 – ₹3,500 per night (guesthouses or budget hotels)
  • Food and Dining: ₹700 – ₹1,000 per day (local seafood and traditional meals)
  • Transportation: ₹300 – ₹600 per day (local ferries or auto-rickshaws)
  • Sightseeing and Activities: ₹1,000 – ₹2,000 per day (backwater cruises, village tours)

5. Kollam:

  • Budget Accommodation: ₹1,500 – ₹2,500 per night (homestays or budget hotels)
  • Food and Dining: ₹700 – ₹1,000 per day ((local restaurants)
  • Transportation: ₹300 – ₹600 per day (local buses or cycle rickshaws)
  • Sightseeing and Activities: ₹700 – ₹1,500 per day (beach visits, Ashtamudi Lake)

6. Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum):

  • Budget Accommodation: ₹1,500 – ₹3,000 per night (guesthouses or budget hotels)
  • Food and Dining: ₹700 – ₹1,000 per day (local restaurants)
  • Transportation: ₹300 – ₹600 per day (local buses or auto-rickshaws)
  • Sightseeing and Activities: ₹700 – ₹1,500 per day (museums, temples, and gardens)

Total Estimated Budget Range in case you plan to stay for a night stay in each location: ₹15,000 – ₹20,000. The price reduces if you are planning in a group.

As we took this trip through our partner travel site Suruby, it cost us 25000/- INR per person inclusive of food, accommodation, transfer, and local sightseeing for 11 days and 10 nights (including the train journey dates). We visited in December 2023. Also, the cost may vary depending on the season. Visit their website to know more details. In case you plan to visit on your own, you can also look at the above cost breakup.

Places we visited during our Trip

1. Kochi


Plan a Perfect Trip to Kochi in 2024 With These Insider Facts

2. Munnar

Plan a Perfect Trip to Munnar in 2024 With These Insider Facts

3. Thekkady

Plan a Perfect Trip to Thekkady in 2024 With These Insider Facts

4. Kerala Backwaters (Alleppey to Kollam)

Explore Kerala Backwaters in 2024 With These Insider Facts.

5. Thiruvananthapuram

Plan a Perfect Gateway to Thiruvananthapuram in 2024 With These Insider Facts.

What kind of help are we going to provide?

Let us inform you that we prepare itineraries not only for anywhere in India but also for Asia. We have been travelling since we were toddlers. So here in our blogs and stories, we will give you a glimpse of our journey and help you plan your trip.

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