Planning Your Trip To Kerala

Kathakali makeup in Cochin, Kerala

Kathakali makeup being applied before a show in Cochin, Kerala

On this site you’ll find a wealth of resources to help you plan your trip to Kerala – from choosing your itinerary to recommended hotels and experiences. If you are new to this site this post will highlight some of the articles that will help you plan your trip.

Getting Started

As an introduction to Kerala take a look at these posts:

Top 10 Reasons to Visit Kerala – If you are considering a trip to Kerala hopefully we’ll convince you here when we talk about the reasons why we love this Indian state.

Top 10 Places to Visit in Kerala – A concise run down of the most popular and interesting places to visit in Kerala.

Suggested Itineraries

One of the most common questions we get asked is where people should go during their holiday in Kerala. In these posts we make some suggestions.

Kerala Suggested Itineraries – 1 week – It can be difficult deciding where to go when you have limited time. Here we suggest four possible routes.

Kerala Suggested Itineraries – 2 weeks  – With two weeks in Kerala you’ll have a chance to see many of the popular attractions or get off the beaten track.

Which Kerala Beach is Right for You? If spending some time on a beach is important to you take a look at this series which details the pros and cons of beaches in South, Central and North Kerala. You can decide whether you’d prefer the more popular beaches such as Kovalam or Varkala, or want to retreat to quiet and unspoilt Cherai or Kannur.

Best Places in Kerala to See Elephants – Plan your trip around these mighty animals by finding out the best places to spot them.

The Kerala Backwaters

It’s no secret that the backwaters are our favourite part of Kerala – they are a wonderfully tranquil, lush green world of rivers and canals. In these posts you can learn more about the best ways to explore them.

Introduction to The Kerala Backwaters – What to expect from this beautiful part of Kerala.

The Best Ways to Experience the Kerala Backwaters This article explores the best ways to experience the backwaters including houseboat, canoe, homestay and local ferry.

Kerala Houseboats – The Essential Guide One of the most popular things to do in Kerala – this five part series takes you through everything you need to know to plan your houseboat trip including what to expect, how much it costs and how to book.

Quiet Alternatives to Alleppey For Kerala Houseboat Trips – Alleppey can get crowded with houseboats so take a look at these alternatives.

The Best Homestay in Kerala – Community Greenpalm Homes Review A homestay is a great way to experience the backwaters and in this three part post you’ll find out why I love Community Greenpalm Homes so much, what activities are on offer, and the practical details of how to book and how to get there.

Travel the Backwaters by CanoeA canoe trip is one of my favourite ways to experience the Kerala backwaters up close. Read about my experiences on the DTPC canoe trip to Munroe Island.


A Guide to Munnar – Munnar is one of the most popular destinations in Kerala for its stunning green hills and tea plantations. In this guide we tell you what to do, where to stay and how to get there.

Quiet Alternatives to Munnar – Get off the beaten track by visiting these alternative hill stations.

A Guide to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary – Our guide to the popular wildlife sanctuary.

Quiet Alternatives to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary – See wildlife without the crowds in these alternative destinations.

Beena Homestay Review, Fort Kochi – A friendly homestay in Fort Kochi.

Practical Details

This article series covers some commonly asked questions for first time visitors to Kerala.

Preparing For A Trip To Kerala – Things you need to take care of before you visit Kerala including vaccinations and arranging holiday insurance.

Tips To Plan Your Trip Part 1 – When to visit Kerala, and what to take and wear.

Tips To Plan Your Trip Part 2 –  Do you need a visa and is it necessary to book in advance.

Tips To Plan Your Trip Part 3 –  Transport, money and malaria.

Making Sense of Indian Trains – The railway system in India is confusing but we try to make things clearer in this post.

I hope you find these posts useful for planning your trip to Kerala. If you need some help in booking your trip then fill in the form near the top of the sidebar on the left and our partner agency will help you out.

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