Kerala is a beautiful and relaxing destination, and the ideal duration to explore its best tourist spots is 4 days. However, if you want to enjoy a delightful family trip, you can extend your stay to 8 days and 7 nights. Honeymooners can opt for a 5-day and 4-night package. To make the most of your short time in Kerala, start your trip with a day of exploring Fort Kochi, a charming historic coastal city.
In 5 days in Kerala, you'll have enough time to visit Fort Kochi (1 night), stay in a houseboat in the backwaters of Kerala (2 nights) and visit the mountainous inland region (and the tea plantations) or the coastal beach (1 night). Afternoons in Fort Kochi can be very hot and humid, so end the day with a relaxing swim and cocktail in the hotel pool. To explore Fort Kochi, I recommend starting your day with a tuk tuk tour. You can then visit the best things to do in Fort Kochi, which can be covered in a full day.
However, there are enough activities to keep you entertained for 2 or 3 days. If you get bored easily and like to keep busy with activities during the holidays, one night might be enough for you. On a houseboat, you'll spend a lot of time exploring the main area of the lake and the nearby canals, which are full of floating houses and tend to have more garbage. If you really want to enjoy everything Kerala has to offer, adjust this 5-day Kerala itinerary to spend 1 night in Fort Kochi, 1 night on a houseboat, 1 night in Munnar for tea plantations and 1 night at the beach.
You can also visit a tea plantation, stroll through the green tea gardens, and see how tea is made at the tea factory.