So in August 2018, Kerala witnessed one of the most horrific floods leading to deaths of many people and leaving the state under extreme distress. People's homes were washed away, their fields were destroyed. Tourism went for a toss.
That's exactly when I planned my trip to Kerala. That was my way of helping them, given tourism is a huge source of income for the state of Kerala. So I planned my trip in December. And let me tell you, it turned out to be the best trip of my entire life (till date of course).
December 9, 2018. We catch an early morning flight at 9:35 am from Mumbai and landed at Kochi at around 11:40 am. Our driver was waiting for us at the Arrivals. And the trip began. So I've tried to capture here the Day 1 of my trip in the most extreme detail. And I believe its definitely going to help you in planning yours!
We stayed at "The Dunes" in Kochi. Which is around 45 minutes from the Kochin International Terminal. It's a great 5 star hotel and if you're willing to spend more on your stays, you should definitely consider The Dunes.
We checked in, had our lunch and left for the local sightseeing in Kochi at around 3. One important thing to remember when you're going to Kerala is, your first day is always going to be Kochi as that's where you will be landing if you're opting for a flight. Also, if you're opting for train, you have two options, Kochi and Trivendrum. But given the travel plan, Kochi will be a better option to start your trip with.
Having said that, make sure that your trip begins on any day of the week except a Friday or a Saturday as many sightseeing places around Kochi are closed on these two days. So be mindful of that. Other than those sightseeing places, Kochi is just another city, nothing much to do there. You'll end up wasting a day in that case.