Located in the deep south, Kerala is one of the favorite tourist destinations for people from Pune. The lush landscape housing densely forested mountains, humid coastal plain, rice plantation, canals, lagoons, and rivers always attract people from its neighbouring regions. Vacationing in Kerala is always a delight, and whether it be in any season, people from all corners of India flock to Kerala, its local cuisine made from its most sought after spices being a major attraction. If you are looking for cheap, best and budget Kerala tour packages from Pune, then you are absolutely at the right place. We are #1 Kerala budget travel agency from Pune. You can book our packages with or without flights and we can guarantee our services are no match with the others.
Kerala has three main seasons Peak Season which starts from September to March, Summer Season in April and May, and Monsoon Season which stretches between June to August.
Kerala is beautiful in all three seasons, but if you are traveling from Pune you might want to do so in the Winter Season especially between December to February which is characterized by clear skies and comfortable weather. If you don’t like crowds then Monsoon would be the time to visit when the verdant greenery and vibrant culture of Kerala come alive
How to travel to Kerala from Pune
The estimated distance between Pune and Kerala is 1,146.9 km which can be covered by road, rail, bus or by train.
By road– The fastest route from Pune to Kerala is via AH 47 and NH 48 which takes an estimate of 21 hours and 36 minutes. This takes you through Satara and Kolhapur in Maharashtra and Belagavi and Davangere in Karnataka. You can also take NH 48 and SH1, and NH 48 and Maddur road which takes approximately 5 hours more. If you have a lot of time and wish to be adventures you can drive down from Pune- Dapoli-Karde- Dandeli-Goa- Gokarna-Mangalore-Muzhappilangad-Mahe-Wayanad-Alleppey. Road trips from Pune to Kerala are great and not to forget the journey is dotted with beautiful sights.
By rail– There are four trains from Pune to Kochi- Pune Junction Eranakulam Junction Superfast Express (22150) is the fastest and covers the distance in 27 hours. It runs on Wednesdays and Sundays. Other trains are Poorna Express (11907), Trivandrum Express (16331) and Kanyakumari Express (16381). The train journey from Pune to Kerala is both comforting and economical, and it doesn’t take more than a day.
By Bus– The cheapest way to travel between Pune and Kerala is via bus. You can take a bus to Trivandrum. The estimated time of travel is 30 hours and the cost can fluctuate between Rs.650 – Rs. 950 depending on the kind of bus to take.
By Flight– The fastest and the most convenient way to travel between Pune and Kerala is via a flight. You can take a flight to Trivandrum or Kochi. Booking flight tickets in advance is always advisable as then you can book it at the lowest fares.
Things to do in Kerala
Kerala is heaven for people with wanderlust. The following are the things you shouldn’t forget to do while in Kerala.
Cruising in Backwater– The most loved activity in Kerala would have to be cruising the backwater. Cruising through the intertwined network of backwaters dissecting the state is undoubtedly a relishing experience. The most popular location for this activity is Alleppey, other places like Kollam, Kumarakom, Kuttanad, and Kasaragod also offer delightful backwater cruising experiences.
Nature and Tea Plantation Walks– When in Kerala one should never miss a chance to stroll through the beautiful tea plantations stretched across the never-ending canvas of green hills in Munnar. Nature walk and walk through spice plantation in Thekkady especially in Periyar, Munnar, and Wayanad will offer you a sight of freshly gown cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom. Though not all plantations are open for tourists the some that are will surely help you set up some Instagram goals.
Hiking– Besides beautiful tea plantations, Munnar also offers several trekking experiences including the Idukki Forest Walk and the trails in Kannan Devan Hills.
Hit the Beaches– Kerala has a stunning coastline for beach lovers to explore. If you are in a party mood hit the Kovalam beach, if you wish to be in peace and tranquility relax at the Marari beach.
Jungle Tour- When in Kerala, walks through the wonderful wildlife sanctuary in Periyar must be in your itinerary. On good days you can even expect to have a glimpse of ancient elephants, giant squirrel, and more monkeys than you could possibly count.
Village Visit– While cruising in houseboats, the ones who have time can take some time out to visit the rural Keralan village. It is here that you will witness Kerala at its most simple and authentic form. If it is in your luck you can even enjoy a meal prepared by locals while listening to their stories.
Fort Kochi– A tour of Fort Kochi will offer you splendid sights of Portuguese churches, colonial mansions and local fishermen at sea. The best time to visit the place would be around sunset when the colorful sky and fishing net thrown over the banks by fishermen will be a sight worth capturing.
Kathakali Performance– At the end of your adventures day you can stop by Kerala Kathakali Center to watch the cultural dance performance adorned with colorful make-up, costume, and expressions.
Festivals in Kerala
Cultural fiesta in Kerala continue for the whole year, here is a list of festivals you can choose to attend.
Cochin Carnival (December-1st January)
Kumarakom Boat Race (September-October)
Aranmula Boat Race and Attachamayam( August-September)