26 days in Kerala Itinerary

26 days in Kerala Itinerary

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26 days in Kerala Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Kochi (Cochin)
— 7 nights
train:  1​h
2
Alappuzha
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
4
Kovalam
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
5
Thekkady
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Thrissur
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Kannur
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
8
Munnar
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Mumbai

7
nights
Kochi (Cochin)

Kochi (Cochin) ©
A flourishing port city and magnet for the spice trade since the 15th century, Kochi (Cochin) proudly bears its distinct international influence and local Keralan culture.
Get some historical perspective at Edappally Church Complex and Shiva Temple. Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kuzhupilly Beach will get you outdoors. Step out of Kochi (Cochin) with an excursion to Thattekad Bird Sanctuary in Thattekad--about 1h 55 min away. The adventure continues: explore the galleries of Kashi Art Gallery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue, view the masterpieces at Kerala Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Kerala Folklore Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kochi (Cochin) trip planner .

Mumbai to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Kochi (Cochin) can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Outdoors Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Shiva Temple Ernakulam , Thattekad Bird Sanctuary
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Edappally Church Complex ©
Edappally Church Complex
Thattekad Bird Sanctuary ©
Thattekad Bird Sanctuary
Shiva Temple ©
Shiva Temple

2
nights
Alappuzha

Alappuzha ©
Affectionately known as Alleppey to locals and tourists alike, Alappuzha acts as a major transport and cultural hub on the Kerala backwaters.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Marari Beach, then examine the collection at International Coir Museum, and then stroll through Alappuzha Beach. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Vaikom Mahadeva Temple, then examine the collection at Bay Island Driftwood Museum, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Alappuzha trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Kochi (Cochin) to Alappuzha by train takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. September in Alappuzha sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Alappuzha

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Kottayam, Marari Beach
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Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple ©
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple
International Coir Museum ©
International Coir Museum

2
nights
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) ©
Situated among a collection of low hills that lead up to the coastline, state capital Thiruvananthapuram acts as a base for exploration of the southern tip of the country.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple, and then identify plant and animal life at Neyyar Wild Life Sanctuary. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Priyadarshini Planetarium, admire the masterpieces at Shri Chitra Art Gallery, then stop by Sarwaa, then enjoy the sea views from Vizhinjam Lighthouse, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Neeramankara Shiva Temple.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip itinerary maker app .

You can take a train from Alappuzha to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kovalam.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Neyyar Wild Life Sanctuary ©
Neyyar Wild Life Sanctuary
Vizhinjam Lighthouse ©
Vizhinjam Lighthouse
Shri Chitra Art Gallery ©
Shri Chitra Art Gallery

3
nights
Kovalam

Kovalam ©
Famous for the groves of coconut trees from which it takes its name, Kovalam offers a long, white sandy beach on the Arabian Sea.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Kovalam Beach and Hawa Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Lighthouse Beach and Chowara Beach. Go for a jaunt from Kovalam to Thuckalay to see Padmanabhapuram Palace about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kovalam Avaduthura Devi Temple, contemplate the waterfront views at Vellayani Lake, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Vizhinjam Fishing Harbour.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kovalam itinerary planner .

You can drive from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Kovalam in an hour. In September, daytime highs in Kovalam are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kovalam

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Padmanabhapuram Palace, Chowara Beach, Rock cut temple
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Padmanabhapuram Palace ©
Padmanabhapuram Palace
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

3
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Green land spice garden and Our Lady of Lourde's Roman Catholic Latin Church. Get outdoors at Periyar Tiger Reserve and Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Abraham's Spice Garden, identify plant and animal life at Elephant Junction, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and steep yourself in history at Shiny Tours & Travals.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Thekkady visit planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kovalam to Thekkady takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Thrissur.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

2
nights
Thrissur

Thrissur ©
One of the oldest and largest cities in the center of the state, Thrissur hosts a wealth of festivals throughout the year.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram, then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Camp Sanctuary, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koodalmanikyam Temple. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Vadanapilly Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chowallurpady Siva Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shatrughna Temple.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Thrissur online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Thekkady to Thrissur in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. September in Thrissur sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kannur.

Things to do in Thrissur

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Guruvayur, Vadanapilly Beach
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Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram ©
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram
Vadanapilly Beach ©
Vadanapilly Beach
Shatrughna Temple ©
Shatrughna Temple

3
nights
Kannur

Kannur ©
A cultural capital on the state's relatively quiet northern coast, Kannur has long been associated with textile production and temple rituals, earning it the nickname, the "Land of Looms and Lores." Most Kannur itineraries will include observing theyyam rituals performed at the temples, where the traditions have origins dating back thousands of years.
Get in touch with nature at Thottada Beach and Payyambalam Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Peralassery Sri Subramanya Temple and Sundareswara Temple. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach, take in the views from Thalassery Sea Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Choottad Beach, and take an in-depth tour of Arakkal Museum.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Kannur vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Thrissur to Kannur in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Munnar.

Things to do in Kannur

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Azhikkal Beach
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Thottada Beach ©
Thottada Beach
Payyambalam Beach ©
Payyambalam Beach
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach ©
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach

2
nights
Munnar

Munnar ©
Sitting at the point where three mountain rivers meet, the hill station of Munnar has become known as a tea-growing center in the south of the country.
Discover out-of-the-way places like C.S.I Christ Church and Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary. Muniyara - Anakottapara park and Mount Carmel Church &Mount Carmel Pilgrim Centre will appeal to history buffs. Spend the 6th (Sun) exploring nature at Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park. There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Tea Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Munnar day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Kannur to Munnar in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In October in Munnar, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park ©
Tea Museum ©
Tea Museum
C.S.I Christ Church ©
C.S.I Christ Church