31 days in Kerala Itinerary

31 days in Kerala Itinerary

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Start: Riyadh
Fly + Taxi:  6 h 45 min
1
Munnar
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Thekkady
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Kottayam
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Kochi (Cochin)
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
5
Thrissur
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Kannur
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
7
Kalpetta
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 30 min
8
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: Riyadh

4
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.
Munnar is known for parks, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens, see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Kundala Dam Lake, and explore the striking landscape of Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Munnar tour itinerary builder tool.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Munnar is an approximately 7- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to India Standard Time (IST) is 2.5 hours. When traveling from Riyadh in December, plan for warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Munnar: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Tours
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Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Tea Museum ©
Tea Museum

3
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Thekkady is known for wildlife, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, admire the natural beauty at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, look for gifts at Green Land Spice Garden, and get a taste of the local shopping with Abraham's Spice Garden.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Thekkady trip maker.

You can drive from Munnar to Thekkady in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kottayam.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

4
nights
Kottayam

Kottayam ©
The first Indian city to achieve a 100 percent literacy rate among its citizens, Kottayam has as much of a reputation for its educational standards as for its massive rubber industry.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kottayam: St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam (in Cherthala), Pathanamthitta (Malayalappuzha Devi Temple, Valiyakoikal Temple, &more) and Thiruvalla (Parumala Church & Sree Vallabha Temple). Spend the 9th (Mon) exploring at Kerala Backwaters. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vaikom Mahadeva Temple, make a trip to Kumaranalloor, and pause for some serene contemplation at Kottayam Cheriapally.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Kottayam travel route website.

Getting from Thekkady to Kottayam by car takes about 3 hours. In December in Kottayam, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kottayam

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Pathanamthitta, Thiruvalla, Kerala Backwaters, St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam
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Vaikom Mahadeva Temple ©
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple
Kerala Backwaters ©
Kerala Backwaters
Kumaranalloor ©
Kumaranalloor

4
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Marari Beach in Mararikulam (about 1h 20 min away). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, take a stroll through Jew Town, enjoy the sand and surf at Cherai Beach, and buy something for everyone on your list at LuLu Mall.

Find out how to plan Kochi (Cochin) trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from Kottayam to Kochi (Cochin) in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Thrissur.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Marari Beach
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Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Kerala Kathakali Centre ©
Kerala Kathakali Centre

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Thrissur: Guruvayur (Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram, Guruvayur Temple, &more), St. Thomas Forane Church (in North Paravur) and Marthoma Pontifical Shrine - Cradle of Christianity India (in Kodungallur). It doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Vadakkunnathan Temple and admire the sheer force of Athirappilly Water Falls.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Thrissur travel route website.

Take a train from Kochi (Cochin) to Thrissur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Thrissur are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kannur.

Things to do in Thrissur

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Guruvayur, St. Thomas Forane Church, Marthoma Pontifical Shrine - Cradle of Christianity India
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Guruvayur Temple ©
Guruvayur Temple
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram ©
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram
Vadakkunnathan Temple ©
Vadakkunnathan Temple

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kannur: Nileshwar (Azhithala Beach & Shri Gopalakrishna Temple), Anandashram (in Kanhangad) and Thalassery (Thalassery Fort, Sri Jagannatha Temple, &more). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach, stroll through Thottada Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Kanjirakoli Waterfall, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kannur journey planner.

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 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kalpetta.

Things to do in Kannur

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Thalassery, Nileshwar, Mridanga Saileswari Temple, Anandashram
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Anandashram ©
Anandashram
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach ©
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach
Fort St. Angelos ©
Fort St. Angelos

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nights
Kalpetta

Kalpetta ©
One of the district's main tourist hubs, Kalpetta offers easy access to a number of man-made and natural attractions.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kalpetta: Panamaram Jain Temple (in Panamaram), Banasura Spices Garden (in Padinjarathara) and Banasurasagar Dam (in Vythiri). There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Edakkal Caves, get engrossed in the history at Wayanad Tea Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thirunelli Temple, and admire the sheer force of Soochippara Falls (Sentinel Rock Waterfall).

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kalpetta road trip app.

Traveling by car from Kannur to Kalpetta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Kalpetta sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Kalpetta

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Panamaram Jain Temple, Wayanad Tea Museum, Banasura Spices Garden, Banasurasagar Dam
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Edakkal Caves ©
Edakkal Caves
Banasurasagar Dam ©
Banasurasagar Dam
Chembra ©
Chembra

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): Kovalam (Lighthouse Beach & Kovalam Beach) and Varkala Town (Varkala Beach & Royal Art Gallery). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, get to know the resident critters at Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and have fun and explore at Chacha Nehru Children’s Museum.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kalpetta to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kovalam, Varkala Town
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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach

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