31 days in Kerala Itinerary

31 days in Kerala Itinerary

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31 days in Kerala Itinerary

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, museums, nightlife, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens, take a peaceful walk through Photo Point, explore the activities along Kundala Dam Lake, and admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Munnar driving holiday planner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Munnar is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time to India Standard Time is 2 hours. When traveling from Riyadh in December, plan for much hotter days in Munnar, with highs around 38°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Tours
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Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park ©

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, nightlife, parks, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of Lourde's Roman Catholic Latin Church, take in nature's colorful creations at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, and contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Thekkady trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Munnar to Thekkady in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough 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
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam (in Cherthala), Thiruvalla (Parumala Church & Sree Vallabha Temple) and Pathanamthitta (Malayalappuzha Devi Temple, Valiyakoikal Temple, & more). Spend the 9th (Mon) exploring at Kerala Backwaters. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Kumaranalloor, take in the spiritual surroundings of Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kottayam Cheriapally.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kottayam attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Kottayam takes 3 hours. In December, daytime highs in Kottayam are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kottayam

Historic Sites Nature Parks

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.
When in Kochi (Cochin), make a side trip to see Marari Beach in Mararikulam, approximately 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue, kick back and relax at Cherai Beach, and browse the different shops at LuLu Mall.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) itinerary planner .

You can drive from Kottayam to Kochi (Cochin) in 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Kochi (Cochin) are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can 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
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Thrissur side-trips: Guruvayur (Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram, Guruvayur Temple, & more), St. Thomas Forane Church (in North Paravur) and Marthoma Pontifical Shrine - Cradle of Christianity India (in Kodungallur). There's more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Athirappilly Water Falls and take in the spiritual surroundings of Shatrughna Temple.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, read Thrissur vacation planner.

You can 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kannur.

Things to do in Thrissur

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Guruvayur, Marthoma Pontifical Shrine - Cradle of Christianity India, St. Thomas Forane Church
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Guruvayur Temple ©
Guruvayur Temple
Athirappilly Water Falls ©
Athirappilly Water Falls
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kannur side-trips: Nileshwar (Azhithala Beach & Shri Gopalakrishna Temple), Thalassery (Thalassery Fort, Sri Jagannatha Temple, & more) and Anandashram (in Kanhangad). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Thottada Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and steep yourself in history at Fort St. Angelos.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kannur tour itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Thrissur to Kannur in 3.5 hours. Other options are to 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, Anandashram
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Anandashram ©
Anandashram
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach ©
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach
Fort St. Angelos ©
Fort St. Angelos

3
nights
Kalpetta

Kalpetta ©
One of the district's main tourist hubs, Kalpetta offers easy access to a number of man-made and natural attractions.
Get out of town with these interesting Kalpetta side-trips: Wayanad Tea Museum (in Achooranam), Banasurasagar Dam (in Vythiri) and Banasura Spices Garden (in Padinjarathara). There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Edakkal Caves, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thirunelli Temple, take in the dramatic scenery at Soochippara Falls (Sentinel Rock Waterfall), and take in the awesome beauty at Chembra.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kalpetta trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kannur to Kalpetta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Kalpetta, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Kalpetta

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Panamaram Jain Temple, Wayanad Tea Museum, Banasurasagar Dam, Banasura Spices Garden
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Edakkal Caves ©
Edakkal Caves
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) side-trips: Kovalam (Lighthouse Beach & Kovalam Beach) and Varkala Town (Varkala Beach & Royal Art Gallery). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, step off the mainland to explore Poovar Island, examine the collection at Napier Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Neeramankara Shiva Temple.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) journey planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kalpetta to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to 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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