8 days in Kerala Itinerary

8 days in Kerala Itinerary

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8 days in Kerala Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  4​h
1
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Kumarakom
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Mumbai

1
night
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.
On the 1st (Fri), examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Saphalyam Shopping Complex. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Lighthouse Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach, and then look for gifts at Sarwaa.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip itinerary builder app .

Mumbai to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Mumbai in November, expect nights in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to be somewhat warmer, around 28°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 36°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Kovalam
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Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

2
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Abraham's Spice Garden, identify plant and animal life at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, then identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of Lourde's Roman Catholic Latin Church. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Junction.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Thekkady trip planning website .

You can drive from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Thekkady in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Kumarakom.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Abraham's Spice Garden ©
Abraham's Spice Garden
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction

1
night
Kumarakom

Kumarakom ©
Kumarakom features one of Kerala's most scenic lakes as the backdrop and serves as a gateway to the area's famous backwaters.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Kumarakom Craft Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, then view the masterpieces at Kerala Album Art Gallery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Kumaramangalam Subramanyaswamy Temple.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kumarakom online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Thekkady to Kumarakom in 4 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Kumarakom can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kumarakom

Shopping Wildlife Museums
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Kumarakom Craft Museum ©
Kumarakom Craft Museum
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary ©
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

3
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at LuLu Mall and Kerala Museum. Kids will enjoy Marari Beach and Cherai Beach. The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Kashi Art Gallery, look for gifts at Kochi Books, browse the exhibits of Durbar Hall Art Gallery, and take a stroll through Jew Town.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kochi (Cochin) travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kumarakom to Kochi (Cochin) in 1.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Shopping Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Marari Beach
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LuLu Mall ©
LuLu Mall
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach

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