12 days in Kerala & Mysuru (Mysore) Itinerary

12 days in Kerala & Mysuru (Mysore) Itinerary

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12 days in Kerala & Mysuru (Mysore) Itinerary

Mysuru (Mysore)
bus + Fly + taxi:  6​h 30​min
Kovalam
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
Alappuzha
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Munnar
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
Mysuru (Mysore)
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
Bengaluru

3
days
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.
Visit Chowara Beach and Vizhinjam Lighthouse for some beach relaxation. Kids will enjoy Neyyar Wild Life Sanctuary and Attukal Bhagavathy Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kovalam: Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) (Poovar Island & Padmanabhapuram Palace). There's still lots to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kovalam vacation trip planner.

Mysuru (Mysore) to Kovalam is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kovalam

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Chowara Beach
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Vizhinjam Lighthouse
Chowara Beach
Poovar Island

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kochi (Cochin) vacation trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kovalam to Kochi (Cochin) takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. October in Kochi (Cochin) sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary

2
days
Alappuzha

Affectionately known as Alleppey to locals and tourists alike, Alappuzha acts as a major transport and cultural hub on the Kerala backwaters.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Alappuzha Beach. On the next day, enjoy the sea views from Alappuzha Lighthouse, then enjoy the sand and surf at Marari Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mararikulam Beach.

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You can drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Alappuzha in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Alappuzha, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Alappuzha

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Mararikulam, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
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Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Marari Beach
Alappuzha Beach

1
day
Thekkady

Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): explore and take pictures at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Thekkady itinerary planner.

You can drive from Alappuzha to Thekkady in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Thekkady

Wildlife Parks Spas
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Periyar Tiger Reserve
Spas & Wellness

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens, appreciate the views at Chinnakanal Waterfalls, then examine the collection at Tea Museum, and finally see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam.

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You can drive from Thekkady to Munnar in 2 hours. October in Munnar sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Mysuru (Mysore).

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Chinnakanal Waterfalls
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Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam

1
day
Mysuru (Mysore)

A historic and culturally distinctive city, Mysuru (Mysore) has all the stories, artworks, and architecture you'd hope to find in the former capital city of a rich kingdom.
On the 15th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Mysore Maharajah's Palace (Amba Vilas) and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens.

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Getting from Munnar to Mysuru (Mysore) by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to catch the train back home.

Things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors Parks
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