21 days in Kerala Itinerary

21 days in Kerala Itinerary

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21 days in Kerala Itinerary

Hyderabad
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
Kovalam
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
Kalpetta
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
Thrissur
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Kochi (Cochin)
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Mararikulam
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Munnar
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
Hyderabad

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, contemplate the long history of Kanakakunnu Palace & Grounds, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach, kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach, and then see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace.

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Hyderabad to Kovalam is an approximately 2.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hyderabad in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Kovalam, with lows of 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Kalpetta.

Things to do in Kovalam

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
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Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Lighthouse Beach

3
days
Kalpetta

One of the district's main tourist hubs, Kalpetta offers easy access to a number of man-made and natural attractions.
Change things up with a short trip to Banasura Sagar Dam in Vythiri (about 46 minutes away). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Chembra, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ananthanatha Swamy Jain Temple, take in panoramic vistas at Lakkidi View Point, and take in the dramatic scenery at Soochippara Falls (Sentinel Rock Waterfall).

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Getting from Kovalam to Kalpetta by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and flight. October in Kalpetta sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Thrissur.

Things to do in Kalpetta

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Banasura Sagar Dam
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Chembra
Edakkal Caves
Banasura Sagar Dam

3
days
Thrissur

One of the oldest and largest cities in the center of the state, Thrissur hosts a wealth of festivals throughout the year.
Venture out of the city with trips to Athirapally Falls (in Athirappilly), Guruvayur (Guruvayur Temple, Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta), & more) and Holy Land (in Chalakudy). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Athirappilly Waterfalls, examine the collection at Vaidyaratnam Ayurveda Museum, steep yourself in history at Shakthan Thampuran Palace, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Vadakkunnathan Temple.

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Getting from Kalpetta to Thrissur by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Thrissur

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Guruvayur, Athirapally Falls, Holy Land
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Athirappilly Waterfalls
Guruvayur Temple
Athirapally Falls

4
days
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.
Pack the 29th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Wonderla Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Saint Francis, admire the landmark architecture of Santa Cruz Basilica, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Vallarpadam Church.

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You can drive from Thrissur to Kochi (Cochin) in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Kochi (Cochin) sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Mararikulam.

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Theme Parks Shopping Historic Sites
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Wonderla Amusement Park
Chinese Fishing Nets
Paradesi Synagogue

1
day
Mararikulam

Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): stroll through Alappuzha Beach, kick back and relax at Marari Beach, and then admire the landmark architecture of St. Andrew's Basilica Arthunkal.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Mararikulam tour planner.

Traveling by car from Kochi (Cochin) to Mararikulam takes 1.5 hours. In October in Mararikulam, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Thekkady.

Things to do in Mararikulam

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Alappuzha
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Marari Beach
Alappuzha Beach
St. Andrew's Basilica Arthunkal

2
days
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 2nd (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Abraham's Spice Garden.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Thekkady sightseeing planner.

Getting from Mararikulam to Thekkady by car takes about 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

4
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.
Spend the 6th (Mon) exploring nature at Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens, take some stellar pictures from Pothamedu Viewpoint, take in the dramatic scenery at Attukal Waterfalls, and admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam.

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You can drive from Thekkady to Munnar in 2 hours. In November, daytime highs in Munnar are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam

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