4 days in Kerala Itinerary

4 days in Kerala Itinerary

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4 days in Kerala Itinerary

Chennai (Madras)
Fly + taxi:  1​h 45​min
Kovalam
— 1 night
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
Kottayam
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
Munnar
— Few hours
taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
Chennai (Madras)

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach, then admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, and then examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kovalam vacation trip planner.

Chennai (Madras) to Kovalam is an approximately 2-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kovalam can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kovalam

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
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Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple

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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 30th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue, don't miss a visit to Jew Town, then make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, and finally explore and take pictures at Kerala Kathakali Centre.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) vacation 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. December in Kochi (Cochin) sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kottayam.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Jew Town
Chinese Fishing Nets
Paradesi Synagogue

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Kottayam Cheriapally, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. George Orthodox Church, and finally don't miss a visit to Kumaranalloor Bhagavathy Temple.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kottayam vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Kochi (Cochin) to Kottayam takes 2 hours. In December in Kottayam, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Munnar.

Things to do in Kottayam

Spas Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. George Orthodox Church
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Spas & Wellness
Kumaranalloor Bhagavathy Temple
St. George Orthodox Church

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day
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.
On the 1st (Mon), see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam, then take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Gardens, and then admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens.

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Drive from Kottayam to Munnar in 4 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Munnar can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks
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Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam
Rose Gardens

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