10 days in Kerala Itinerary

10 days in Kerala Itinerary

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10 days in Kerala Itinerary

Start: Pune
Fly:  2​h 30​min
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Thekkady
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Munnar
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h
Kovalam
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h
End: Pune

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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.
Take a break from Kochi (Cochin) with a short trip to Marari Beach in Mararikulam, about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, admire the striking features of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, admire all the interesting features of Kerala Kathakali Centre, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mattancherry Palace.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) online itinerary planner .

Pune to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Kochi (Cochin) are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Marari Beach
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Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
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Kerala Kathakali Centre

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Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
On the 18th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, explore the activities along Periyar Lake, and then identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get some fabulous bargains at Tropical Chocolate Factory, then stop by Kerala Crafts, then get outside with Persian Paradise Elephant Ride, and finally admire all the interesting features of Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Thekkady trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Kochi (Cochin) to Thekkady takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Thekkady

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

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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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Photo Point, and then admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Top Station, then explore the activities along Kundala Dam Lake, then see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam, and finally admire the natural beauty at Rose Gardens.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Munnar online visit planner .

Getting from Thekkady to Munnar by car takes about 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Munnar can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Kovalam.

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#Parks, #Nature, #Museums
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Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Tea Museum ©
Tea Museum

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Kovalam

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.
Explore Kovalam's surroundings by going to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) (Poovar Island & Napier Museum). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, don't miss a visit to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Chowara Beach, and examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kovalam trip planner.

Getting from Munnar to Kovalam by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. In May in Kovalam, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kovalam

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Chowara Beach
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Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
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Lighthouse Beach

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