11 days in Kerala Itinerary

11 days in Kerala Itinerary

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11 days in Kerala Itinerary

Surat
Fly:  6​h 30​min
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Alappuzha
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
Kochi (Cochin)
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi + train:  5​h 15​min
Surat

3
days
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Janardhana Swami Temple and The Art of India. Relax by the water at Lighthouse Beach and Varkala Beach. Explore Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)'s surroundings by going to Kovalam Beach (in Kovalam) and Shalimar Weaves (in Varkala). There's more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple and look for gifts at Keralashopee.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) itinerary builder.

Surat to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. January in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Varkala, Kovalam
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Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

2
days
Alappuzha

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 14th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple, then examine the collection at International Coir Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vaikom Mahadeva Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): look for gifts at Pulickattil Handicrafts, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kanichukulangara Devi Temple, then admire the landmark architecture of St. Andrew's Basilica Arthunkal, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Mararikulam Beach.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Alappuzha travel planner.

You can drive from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Alappuzha in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Alappuzha are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Alappuzha

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mararikulam Beach, Vaikom Mahadeva Temple
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Vaikom Mahadeva Temple ©
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple
Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple ©
Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple
International Coir Museum ©
International Coir Museum

5
days
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Vallarpadam Church and Anokhi. Do some cultural sightseeing at Jew Town and Church of Saint Francis. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kochi (Cochin): Kodanand Elephant Training Centre (in Kodanad), Paniyeli Poru (in Kuruppampady) and Thattekad Bird Sanctuary (in Kothamangalam). There's much more to do: browse the different shops at LuLu Mall, look for gifts at Kochi Books, take in the spiritual surroundings of Edappally Church Complex, and take in the exciting artwork at Kashi Art Gallery.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kochi (Cochin) vacation trip planner.

Traveling by car from Alappuzha to Kochi (Cochin) takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January in Kochi (Cochin), expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. On the 21st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kodanand Elephant Training Centre, Paniyeli Poru, Thattekad Bird Sanctuary
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Thattekad Bird Sanctuary ©
Thattekad Bird Sanctuary
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Jew Town ©
Jew Town

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