19 days in Kerala Itinerary

19 days in Kerala Itinerary

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19 days in Kerala Itinerary

Start: Lucknow
Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
1
Kovalam
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
2
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Thekkady
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Munnar
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Thrissur
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Kannur
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Kasaragod
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Lucknow

2
nights
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.
On the 1st (Tue), see the interesting displays at Napier Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, and then examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach, kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach, and then kick back and relax at Hawa Beach.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kovalam day trip planning website .

Lucknow to Kovalam is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. When traveling from Lucknow in May, plan for little chillier days in Kovalam, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kovalam

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

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

3
nights
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 Shiva Temple Ernakulam and Ernakulatthappan Temple. Visit Paradesi Synagogue and St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica, Ernakulam for their historical value. Step out of Kochi (Cochin) with an excursion to Marari Beach in Mararikulam--about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Cherai Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Saint Francis, pause for some serene contemplation at Vallarpadam Church, and contemplate the long history of St. George Orthodox Koonan Kurish Old Syrian Church.

Before you visit Kochi (Cochin), use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

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. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

#Outdoors, #Historic Sites, #Parks

Side Trips

Shiva Temple Ernakulam , Marari Beach
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Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue

3
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mangala Devi Temple and Pattumala Matha Church. Get a sense of the local culture at INTERPRETATION CENTRE Periyar Tiger Reserve and Mangladevi Temple. Change things up with a short trip to Pampa Ganapathy Temple in Sabarimala (about 1h 15 min away). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, look and learn at Green land spice garden, admire the natural beauty at Periyar Spice & Ayurvedic Garden, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Thekkady attractions planning website .

Drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Thekkady in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Munnar.

Things to do in Thekkady

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pattumala Matha Church, Pampa Ganapathy Temple
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Lakkam Waterfalls and then look for all kinds of wild species at Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Rose Gardens, then examine the collection at Tea Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at C.S.I Christ Church, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Munnar vacation site .

You can drive from Thekkady to Munnar in 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Munnar are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Thrissur.

Things to do in Munnar

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Lakkam Waterfalls
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Tea Museum ©
Tea Museum
Lakkam Waterfalls ©
Lakkam Waterfalls
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

2
nights
Thrissur

Thrissur ©
One of the oldest and largest cities in the center of the state, Thrissur hosts a wealth of festivals throughout the year.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta), then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Camp Sanctuary, then admire the striking features of Guruvayur Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram. Keep things going the next day: explore the engaging exhibits at Thrissur Zoo & Museum and then examine the collection at Vaidyaratnam Ayurveda Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Thrissur day trip site .

Traveling by car from Munnar to Thrissur takes 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kannur.

Things to do in Thrissur

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Guruvayur
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Vaidyaratnam Ayurveda Museum ©
Vaidyaratnam Ayurveda Museum
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram ©
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram
Guruvayur Temple ©
Guruvayur Temple

3
nights
Kannur

Kannur ©
A cultural capital on the state's relatively quiet northern coast, Kannur has long been associated with textile production and temple rituals, earning it the nickname, the "Land of Looms and Lores." Most Kannur itineraries will include observing theyyam rituals performed at the temples, where the traditions have origins dating back thousands of years.
We've included these beaches for you: Payyambalam Beach and Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach. Get in touch with nature at Thottada Beach and KIzhunna Beach. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sundareswara Temple, stroll through Dharmadam Beach, kick back and relax at Choottad Beach, and contemplate the long history of Mridanga Saileswari Temple.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Kannur trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Thrissur to Kannur by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kasaragod.

Things to do in Kannur

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach ©
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach
Thottada Beach ©
Thottada Beach
Payyambalam Beach ©
Payyambalam Beach

2
nights
Kasaragod

Kasaragod ©
On the 17th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Bekal Beach, then admire the landmark architecture of Bekal Fort, then deepen your knowledge of military history at Bekal Fort, and finally kick back and relax at Kappil Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kasaragod online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Kannur to Kasaragod in 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Kasaragod can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kasaragod

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Bekal
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Bekal Beach ©
Bekal Beach
Kappil Beach ©
Kappil Beach
Bekal Fort ©
Bekal Fort

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