7 days in Kerala Itinerary

7 days in Kerala Itinerary

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7 days in Kerala Itinerary

Chennai (Madras)
Fly + taxi:  1​h 45​min
Kovalam
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h
Chennai (Madras)

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach, admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, and then don't miss a visit to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): enjoy the sea views from Vizhinjam Lighthouse, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hawa Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kovalam trip generator.

Chennai (Madras) to Kovalam is an approximately 2-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Chennai (Madras) in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kovalam: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kovalam

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

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

2
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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 13th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then get some fabulous bargains at Tropical Chocolate Factory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at The Pattumalai Church, then look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mangala Devi Temple.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Thekkady holiday planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Kovalam to Thekkady in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pattumala Matha Church
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake
Pattumala Matha Church ©
Pattumala Matha Church

3
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.
Popular historic sites such as Paradesi Synagogue and Vallarpadam Church are in your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Marari Beach and Cherai Beach. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Saint Francis, admire the striking features of Mattancherry Palace, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Little Flower Church, and steep yourself in history at Edappally Church Complex.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kochi (Cochin) tour planner.

Getting from Thekkady to Kochi (Cochin) by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. August in Kochi (Cochin) sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

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Marari Beach
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Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
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Cherai Beach

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