8 days in Kerala Itinerary

8 days in Kerala Itinerary

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8 days in Kerala Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  2​h 30​min
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + train:  5​h
Kannur
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Thekkady
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Munnar
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h
End: Mumbai

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night
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.
On the 4th (Sun), stroll through Shanghumukham Beach, don't miss a visit to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, and then explore the world behind art at Shri Chitra Art Gallery. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, stroll through Kovalam Beach, then kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach, and finally make a trip to Attukal Bhagavathy Temple.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) journey maker app .

Mumbai to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. When traveling from Mumbai in November, plan for slightly colder days in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), with highs around 36°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Kannur.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks

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Kovalam
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Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple ©
Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple

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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.
On the 6th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Payyambalam Beach, steep yourself in history at Fort St. Angelos, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kannur holiday planning tool .

Do a combination of flight, taxi, and train from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Kannur in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kochi (Cochin).

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#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks
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Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach ©
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach
Payyambalam Beach ©
Payyambalam Beach
Fort St. Angelos ©
Fort St. Angelos

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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.
When in Kochi (Cochin), make a side trip to see Marari Beach in Mararikulam, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, get outside with Outdoor Activities, view the masterpieces at Kashi Art Gallery, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kochi (Cochin) trip planner.

You can drive from Kannur to Kochi (Cochin) in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Kochi (Cochin) are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Theme Parks

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Marari Beach
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Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue

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Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, then explore the activities along Periyar Lake, and then admire the natural beauty at Abraham's Spice Garden.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Thekkady vacation tool .

You can drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Thekkady in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Thekkady

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature
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Abraham's Spice Garden ©
Abraham's Spice Garden
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake

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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.
On the 11th (Sun), see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam, then examine the collection at Tea Museum, then get great views at Pothamedu Viewpoint, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Munnar driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Munnar takes 2 hours. In November in Munnar, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Munnar

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

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