9 days in Kochi (Cochin) & Maldives Itinerary

9 days in Kochi (Cochin) & Maldives Itinerary

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9 days in Kochi (Cochin) & Maldives Itinerary

Pune, India
Fly:  2​h 30​min
Kochi (Cochin), India
— 4 nights
Fly + ferry:  2​h 45​min
Male, Maldives
— 1 night
ferry:  15​min
Hulhumale, Maldives
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
Southern Ari Atoll, Maldives
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
Maafushi Island, Maldives
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
Pune, India

5
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Kochi (Cochin), India

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.
Visit Marari Beach and Cherai Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Vaikom Mahadeva Temple in Kottayam (about 1h 05 min away). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Jew Town, admire the landmark architecture of Mattancherry Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Saint Francis, and admire the masterpieces at Kerala Folklore Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) road trip tool .

Pune to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Male.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

#Outdoors, #Historic Sites, #Parks

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Vaikom Mahadeva Temple, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Marari Beach
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Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach

1
day
Male, Maldives

Male ©
The tiny but densely populated city of Male represents a contrast to the laid-back beach resorts found in much of the rest of the Maldives.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): examine the collection at National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grand Friday Mosque, then hunt for treasures at Male Fish Market, and finally admire the striking features of Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque).

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Male tour itinerary builder .

Getting from Kochi (Cochin) to Male by combination of flight and ferry takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Hulhumale.

Things to do in Male

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Shopping
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National Museum ©
National Museum
Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque) ©
Grand Friday Mosque ©
Grand Friday Mosque

1
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Hulhumale, Maldives

Hulhumale ©
Hulhumale, a reclaimed island, recently developed to meet additional industrial, commercial, and housing demands.
On the 16th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Hulhumale Mosque and then kick back and relax at Hulhumale Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hulhumale holiday builder app .

Hulhumale is just a stone's throw from Male. August in Hulhumale sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. On the 16th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Southern Ari Atoll.

Things to do in Hulhumale

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Hulhumale Beach ©
Hulhumale Beach
Hulhumale Mosque ©
Hulhumale Mosque

1
day
Southern Ari Atoll, Maldives

Southern Ari Atoll contains the most populous of Ari's islands, though this still amounts to little.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Southern Ari Atoll trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Hulhumale to Southern Ari Atoll takes 1.5 hours. August in Southern Ari Atoll sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow time for the flight to Maafushi Island.

Things to do in Southern Ari Atoll

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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
day
Maafushi Island, Maldives

With plenty of things to do, Maafushi Island has a bustling, upbeat atmosphere and a holiday resort vibe.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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Traveling by flight from Southern Ari Atoll to Maafushi Island takes 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Maafushi Island can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Maafushi Island

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Scuba & Snorkeling

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