10 days in Kerala Itinerary

10 days in Kerala Itinerary

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10 days in Kerala Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  22​h
1
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
3
Munnar
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Cherthala
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  23​h
End: Newark

2
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.
On the 28th (Sat), take a stroll through Jew Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Saint Francis, then don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, then deepen your understanding at Kerala Kathakali Centre, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cherai Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mattancherry Palace, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) online journey planner .

Newark, USA to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Newark to Kochi (Cochin). Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Newark in December, with highs in Kochi (Cochin) at 89°F and lows at 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Beaches Parks
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Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Kerala Kathakali Centre ©
Kerala Kathakali Centre

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Poovar Island, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then examine the collection at Napier Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Kochi (Cochin) to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Munnar.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Kovalam
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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

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 1st (Wed): see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam, then take some stellar pictures from Munnar Hill Station, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park, then examine the collection at Tea Museum, and then stop by Tata Tea Outlet.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Munnar trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Munnar by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. In December in Munnar, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Cherthala.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Museums
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Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Tea Museum ©
Tea Museum

2
nights
Cherthala

Cherthala ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam and then explore the activities along Kerala Backwaters.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cherthala trip planner .

Drive from Munnar to Cherthala in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in January, and nighttime lows around 73°F. On the 4th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Cherthala

Nature Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Kerala Backwaters
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Kerala Backwaters ©
Kerala Backwaters

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