10 days in Kerala Itinerary

10 days in Kerala Itinerary

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10 days in Kerala Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly + taxi:  8​h 30​min
1
Munnar
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Alappuzha
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Kovalam
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Keezharkuthu Falls, then examine the collection at Tea Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at C.S.I Christ Church, and finally admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Gardens, then take in nature's colorful creations at Photo Point, then take some stellar pictures from Top Station, and finally admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Munnar trip planner.

Kolkata (Calcutta) to Munnar is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. When traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in July, plan for slightly colder days in Munnar, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Thekkady.

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
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 31st (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, then contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Thekkady trip planner .

Getting from Munnar to Thekkady by car takes about 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Thekkady

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake

2
nights
Alappuzha

Affectionately known as Alleppey to locals and tourists alike, Alappuzha acts as a major transport and cultural hub on the Kerala backwaters.
On the 1st (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Mararikulam Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Subramanya Swami Temple, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Alappuzha online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Alappuzha takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Alappuzha can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Alappuzha

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Adventure

Side Trips

Mararikulam Beach, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Sree Subramanya Swami Temple ©
Sree Subramanya Swami Temple
Mararikulam Beach ©
Mararikulam Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): make a trip to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, then kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hawa Beach, then head off the coast to Poovar Island, and then make a trip to Aazhimala Siva Temple.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kovalam attractions tool .

Drive from Alappuzha to Kovalam in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. August in Kovalam sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kovalam

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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