10 days in Kerala Itinerary

10 days in Kerala Itinerary

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10 days in Kerala Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly + taxi:  3​h
1
Kovalam
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
2
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Mararikulam
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
4
Alappuzha
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Thekkady
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Munnar
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Chennai

1
night
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.
On the 12th (Fri), make a trip to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, and then kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): stroll through Lighthouse Beach, then make a trip to Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kovalam travel planner .

Chennai (Madras) to Kovalam is an approximately 3-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kovalam

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

3
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Cherai Beach and Vallarpadam Church. When in Kochi (Cochin), make a side trip to see Paliam Dutch Palace in North Paravur, approximately 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, find something for the whole family at Wonderla Amusement Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue, and explore and take pictures at Kerala Kathakali Centre.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kochi (Cochin) itinerary builder site .

Getting from Kovalam to Kochi (Cochin) by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In October, daily temperatures in Kochi (Cochin) can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Mararikulam.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Paliam Dutch Palace
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Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Vallarpadam Church ©
Vallarpadam Church

1
night
Mararikulam

Mararikulam ©
If you're looking for soft sand and warm water, plan a vacation in Mararikulam.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): make a trip to Mararikulam Sree Mahadeva Temple, then kick back and relax at Mararikulam Beach, and then stroll through Marari Beach.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Mararikulam visit planner.

Traveling by car from Kochi (Cochin) to Mararikulam takes 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Thekkady.

Things to do in Mararikulam

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Mararikulam Sree Mahadeva Temple
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Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Mararikulam Beach ©
Mararikulam Beach
Mararikulam Sree Mahadeva Temple ©
Mararikulam Sree Mahadeva Temple

2
nights
Alappuzha

Alappuzha ©
Affectionately known as Alleppey to locals and tourists alike, Alappuzha acts as a major transport and cultural hub on the Kerala backwaters.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Alappuzha Beach, then enjoy the sea views from Alappuzha Lighthouse, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vishnu Temple, admire the masterpieces at Revi Karunakaran Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Subramanya Swami Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Alappuzha trip maker app .

Alappuzha is just a stone's throw from Mararikulam. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Alappuzha

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours
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Alappuzha Beach ©
Alappuzha Beach
Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple ©
Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple
Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple ©
Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple

1
night
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
On the 20th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, contemplate the long history of Shiny Tours & Travals, then take some stellar pictures from Chellarkovil Viewpoint, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Thekkady trip planner .

You can drive from Alappuzha to Thekkady in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

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 21st (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens, take in the architecture and atmosphere at C.S.I Christ Church, then examine the collection at Tea Museum, and finally admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Munnar travel route builder site .

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Munnar takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Tea Museum ©
Tea Museum

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