10 days in Kerala Itinerary

10 days in Kerala Itinerary

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10 days in Kerala Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Kannur
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
2
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Kochi (Cochin)
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
4
Kovalam
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: New Delhi

2
nights
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 24th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sundareswara Temple. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Fort St. Angelos, enjoy the sand and surf at Payyambalam Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kannur trip planner .

New Delhi to Kannur is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kannur

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

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 27th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, then identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, and then admire the natural beauty at Abraham's Spice Garden.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Thekkady online visit planner .

Drive from Kannur to Thekkady in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of train, taxi, flight, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Abraham's Spice Garden ©
Abraham's Spice Garden
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mararikulam Beach and Vallarpadam Church. Get some historical perspective at Paradesi Synagogue and Chottanikkara Devi Temple. Step out of Kochi (Cochin) with an excursion to Marari Beach in Mararikulam--about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Kerala Folklore Museum, take a stroll through Mattancherry, view the masterpieces at Kashi Art Gallery, and don't miss a visit to Jew Town.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) trip planner .

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Kochi (Cochin) takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In December in Kochi (Cochin), expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Mararikulam
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Chottanikkara Devi Temple ©
Chottanikkara Devi Temple
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach

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 1st (Tue), stroll through Lighthouse Beach, then kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach, and then admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, then examine the collection at Napier Museum, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Vizhinjam Lighthouse.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kovalam itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kochi (Cochin) to Kovalam in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. January in Kovalam sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kovalam

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
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Vizhinjam Lighthouse ©
Vizhinjam Lighthouse
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

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