10 days in Kerala Itinerary

10 days in Kerala Itinerary

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10 days in Kerala Itinerary

Start: Varanasi
Fly:  6​h
1
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Guruvayur
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Kannur
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Varanasi

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 27th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): make a trip to Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, then kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach, then stroll through Lighthouse Beach, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) travel planner.

Varanasi to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Varanasi in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): temperatures range from 36°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kovalam, Varkala Town
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Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala 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.
Relax by the water at Marari Beach and Mararikulam Beach. Bring the kids along to Cherai Beach and Chottanikkara Devi Temple. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue, don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, and enjoy the sand and surf at Njarackal Arattuvazhi Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kochi (Cochin) trip builder app .

Getting from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Kochi (Cochin) by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. December in Kochi (Cochin) sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Guruvayur.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Mararikulam
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Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Mararikulam Beach ©
Mararikulam Beach

2
nights
Guruvayur

Guruvayur ©
Guruvayur stands as one of the holiest and most important pilgrimage centers in the state, with its Sri Krishna Temple among the most frequented temples in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Triprayar Sri Rama Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Venkitachalapathy Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parthasarathy Temple, then admire the striking features of Guruvayur Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shatrughna Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Vadakkunnathan Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Thiruvambadi Krishna Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta).

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Guruvayur trip planner .

Getting from Kochi (Cochin) to Guruvayur by car takes about 2.5 hours. January in Guruvayur sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Kannur.

Things to do in Guruvayur

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Thrissur, Triprayar Sri Rama Temple
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Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram ©
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram
Guruvayur Temple ©
Guruvayur Temple
Triprayar Sri Rama Temple ©
Triprayar Sri Rama Temple

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 4th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach, kick back and relax at KIzhunna Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Thottada Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Azhikkal Beach, then kick back and relax at Payyambalam Beach, and then contemplate the long history of Fort St. Angelos.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kannur attractions planner .

You can drive from Guruvayur to Kannur in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kannur

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Azhikkal Beach
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Thottada Beach ©
Thottada Beach
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach ©
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach
Payyambalam Beach ©
Payyambalam Beach

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