11 days in Kerala Itinerary

11 days in Kerala Itinerary

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11 days in Kerala Itinerary

Start: Mangalore
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Thekkady
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
3
Guruvayur
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Mangalore

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple and Sarkara Devi Temple. We've included these beaches for you: Kovalam Beach and Varkala Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): Moon Stone Arts (in Varkala) and Lighthouse Beach (in Kovalam). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, visit a coastal fixture at Vizhinjam Lighthouse, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Neeramankara Shiva Temple.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) journey builder site .

Mangalore to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Outdoors Parks Beaches

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
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
INTERPRETATION CENTRE Periyar Tiger Reserve and Mangladevi Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Kerala Crafts and Tropical Chocolate Factoryfor plenty of shopping. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, steep yourself in history at Shiny Tours & Travals, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mangala Devi Temple, and look and learn at Green land spice garden.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Thekkady trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Thekkady takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Guruvayur.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

1
night
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 13th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Chowallurpady Siva Temple, pause for some serene contemplation at Palayur Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thiruvambadi Krishna Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shatrughna Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Vadakkunnathan Temple. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta), admire the landmark architecture of Guruvayur Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram, take in the spiritual surroundings of Parthasarathy Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Venkitachalapathy Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Narayanamkulangara Temple.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Guruvayur trip builder .

You can drive from Thekkady to Guruvayur in 6.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Guruvayur can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Guruvayur

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Thrissur
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Guruvayur Temple ©
Guruvayur Temple
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram ©
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram
Vadakkunnathan Temple ©
Vadakkunnathan Temple

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Marari Beach and Cherai Beach. Head to LuLu Mall and Waltons Boutiquefor plenty of shopping. Step out of Kochi (Cochin) with an excursion to Kodungallur Bhagavathi Temple in Kodungallur--about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Kerala Folklore Museum, make a trip to Jew Town, take in the exciting artwork at Kashi Art Gallery, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Saint Francis.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) itinerary tool .

Drive from Guruvayur to Kochi (Cochin) in 3 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Marari Beach, Kodungallur Bhagavathi Temple
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LuLu Mall ©
LuLu Mall
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach

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