12 days in Kerala & Maldives Itinerary

12 days in Kerala & Maldives Itinerary

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12 days in Kerala & Maldives Itinerary

Start: Mumbai, India
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Kannur, India
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
2
Thekkady, India
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Kovalam, India
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
4
Rasdhoo, Maldives
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Male, Maldives
— 1 night
ferry + Fly:  5​h
6
Kochi (Cochin), India
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Mumbai, India


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2
nights
Kannur, India

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Payyambalam Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at KIzhunna Beach, then kick back and relax at Thottada Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kannur trip planner.

Mumbai to Kannur is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kannur

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Thekkady, India

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, explore the activities along Periyar Lake, then identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, and finally take some stellar pictures from Chellarkovil Viewpoint. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Junction and then look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Thekkady online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Kannur to Thekkady takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction

2
nights
Kovalam, India

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 10th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Hawa Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple, then admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, and finally kick back and relax at Samudra Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kovalam trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Thekkady to Kovalam by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Kovalam are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Rasdhoo.

Things to do in Kovalam

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

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

1
night
Rasdhoo, Maldives

As the only inhabited island in the Rasdhoo Atoll, Rasdhoo serves as a basecamp of sorts for vacationing in the area.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience and then kick back and relax at Veligandu Island Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Rasdhoo trip itinerary site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kovalam to Rasdhoo. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Male.

Things to do in Rasdhoo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Veligandu Island Beach
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Shark Diving

1
night
Male, Maldives

The tiny but densely populated city of Male represents a contrast to the laid-back beach resorts found in much of the rest of the Maldives.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Male online trip builder .

Getting from Rasdhoo to Male by car takes about 5.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Male are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Male

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Kochi (Cochin), India

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 Cherai Beach and Mararikulam Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Marari Beach and Fort Kochi Beach. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Jew Town, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue, gain insight at Kerala Kathakali Centre, and don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Kochi (Cochin) online trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Male to Kochi (Cochin) in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus. Traveling from Male in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 26°C in Kochi (Cochin). Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

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

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