12 days in Kerala & Maldives Itinerary

12 days in Kerala & Maldives Itinerary

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Kannur, India
— 2 nights
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Thekkady, India
— 2 nights
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Kovalam, India
— 2 nights
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Rasdhoo, Maldives
— 1 night
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Male, Maldives
— 1 night
Ferry to Male, Fly to Kochi (Cochin)
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Kochi (Cochin), India
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Kannur, India

— 2 nights

Land of Looms and Lores

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

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Kannur travel itinerary planner.

Mumbai to Kannur is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kannur

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Thekkady, India

— 2 nights
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): admire the natural beauty at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, explore the activities along Periyar Lake, then stroll through Periyar Tiger Reserve, and finally get great views at Chellarcovil View Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): stroll through Elephant Junction and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Thekkady online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Kannur to Thekkady by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kovalam.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Kovalam, India

— 2 nights
Famous for the groves of coconut trees from which it takes its name, Kovalam offers a long, white sandy beach on the Arabian Sea.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hawa Beach, then kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach. On your second day here, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, and finally kick back and relax at Samudra Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kovalam journey maker site.

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Kovalam takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January in Kovalam, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Rasdhoo.

Things to do in Kovalam

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Rasdhoo, Maldives

— 1 night
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 stroll through Veligandu Island Beach.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rasdhoo trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kovalam to Rasdhoo. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Maldives Time (MVT), which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to ride a ferry to Male.

Things to do in Rasdhoo

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches

Side Trip

Male, Maldives

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Male trip itinerary builder site.

You can ride a ferry from Rasdhoo to Male in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Male

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
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Kochi (Cochin), India

— 3 nights

Queen of the Arabian Sea

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.
Visit Cherai Beach and Marari Beach for some beach relaxation. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, stroll through Fort Kochi Beach, deepen your understanding at Kerala Kathakali Centre, and visit Jew Town.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kochi (Cochin) trip builder.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Male to Kochi (Cochin) takes 5.5 hours. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Male to Kochi (Cochin) due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Male in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Kochi (Cochin), with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kerala travel guide

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Beaches · Bodies of Water · Sacred & Religious Sites
God's Own Country
The south Indian state of Kerala stretches in a narrow sliver of land along the coast, rich in cultural heritage and natural attractions. A trip to Kerala takes you to a tropical paradise of sandy beaches and swathes of coconut groves. Considered one of the most literate states in India, Kerala is also a religiously diverse region, where Hindu temples stand next to Islamic mosques, and Christian churches rub shoulders with Jewish synagogues. Numerous wilderness areas dot this relatively small region, ensuring plenty of opportunities to spot rare birds, wild elephants, and the occasional tiger.

Maldives travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Shark Diving
Maldives has come to be seen as a quintessential island holiday destination, with entire sand-circled islands owned by resorts, who manage each part of the island's environment to give it the look and feel of paradise. The clear waters surrounding the islands offer plentiful dive sites, rich in tropical fish and coral formations, with the smaller, less-populated islands surrounded by the richest marine environments, largely undisturbed by industry and tourism. Larger islands here offer an array of bars, restaurants, and clubs--their higher population means they also feature religious sites and markets selling local produce.