12 days in Kerala Itinerary

12 days in Kerala Itinerary

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12 days in Kerala Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
bus + Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Kovalam
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
2
Thekkady
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Pallivasal
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Cherthala
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Bengaluru

2
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kovalam: Holy Land (in Chalakudy) and Poovar Island (in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, make a trip to Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kovalam Avaduthura Devi Temple.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kovalam trip planner .

Bengaluru to Kovalam is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Bengaluru in April since evenings lows in Kovalam dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kovalam

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Holy Land
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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

3
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Thekkady is known for wildlife, nature, nightlife, parks, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mangala Devi Temple, get great views at Chellarkovil Viewpoint, and explore and take pictures at Spice Cloud.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Thekkady tour itinerary maker tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kovalam to Thekkady in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Pallivasal.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction

2
nights
Pallivasal

Pallivasal ©
Pallivasal is a village in Idukki district in the Indian state of Kerala. Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Pallivasal online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Pallivasal takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cherthala.

Things to do in Pallivasal

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Munnar
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Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Tea Museum ©
Tea Museum

2
nights
Cherthala

Cherthala ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): explore the activities along Kerala Backwaters. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Forane Church, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thiruvizha Sree Mahadeva Temple.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cherthala road trip site .

Getting from Pallivasal to Cherthala by car takes about 4.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Cherthala can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Cherthala

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trip

Kerala Backwaters
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Kerala Backwaters ©
Kerala Backwaters
St. Mary's Forane Church ©
St. Mary's Forane Church

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): stop by ViaKerala Shop, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue, wander the streets of Jew Town, admire the landmark architecture of Mattancherry Palace, then make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Saint Francis. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the different shops at LuLu Mall, explore the world behind art at Kerala Folklore Museum, admire the masterpieces at Gallery OED Cochin., then admire the landmark architecture of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, then admire all the interesting features of Kerala Kathakali Centre, and finally admire the striking features of Jeevamatha Church.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Cherthala to Kochi (Cochin) takes an hour. In April, daily temperatures in Kochi (Cochin) can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Kerala Kathakali Centre ©
Kerala Kathakali Centre

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