12 days in Kerala Itinerary

12 days in Kerala Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  25 h
1
Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Munnar
— 4 nights
Bus:  2 h 45 min
3
Alappuzha
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Taxi + Fly:  25 h
End: San Francisco

1
night
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.
On the 27th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Edappally Church Complex, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Antony's Shrine, then pause for some serene contemplation at Vallarpadam Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiva Temple.

For where to stay and tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) route maker tool.

San Francisco, USA to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 25- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to India Standard Time is 13.5 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect Kochi (Cochin) to be much hotter, temps between 89°F and 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites
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Edappally Church Complex ©
Edappally Church Complex
Shiva Temple ©
Shiva Temple
Vallarpadam Church ©
Vallarpadam Church

4
nights
Munnar

Munnar ©
Sitting at the point where three mountain rivers meet, the hill station of Munnar has become known as a tea-growing center in the south of the country.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation and Meesapulimala. Get in touch with nature at Anamudi Peak and Lakkam Waterfalls. Step out of Munnar with an excursion to Ramakkalmedu in Idukki--about 2h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at C.S.I Christ Church, take in the exciting artwork at Mistletoe art Gallery, take in the dramatic scenery at Chinnakanel Water Falls, and explore the ancient world of Muniyara - Anakottapara park.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Munnar tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Munnar in 4 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Idukki, Lakkam Waterfalls, Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation
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Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation ©
Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation
Meesapulimala ©
Meesapulimala
Ramakkalmedu ©
Ramakkalmedu

3
nights
Alappuzha

Alappuzha ©
Affectionately known as Alleppey to locals and tourists alike, Alappuzha acts as a major transport and cultural hub on the Kerala backwaters.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple and Pallippurathu Kavu Temple. Explore hidden gems such as Papasnanam Beach/Varkala Beach and Vaikom Mahadeva Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Alappuzha side-trips: Parumala Church (in Thiruvalla), Kottayam (Kottayam Cheriapally & Bay Island Driftwood Museum) and Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple (in Pathanamthitta). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Forane Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vishnu Temple, and make a trip to Chakkulathukavu Temple.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Alappuzha trip builder tool.

You can take a bus from Munnar to Alappuzha in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January in Alappuzha, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Alappuzha

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kottayam, Parumala Church, Papasnanam Beach/Varkala Beach, Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple
Highlights from your plan
Papasnanam Beach/Varkala Beach ©
Papasnanam Beach/Varkala Beach
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple ©
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple
Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple ©
Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple

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