12 days in Kerala Itinerary

12 days in Kerala Itinerary

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12 days in Kerala Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Kannur
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Kovalam
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
4
Thekkady
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Marari Beach and Njarackal Arattuvazhi Beach. Take a break from Kochi (Cochin) with a short trip to Mararikulam Beach in Mararikulam, about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Jew Town and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Kochi (Cochin) online trip builder .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time (MYT) to India Standard Time (IST) is minus 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Kannur.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Mararikulam
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Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Mararikulam Beach ©
Mararikulam Beach
Jew Town ©
Jew Town

3
nights
Kannur

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach and Ezhara Beach. Get outdoors at Thottada Beach and KIzhunna Beach. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Azhikkal Beach, take in the views from Thalassery Sea Bridge, get great views at Alakapuri Waterfalls, and enjoy the sand and surf at Choottad Beach.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kannur driving holiday planning tool .

Getting from Kochi (Cochin) to Kannur by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in Kannur

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

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

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple and Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple. Step out of the city life by going to Kovalam Beach and Chowara Beach. When in Kovalam, make a side trip to see Thumba Beach in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), approximately 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lighthouse Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Samudra Beach, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

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Traveling by flight from Kannur to Kovalam takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In August in Kovalam, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kovalam

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Chowara Beach
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Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, and then get great views at Chellarkovil Viewpoint. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Persian Paradise Elephant Ride and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Junction.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Thekkady sightseeing planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kovalam to Thekkady in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Thekkady

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

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