12 days in Kerala Itinerary

12 days in Kerala Itinerary

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12 days in Kerala Itinerary

Start: Pune
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Munnar
— 5 nights
taxi + bus:  3​h 45​min
3
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Thekkady
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Pune

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Cherai Beach. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: gain insight at Kerala Kathakali Centre, make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue, then take a stroll through Jew Town, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kochi (Cochin) trip planning site .

Pune to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In September in Kochi (Cochin), expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Spas
Jew Town ©
Jew Town

5
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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Chinnakanel Water Falls and Fun Forest. Venture out of the city with trips to Anayirankal Dam Reservoir (in Idukki) and Kerala Farm (in Anaviratty). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens, admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam, take some stellar pictures from Munnar Hill Station, and stroll around Blossom Hydel Park.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Munnar road trip site .

Drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Munnar in 4 hours. In September in Munnar, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Anayirankal Dam Reservoir, Kerala Farm
Highlights from your plan
Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Chinnakanel Water Falls ©
Chinnakanel Water Falls
Kerala Farm ©
Kerala Farm

3
nights
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) ©
Situated among a collection of low hills that lead up to the coastline, state capital Thiruvananthapuram acts as a base for exploration of the southern tip of the country.
Bring the kids along to Kovalam Beach and Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): Lighthouse Beach (in Kovalam) and Varkala (Varkala Beach & Kappil Beach). There's much more to do: head off the coast to Poovar Island, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, don't miss a visit to Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Thiruvananthapuram Zoo.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip website .

Getting from Munnar to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. October in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Varkala, Kovalam
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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

2
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
On the 7th (Mon), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take some stellar pictures from Chellarkovil Viewpoint, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Junction. Keep things going the next day: look and learn at Green land spice garden, identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, then contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of Lourde's Roman Catholic Latin Church.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Thekkady trip planner .

Traveling by car from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Thekkady takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction
Green land spice garden ©
Green land spice garden
Spas

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