13 days in Kerala & Goa Itinerary

13 days in Kerala & Goa Itinerary

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13 days in Kerala & Goa Itinerary

Start: Lucknow
Fly + Taxi:  5 h 30 min
1
Munnar
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Vattavada
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 45 min
3
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
Kovalam
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 45 min
5
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  7 h 30 min
6
Goa
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  7 h
End: Lucknow

2
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.
Punarjani Traditional Village has been added to your itinerary. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens, see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park, and see the interesting displays at Tea Museum.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Munnar trip planner .

Lucknow to Munnar is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. When traveling from Lucknow in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Munnar, with highs around 38°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 26°C. On the 23rd (Mon), you're off toVattavada.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Museums
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Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Tea Museum ©
Tea Museum

1
night
Vattavada

Vattavada ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nature Education Centre, Pampadum Shola. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nature Education Centre, Pampadum Shola.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Vattavada day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Munnar to Vattavada takes 2 hours. In December in Vattavada, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Thekkady.

Things to do in Vattavada

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Nature Education Centre, Pampadum Shola ©

2
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Junction and then identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, then explore the activities along Periyar Lake, then take some stellar pictures from Chellarcovil View Point, and finally identify plant and animal life at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Thekkady driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Vattavada to Thekkady in 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kovalam Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kovalam online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Thekkady to Kovalam takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kovalam can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kovalam

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace ©
Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace

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 28th (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, gain insight at Kerala Kathakali Centre, then don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue, and finally make a trip to Jew Town. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica and then kick back and relax at Cherai Beach.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) trip planner.

Getting from Kovalam to Kochi (Cochin) by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kochi (Cochin) are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Goa.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue

3
nights
Goa

Goa ©
On India's western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India.
Goa is known for beaches, historic sites, shopping, nightlife, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Agonda Beach, have some family-friendly fun at Milsim Goa Paintball, admire the striking features of Basilica of Bom Jesus, and kick back and relax at Baga Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Goa road trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Kochi (Cochin) to Goa takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or drive. When traveling from Kochi (Cochin) in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Goa, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Goa

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Agonda Beach ©
Agonda Beach
Palolem Beach ©
Palolem Beach
Baga Beach ©
Baga Beach

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