13 days in Kerala Itinerary

13 days in Kerala Itinerary

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Start: Kochi (Cochin)
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Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 day
Drive:  4 h
2
Munnar
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Thekkady
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 30 min
4
Kovalam
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4 h
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Kozhikode
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
End: Kochi (Cochin)

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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 7th (Mon): stop by Leens Export, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue, make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, then admire the landmark architecture of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, and finally deepen your understanding at Kerala Kathakali Centre.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) day trip planning tool.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Kochi (Cochin). Expect a daytime high around 37°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam, then take some stellar pictures from Munnar Hill Station, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park, then examine the collection at Tea Museum, and then explore the galleries of Mistletoe art Gallery.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Munnar trip planner.

Getting from Kochi (Cochin) to Munnar by car takes about 4 hours. December in Munnar sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. On the 10th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

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

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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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Periyar Lake, look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, admire the natural beauty at Abraham's Spice Garden, and examine the collection at Angadipetty -Kerala Ayurveda Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Thekkady day trip planning site.

You can drive from Munnar to Thekkady in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in Thekkady

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

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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.
On the 14th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Hawa Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach, then kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kovalam Avaduthura Devi Temple. On your second day here, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Kovalam online trip 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. On the 16th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kozhikode.

Things to do in Kovalam

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Spas

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nights
Kozhikode

Kozhikode ©
Famous as the landing place of Vasco da Gama, the large industrial city of Kozhikode today acts as staging post for adventures around the state, while also boasting some particularly popular beaches.
Go for a jaunt from Kozhikode to Malappuram to see Nilambur Teak Museum about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Kozhikode Beach, wander the streets of S.M. Street, stroll around Mananchira Square, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Valayanad Devi Temple.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kozhikode attractions planning website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kovalam to Kozhikode. In December, daytime highs in Kozhikode are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kozhikode

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Nilambur Teak Museum
Highlights from your plan
Kozhikode Beach ©
Kozhikode Beach
Kappad Beach ©
Kappad Beach
Tali Temple ©
Tali Temple

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