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
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Munnar
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): look for gifts at Leens Export, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue, then don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, then admire the striking features of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, and finally gain insight at Kerala Kathakali Centre.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kochi (Cochin) day trip planner.

The Route module shows 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.
On the 8th (Tue), see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam, get great views at Munnar Hill Station, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park, then see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, and then take in the exciting artwork at Mistletoe art Gallery.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Munnar holiday planning website.

You can drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Munnar in 4 hours. In December in Munnar, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 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, see the interesting displays at Angadipetty -Kerala Ayurveda Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Thekkady trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Munnar to Thekkady by car takes about 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to 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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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, kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach, then kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kovalam Avaduthura Devi Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kovalam visit planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Thekkady to Kovalam in 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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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.
Step out of Kozhikode with an excursion to Nilambur Teak Museum in Malappuram--about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Kozhikode Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Valayanad Devi Temple, stroll through Beypore Beach, and stroll around Mananchira Square.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kozhikode trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kovalam to Kozhikode. December in Kozhikode sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 27°C at night. On the 19th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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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