13 days in Kerala Itinerary

13 days in Kerala Itinerary

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13 days in Kerala Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Bus + Fly:  3​h 15​min
1
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
2
Kovalam
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  3​h
3
Munnar
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Kumarakom
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
6
Alappuzha
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h
7
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Guruvayur
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Bengaluru

1
night
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.
On the 19th (Thu), have fun and explore at Chacha Nehru Children’s Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, kick back and relax at Muthalapozhi, and then step off the mainland to explore Poovar Island.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) online vacation planner .

Bengaluru to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bengaluru in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kovalam.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Poovar Island ©
Poovar Island
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Thiruvananthapuram Zoo ©
Thiruvananthapuram Zoo

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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 21st (Sat), kick back and relax at Hawa Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kovalam Avaduthura Devi Temple.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kovalam vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Kovalam takes an hour. In December in Kovalam, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Munnar.

Things to do in Kovalam

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach
Hawa Beach ©
Hawa Beach

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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 22nd (Sun): see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, then admire the sheer force of Chinnakanel Water Falls, then take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens, and finally admire the natural beauty at Green Field Spices and Herbal Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Munnar itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kovalam to Munnar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park ©
Chinnakanel Water Falls ©
Chinnakanel Water Falls

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 24th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Chellarcovil View Point, look for gifts at Greenworld Spices & Herbal, then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Junction, and finally admire the natural beauty at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of Lourde's Roman Catholic Latin Church, then identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, then explore the activities along Periyar Lake, and finally identify plant and animal life at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Thekkady trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Munnar to Thekkady in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kumarakom.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Greenworld Spices & Herbal
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction

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Kumarakom

Kumarakom ©
Kumarakom features one of Kerala's most scenic lakes as the backdrop and serves as a gateway to the area's famous backwaters.
On the 26th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Kumaramangalam Subramanyaswamy Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shiva Temple Ernakulam .

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kumarakom road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Kumarakom takes 3.5 hours. December in Kumarakom sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Kumarakom

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Shiva Temple Ernakulam	©
Shiva Temple Ernakulam
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary ©
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

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nights
Alappuzha

Alappuzha ©
Affectionately known as Alleppey to locals and tourists alike, Alappuzha acts as a major transport and cultural hub on the Kerala backwaters.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jain Temple, Alleppey, stroll through Alappuzha Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Marari Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Mararikulam Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Alappuzha trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Kumarakom to Alappuzha takes an hour. December in Alappuzha sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Alappuzha

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Mararikulam
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Alappuzha Beach ©
Alappuzha Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing

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.
On the 29th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, then stroll through Cherai Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiva Temple. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Jew Town and then get in on the family fun at Wonderla Amusement Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kochi (Cochin) trip builder website .

You can take a train from Alappuzha to Kochi (Cochin) in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Kochi (Cochin) can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Guruvayur.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Theme Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Wonderla Amusement Park ©
Wonderla Amusement Park
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Shiva Temple ©
Shiva Temple

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Guruvayur

Guruvayur ©
Guruvayur stands as one of the holiest and most important pilgrimage centers in the state, with its Sri Krishna Temple among the most frequented temples in the country.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta), then admire the landmark architecture of Guruvayur Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Guruvayur day trip planning tool .

Getting from Kochi (Cochin) to Guruvayur by car takes about 2.5 hours. December in Guruvayur sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Guruvayur

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Guruvayur Temple ©
Guruvayur Temple
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram ©
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram
Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta) ©
Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta)

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