14 days in Kerala Itinerary

14 days in Kerala Itinerary

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14 days in Kerala Itinerary

Start: Gorakhpur
Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
1
Kovalam
— 6 nights
taxi + train:  1​h
2
Varkala Town
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  3​h 30​min
3
Munnar
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Thekkady
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Kumarakom
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Gorakhpur

6
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) (Poovar Island, Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, & more), Kanyakumari (Vivekananda Rock Memorial & Kanyakumari Beach) and Holy Land (in Chalakudy). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, stroll through Lighthouse Beach, and kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kovalam vacation maker .

Gorakhpur to Kovalam is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Gorakhpur in December, expect nights in Kovalam to be warmer, around 28°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Varkala Town.

Things to do in Kovalam

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Kanyakumari, Holy Land
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Vivekananda Rock Memorial ©
Vivekananda Rock Memorial

1
night
Varkala Town

Varkala Town
A calm and quiet town offering long sandy beaches on the Arabian Sea, Varkala features a variety of beach activities.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Janardhana Swami Temple, get some fabulous bargains at Asparagus, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally stroll through Varkala Beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Varkala Town day trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Kovalam to Varkala Town takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Varkala Town are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Munnar.

Things to do in Varkala Town

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Janardhana Swami Temple
Janardhana Swami Temple
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach
Spas

1
night
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 20th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Rose Gardens, then look for gifts at Tata Tea Outlet, then admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens, and finally admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Munnar trip maker tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Varkala Town to Munnar takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. December in Munnar sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Rose Gardens ©
Rose Gardens

1
night
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take some stellar pictures from Chellarcovil View Point, then explore the activities along Periyar Lake, then identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, and finally identify plant and animal life at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Thekkady driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Munnar to Thekkady in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Kumarakom.

Things to do in Thekkady

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

1
night
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 22nd (Sun), identify plant and animal life 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 .

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kumarakom holiday planner.

Drive from Thekkady to Kumarakom in 3.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Kumarakom are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Kochi (Cochin).

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

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 23rd (Mon), deepen your understanding at Kerala Kathakali Centre, admire the striking features of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, then don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue, and finally look for gifts at Leens Export. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mattancherry Palace, make a trip to Jew Town, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally explore the world behind art at Kerala Folklore Museum.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Kumarakom to Kochi (Cochin) takes 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Kochi (Cochin) are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Spas Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Kerala Kathakali Centre ©
Kerala Kathakali Centre

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