15 days in Kerala Itinerary

15 days in Kerala Itinerary

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15 days in Kerala Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + Drive:  20​h 15​min
1
Kovalam
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
2
Kalpetta
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Guruvayur
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
4
Chinnakanal
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Alappuzha
— 4 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): don't miss a visit to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, then admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, then stroll through Kovalam Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): make a trip to Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hawa Beach, and then step off the mainland to explore Poovar Island.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kovalam itinerary planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Kovalam is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Melbourne to Kovalam. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in December: highs in Kovalam hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Kalpetta.

Things to do in Kovalam

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Kalpetta

Kalpetta ©
One of the district's main tourist hubs, Kalpetta offers easy access to a number of man-made and natural attractions.
On the 3rd (Tue), Head underground at Edakkal Caves, then take an in-depth tour of Wayanad Heritage Museum (Ambalavayal Heritage Museum), and then admire the engineering at Banasura Sagar Dam. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Koottamundu Glass Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Chembra, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Soochippara Falls (Sentinel Rock Waterfall).

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kalpetta online route builder .

Getting from Kovalam to Kalpetta by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Guruvayur.

Things to do in Kalpetta

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Banasurasagar Dam, Wayanad Heritage Museum (Ambalavayal Heritage Museum)
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Edakkal Caves ©
Edakkal Caves
Banasurasagar Dam ©
Banasurasagar Dam
Chembra ©
Chembra

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram, admire the landmark architecture of Guruvayur Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Venkitachalapathy Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parthasarathy Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta).

Plan trip to Guruvayur with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Kalpetta to Guruvayur in 5 hours. In December in Guruvayur, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Chinnakanal.

Things to do in Guruvayur

Historic Sites
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Guruvayur Temple ©
Guruvayur Temple
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram ©
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram
Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta) ©
Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta)

2
nights
Chinnakanal

Chinnakanal ©
Chinnakanal is a village in Idukki district in the Indian state of Kerala. On the 6th (Fri), admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam, then explore the activities along Mattupetty Dam, then take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Chinnakanel Water Falls. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Dr.Bala Falls and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Meesapulimala.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Chinnakanal trip website .

You can drive from Guruvayur to Chinnakanal in 6 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Chinnakanal

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Munnar, Meesapulimala
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Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Meesapulimala ©
Meesapulimala
Dr.Bala Falls ©
Dr.Bala 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 8th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, explore the activities along Periyar Lake, then look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, and finally get some fabulous bargains at Hachi Chocolate Homemade. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Chellarkovil Viewpoint, look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Junction.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Thekkady day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Chinnakanal to Thekkady takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Alappuzha.

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

4
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.
Spend the 10th (Tue) exploring at Kerala Backwaters. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Marari Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jain Temple, Alleppey, examine the collection at International Coir Museum, and stroll through Mararikulam Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Alappuzha itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Alappuzha takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Alappuzha

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mararikulam, Kerala Backwaters
Highlights from your plan
Kerala Backwaters ©
Kerala Backwaters
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Alappuzha Beach ©
Alappuzha Beach

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