18 days in Kerala Itinerary

18 days in Kerala Itinerary

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18 days in Kerala Itinerary

Start: Valletta, Island of Malta
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Kochi (Cochin)
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
4
Thrissur
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Kannur
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Kozhikode
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Valletta, Island of Malta

2
nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace and Vizhinjam Lighthouse. Get in touch with nature at Lighthouse Beach and Varkala Beach. Explore Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)'s surroundings by going to Kovalam Beach (in Kovalam) and Varkala (Sivagiri & Moon Stone Arts). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, look for gifts at Ta Dah, see the interesting displays at Napier Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beemapally Mosque.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip itinerary builder .

Valletta, Malta to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of ferry, taxi, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Valletta in December: high temperatures in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Varkala Town, Kovalam
Highlights from your plan
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach

2
nights
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 5th (Wed): revel in the low prices at Tropical Chocolate Factory, look for gifts at Kerala Crafts, then explore the activities along Periyar Lake, and finally identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): look and learn at Green land spice garden, examine the collection at INTERPRETATION CENTRE Periyar Tiger Reserve, then contemplate the long history of Shiny Tours & Travals, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Thekkady trip planner .

Drive from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Thekkady in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Thekkady

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

4
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.
For shopping fun, head to LuLu Mall or Indian Industries. Appreciate the collections at Kerala Folklore Museum and Kashi Art Gallery. Step out of Kochi (Cochin) with an excursion to Marari Beach in Mararikulam--about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: look for gifts at Kochi Books, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Saint Francis, wander the streets of Jew Town, and pause for some serene contemplation at Salem Marthoma Church.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) trip planner .

You can drive from Thekkady to Kochi (Cochin) in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Thrissur.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Shopping Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Marari Beach
Highlights from your plan
LuLu Mall ©
LuLu Mall
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue

2
nights
Thrissur

Thrissur ©
One of the oldest and largest cities in the center of the state, Thrissur hosts a wealth of festivals throughout the year.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta), take in the spiritual surroundings of Guruvayur Temple, then steep yourself in history at Shakthan Thampuran Palace, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vadakkunnathan Temple. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paramekavu Bhagavathy Temple, see the interesting displays at Vaidyaratnam Ayurveda Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of Lourdes Metropolitan Cathedral, and finally browse the different shops at Sobha City Mall.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Thrissur trip planner .

You can drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Thrissur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Thrissur are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kannur.

Things to do in Thrissur

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Guruvayur
Highlights from your plan
Guruvayur Temple ©
Guruvayur Temple
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram ©
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram
Vadakkunnathan Temple ©
Vadakkunnathan Temple

2
nights
Kannur

Kannur ©
A cultural capital on the state's relatively quiet northern coast, Kannur has long been associated with textile production and temple rituals, earning it the nickname, the "Land of Looms and Lores." Most Kannur itineraries will include observing theyyam rituals performed at the temples, where the traditions have origins dating back thousands of years.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): browse the different shops at G Mall, kick back and relax at Thottada Beach, and then kick back and relax at Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Fort St. Angelos, stroll through Payyambalam Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sundareswara Temple, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Capitol Mall.

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

You can drive from Thrissur to Kannur in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Kozhikode.

Things to do in Kannur

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach ©
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach
Thottada Beach ©
Thottada Beach
Payyambalam Beach ©
Payyambalam Beach

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at S.M. Street and Deepanjali lamp museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kappad Beach and Tali Temple. Change things up with a short trip to Sree Maha Ganapathy Temple in Sultan Bathery (about 58 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at Focus Mall, enjoy the sand and surf at Kozhikode Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Ponmudi Hill Station, and don't miss a visit to Azhakodi Devi Temple.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kozhikode journey website .

Getting from Kannur to Kozhikode by car takes about 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. You'll set off for home on the 18th (Tue).

Things to do in Kozhikode

Historic Sites Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Sree Maha Ganapathy Temple, Ponmudi Hill Station
Highlights from your plan
Kappad Beach ©
Kappad Beach
Kozhikode Beach ©
Kozhikode Beach
Tali Temple ©
Tali Temple

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