19 days in Kerala Itinerary

19 days in Kerala Itinerary

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19 days in Kerala Itinerary

Start: Ahmedabad
1
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Thekkady
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Munnar
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Guruvayur
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
6
Thrissur
— 3 nights
7
Alappuzha
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Kottayam
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
9
Varkala
— 3 nights
End: Ahmedabad

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): have fun and explore at Chacha Nehru Children’s Museum, examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, and then admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): examine the collection at Napier Museum, then look for gifts at Keralashopee, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) road trip planner.

Ahmedabad to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. While traveling from Ahmedabad, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Kovalam
Highlights from your plan
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

1
night
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 9th (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mangladevi Temple, then revel in the low prices at Tropical Chocolate Factory, then admire the natural beauty at Abraham's Spice Garden, and finally see the sky in a new way at Green land spice garden.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Thekkady trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Thekkady takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Spas Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Abraham's Spice Garden ©
Abraham's Spice Garden
Green land spice garden ©
Green land spice garden
Spas & Wellness

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): take a stroll around Kalari Kshethra, pause for some serene contemplation at C.S.I Christ Church, take in the exciting artwork at Mistletoe art Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at Mount Carmel Church &Mount Carmel Pilgrim Centre, then examine the collection at Tea Museum, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Gardens.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Munnar online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Munnar takes 2 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Guruvayur.

Things to do in Munnar

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kalari Kshethra ©
Kalari Kshethra
Tea Museum ©
Tea Museum
C.S.I Christ Church ©
C.S.I Christ Church

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Elephant Camp Sanctuary, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Guruvayur Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Guruvayur trip planning tool .

Drive from Munnar to Guruvayur in 5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Guruvayur

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Camp Sanctuary ©
Elephant Camp Sanctuary
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram ©
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram
Guruvayur Temple ©
Guruvayur Temple

3
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.
You'll explore and learn at Kashi Art Gallery and Kerala Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Paradesi Synagogue and Mattancherry Palace. There's still lots to do: buy something for everyone on your list at LuLu Mall, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Saint Francis, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cherai Beach.

For where to stay and tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Guruvayur to Kochi (Cochin) takes 3 hours. March in Kochi (Cochin) sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Thrissur.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Shopping Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
LuLu Mall ©
LuLu Mall
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue

3
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 15th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vadakkunnathan Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paramekavu Bhagavathy Temple, then explore the engaging exhibits at Thrissur Zoo & Museum, and finally identify plant and animal life at Malakkappara. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Snehatheeram Beach, then buy something for everyone on your list at Sobha City Mall, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thiruvambadi Krishna Shrine.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Thrissur day trip planning site .

Getting from Kochi (Cochin) to Thrissur by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Thrissur

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Snehatheeram Beach ©
Snehatheeram Beach
Vadakkunnathan Temple ©
Vadakkunnathan Temple
Paramekavu Bhagavathy Temple ©
Paramekavu Bhagavathy Temple

3
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 17th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary and then enjoy the sand and surf at Marari Beach.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Alappuzha trip maker .

Drive from Thrissur to Alappuzha in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. You'll set off for Kottayam on the 20th (Wed).

Things to do in Alappuzha

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Marari Beach, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Alappuzha Beach ©
Alappuzha Beach
Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple ©
Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple

2
nights
Kottayam

Kottayam ©
The first Indian city to achieve a 100 percent literacy rate among its citizens, Kottayam has as much of a reputation for its educational standards as for its massive rubber industry.
On the 20th (Wed), examine the collection at Bay Island Driftwood Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Vaikom Mahadeva Temple, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Mozart Art Gallery, look for gifts at Trove, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ganapathiyar Kovil Temple, and finally explore the galleries of Clay Art Cafe.

For maps and other tourist information, you can read our Kottayam trip planner.

Drive from Alappuzha to Kottayam in 1.5 hours. March in Kottayam sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Varkala.

Things to do in Kottayam

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Trove
Highlights from your plan
Kattikkayam Water Falls ©
Kattikkayam Water Falls
Trove ©
Trove
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple ©
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple

3
nights
Varkala

Varkala ©
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 23rd (Sat): revel in the low prices at Asparagus, take in the spiritual surroundings of Vishnu Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Janardhana Swami Temple, then stop by Shalimar Weaves, and finally kick back and relax at Varkala Beach. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Kollam Beach, then enjoy the sea views from Thangassery Light House, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Varkala holiday planner .

You can drive from Kottayam to Varkala in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. On the 25th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Varkala

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Kollam
Highlights from your plan
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach
Papasnanam Beach ©
Papasnanam Beach
Spas & Wellness

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