24 days in Kerala Itinerary

24 days in Kerala Itinerary

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24 days in Kerala Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Kannur
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Kasaragod
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
3
Guruvayur
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Kottayam
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Pathanamthitta
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Kovalam
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
7
Thekkady
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Kochi (Cochin)
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Chennai

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach and Thottada Beach. Get some cultural insight at Madayi Kavu and Peralassery Sri Subramanya Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Kannur: Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple (in Parassinikadavu) and Thalassery Fort (in Thalassery). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Mridanga Saileswari Temple, pause for some serene contemplation at Pallikkunnu Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sundareswara Temple, and browse the different shops at Capitol Mall.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kannur visit planner .

Chennai to Kannur is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Kasaragod.

Things to do in Kannur

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple, Madayi Kavu, Thalassery Fort
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Madayi Kavu ©
Madayi Kavu
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach ©
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach
Thottada Beach ©
Thottada Beach

2
nights
Kasaragod

Kasaragod ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): contemplate the long history of Bekal Fort, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Swami Nithyanand Ashram, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Anandashram, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Malla Temple, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bela Church. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mallikarjuna Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Palakunnu Sree Bhagavathi Temple, then identify plant and animal life at Kottancheri Hills, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Madhur Temple.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kasaragod holiday site .

Traveling by car from Kannur to Kasaragod takes 2.5 hours. April in Kasaragod sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Guruvayur.

Things to do in Kasaragod

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Anandashram
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Anandashram ©
Anandashram
Bekal Fort ©
Bekal Fort
Swami Nithyanand Ashram ©
Swami Nithyanand Ashram

2
nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Guruvayur Temple and Vadakkunnathan Temple. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram and Parthasarathy Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Guruvayur: Triprayar Sri Rama Temple (in Thriprayar) and Thrissur (Sobha City Mall, Peruvanam Mahadeva Temple, & more). There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Venkitachalapathy Temple and pause for some serene contemplation at Palayur Church.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Guruvayur online day trip planner .

Drive from Kasaragod to Guruvayur in 7.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Guruvayur can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Kottayam.

Things to do in Guruvayur

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Thrissur, Triprayar Sri Rama Temple
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Guruvayur Temple ©
Guruvayur Temple
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram ©
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram
Triprayar Sri Rama Temple ©
Triprayar Sri Rama Temple

3
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.
St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam and St. George Orthodox Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Mozart Art Gallery and Clay Art Cafe. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kottayam: Thiruvalla (St Mary's Orthodox Syrian Church, Paliakkara Church, & more), St Mary's Jacobite Syrian Cathedral (in Manarcaud) and Thiruvizha Sree Mahadeva Temple (in Cherthala). There's more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Kottayam Cheriapally.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kottayam trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Guruvayur to Kottayam in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in April, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to Pathanamthitta.

Things to do in Kottayam

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Thiruvalla, Cherthala, St Mary's Jacobite Syrian Cathedral, St. George Orthodox Church
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St Mary's Jacobite Syrian Cathedral ©
St. George Orthodox Church ©
St. George Orthodox Church
Parumala Church ©
Parumala Church

2
nights
Pathanamthitta

Pathanamthitta ©
Pathanamthitta is a town and a municipality situated in the Central Travancore region in the state of Kerala, south India, spread over an area of 23.50 km2. On the 1st (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Malayalappuzha Devi Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple, pause for some serene contemplation at St.George Orthodox Church (Chandanapally Valiyapalli ), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bhagavathy Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Valiyakoikal Temple. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Konni Elephant Training Centre, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Trichennamangalam Mahadevar Temple, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Thomas Ecumenical Church.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Pathanamthitta trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Kottayam to Pathanamthitta in 2 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Pathanamthitta can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kovalam.

Things to do in Pathanamthitta

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Konni Elephant Training Centre, Trichennamangalam Mahadevar Temple
Highlights from your plan

3
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.
Get outdoors at Kovalam Beach and Samudra Beach. Museum-lovers will get to explore Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace and Napier Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) (Vizhinjam Lighthouse, Mahatma Gandhi Road, & more). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, stop by Sarwaa, hunt for treasures at Chalai Bazaar, and enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kovalam trip planner .

You can drive from Pathanamthitta to Kovalam in 3 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kovalam

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Get a sense of the local culture at Angadipetty -Kerala Ayurveda Museum and Green land spice garden. Visiting Periyar Tiger Reserve and Elephant Junction will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Kerala Crafts, contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of Lourde's Roman Catholic Latin Church, and take some stellar pictures from Chellarkovil Viewpoint.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Thekkady online travel route planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kovalam to Thekkady in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

5
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.
Get some historical perspective at Paradesi Synagogue and Church of Saint Francis. Kerala Folklore Museum and Kerala Museum will appeal to museum buffs. When in Kochi (Cochin), make a side trip to see Marari Beach in Mararikulam, approximately 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at LuLu Mall, explore the galleries of Kashi Art Gallery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shiva Temple Ernakulam , and admire the landmark architecture of Mattancherry Palace.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kochi (Cochin) route planner.

You can drive from Thekkady to Kochi (Cochin) in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Kochi (Cochin) can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. On the 13th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Marari Beach, Shiva Temple Ernakulam
Highlights from your plan
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Jew Town ©
Jew Town

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