30 days in Kerala Itinerary

30 days in Kerala Itinerary

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Kannur
— 3 nights
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Kasaragod
— 3 nights
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Guruvayur
— 2 nights
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Kochi (Cochin)
— 5 nights
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Kottayam
— 4 nights
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Thekkady
— 4 nights
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Munnar
— 4 nights
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Varkala Town
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Kannur

— 3 nights

Land of Looms and Lores

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.
Get some historical perspective at Fort St. Angelos and Tellicherry Fort. Take a break from the city and head to Thottada Beach and Chal Beach Park. Get out of town with these interesting Kannur side-trips: Sree Ramaswami Temple (in Thalassery), Azhikkal Beach (in Azhikode) and Paithalmala Hill Station (in Paithalmala). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Arakkal Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Gundert Bungalow, take in the dramatic scenery at Ezharakund Waterfalls, and don't miss a visit to Annapoorneswary Temple.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kannur road trip app.

New Delhi to Kannur is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kasaragod.

Things to do in Kannur

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kasaragod

— 3 nights
Visiting Bekal Beach and Kappil Beach will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bekal Fort and Madhur Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Kasaragod: Kanhangad (Madiyan Koolom & Anandashram).

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kasaragod trip website.

You can drive from Kannur to Kasaragod in 2.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Kasaragod can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Guruvayur.

Things to do in Kasaragod

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Guruvayur

— 2 nights

Dwarka of the South

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta) and Triprayar Sri Rama Temple. Get in touch with nature at Snehatheeram Beach and Elephant Camp Sanctuary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Guruvayur: Thrissur (Vadakkunnathan Temple, Paramekavu Bhagavathy Temple, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram and gain insight at Guruvayur Devaswom Institute of Mural Painting.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Guruvayur journey builder app.

Traveling by car from Kasaragod to Guruvayur takes 7.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Guruvayur can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Guruvayur

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Kochi (Cochin)

— 5 nights

Queen of the Arabian Sea

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.
Appreciate the collections at International Coir Museum and Kerala Museum. Get some historical perspective at Edappally Church Complex and Shiva Temple. Step out of Kochi (Cochin) with an excursion to Thattekad Bird Sanctuary in Thattekad--about 1h 55 min away. Pack the 11th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Wonderla Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiva Temple Ernakulam , take in the exciting artwork at David Hall Gallery & Cafe, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and learn about all things military at Maritime Museum Kochi.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kochi (Cochin) road trip planning website.

You can drive from Guruvayur to Kochi (Cochin) in 2.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Kottayam.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Kottayam

— 4 nights

Land of Letters, Lakes, Latex

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Vagamon and Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Get a sense of the local culture at Vaikom Mahadeva Temple and Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple. Go for a jaunt from Kottayam to Thiruvalla to see Parumala Church about 1h 25 min away. Pack the 16th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Mango Meadows Agricultural Theme Park. It doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Illikkal Kallu and explore the activities along Vembanad Lake.

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Traveling by car from Kochi (Cochin) to Kottayam takes 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kottayam

Parks · Theme Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Thekkady

— 4 nights
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Abraham's Spice Garden and Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation. Ramakkalmedu and Pampa Ganapathy Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Thekkady: Parunthumpara (in Peermade), Barren Hills (in Vagamon) and Idukki (Kalvari Mount & Idukki Dam). There's still lots to do: relax in the rural setting at Spice Walk, delve into the lush surroundings at Gavi Forest, take some stellar pictures from Chellarcovil View Point, and admire the sheer force of Pandikuzhi Waterfalls.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Thekkady road trip app.

Getting from Kottayam to Thekkady by car takes about 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Munnar.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Munnar

— 4 nights

Southern Spice

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.
For shopping fun, head to Kalari Kshethra or Tata Tea Outlet. Escape the urban bustle at Anayirankal Dam Reservoir and Photo Point. Step out of Munnar with an excursion to Meesapulimala in Idukki--about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Anamudi Peak, take some stellar pictures from Munnar Hill Station, examine the collection at Tea Museum, and explore the activities along Kundala Dam Lake.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Munnar trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Thekkady to Munnar by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in June, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Varkala Town.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Varkala Town

— 3 nights
A calm and quiet town offering long sandy beaches on the Arabian Sea, Varkala features a variety of beach activities.
Visiting Kappil Lake and Kappil Beach will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Shri Chitra Art Gallery and Sivagiri. Venture out of the city with trips to Thangassery Light House (in Kollam) and Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) (Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, &more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Janardhana Swami Temple, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stop by Jewels Sky, and take some stellar pictures from Varkala Cliff.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Varkala Town road trip planner.

Getting from Munnar to Varkala Town by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in June, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Varkala Town

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Kerala travel guide

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Beaches · Bodies of Water · Sacred & Religious Sites
God's Own Country
The south Indian state of Kerala stretches in a narrow sliver of land along the coast, rich in cultural heritage and natural attractions. A trip to Kerala takes you to a tropical paradise of sandy beaches and swathes of coconut groves. Considered one of the most literate states in India, Kerala is also a religiously diverse region, where Hindu temples stand next to Islamic mosques, and Christian churches rub shoulders with Jewish synagogues. Numerous wilderness areas dot this relatively small region, ensuring plenty of opportunities to spot rare birds, wild elephants, and the occasional tiger.