32 days in Kerala Itinerary

32 days in Kerala Itinerary

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32 days in Kerala Itinerary

Start: Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
1
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Kollam
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Pathanamthitta
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Thekkady
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Munnar
— 3 nights
taxi + train:  2​h 30​min
6
Thrissur
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Kannur
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Kochi (Cochin)
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
End: Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): Kovalam (Kovalam Beach & Lighthouse Beach) and Varkala (Moon Stone Arts & Varkala Light House). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, head off the coast to Poovar Island, make a trip to Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, and find something for the whole family at Magic Planet Theme Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) day trip planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum). In August, daily temperatures in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kollam.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Kollam

Kollam ©
The bustling old port city of Kollam has long stood as a center of international trade and mercantilism, and the center of town continues the tradition with its lively scenes of commerce.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kollam: Sri Mahaganapathi Temple, Kottarakara (in Kottarakkara) and Varkala (Kappil Beach, Shalimar Weaves, & more). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Palaruvi Falls, stroll the grounds of Infant Jesus Cathedral, examine the collection at Paaramparya Museum, and contemplate the waterfront views at Ashtamudi Lake.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kollam trip planner .

Getting from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Kollam by car takes about 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Kollam are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Pathanamthitta.

Things to do in Kollam

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Varkala, Ashtamudi Lake, Sri Mahaganapathi Temple, Kottarakara
Highlights from your plan
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach
Palaruvi Falls ©
Palaruvi Falls
Sri Mahaganapathi Temple, Kottarakara ©

4
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. Change things up with these side-trips from Pathanamthitta: Chengannur Mahadeva Temple (in Chengannur), Sabarimala (Pampa Ganapathy Temple & Vavar Shrine) and Thiruvalla (St. John's Orthodox Syrian Church, St Mary's Orthodox Syrian Church, & more). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Valiyakoikal Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Muloor Smarakam, make a trip to Sri Subrahmanya Swamy Temple, and pause for some serene contemplation at St.George Orthodox Church (Chandanapally Valiyapalli ).

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Pathanamthitta driving holiday app .

Getting from Kollam to Pathanamthitta by car takes about 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Pathanamthitta

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Thiruvalla, Sabarimala, Chengannur Mahadeva Temple, Trichennamangalam Mahadevar Temple
Highlights from your plan

4
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Thekkady is known for wildlife, nature, nightlife, parks, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, see the sky in a new way at Green land spice garden, experience rural life at Spice Cloud, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mangala Devi Temple.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Thekkady online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Pathanamthitta to Thekkady takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Museums
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction

3
nights
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.
Step out of Munnar to go to Idukki and see Meesapulimala, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens, stop by Tata Tea Outlet, take some stellar pictures from Munnar Hill Station, and see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Munnar trip planner .

You can drive from Thekkady to Munnar in 3 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Thrissur.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Meesapulimala
Highlights from your plan
Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park ©

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Thrissur side-trips: Palakkad (Kalpathy Temple & Sree Viswanatha Swamy Temple), Marthoma Pontifical Shrine - Cradle of Christianity India (in Kodungallur) and Guruvayur (Guruvayur Temple & Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram). There's more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Athirappilly Water Falls and take in the spiritual surroundings of Shatrughna Temple.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Thrissur visit website .

Do a combination of taxi and train from Munnar to Thrissur in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Thrissur can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kannur.

Things to do in Thrissur

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Guruvayur, Palakkad, Marthoma Pontifical Shrine - Cradle of Christianity India
Highlights from your plan
Guruvayur Temple ©
Guruvayur Temple
Athirappilly Water Falls ©
Athirappilly Water Falls
Vadakkunnathan Temple ©
Vadakkunnathan Temple

4
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.
Explore Kannur's surroundings by going to Valiyaparamba Backwaters (in Bekal), Anandashram (in Kanhangad) and Shri Gopalakrishna Temple (in Nileshwar). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach, don't miss a visit to Annapoorneswary Temple, head off the coast to Dharmadam Island, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trichambaram Sree Krishna Temple.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kannur route site .

Traveling by car from Thrissur to Kannur takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kannur

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Valiyaparamba Backwaters, Anandashram, Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple, Shri Gopalakrishna Temple, Sree Ramaswami Temple
Highlights from your plan
Anandashram ©
Anandashram
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach ©
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach
Spas

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kochi (Cochin): Marari Beach (in Mararikulam) and Alappuzha Beach (in Alappuzha). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, get in on the family fun at Wonderla Amusement Park, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and browse the different shops at LuLu Mall.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kochi (Cochin) road trip planner.

You can drive from Kannur to Kochi (Cochin) in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In September in Kochi (Cochin), expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Marari Beach, Alappuzha Beach
Highlights from your plan
Mattancherry Palace ©
Mattancherry Palace
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach

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