32 days in Kerala Itinerary

32 days in Kerala Itinerary

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Kochi (Cochin)
— 7 nights
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Kumarakom
— 2 nights
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Thrissur
— 4 nights
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Kannur
— 6 nights
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Kasaragod
— 2 nights
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Kalpetta
— 5 nights
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Kovalam
— 5 nights
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Kochi (Cochin)

— 7 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Chottanikkara Devi Temple and Marine Drive. Step out of Kochi (Cochin) to go to Chendamangalam and see Jew's Synagogue, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Vallarpadam Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mattancherry Palace, make a trip to Princess Street, and stop by Mattancherry.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kochi (Cochin) online visit planner.

Chennai to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also take a bus; or drive. While traveling from Chennai, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kochi (Cochin), ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kumarakom.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Beaches

Side Trip

Kumarakom

— 2 nights
Kumarakom features one of Kerala's most scenic lakes as the backdrop and serves as a gateway to the area's famous backwaters.
On the 8th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Kerala Backwaters. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Alappuzha Beach, then stroll through Marari Beach, and then admire the striking features of St. Andrew's Basilica Arthunkal.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kumarakom trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Kochi (Cochin) to Kumarakom by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Kumarakom can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Thrissur.

Things to do in Kumarakom

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Thrissur

— 4 nights
One of the oldest and largest cities in the center of the state, Thrissur hosts a wealth of festivals throughout the year.
Explore hidden gems such as Kauthuka Park and Elephant Camp Sanctuary. Explore Thrissur's surroundings by going to Guruvayur (Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram, Guruvayur Temple, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Vadakkunnathan Temple, see the interesting displays at Vaidyaratnam Ayurveda Museum, appreciate the history behind Bible Tower, and take in the dramatic scenery at Athirappilly Water Falls.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Thrissur trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Kumarakom to Thrissur in 3.5 hours. In May in Thrissur, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kannur.

Things to do in Thrissur

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Kannur

— 6 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sri Rajarajeswara Temple and Payyambalam Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kannur: Thalassery (Sea View Park & Overbury's Folly). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Fort St. Angelos, kick back and relax at Ezhara Beach, stroll through Ettikulam Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sundareswara Temple.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kannur road trip planning website.

Getting from Thrissur to Kannur by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Kasaragod.

Things to do in Kannur

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Kasaragod

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Bela Church, enjoy the sand and surf at Bekal Beach, and then steep yourself in history at Bekal Fort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ananthapura Lake Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madhur Temple, then admire the striking features of Maipady Palace, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kappil Beach, and finally contemplate the long history of Chandragiri Fort.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kasaragod tour itinerary planning site.

Getting from Kannur to Kasaragod by car takes about 2.5 hours. In May in Kasaragod, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Kalpetta.

Things to do in Kasaragod

Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Kalpetta

— 5 nights
One of the district's main tourist hubs, Kalpetta offers easy access to a number of man-made and natural attractions.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Lakkidi View Point. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kalpetta: Banasurasagar Dam (in Vythiri) and Thrissillery Shiva Temple (in Thirunelly). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Banasura Hill, admire the sheer force of Soochippara Falls (Sentinel Rock Waterfall), Head underground at Edakkal Caves, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thirunelli Temple.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kalpetta day trip website.

Drive from Kasaragod to Kalpetta in 6 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Kovalam.

Things to do in Kalpetta

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kovalam

— 5 nights
Famous for the groves of coconut trees from which it takes its name, Kovalam offers a long, white sandy beach on the Arabian Sea.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Padmanabhapuram Palace and Janardhana Swami Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kovalam: Varkala Town (Varkala Beach & Spas & Wellness) and Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) (Poovar Island, Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, &more). There's much more to do: make a trip to Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, explore the activities along Vellayani Lake, enjoy the sand and surf at Hawa Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Samudra Beach.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kovalam trip builder tool.

Getting from Kalpetta to Kovalam by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. May in Kovalam sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Kovalam

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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.