36 days in Kerala Itinerary

36 days in Kerala Itinerary

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36 days in Kerala Itinerary

Start: Guwahati
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  5​h 45​min
1
Munnar
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Thekkady
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Kollam
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Kottayam
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Kochi (Cochin)
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
7
Thrissur
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Kalpetta
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Kannur
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  7​h
End: Guwahati

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.
Munnar is known for parks, nature, museums, nightlife, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens, get great views at Munnar Hill Station, delve into the lush surroundings at Photo Point, and explore the striking landscape of Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Munnar travel route planner.

Guwahati to Munnar is an approximately 6-hour combination of taxi and flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Guwahati in December; daily highs in Munnar reach 38°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Tea Museum ©
Tea Museum

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, get great views at Chellarkovil Viewpoint, take in nature's colorful creations at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, and have some family-friendly fun at Thekkady Rose Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Thekkady trip maker website .

Getting from Munnar to Thekkady by car takes about 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Thekkady

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

4
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). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, make a trip to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and see the interesting displays at Napier Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) journey maker app .

Drive from Thekkady to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. December in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Kollam.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kovalam, Holy Land
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kollam: Varkala (Spas, Varkala Beach, & more), Pathanamthitta (St.George Orthodox Church (Chandanapally Valiyapalli ), Valiyakoikal Temple, & more) and Sri Mahaganapathi Temple, Kottarakara (in Kottarakkara). There's much more to do: visit a coastal fixture at Thangassery Light House, look for all kinds of wild species at Chenduruny Wildlife Sanctuary, and stroll the grounds of Infant Jesus Cathedral.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kollam attractions planner.

You can drive from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Kollam in 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Kollam can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kottayam.

Things to do in Kollam

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Varkala Town, Pathanamthitta, Chenduruny Wildlife Sanctuary, Sri Mahaganapathi Temple, Kottarakara
Highlights from your plan
Janardhana Swami Temple
Janardhana Swami Temple
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach
Spas

4
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.
Explore Kottayam's surroundings by going to St. George Orthodox Church (in Puthuppally), Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary (in Kumarakom) and Thiruvalla (St Mary's Orthodox Syrian Church, St. John's Orthodox Syrian Church, & more). Spend the 6th (Mon) exploring at Kerala Backwaters. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Vembanad Lake, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Chavara Pilgrim Centre, take in the spiritual surroundings of Vaikom Mahadeva Temple, and make a trip to Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kottayam road trip website .

You can drive from Kollam to Kottayam in 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kottayam

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Thiruvalla, Kerala, St. George Orthodox Church, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Kerala Backwaters ©
Kerala Backwaters
Kumaranalloor ©
Kumaranalloor
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple ©
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple

4
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.
Explore Kochi (Cochin)'s surroundings by going to Alappuzha Beach (in Alappuzha) and Marari Beach (in Mararikulam). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, kick back and relax at Cherai Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Mattancherry Palace, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kochi (Cochin) journey maker website .

You can drive from Kottayam to Kochi (Cochin) in 2 hours. January in Kochi (Cochin) sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Thrissur.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Alappuzha Beach, Marari Beach
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Thrissur: Palakkad (Meenvallam Waterfalls, Kalpathy Temple, & more), Marthoma Pontifical Shrine - Cradle of Christianity India (in Kodungallur) and Guruvayur (Venkitachalapathy Temple, Guruvayur Temple, & more). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Athirappilly Water Falls, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Peruvanam Mahadeva Temple, and appreciate the history behind Bible Tower.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Thrissur trip planner .

You can take a train from Kochi (Cochin) to Thrissur in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kalpetta.

Things to do in Thrissur

Historic Sites Outdoors 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

3
nights
Kalpetta

Kalpetta ©
One of the district's main tourist hubs, Kalpetta offers easy access to a number of man-made and natural attractions.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kalpetta: Banasurasagar Dam (in Vythiri), Panamaram Jain Temple (in Panamaram) and Kariyathumpara (in Kozhikode). There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Edakkal Caves, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ananthanatha Swamy Jain Temple, take in the dramatic scenery at Soochippara Falls (Sentinel Rock Waterfall), and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Chembra.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kalpetta trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Thrissur to Kalpetta in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kannur.

Things to do in Kalpetta

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Vythiri, Panamaram Jain Temple, Kariyathumpara
Highlights from your plan
Edakkal Caves ©
Edakkal Caves
Chembra ©
Chembra
Banasurasagar Dam ©
Banasurasagar Dam

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kannur: Anandashram (in Kanhangad), Shri Gopalakrishna Temple (in Nileshwar) and Thalassery (Sree Ramaswami Temple, Sri Jagannatha Temple, & more). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach, steep yourself in history at Mridanga Saileswari Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Thottada Beach, and make a trip to Annapoorneswary Temple.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kannur trip planner .

You can drive from Kalpetta to Kannur in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kannur

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Thalassery, Anandashram, Lokamalayar Kavil Ambalam @ Lokanarkavu temple, Sargaalaya, Shri Gopalakrishna Temple
Highlights from your plan
Anandashram ©
Anandashram
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach ©
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach
Thottada Beach ©
Thottada Beach

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