40 days in Kerala Itinerary

40 days in Kerala Itinerary

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40 days in Kerala Itinerary

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

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.
Kids will enjoy Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach and Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kannur: Shri Gopalakrishna Temple (in Nileshwar), Anandashram (in Kanhangad) and Paithalmala Hill Station (in Paithalmala). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Thottada Beach, make a trip to Sri Rajarajeswara Temple, get to know the resident critters at Parassinikkadavu Snake Park, and contemplate the long history of Fort St. Angelos.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kannur trip itinerary planner.

Mumbai to Kannur is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Kozhikode.

Things to do in Kannur

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Anandashram, Paithalmala Hill Station, Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple, Shri Gopalakrishna Temple
Highlights from your plan
Thottada Beach ©
Thottada Beach
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach ©
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach
Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple ©
Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple

5
nights
Kozhikode

Kozhikode ©
Famous as the landing place of Vasco da Gama, the large industrial city of Kozhikode today acts as staging post for adventures around the state, while also boasting some particularly popular beaches.
Family-friendly places like Kozhikode Beach and Kappad Beach will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Thusharagiri Waterfalls (in Thamarassery), Chain Tree of Karinthandan (in Vythiri) and Kalpetta (Lakkidi View Point & Pookot Lake). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Sargaalaya, pause for some serene contemplation at Matri Dei Cathedral, walk around Mananchira Square, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kozhikode road trip planning site .

You can drive from Kannur to Kozhikode in 3 hours. In December, daytime highs in Kozhikode are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Thrissur.

Things to do in Kozhikode

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kalpetta, Thusharagiri Waterfalls, Chain Tree of Karinthandan
Highlights from your plan
Beypore Beach ©
Beypore Beach
Kozhikode Beach ©
Kozhikode Beach
Kappad Beach ©
Kappad Beach

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.
Attractions like Guruvayur Temple and Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Thrissur: Guruvayur (Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta) & Elephant Camp Sanctuary), Palakkad (Sree Viswanatha Swamy Temple & Malampuzha Garden and Dam) and Triprayar Sri Rama Temple (in Thriprayar). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Vadakkunnathan Temple, pause for some photo ops at Bible Tower, have some family-friendly fun at Kauthuka Park, and kick back and relax at Snehatheeram Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Thrissur route planning website .

Traveling by car from Kozhikode to Thrissur takes 3.5 hours. January in Thrissur sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Thrissur

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Guruvayur, Palakkad, Triprayar Sri Rama Temple
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Camp Sanctuary ©
Elephant Camp Sanctuary
Guruvayur Temple ©
Guruvayur Temple
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram ©
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram

6
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Marari Beach and Mararikulam Beach. Explore Kochi (Cochin)'s surroundings by going to Alappuzha (Alappuzha Beach, Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple, & more). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, wander the streets of Jew Town, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Saint Francis, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kochi (Cochin) trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can take a train from Thrissur to Kochi (Cochin) in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. January in Kochi (Cochin) sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kottayam.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Alappuzha, Mararikulam
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Wonderla Amusement Park ©
Wonderla Amusement Park

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.
Go for a jaunt from Kottayam to Vagamon to see Vagamon Kurisumala about 1h 50 min away. Spend the 16th (Thu) exploring at Kerala Backwaters. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vaikom Mahadeva Temple, don't miss a visit to Kumaranalloor, take in the awesome beauty at Illikkal Kallu, and see the interesting displays at Bay Island Driftwood Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kottayam online route planner .

Getting from Kochi (Cochin) to Kottayam by car takes about 2 hours. In January in Kottayam, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kottayam

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerala, Vagamon Kurisumala
Highlights from your plan
Kerala Backwaters ©
Kerala Backwaters
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple ©
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple
Kumaranalloor ©
Kumaranalloor

5
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Kids will enjoy Elephant Junction and Green land spice garden. Change things up with a short trip to Vagamon Pine Forest in Vagamon (about 1h 40 min away). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, admire the natural beauty at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Periyar National Park, and explore the activities along Periyar Lake.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Thekkady day trip site .

Drive from Kottayam to Thekkady in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Munnar.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Vagamon Pine Forest
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction
Vagamon Pine Forest ©
Vagamon Pine Forest
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve

5
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.
Attractions like Chinnakanel Water Falls and Kerala Farm make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Munnar to go to Idukki and see Anayirankal Dam Reservoir, which is approximately 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens, get in on the family fun at Fun Forest, examine the collection at Tea Museum, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Munnar planning tool .

You can drive from Thekkady to Munnar in 3 hours. In January, daytime highs in Munnar are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Kerala Farm, Anayirankal Dam Reservoir
Highlights from your plan
Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Chinnakanel Water Falls ©
Chinnakanel Water Falls
Kerala Farm ©
Kerala Farm

5
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.
Bring the kids along to Kovalam Beach and Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) side-trips: Lighthouse Beach (in Kovalam), Kanyakumari (Vivekananda Rock Memorial & Bhagavathy Amman Temple) and Varkala (The Art of India & Varkala Beach). There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Poovar Island, examine the collection at Napier Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple, and find something for the whole family at Magic Planet Theme Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) journey builder site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Munnar to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. January in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kovalam, Kanyakumari, Varkala Town
Highlights from your plan
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple

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