44 days in Kerala Itinerary

44 days in Kerala Itinerary

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44 days in Kerala Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + taxi:  26​h
1
Kalpetta
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kozhikode
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Kannur
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Kochi (Cochin)
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
5
Thrissur
— 5 nights
train + taxi:  2​h 30​min
6
Munnar
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Thekkady
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 5 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

5
nights
Kalpetta

Kalpetta ©
One of the district's main tourist hubs, Kalpetta offers easy access to a number of man-made and natural attractions.
Family-friendly places like Banasurasagar Dam and Pookot Lake will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Sultan Bathery (Wayanad Heritage Museum (Ambalavayal Heritage Museum), Sree Maha Ganapathy Temple, & more), Banasura Spices Garden (in Padinjarathara) and E3 Theme Parks (in Vellamunda). There's much more to do: Head underground at Edakkal Caves, make a trip to Thariode, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Chembra, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Panamaram Jain Temple.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kalpetta route maker .

San Francisco, USA to Kalpetta is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a 13 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in June, expect nights in Kalpetta to be much hotter, around 76°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 86°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kozhikode.

Things to do in Kalpetta

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Sulthan Bathery, Vythiri, Karalad Lake, Banasura Spices Garden, E3 Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Banasurasagar Dam ©
Banasurasagar Dam
E3 Theme Parks ©
E3 Theme Parks
Thirunelli Temple ©
Thirunelli 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.
Bring the kids along to Kozhikode Beach and Payyoli Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kozhikode: Malappuram (Ponnani Juma Masjid (Makkah of Kerala Muslims) & Padinharekara Beach) and Central Forest Nursery (in Nilambur). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Sargaalaya, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get some fabulous bargains at HiLite Mall, and head outdoors with Kappad Beach.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kozhikode itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kalpetta to Kozhikode in 2.5 hours. In July in Kozhikode, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kannur.

Things to do in Kozhikode

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Malappuram, Central Forest Nursery
Highlights from your plan
Kozhikode Beach ©
Kozhikode Beach
Kappad Beach ©
Kappad Beach
Payyoli Beach ©
Payyoli Beach

6
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.
Attractions like Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach and Sri Rajarajeswara Temple make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Kannur side-trips: Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple (in Parassinikadavu), Anandashram (in Kanhangad) and Sree Ramaswami Temple (in Thalassery). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Ezhara Beach, find something for the whole family at V-Pra Kaayal Floating Park, stroll through KIzhunna Beach, and stroll around Chal Beach Park.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kannur travel route planner.

Getting from Kozhikode to Kannur by car takes about 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kannur

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Azhikode, Sree Ramaswami Temple, Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple, Anandashram
Highlights from your plan
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach ©
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach
Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple ©
Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple
Thottada Beach ©
Thottada Beach

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.
Bring the kids along to Marari Beach and Alappuzha Beach. Explore Kochi (Cochin)'s surroundings by going to Alappuzha (Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple & Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiva Temple Ernakulam , enjoy the sand and surf at Njarackal Arattuvazhi Beach, and get in on the family fun at Wonderla Amusement Park.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kannur to Kochi (Cochin) takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Kochi (Cochin) can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Thrissur.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Alappuzha, Marari Beach, Shiva Temple Ernakulam
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Wonderla Amusement Park ©
Wonderla Amusement Park

5
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.
Bring the kids along to Guruvayur Temple and Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Thrissur: Guruvayur (Parthasarathy Temple & Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram), Triprayar Sri Rama Temple (in Thriprayar) and Vadanapilly Beach (in Kodungallur). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vadakkunnathan Temple, take in the dramatic scenery at Vazhachal Waterfalls, have some family-friendly fun at Kauthuka Park, and explore the engaging exhibits at Thrissur Zoo & Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Thrissur trip itinerary maker tool .

You can take a train from Kochi (Cochin) to Thrissur in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Thrissur are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Munnar.

Things to do in Thrissur

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Guruvayur, Triprayar Sri Rama Temple, Vadanapilly Beach
Highlights from your plan
Guruvayur Temple ©
Guruvayur Temple
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram ©
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram
Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta) ©
Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta)

4
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Anayirankal Dam Reservoir and Chinnakanel Water Falls. Take a break from Munnar with a short trip to Meesapulimala in Idukki, about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens, look for gifts at Tata Tea Outlet, take in the awesome beauty at Ottakathala Medu Mountain Range, and see the interesting displays at Tea Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Munnar trip planner .

Do a combination of train and taxi from Thrissur to Munnar in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. July in Munnar sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Idukki
Highlights from your plan
Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Chinnakanel Water Falls ©
Chinnakanel Water Falls
Anayirankal Dam Reservoir ©
Anayirankal Dam Reservoir

6
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Family-friendly places like Green land spice garden and Elephant Junction will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, have some family-friendly fun at Thekkady Rose Park, experience rural life at Spice Walk, and explore the activities along Periyar Lake.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Thekkady trip planning app .

You can drive from Munnar to Thekkady in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Green land spice garden ©
Green land spice garden
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction

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 Magic Planet Theme Park. Explore Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)'s surroundings by going to Kovalam (Lighthouse Beach & Adimalathura Beach) and Varkala Beach (in Varkala). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, don't miss a visit to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Thiruvananthapuram Zoo.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In August in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 76°F at night. On the 8th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

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