5 days in Kerala Itinerary

5 days in Kerala Itinerary

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5 days in Kerala Itinerary

Start: Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Drive:  45​min
1
Kovalam
— 1 day
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Munnar
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
End: Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

1
day
Kovalam

Kovalam ©
Famous for the groves of coconut trees from which it takes its name, Kovalam offers a long, white sandy beach on the Arabian Sea.
On the 10th (Fri), admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach, and then kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kovalam tour itinerary planner.

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Kovalam is an approximately 1-hour car ride. May in Kovalam sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kovalam

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Experience Kerala Holiday Planners.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kochi (Cochin) online day trip planner .

You can fly from Kovalam to Kochi (Cochin) in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Kochi (Cochin), expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Munnar.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Experience Kerala Holiday Planners ©
Experience Kerala Holiday Planners

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam, then admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens, and then get great views at Pothamedu Viewpoint.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Munnar holiday builder site .

Traveling by car from Kochi (Cochin) to Munnar takes 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Munnar can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks
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Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Pothamedu Viewpoint ©
Pothamedu Viewpoint

2
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Junction, then look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, and then take some stellar pictures from Chellarkovil Viewpoint. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, and then identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Thekkady day trip tool .

You can drive from Munnar to Thekkady in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake

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