8 days in Kerala & Maldives Itinerary

8 days in Kerala & Maldives Itinerary

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8 days in Kerala & Maldives Itinerary

Start: Mumbai, India
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Kochi (Cochin), India
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Mararikulam, India
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Thekkady, India
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Kovalam, India
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h
5
Maafushi Island, Maldives
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Mumbai, India


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1
night
Kochi (Cochin), India

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, then admire all the interesting features of Kerala Kathakali Centre, and then don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Jew Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cherai Beach.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kochi (Cochin) trip planner .

Mumbai to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight, taxi, and subway. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Kochi (Cochin) when traveling from Mumbai in March, with lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mararikulam.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue

1
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Mararikulam, India

Mararikulam ©
If you're looking for soft sand and warm water, plan a vacation in Mararikulam.
On the 5th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mararikulam Mahadeva Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Mararikulam Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Marari Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Mararikulam travel planning site .

You can drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Mararikulam in 1.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Thekkady.

Things to do in Mararikulam

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Mararikulam Beach ©
Mararikulam Beach
Mararikulam Mahadeva Temple ©
Mararikulam Mahadeva Temple

2
nights
Thekkady, India

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
On the 6th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Elephant Junction and then identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire all the interesting features of Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, explore the activities along Periyar Lake, then get great views at Chellarkovil Viewpoint, and finally identify plant and animal life at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.

Make your Thekkady itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Mararikulam to Thekkady takes 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in Thekkady

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

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night
Kovalam, India

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach, then kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, and finally see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kovalam trip itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Thekkady to Kovalam in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Maafushi Island.

Things to do in Kovalam

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple

1
night
Maafushi Island, Maldives

With plenty of things to do, Maafushi Island has a bustling, upbeat atmosphere and a holiday resort vibe.
On the 9th (Sat), look for gifts at Angolo Souvenir shop, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bikini Beach, and then stroll through Bikini Beach. On the next day, get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Maafushi Island travel itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kovalam to Maafushi Island. In March in Maafushi Island, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 31°C at night. On the 10th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Maafushi Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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