8 days in Kerala Itinerary

8 days in Kerala Itinerary

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8 days in Kerala Itinerary

Start: Pune
Fly:  2​h 30​min
1
Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Mararikulam
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Munnar
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Pune

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.
On the 4th (Sat), look for gifts at Waltons Boutique, explore and take pictures at Kerala Kathakali Centre, then admire the landmark architecture of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Saint Francis, and finally don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mattancherry Palace, and then get in on the family fun at Wonderla Amusement Park.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kochi (Cochin) trip planner .

Pune to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Kochi (Cochin) are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Mararikulam.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping
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Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Kerala Kathakali Centre ©
Kerala Kathakali Centre
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue

1
night
Mararikulam

Mararikulam ©
If you're looking for soft sand and warm water, plan a vacation in Mararikulam.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mararikulam Sree Mahadeva Temple, kick back and relax at Mararikulam Beach, and then stroll through Marari Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Mararikulam trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Mararikulam in 1.5 hours. In August in Mararikulam, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Thekkady.

Things to do in Mararikulam

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Mararikulam Sree Mahadeva Temple
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Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Mararikulam Beach ©
Mararikulam Beach
Mararikulam Sree Mahadeva Temple ©
Mararikulam Sree Mahadeva Temple

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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 7th (Tue): admire all the interesting features of Spice Walk, identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, then explore the activities along Periyar Lake, and finally get great views at Chellarkovil Viewpoint. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, admire the natural beauty at Deepa World Spice and Ayurvedic Garden, and then see the sky in a new way at Green land spice garden.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Thekkady online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Mararikulam to Thekkady takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam, examine the collection at Tea Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at C.S.I Christ Church, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Munnar attractions planning site .

You can drive from Thekkady to Munnar in 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Munnar are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Tea Museum ©
Tea Museum

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach, then kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple, make a trip to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, then see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, then look for gifts at Ramachandran, and finally look for gifts at Keralashopee.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip maker tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Munnar to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. August in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

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

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