9 days in Kerala Itinerary

9 days in Kerala Itinerary

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9 days in Kerala Itinerary

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

2
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.
On the 7th (Sat), stop by Sarwaa. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Mahadeva Temple, revel in the low prices at Asparagus, then enjoy the sand and surf at Varkala Beach, and finally see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) online trip itinerary maker .

Lucknow to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. When traveling from Lucknow in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), with highs around 36°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Kovalam, Varkala Town
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Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Jeevamatha Church, don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, admire the striking features of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, then gain insight at Kerala Kathakali Centre, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On your second day here, take a stroll through Jew Town, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue, then admire the landmark architecture of Mattancherry Palace, and finally explore the world behind art at Kerala Folklore Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kochi (Cochin) online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Kochi (Cochin) by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kochi (Cochin) can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Spas
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Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Kerala Kathakali Centre ©
Kerala Kathakali Centre

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 12th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Chellarcovil View Point, explore the activities along Periyar Lake, then identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, then examine the collection at Angadipetty -Kerala Ayurveda Museum, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Junction.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Thekkady attractions planner.

You can drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Thekkady in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam, then admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park and then examine the collection at Tea Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Munnar route planner.

You can drive from Thekkady to Munnar in 3 hours. In December, daytime highs in Munnar are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park ©
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam

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