9 days in Kerala Itinerary

9 days in Kerala Itinerary

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9 days in Kerala Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly:  2​h 45​min
1
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Guruvayur
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Chennai

1
night
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 19th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Beemapally Mosque, then kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach, and then admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. On the next day, examine the collection at Napier Museum, examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, then kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach, then enjoy the sea views from Vizhinjam Lighthouse, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Neeramankara Shiva Temple.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip itinerary builder website .

Chennai to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Chennai in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mangladevi Temple, look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, then look and learn at Green land spice garden, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Abraham's Spice Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Chellarkovil Viewpoint, then look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Junction.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Thekkady trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Thekkady in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Museums
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

3
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.
Get outdoors at Marari Beach and Cherai Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate Paradesi Synagogue and Mattancherry Palace. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Kerala Folklore Museum, stop by ViaKerala Shop, pause for some serene contemplation at Salem Marthoma Church, and view the masterpieces at Kashi Art Gallery.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kochi (Cochin) journey planner .

You can drive from Thekkady to Kochi (Cochin) in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Guruvayur.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Marari Beach, Shiva Temple Ernakulam
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LuLu Mall ©
LuLu Mall
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach

2
nights
Guruvayur

Guruvayur ©
Guruvayur stands as one of the holiest and most important pilgrimage centers in the state, with its Sri Krishna Temple among the most frequented temples in the country.
On the 26th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Shatrughna Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shankara Samadhi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Vadakkunnathan Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chowallurpady Siva Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parthasarathy Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta), admire the striking features of Guruvayur Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Venkitachalapathy Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Narayanamkulangara Temple.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Guruvayur trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Guruvayur in 3 hours. In April, daytime highs in Guruvayur are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Guruvayur

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Thrissur
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Guruvayur Temple ©
Guruvayur Temple
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram ©
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram
Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta) ©
Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta)

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