9 days in Kerala Itinerary

9 days in Kerala Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kerala tour planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Munnar
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Thekkady
— 1 night
Drive
4
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 3 nights
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Kochi (Cochin)

— 2 nights

Queen of the Arabian Sea

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 25th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Edappally Church Complex, then make a trip to Kadamattom Chruch, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Keralayathra Tours and Travels. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at Prakruthi Ayurveda Spa & Treatment Centre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cherai Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kuzhupilly Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) day trip site.

Kolkata (Calcutta) to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or take a train. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in December, expect Kochi (Cochin) to be somewhat warmer, temps between 37°C and 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Munnar

— 2 nights

Southern Spice

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 27th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Muniyara - Anakottapara park, look for all kinds of wild species at Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, and then admire the natural beauty at Carmelgiri Botanical Garden. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at C.S.I Christ Church, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then admire the natural beauty at Rose Gardens, and finally admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Munnar planner.

Drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Munnar in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks · Historic Sites · Spas · Wildlife

Thekkady

— 1 night
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
On the 29th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, examine the collection at The Periyar Interpretation Centre, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Ayur Sparsh.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Thekkady road trip site.

Traveling by car from Munnar to Thekkady takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Thekkady

Wildlife · Parks · Spas · Museums

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

— 3 nights

Evergreen City of India

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vizhinjam Lighthouse and Kanakakunnu Palace & Grounds. You'll get in some beach time at Kovalam Beach and Varkala Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) side-trips: Kovalam (Lighthouse Beach & Kovalam Avaduthura Devi Temple) and Varkala Town (Asparagus & Jewels Sky). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Shri Chitra Art Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple, admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, and see the interesting displays at Kuthira Malika.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) visit site.

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In December in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Kerala travel guide

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Beaches · Bodies of Water · Sacred & Religious Sites
God's Own Country
The south Indian state of Kerala stretches in a narrow sliver of land along the coast, rich in cultural heritage and natural attractions. A trip to Kerala takes you to a tropical paradise of sandy beaches and swathes of coconut groves. Considered one of the most literate states in India, Kerala is also a religiously diverse region, where Hindu temples stand next to Islamic mosques, and Christian churches rub shoulders with Jewish synagogues. Numerous wilderness areas dot this relatively small region, ensuring plenty of opportunities to spot rare birds, wild elephants, and the occasional tiger.