9 days in Kerala Itinerary

9 days in Kerala Itinerary

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9 days in Kerala Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Thekkady
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Thrissur
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
4
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then look for all kinds of wild species at Neyyar Wild Life Sanctuary.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip planner .

Kolkata (Calcutta) to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In December, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is a bit warmer than Kolkata (Calcutta) - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

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

1
night
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
On the 26th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Junction and then identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Thekkady online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Thekkady takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Thrissur.

Things to do in Thekkady

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

2
nights
Thrissur

Thrissur ©
One of the oldest and largest cities in the center of the state, Thrissur hosts a wealth of festivals throughout the year.
On the 27th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram, then admire the landmark architecture of Guruvayur Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta), and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Camp Sanctuary. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Triprayar Sri Rama Temple, then enjoy the sand and surf at Snehatheeram Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paramekavu Bhagavathy Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Vadakkunnathan Temple.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Thrissur trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Thekkady to Thrissur in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Thrissur

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Guruvayur, Triprayar Sri Rama Temple
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Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram ©
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram
Guruvayur Temple ©
Guruvayur Temple
Triprayar Sri Rama Temple ©
Triprayar Sri Rama Temple

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.
Get outdoors at Marari Beach and Alappuzha Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Paradesi Synagogue and Church of Saint Francis. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Cherai Beach, steep yourself in history at St. George Orthodox Koonan Kurish Old Syrian Church, admire the striking features of Mattancherry Palace, and take a stroll through Jew Town.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kochi (Cochin) road trip site .

Traveling by train from Thrissur to Kochi (Cochin) takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Kochi (Cochin) are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Alappuzha Beach, Marari Beach
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Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Alappuzha Beach ©
Alappuzha Beach

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