12 days in Kerala Itinerary

12 days in Kerala Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 3 nights
2
Alappuzha
— 2 nights
3
Thekkady
— 2 nights
4
Munnar
— 1 night
5
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights

3
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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Kovalam Beach and Lighthouse Beach. Explore Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)'s surroundings by going to Vivekananda Rock Memorial (in Kanyakumari) and Varkala Beach (in Varkala Town). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, step off the mainland to explore Poovar Island, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) online sightseeing planner.

Bhubaneswar to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Bhubaneswar in May: highs in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Kovalam, Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Varkala Beach
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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach
Vivekananda Rock Memorial ©
Vivekananda Rock Memorial

2
nights
Alappuzha

Alappuzha ©
Affectionately known as Alleppey to locals and tourists alike, Alappuzha acts as a major transport and cultural hub on the Kerala backwaters.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): kick back and relax at Alappuzha Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Marari Beach, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jain Temple, Alleppey, contemplate the waterfront views at Alleppey Backwaters, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Kumaramangalam Subramanyaswamy Temple.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Alappuzha attractions website.

Traveling by car from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Alappuzha takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Alappuzha

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Sree Kumaramangalam Subramanyaswamy Temple, Marari Beach
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Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Alappuzha Beach ©
Alappuzha Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing

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 17th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Junction, and then get great views at Chellarcovil View Point. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, then explore the activities along Periyar Lake, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of Lourde's Roman Catholic Latin Church.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Thekkady trip website.

Drive from Alappuzha to Thekkady in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to 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
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam and then explore the striking landscape of Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Munnar road trip website.

Getting from Thekkady to Munnar by car takes about 3 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Munnar

Parks · Nature
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Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park ©
Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): gain insight at Kerala Kathakali Centre, kick back and relax at Cherai Beach, and then get engrossed in the history at Kerala Folklore Museum. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kochi (Cochin) online attractions planner.

Getting from Munnar to Kochi (Cochin) by car takes about 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
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Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets

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