12 days in Kerala Itinerary

12 days in Kerala Itinerary

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12 days in Kerala Itinerary

Start: Bhubaneswar
Fly:  5 h 30 min
1
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Alappuzha
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
3
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Munnar
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
5
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Bhubaneswar

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.
Kids will enjoy Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple and Vivekananda Rock Memorial. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): Kovalam (Kovalam Beach & Lighthouse Beach) and Varkala Beach (in Varkala Town). There's much more to do: head off the coast to Poovar Island, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Neeramankara Shiva Temple, explore the engaging exhibits at Chacha Nehru Children’s Museum, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Thiruvananthapuram Zoo.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) holiday builder.

Bhubaneswar to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bhubaneswar in May, you will find days in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) are little chillier (37°C), and nights are about the same (30°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kovalam, Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Varkala Beach
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Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach

2
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Alappuzha

Alappuzha ©
Affectionately known as Alleppey to locals and tourists alike, Alappuzha acts as a major transport and cultural hub on the Kerala backwaters.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Alappuzha Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Marari Beach, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jain Temple, Alleppey, then contemplate the waterfront views at Alleppey Backwaters, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Kumaramangalam Subramanyaswamy Temple.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Alappuzha trip planner.

You can take a train from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Alappuzha in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Alappuzha

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

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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): admire the natural beauty 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, then contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of Lourde's Roman Catholic Latin Church.

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Getting from Alappuzha to Thekkady by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car 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.
Start 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 reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Munnar driving holiday planning app .

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Munnar takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in May, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Munnar

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

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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.
On the 20th (Wed), gain insight at Kerala Kathakali Centre, enjoy the sand and surf at Cherai Beach, and then explore the world behind art at Kerala Folklore Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

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Drive from Munnar to Kochi (Cochin) in 4 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Kochi (Cochin) can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
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Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets

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