36 days in Kerala Itinerary

36 days in Kerala Itinerary

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36 days in Kerala Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
+2
Fly + taxi + train:  4​h 30​min
1
Kannur
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Kalpetta
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Kochi (Cochin)
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Thrissur
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Munnar
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Thekkady
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Kottayam
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Kollam
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
End: Mumbai

4
nights
Kannur

Kannur ©
A cultural capital on the state's relatively quiet northern coast, Kannur has long been associated with textile production and temple rituals, earning it the nickname, the "Land of Looms and Lores." Most Kannur itineraries will include observing theyyam rituals performed at the temples, where the traditions have origins dating back thousands of years.
Go for a jaunt from Kannur to Thalassery to see Overbury's Folly about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sundareswara Temple, stroll through Ezhara Beach, and don't miss a visit to Sri Rajarajeswara Temple.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kannur trip itinerary maker website .

Mumbai to Kannur is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kalpetta.

Things to do in Kannur

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Overbury's Folly
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Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach ©
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach
Thottada Beach ©
Thottada Beach
Payyambalam Beach ©
Payyambalam Beach

2
nights
Kalpetta

Kalpetta ©
One of the district's main tourist hubs, Kalpetta offers easy access to a number of man-made and natural attractions.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kalpetta: Regional Agricultural Research Station (in Sultan Bathery) and Banasura Sagar Dam (in Vythiri). There's lots more to do: Head underground at Edakkal Caves, explore the activities along Pookot Lake, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Banasura Hill, and take in panoramic vistas at Lakkidi View Point.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kalpetta online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Kannur to Kalpetta in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kalpetta

#Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Regional Agricultural Research Station, Banasura Sagar Dam
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Edakkal Caves ©
Edakkal Caves
Chembra ©
Chembra
Banasura Sagar Dam ©
Banasura Sagar Dam

5
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.
Pack the 13th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Wonderla Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, explore the world behind art at Kerala Folklore Museum, take a stroll through Jew Town, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Saint Francis.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, use the Kochi (Cochin) trip planning website .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Kalpetta to Kochi (Cochin) in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. March in Kochi (Cochin) sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Thrissur.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

#Theme Parks, #Parks, #Historic Sites
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Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Kerala Kathakali Centre ©
Kerala Kathakali Centre

4
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.
Explore Thrissur's surroundings by going to Athirapally Falls (in Athirappilly), Guruvayur (Elephant Camp Sanctuary, Narayanamkulangara Temple, & more) and Azhikode Munakkal Beach (in Kodungallur). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Athirappilly Waterfalls, see human ingenuity at work at Chimmony Dam, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vadakkunnathan Temple, and explore the striking landscape of Chimmini Wildlife Sanctuary.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Thrissur trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kochi (Cochin) to Thrissur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Thrissur can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Thrissur

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Guruvayur, Athirapally Falls, Azhikode Munakkal Beach
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Athirappilly Waterfalls ©
Athirappilly Waterfalls
Guruvayur Temple ©
Guruvayur Temple
Athirapally Falls ©
Athirapally Falls

4
nights
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.
Spend the 22nd (Thu) exploring nature at Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens, admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam, see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kundala Dam Lake.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Munnar travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Thrissur to Munnar takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in March, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites
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Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Tea Museum ©
Tea Museum

4
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Spend the 25th (Sun) exploring nature at Periyar National Park. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, see human ingenuity at work at Mullaperiyar Dam, contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, and admire all the interesting features of Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Thekkady using our trip planner.

Drive from Munnar to Thekkady in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Kottayam.

Things to do in Thekkady

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake
Periyar National Park ©
Periyar National Park

3
nights
Kottayam

Kottayam ©
The first Indian city to achieve a 100 percent literacy rate among its citizens, Kottayam has as much of a reputation for its educational standards as for its massive rubber industry.
Explore Kottayam's surroundings by going to Thiruvalla (Mar Thoma Syrian Church & Sree Vallabha Temple), Mararikulam (Mararikulam Beach & Marari Beach) and Chengannur Mahadeva Temple (in Chengannur). There's much more to do: make a trip to Kumaranalloor, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kottayam Cheriapally, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kottayam trip planner.

You can drive from Thekkady to Kottayam in 3 hours. In March, daytime highs in Kottayam are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kollam.

Things to do in Kottayam

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Thiruvalla, Mararikulam, Chengannur Mahadeva Temple, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
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Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Mararikulam Beach ©
Mararikulam Beach
Kumaranalloor ©
Kumaranalloor

4
nights
Kollam

Kollam ©
The bustling old port city of Kollam has long stood as a center of international trade and mercantilism, and the center of town continues the tradition with its lively scenes of commerce.
When in Kollam, make a side trip to see Sri Mahaganapathi Temple, Kottarakara in Kottarakkara, approximately 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sea views from Thangassery Light House, step off the mainland to explore Munroe Island, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Cross Church, and explore the activities along Sasthamkotta Lake.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kollam trip maker tool .

Drive from Kottayam to Kollam in 3 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Kollam can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Kollam

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Sri Mahaganapathi Temple, Kottarakara
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Thirumullavaram Beach ©
Thirumullavaram Beach
Sri Mahaganapathi Temple, Kottarakara ©
Thangassery Light House ©
Thangassery Light House

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): Kovalam (Lighthouse Beach, Kovalam Beach, & more) and Varkala (Varkala Beach & Janardhana Swami Temple). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, steep yourself in history at Kanakakunnu Palace & Grounds, and make a trip to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) route planner.

You can drive from Kollam to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Kovalam, Varkala
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Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach

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