8 days in Kerala Itinerary

8 days in Kerala Itinerary

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8 days in Kerala Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  2​h 30​min
1
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
2
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Thekkady
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Munnar
— 1 day
taxi + Fly:  4​h
End: Mumbai

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Kovalam Beach and Varkala Beach. Get some cultural insight at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple and Sivagiri. Change things up with these side-trips from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): Lighthouse Beach (in Kovalam) and Varkala (Varkala Light House & Anjengo Fort). There's still lots to do: visit a coastal fixture at Vizhinjam Lighthouse, contemplate the long history of Kanakakunnu Palace & Grounds, see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, and stop by Keralashopee.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip itinerary builder app .

Mumbai to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

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

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Marari Beach and Cherai Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Jew Town and Mattancherry. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue, head off the coast to Gundu Island, pause for some serene contemplation at Salem Marthoma Church, and admire the landmark architecture of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kochi (Cochin) online day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Kochi (Cochin) takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Marari Beach
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Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Jew Town ©
Jew Town

1
night
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 14th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and then identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Thekkady travel planner.

Traveling by car from Kochi (Cochin) to Thekkady takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Munnar.

Things to do in Thekkady

#Wildlife, #Parks
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

1
day
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.
On the 15th (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens, take in the architecture and atmosphere at C.S.I Christ Church, then examine the collection at Tea Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Rose Gardens.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Munnar trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Munnar takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Munnar

#Parks, #Museums, #Historic Sites
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Tea Museum ©
Tea Museum
C.S.I Christ Church ©
C.S.I Christ Church
Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens

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