12 days in Kerala Itinerary

12 days in Kerala Itinerary

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Kannur
— 2 nights
2
Kozhikode
— 2 nights
3
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 2 nights
4
Thekkady
— 1 night
5
Munnar
— 2 nights
6
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights

2
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kunjali Marakkar Museum and Mridanga Saileswari Temple. Explore hidden gems such as Thottada Beach and Payyambalam Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Kannur side-trips: Paithalmala Hill Station (in Paithalmala), Pazhayangadi (Madayi Kavu & Madayi Sree Vadukunda Shiva Temple) and Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple (in Parassinikadavu). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Arakkal Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Ettikulam Beach, contemplate the long history of Tellicherry Fort, and make a trip to Thalassery Fort.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kannur journey planner.

Kochi (Cochin) to Kannur is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kozhikode.

Things to do in Kannur

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Thalassery, Pazhayangadi, Vadakara, Paithalmala Hill Station, Mridanga Saileswari Temple
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Madayi Kavu ©
Madayi Kavu
Thottada Beach ©
Thottada Beach
Payyambalam Beach ©
Payyambalam Beach

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Kozhikode

Kozhikode ©
Famous as the landing place of Vasco da Gama, the large industrial city of Kozhikode today acts as staging post for adventures around the state, while also boasting some particularly popular beaches.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): stop by S.M. Street, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tali Temple, get a new perspective on nature at Deepanjali lamp museum, see the interesting displays at Pazhassiraja Museum and Art Gallery, then kick back and relax at Kappad Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Kozhikode Beach.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Kozhikode holiday builder.

Getting from Kannur to Kozhikode by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in June, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Kozhikode

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches
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Kappad Beach ©
Kappad Beach
Tali Temple ©
Tali Temple
Kozhikode Beach ©
Kozhikode Beach

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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.
On the 25th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Samudra Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Vizhinjam Lighthouse, enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hawa Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kollam Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Beemapally Mosque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarkara Devi Temple, steep yourself in history at Kanakakunnu Palace & Grounds, then get to know the resident critters at Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, then explore the world behind art at Shri Chitra Art Gallery, and finally see the interesting displays at Napier Museum.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip planner.

Fly from Kozhikode to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kovalam, Kollam Beach
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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Vizhinjam Lighthouse ©
Vizhinjam Lighthouse
Shri Chitra Art Gallery ©
Shri Chitra Art Gallery

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night
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
On the 27th (Sat), get great views at Chellarcovil View Point, identify plant and animal life at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, explore the activities along Periyar Lake, then pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of Lourde's Roman Catholic Latin Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mangala Devi Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mangladevi Temple, delve into the lush surroundings at Periyar Tiger Reserve forest, see the interesting displays at The Periyar Interpretation Centre, head outdoors with Persian Paradise Elephant Ride, then admire the natural beauty at Kerala Spices & Herbal Garden Visit, and finally get your game on at Thekkady Rose Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Thekkady trip maker site.

Drive from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Thekkady in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pattumala Matha Church
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation ©
Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction

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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 29th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Green Field Spices and Herbal Garden, Head underground at Swiftlet Cave Munnar, admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam, look for all kinds of wild species at Echo Point, then take some stellar pictures from Munnar Hill Station, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Gardens.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Munnar trip planner.

You can drive from Thekkady to Munnar in 3 hours. In June, daytime highs in Munnar are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Munnar

Parks · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trip

Lakkam Waterfalls
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Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
C.S.I Christ Church ©
C.S.I Christ Church
Tea Museum ©
Tea Museum

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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 30th (Tue), examine the collection at Celebrity Wax Museum. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Edappally Church Complex, take an in-depth tour of Kerala Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiva Temple Ernakulam , contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiva Temple, then learn about all things military at Maritime Museum Kochi, and finally get engrossed in the history at Kerala Folklore Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Kochi (Cochin) trip planner.

Getting from Munnar to Kochi (Cochin) by car takes about 4 hours. In June, daytime highs in Kochi (Cochin) are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Mararikulam, International Coir Museum, Shiva Temple Ernakulam
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Mararikulam Beach ©
Mararikulam Beach
Edappally Church Complex ©
Edappally Church Complex
Shiva Temple ©
Shiva Temple

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