5 days in Kerala & Vadodara Itinerary

5 days in Kerala & Vadodara Itinerary

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Start: Muscat
Fly:  4 h 30 min
1
Kochi (Cochin)
— Few hours
Drive:  3 h
2
Guruvayur
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h
3
Thekkady
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Kovalam
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 30 min
5
Vadodara
— 1 day
Fly:  8 h 45 min
End: Muscat

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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 16th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Saint Francis and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) trip builder.

Muscat, Oman to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 1.5 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Muscat in March, with highs in Kochi (Cochin) at 39°C and lows at 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Guruvayur.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites
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Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Church of Saint Francis ©
Church of Saint Francis

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night
Guruvayur

Guruvayur ©
Guruvayur stands as one of the holiest and most important pilgrimage centers in the state, with its Sri Krishna Temple among the most frequented temples in the country.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Narayanamkulangara Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Venkitachalapathy Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram, thenadmire the striking features of Guruvayur Temple, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parthasarathy Temple.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Guruvayur online trip planner.

Getting from Kochi (Cochin) to Guruvayur by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Thekkady.

Things to do in Guruvayur

Historic Sites
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Guruvayur Temple ©
Guruvayur Temple
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram ©
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram
Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta) ©
Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta)

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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 18th (Mon): examine the collection at The Periyar Interpretation Centre, thenstop by Tropical Chocolate Factory, thenadmire the natural beauty at Abraham's Spice Garden, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Thekkady trip planner.

Traveling by car from Guruvayur to Thekkady takes 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kovalam.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Abraham's Spice Garden ©
Abraham's Spice Garden
The Periyar Interpretation Centre ©
The Periyar Interpretation Centre

1
night
Kovalam

Kovalam ©
Famous for the groves of coconut trees from which it takes its name, Kovalam offers a long, white sandy beach on the Arabian Sea.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lighthouse Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kovalam Beach, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, and finally examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kovalam tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Thekkady to Kovalam in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. March in Kovalam sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Vadodara.

Things to do in Kovalam

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
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Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace ©
Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace

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Vadodara

Vadodara ©
Tourism in Vadodara, the cultural capital of Gujarat, thrives on four major palace complexes, great regional dance performances, gardens and galleries, and a number of museums offering a wide variety of events, activities, and things to see.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Lukshmi Vilas Palace.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Vadodara road trip planning tool.

Fly from Kovalam to Vadodara in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Vadodara

Historic Sites
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Lukshmi Vilas Palace ©
Lukshmi Vilas Palace

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