10 days in Kerala Itinerary

10 days in Kerala Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sydney
Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
3
Mararikulam
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: Sydney

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.
Popular historic sites such as Vizhinjam Lighthouse and Kovalam Avaduthura Devi Temple are in your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sarwaa and Janardhana Swami Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): Varkala Town (Asparagus, Varkala Beach, &more) and Kovalam (Hawa Beach, Kovalam Beach, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Neeramankara Shiva Temple.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip itinerary app.

Sydney, Australia to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is an approximately 14- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), you'll gain 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in September, you will find days in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) are a bit warmer (35°C), and nights are much warmer (28°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kovalam, Varkala Town
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Vizhinjam Lighthouse ©
Vizhinjam Lighthouse
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Papasnanam Beach/Varkala Beach ©
Papasnanam Beach/Varkala Beach

2
nights
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 4th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, then take in nature's colorful creations at Abraham's Spice Garden, then identify plant and animal life at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, and finally identify plant and animal life at Elephant Junction. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, then see the interesting displays at Angadipetty -Kerala Ayurveda Museum, then admire the sheer force of Pandikuzhi Waterfalls, and finally head outdoors with Persian Paradise Elephant Ride.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Thekkady trip builder website.

You can drive from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Thekkady in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Mararikulam.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Abraham's Spice Garden ©
Abraham's Spice Garden
Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation ©
Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve

1
night
Mararikulam

Mararikulam ©
If you're looking for soft sand and warm water, plan a vacation in Mararikulam.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Marari Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mararikulam Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thiruvizha Sree Mahadeva Temple, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Mararikulam trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Mararikulam takes 4 hours. October in Mararikulam sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Mararikulam

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Cherthala
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Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Mararikulam Beach ©
Mararikulam 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): admire the striking features of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, view the masterpieces at Kashi Art Gallery, stop by Waltons Boutique, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Indian Industries, then take an in-depth tour of Kerala Museum, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at LuLu Mall. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at St. George Syro-Malabar Catholic Church of Forane, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chottanikkara Devi Temple, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kochi (Cochin) trip planner.

Getting from Mararikulam to Kochi (Cochin) by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Shopping Wildlife Outdoors
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Kashi Art Gallery ©
Kashi Art Gallery
Chottanikkara Devi Temple ©
Chottanikkara Devi Temple
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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