36 days in Kerala Itinerary

36 days in Kerala Itinerary

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36 days in Kerala Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  15​h
1
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
2
Munnar
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Thekkady
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Kottayam
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Kochi (Cochin)
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
6
Thrissur
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Kannur
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Kalpetta
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: London

4
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): Kovalam (Kovalam Beach & Lighthouse Beach) and Varkala Town (Spas, Varkala Beach, & more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, make a trip to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, and explore the engaging exhibits at Chacha Nehru Children’s Museum.

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London, UK to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from London to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in December, things will get much warmer in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Munnar.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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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.
Munnar is known for parks, nature, museums, nightlife, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens, admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam, take a peaceful walk through Photo Point, and explore the striking landscape of Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Munnar day trip planning website .

Getting from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Munnar by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Munnar can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Tea Museum ©
Tea Museum

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Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Spend the 9th (Thu) exploring nature at Periyar National Park. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, delve into the lush surroundings at Gavi Forest, look for gifts at Abraham's Spice Garden, and see the interesting displays at Angadipetty -Kerala Ayurveda Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Thekkady travel website .

Traveling by car from Munnar to Thekkady takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Kottayam.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction

4
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kottayam: Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary (in Kumarakom) and Sree Vallabha Temple (in Thiruvalla). Spend the 13th (Mon) exploring at Kerala Backwaters. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Kumaranalloor, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary's Knanaya Church, examine the collection at Bay Island Driftwood Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Vaikom Mahadeva Temple.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kottayam travel planning website .

You can drive from Thekkady to Kottayam in 3 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kottayam

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerala, Sree Vallabha Temple, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
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Kerala Backwaters ©
Kerala Backwaters
Kumaranalloor ©
Kumaranalloor
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple ©
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple

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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.
When in Kochi (Cochin), make a side trip to see Marari Beach in Mararikulam, approximately 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, kick back and relax at Cherai Beach, admire the striking features of Mattancherry Palace, and wander the streets of Jew Town.

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You can drive from Kottayam to Kochi (Cochin) in 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Kochi (Cochin) can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Thrissur.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Marari Beach
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Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue

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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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Thrissur: Vazhachal Falls (in Athirappilly), Palakkad (Tipu Sultan Fort, Malampuzha Garden and Dam, & more) and Guruvayur (Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram, Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta), & more). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Athirappilly Water Falls and take in the spiritual surroundings of Koodalmanikyam Temple.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Thrissur day trip website .

You can take a train from Kochi (Cochin) to Thrissur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in January, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kannur.

Things to do in Thrissur

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Guruvayur, Palakkad, Vazhachal Falls
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Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram ©
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram
Guruvayur Temple ©
Guruvayur Temple
Athirappilly Water Falls ©
Athirappilly Water Falls

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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.
Explore Kannur's surroundings by going to Thalassery Fort (in Thalassery), Paithalmala Hill Station (in Paithalmala) and Sargaalaya (in Kozhikode). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach, take in the views from Thalassery Sea Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Payyambalam Beach, and get to know the resident critters at Parassinikkadavu Snake Park.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kannur trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Thrissur to Kannur in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kalpetta.

Things to do in Kannur

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple, Thalassery Fort, Paithalmala Hill Station, Sargaalaya
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Thottada Beach ©
Thottada Beach
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach ©
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach
Fort St. Angelos ©
Fort St. Angelos

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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: Banasura Spices Garden (in Padinjarathara) and Banasurasagar Dam (in Vythiri). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Edakkal Caves, take in panoramic vistas at Lakkidi View Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Soochippara Falls (Sentinel Rock Waterfall), and take an in-depth tour of Wayanad Tea Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kalpetta holiday maker app .

Getting from Kannur to Kalpetta by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. January in Kalpetta sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kalpetta

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Wayanad Tea Museum, Banasura Spices Garden, Banasurasagar Dam
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Chembra ©
Chembra
Edakkal Caves ©
Edakkal Caves

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