16 days in Kerala Itinerary

16 days in Kerala Itinerary

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16 days in Kerala Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  5​h
1
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Thekkady
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Munnar
— 3 nights
Taxi + Train:  2​h 30​min
4
Thrissur
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
5
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: New Delhi

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.
Explore Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)'s surroundings by going to Kovalam (Lighthouse Beach & Kovalam Beach) and Varkala Town (Varkala Beach & Asparagus). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, stop by Sarwaa, see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Mahadeva Temple.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) road trip tool .

New Delhi to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from New Delhi in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), with highs around 36°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Beaches 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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Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Thekkady is known for wildlife, nature, nightlife, parks, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, take in nature's colorful creations at Deepa World Spice and Ayurvedic Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, and take some stellar pictures from Chellarcovil View Point.

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Drive from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Thekkady in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Spas
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake
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.
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 in the exciting artwork at Mistletoe art Gallery, and take in the awesome beauty at Ottakathala Medu Mountain Range.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Munnar day trip website .

You can drive from Thekkady to Munnar in 3 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Thrissur.

Things to do in Munnar

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

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Guruvayur (Guruvayur Temple, Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta), & more). There's more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Athirappilly Water Falls and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koodalmanikyam Temple.

To see reviews and other tourist information, use the Thrissur trip site .

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Munnar to Thrissur in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. January in Thrissur sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Thrissur

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Guruvayur
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Guruvayur Temple ©
Guruvayur Temple
Athirappilly Water Falls ©
Athirappilly Water Falls
Kurumbakavu Temple
Kurumbakavu 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.
Step out of Kochi (Cochin) with an excursion to Marari Beach in Mararikulam--about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, stop by Leens Export, admire the landmark architecture of Mattancherry Palace, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) trip maker website .

Traveling by train from Thrissur to Kochi (Cochin) takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Kochi (Cochin) can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Beaches Historic Sites Outdoors

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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