12 days in Kerala Itinerary

12 days in Kerala Itinerary

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12 days in Kerala Itinerary

Start: Mangalore
Drive:  4​h
1
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Kottayam
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
4
Thiruvalla
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
Alappuzha
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
6
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Mangalore

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach and then see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary, have fun and explore at Chacha Nehru Children’s Museum, then examine the collection at Napier Museum, and finally admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) vacation planning website .

Mangalore to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. September in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Junction and then look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mangala Devi Temple, then see the interesting displays at Angadipetty -Kerala Ayurveda Museum, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mangladevi Temple.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Thekkady travel route planner .

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Kottayam.

Things to do in Thekkady

Wildlife Parks Spas
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Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Angadipetty -Kerala Ayurveda Museum ©

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): browse the exhibits of Clay Art Cafe and then identify plant and animal life at Vagamon. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Vaikom Mahadeva Temple, examine the collection at Bay Island Driftwood Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Kumarakom Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kottayam Cheriapally, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary's Knanaya Church.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kottayam trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Thekkady to Kottayam in 3 hours. In September, daytime highs in Kottayam are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Thiruvalla.

Things to do in Kottayam

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Kumarakom Beach
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Vagamon ©
Vagamon
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple ©
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple
Kottayam Cheriapally ©
Kottayam Cheriapally

1
night
Thiruvalla

Thiruvalla ©
Surrounded by waterways feeding off two rivers, Thiruvalla remains one of the lesser-known destinations in the popular state of Kerala.
On the 8th (Sun), make a trip to Sree Vallabha Temple, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parumala Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple, pause for some serene contemplation at Paliakkara Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary's Orthodox Syrian Church, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Orthodox Syrian Church.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Thiruvalla journey tool .

Traveling by car from Kottayam to Thiruvalla takes an hour. In September, daytime highs in Thiruvalla are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Thiruvalla

Historic Sites
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Parumala Church ©
Parumala Church
St. John's Orthodox Syrian Church ©
St Mary's Orthodox Syrian Church ©

2
nights
Alappuzha

Alappuzha ©
Affectionately known as Alleppey to locals and tourists alike, Alappuzha acts as a major transport and cultural hub on the Kerala backwaters.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, pause for some serene contemplation at St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Forane Church. On the next day, kick back and relax at Marari Beach, examine the collection at International Coir Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Revi Karunakaran Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Alappuzha trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Thiruvalla to Alappuzha by car takes about an hour. In September, daytime highs in Alappuzha are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Alappuzha

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Cherthala, Marari Beach, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
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Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary ©
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
St. Mary's Forane Church ©
St. Mary's Forane Church

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.
Visit Paradesi Synagogue and Church of Saint Francis for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to Cherai Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chottanikkara Devi Temple, wander the streets of Jew Town, get engrossed in the history at Kerala Folklore Museum, and examine the collection at Celebrity Wax Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) travel route planner .

Traveling by train from Alappuzha to Kochi (Cochin) takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Kochi (Cochin) are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue

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