36 days in Manali, Kullu & Kerala Itinerary

36 days in Manali, Kullu & Kerala Itinerary

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36 days in Manali, Kullu & Kerala Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Manali
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Kullu
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 15​min
3
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
4
Munnar
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Thekkady
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Alappuzha
— 4 nights
7
Thrissur
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Kalpetta
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Kannur
— 6 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: New Delhi

4
nights
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Escape the urban bustle at Beas River and Van Vihar National Park. And it doesn't end there: admire the verdant scenery at Solang Valley, witness a stunning natural landmark at Vashisht Baths, fly down the slopes at Solang-Nullah, and explore the historical opulence of Naggar Castle.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Manali trip planner .

New Delhi to Manali is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Kullu.

Things to do in Manali

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Naggar Castle, Van Vihar National Park
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Hidimba Devi Temple ©
Hidimba Devi Temple
Solang Valley ©
Solang Valley
Beas River ©
Beas River

1
night
Kullu

Kullu ©
Kullu tourism thrives thanks to the area's temples and majestic hills, covered in apple forests and deodar trees.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Raghunathjee Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Guru Nanak Devji Gurudwara, and then appreciate the views at Tirthan Valley.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kullu trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Manali to Kullu by car takes about 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Kullu

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sri Guru Nanak Devji Gurudwara
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Tirthan Valley ©
Tirthan Valley

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Kovalam Beach and Lighthouse Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Kovalam (Vellayani Lake & Hawa Beach) and Varkala (Papasnanam Beach & Varkala Beach). And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Poovar Island, have fun and explore at Chacha Nehru Children’s Museum, take a peaceful walk through Arippa, and don't miss a visit to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple.

Make your Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kullu to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum). In August, daytime highs in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Munnar.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kovalam, Varkala
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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach
Hawa Beach ©
Hawa Beach

4
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park and Thattekad Bird Sanctuary. There's still lots to do: admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam, admire the verdant scenery at Chinnakanel Water Falls, examine the collection at Tea Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at C.S.I Christ Church.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Munnar trip planning tool .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Munnar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Munnar are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Thattekad Bird Sanctuary
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Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park ©
Thattekad Bird Sanctuary ©
Thattekad Bird Sanctuary
Swiftlet Cave Munnar ©
Swiftlet Cave Munnar

3
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Get in touch with nature at Periyar Tiger Reserve and Periyar National Park. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, contemplate the long history of Shiny Tours & Travals, take some stellar pictures from Chellarkovil Viewpoint, and get outside with Persian Paradise Elephant Ride.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Thekkady online visit planner .

Getting from Munnar to Thekkady by car takes about 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Periyar National Park ©
Periyar National Park

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Kerala Backwaters and Marari Beach. Explore Alappuzha's surroundings by going to Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary (in Kumarakom) and Chinese Fishing Nets (in Kochi (Cochin)). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Alappuzha Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chavara Bhavan Shrine, tour the pleasant surroundings at Andhakaranazhi Beach, and explore the activities along Punnamada Lake.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Alappuzha trip maker .

Getting from Thekkady to Alappuzha by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September in Alappuzha, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Thrissur.

Things to do in Alappuzha

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Mararikulam, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Kerala Backwaters, Chinese Fishing Nets, Punnamada Lake
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Kerala Backwaters ©
Kerala Backwaters
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary ©
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

4
nights
Thrissur

Thrissur ©
One of the oldest and largest cities in the center of the state, Thrissur hosts a wealth of festivals throughout the year.
Step out of the city life by going to Athirapally Falls and Azhikode Munakkal Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Vazhachal Falls (in Athirappilly) and Vadanapilly Beach (in Kodungallur). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Athirappilly Waterfalls, take in the spiritual surroundings of Vadakkunnathan Temple, admire the engineering at Chimmini Wildlife Sanctuary, and identify plant and animal life at Peechi-Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Thrissur trip planning tool .

Drive from Alappuzha to Thrissur in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Thrissur can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Kalpetta.

Things to do in Thrissur

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kodungallur, Vazhachal Falls
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Athirappilly Waterfalls ©
Athirappilly Waterfalls
Chimmini Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Chimmini Wildlife Sanctuary
Peechi-Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Peechi-Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary

4
nights
Kalpetta

Kalpetta ©
One of the district's main tourist hubs, Kalpetta offers easy access to a number of man-made and natural attractions.
Get in touch with nature at Edakkal Caves and Chembra. Venture out of the city with trips to Kozhikode (Mavoor Wetlands & Thusharagiri Waterfalls) and Thariode (in Vythiri). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Soochippara Falls (Sentinel Rock Waterfall), contemplate the waterfront views at Papanashini River, and take in the awesome beauty at Banasura Hill.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kalpetta trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Thrissur to Kalpetta takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. September in Kalpetta sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Kannur.

Things to do in Kalpetta

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Thariode, Thusharagiri Waterfalls, Mavoor Wetlands
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Edakkal Caves ©
Edakkal Caves
Chembra ©
Chembra
Thusharagiri Waterfalls ©
Thusharagiri Waterfalls

6
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach and Azhikkal Beach. Take a break from Kannur with a short trip to Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple in Parassinikadavu, about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Paithalmala, enjoy the sand and surf at Choottad Beach, stroll through Ettikulam Beach, and make a trip to Sri Rajarajeswara Temple.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kannur road trip tool .

You can drive from Kalpetta to Kannur in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kannur

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple, Paithalmala Hill Station, Azhikkal Beach
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Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach ©
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach
Madayipara ©
Madayipara
Azhikkal Beach ©
Azhikkal Beach

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