12 days in Kerala Itinerary

12 days in Kerala Itinerary

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— 3 nights
— 3 nights
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 3 nights
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights


Thekkady — 3 nights

Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Thekkady is known for parks, nature, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Periyar Lake, stroll through Elephant Junction, experience rural life at Spice Cloud, and take some stellar pictures from Chellarcovil View Point.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Thekkady vacation planning tool.

Salem to Thekkady is an approximately 6-hour car ride. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Munnar.
Parks · Wildlife · Fun & Games · Historic Sites
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Munnar — 3 nights

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.
Spend the 7th (Mon) exploring nature at Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens, see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam, take some stellar pictures from Munnar Hill Station, and delve into the lush surroundings at Photo Point.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Munnar trip builder tool.

You can drive from Thekkady to Munnar in 3 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Munnar can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).
Parks · Nature · Museums
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Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) — 3 nights

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, &more) and Varkala Town (The Art of India, Varkala Beach, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and don't miss a visit to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) travel route planner.

You can fly from Munnar to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can fly to Kochi (Cochin).
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Side Trips
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Kochi (Cochin) — 2 nights

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.
On the 11th (Fri), browse the different shops at LuLu Mall, then take a stroll through Jew Town, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kerala Folklore Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Joe Ikareth, then make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, then deepen your understanding at Kerala Kathakali Centre, and finally admire the striking features of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) trip site.

Traveling by flight from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Kochi (Cochin) takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in June, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.
Shopping · Neighborhoods · Spas · Museums
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Kerala travel guide

Beaches · Bodies of Water · Sacred & Religious Sites
God's Own Country
The south Indian state of Kerala stretches in a narrow sliver of land along the coast, rich in cultural heritage and natural attractions. A trip to Kerala takes you to a tropical paradise of sandy beaches and swathes of coconut groves. Considered one of the most literate states in India, Kerala is also a religiously diverse region, where Hindu temples stand next to Islamic mosques, and Christian churches rub shoulders with Jewish synagogues. Numerous wilderness areas dot this relatively small region, ensuring plenty of opportunities to spot rare birds, wild elephants, and the occasional tiger.