19 days in Kerala & Tirupati Itinerary

19 days in Kerala & Tirupati Itinerary

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19 days in Kerala & Tirupati Itinerary

Philadelphia
Fly:  29​h
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h
Munnar
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Mararikulam
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Kochi (Cochin)
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
Tirupati
— 1 night
Fly:  28​h
Philadelphia

3
days
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.
Get outdoors at Kovalam Beach and Lighthouse Beach. Do your shopping at The Art of India and Ramachandran Textiles. Explore Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)'s surroundings by going to Varkala (Moon Stone Arts, Varkala Beach, & more). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple and look for gifts at Keralashopee.

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Philadelphia, USA to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is an approximately 29-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum). Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Philadelphia in January; daily highs in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) reach 87°F and lows reach 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Munnar.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Varkala, Kovalam
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Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
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Lighthouse Beach

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at C.S.I Christ Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Mount Carmel Church, then examine the collection at Tea Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Rose Gardens. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park.

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Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Munnar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in January, and nighttime lows around 71°F. You will leave for Thekkady on the 23rd (Tue).

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Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park ©
Tea Museum ©
Tea Museum
C.S.I Christ Church ©
C.S.I Christ Church

2
days
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 23rd (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mangala Devi Temple, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mangladevi Temple. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get some fabulous bargains at Tropical Chocolate Factory, stop by Kerala Crafts, then contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, and finally identify plant and animal life at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Thekkady trip builder.

Traveling by car from Munnar to Thekkady takes 2 hours. You will leave for Mararikulam on the 25th (Thu).

Things to do in Thekkady

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Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Spas & Wellness

2
days
Mararikulam

Mararikulam ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Marari Beach. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mararikulam Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary.

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Drive from Thekkady to Mararikulam in 4 hours. In January, daytime highs in Mararikulam are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Mararikulam

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kumarakom, Vaikom Mahadeva Temple
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Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary ©
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple ©
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple

4
days
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.
Head to LuLu Mall and Kochi Booksfor some retail therapy. Visit Paradesi Synagogue and Church of Saint Francis for their historical value. Take a break from Kochi (Cochin) with a short trip to Kodanand Elephant Training Centre in Kodanad, about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the exciting artwork at Kashi Art Gallery, stop by Anokhi, explore the galleries of Kerala Folklore Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

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Traveling by car from Mararikulam to Kochi (Cochin) takes 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Kochi (Cochin) are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Tirupati.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

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Kodanand Elephant Training Centre
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Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Jew Town ©
Jew Town

1
day
Tirupati

Tirupati ©
Being a major pilgrimage spot at the foot of the Seshachalam hills, Tirupati tourism revolves around Hindu temples and vast nature reserves.
On the 1st (Thu), don't miss a visit to Sri Vekateswara Swamy Temple and then steep yourself in history at Tirumala Temple.

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Getting from Kochi (Cochin) to Tirupati by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Kochi (Cochin) in February, plan for little chillier nights in Tirupati, with lows around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tirupati

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Sri Kalahasteeswara Swami Temple, Sri Vekateswara Swamy Temple
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Sri Kalahasteeswara Swami Temple ©
Tirumala Temple ©
Tirumala Temple
Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple ©
Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple

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