8 days in Kerala Itinerary

8 days in Kerala Itinerary

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8 days in Kerala Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
+2
Fly + Taxi + Train:  6 h 45 min
1
Thrissur
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
2
Thekkady
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
4
Kovalam
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

1
night
Thrissur

Thrissur ©
One of the oldest and largest cities in the center of the state, Thrissur hosts a wealth of festivals throughout the year.
On the 17th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vadakkunnathan Temple.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Thrissur online sightseeing planner .

Kolkata (Calcutta) to Thrissur is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Thrissur are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Thrissur

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Guruvayur
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Guruvayur Temple ©
Guruvayur Temple
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram ©
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram
Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta) ©
Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta)

1
night
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, then revel in the low prices at Tropical Chocolate Factory, and finally look for gifts at Kerala Crafts.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Thekkady driving holiday planner.

Getting from Thrissur to Thekkady by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake
Kerala Crafts ©
Kerala Crafts

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.
Shop till you drop at LuLu Mall and Joe Ikareth. Paradesi Synagogue and Chottanikkara Devi Temple will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Kochi (Cochin) to go to Mararikulam and see Marari Beach, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: stop by Kochi Books, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Vallarpadam Church, take a stroll through Jew Town, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Saint Francis.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kochi (Cochin) trip planner .

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Kochi (Cochin) takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, daytime highs in Kochi (Cochin) are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Marari Beach
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LuLu Mall ©
LuLu Mall
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue

2
nights
Kovalam

Kovalam ©
Famous for the groves of coconut trees from which it takes its name, Kovalam offers a long, white sandy beach on the Arabian Sea.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): enjoy the sea views from Vizhinjam Lighthouse, stroll through Lighthouse Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kovalam Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Ramachandran, examine the collection at Napier Museum, and then examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kovalam trip maker website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kochi (Cochin) to Kovalam in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In October in Kovalam, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kovalam

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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