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Uruj Shaikh Feb 03 2013

Suggest a 8 day itinerary for Kerala from Sawantwadi.

Kapil Gumasta Feb 03 2013
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Since Kerala, God's Own Country has so much to offer, there are two awesome ways you can do this trip. Read on and find out more:

Itinerary 1 - Beaches, Backwaters and Cultures

The first stop on this one is The city of Thiruvananthpuram. You can get a direct train between Sawantwadi and Thiruvanathpuram, so your travel worries are taken care of.

Tiruvananthapuram (by Ashcoounter)

Once you reach here, you can head onto explore some of the popular attractions of Trivandrum like:

1. Shri Padmanabhaswamy Temple
2. Padmanabhapuram Palace
3. Napier Museum
4. Veli Tourist Village

In the evening, you can move from Thiruvanathpuram to Kovalam, which is a ride of about half an hour. Enjoy a momentous sunset on the Kovalam Beach and stay in Kovalam for the night.

Kovalam (by mehul.antani)

You can also choose from our luxury, mid-range and budget accommodation recommendations for Kovalam.

Start your day early and head out to explore the attractions of Kovalam. Here are the places totally worth a visit:

1. Lighthouse Beach
2. Hawa Beach
3. Samudra beach
4. Vizhinjam Marine Aquarium
5. Vizhinjam Rock-cut caves

When the sun sets, wave your goodbyes as you will now head from Kovalam to Varkala. They are about 60 km away from each other, making for a ride that is just over an hour. You can check out accommodation in Varkala here.

Next morning, you can head onto explore Varkala by visiting:

1. Sivagiri Mutt
2. Varkala Beach
3. Janardhana Temple
4. Kappil Lake

Get back to your hotel and catch some good sleep in the night, because tomorrow morning we head from Varkala to Alleppey, the land of exquisite backwaters!

Alappuzha (by Vinayaraj)

While just driving around Alleppey is a pure treat for the eyes, the place also promises some places to explore in Alappuzha. Here are a few:

1. Alleppey Beach
2. Krishnapuram Palace
3. Karumadi
4. Pandavan Rock
5. Marari Beach

Check out all the stay options in Alleppey, or take a pick from our recommendations of budget, mid range and luxury hotels in Allepey. You will surely need to catch some Zzzs before moving heading to Kumarakom from Alleppey next morning.

Being in Kumarakom is probably going to be the most leisurely leg of this vacation, as you can simply sit in a houseboat and cruise through backwaters, while happily enjoying some yummy sea-food and soaking in the beauteous views. If you are looking for action even here, go to the following places:

1. Vembanad Lake
2. Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall
3. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

You can stay in a houseboat when in Kumarakom, or take a pick from our recommendations from luxury, mid range and budget categories. Next, you go from Kumarakom to Kochi.

Kochi (Sanif)

Kochi is the first European colonial settlement in India and is also known as the Gateway to Kerala. It has an unique old world charm, which you can witness by visiting:

1. Hill Palace
2. Cherai Beach Vypeen Island
3. Santa Cruz Basilica
4. Kerala Folklore Theater and Museum
5. Kerala Kathakali Centre
6. Kashi Art Cafe
7. Greenix Village
8. Marine Drive

With all these places are waiting to be seen in Kochi, it is best to spend atleast 2 night here before you return to Sawantwadi. Check out hotels for Kochi on our Stay in Kochi page.

For more information, you can also take a look at all queries about Kovalam, Alleppey, Kumarakom.

Itinerary 2: Plantations and Tea Estates

Don't mistake Kerala for being just the land of Backwaters and seas. It has also got sprawling tea gardens and mist cloaked hill stations to offer. Start your vacation at Kozhikode city to get a taste of sun kissed beaches, verdant jungles, intoxicating spice gardens, revered temples and a rich historic legacy.

Kozhikode (by Bidhunkrishna)

Once you reach this marvellous city, you can explore:

1. Mananchira Square
2. Lion's Park
3. Kozhipara Falls
4. Beypore Beach
5. Kairali Shree Theatre
6. Tusharagiri Falls
7. Tali Temple

We recommend you stay here for two days. On the second night, take a cab to Thekkady which is situated about 300 km from Kozhikode. Check in at hotel early morning and head out to explore the surreal beauty of Thekkady in the day.

When in Thekkady, fall prey to its countless charms by visiting:

1. Periyar National Park
2. Murikkady
3. Abraham's Spice Garden, Kumily
4. Kadathanadan Kalari Centre
5. Elephant Junction

Stay in Thekkady for a night, and by mid next day, move on to explore the breathtaking beauty of Munnar.

Munnar (by Behn3john)

Set amidst thriving green tea plantations, exotic wildlife and clear trout streams, Munnar is a delight for adventure seekers. Here are a few places to visit when in this hill station:

1. Tata Tea Museum
2. Attukad Waterfalls
3. Parambikulam Tiger Reserve
4. Top Station
5. Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary
6. Photo Point

After spending a night in this serene, picturesque hill station, head on to Wayanad to explore soothing green jungles and plantations, giddying hill peaks and a colorful flora and fauna life.

What all there is to see in Wayanad? Read on and find out!

1. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
2. Edakal Caves
3. Pookot Lake
4. Kerala Folklore Academy
5. Sentinal Rock Waterfalls
6. Chain Tree

You will need about a day and a half to explore the major places in Wayanad. Here is a list of hotels in Wayanad to find your accommodation. Next stop, Kannur!

Declared as one of the ten best places to stay in India, Kannur has a strong colonial heritage. You can explore the following things when here.

1. Kappil Beach
2. Kannur Fort
3. Dharmadam Beach
4. Paithalmala
5. Ezhara Beach
6. Fort St. Angelo's
7. Moppila Bay
8. Pazhassi Dam

Spend two days in Kannur before you can take the direct train to Sawantwadi.

Hope this helps! Have a great trip!

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