14 days in Pondicherry, Kerala & Ooty (Udhagamandalam) Itinerary

14 days in Pondicherry, Kerala & Ooty (Udhagamandalam) Itinerary

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14 days in Pondicherry, Kerala & Ooty (Udhagamandalam) Itinerary

Chicago
Fly + train:  27​h
Pondicherry
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 45​min
Mararikulam
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Kovalam
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
Kannur
— 1 night
Fly:  34​h
Chicago

1
day
Pondicherry

South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
On the 22nd (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach, stop by Cluny Embroidery Centre, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, and finally take in the waterfront at Seaside Promenade.

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Chicago, USA to Pondicherry is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 11 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mararikulam.

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Paradise Beach
Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges

1
day
Mararikulam

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Mararikulam travel itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Pondicherry to Mararikulam with the Route module. In December, daytime highs in Mararikulam are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

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Marari Beach

3
days
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.
Chottanikkara Devi Temple and Paradesi Synagogue will appeal to history buffs. For shopping fun, head to Kashi Art Gallery or LuLu Mall. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Kerala Folklore Museum, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, make a trip to Jew Town, and take a stroll through Mattancherry.

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You can drive from Mararikulam to Kochi (Cochin) in 1.5 hours. In December in Kochi (Cochin), expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kovalam.

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Kashi Art Gallery
Cherai Beach
Chottanikkara Devi Temple

2
days
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.
On the 28th (Thu), visit a coastal fixture at Vizhinjam Lighthouse, then stroll through Lighthouse Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, then see the interesting displays at Napier Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, and finally stroll through Hawa Beach.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kochi (Cochin) to Kovalam in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in December, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

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Kovalam Beach
Lighthouse Beach
Hawa Beach

1
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Tea gardens and eucalyptus trees scent the air of the fields surrounding Ooty, a popular summer tourism destination up in the hills.
On the 30th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Church and then take in the dramatic scenery at Pykara Lake and Pykara Falls.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kovalam to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Kovalam in December since evenings lows in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel to Kannur.

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Pykara Lake and Pykara Falls
St. Stephen's Church

2
days
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.
On the 31st (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Payyambalam Beach and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kottiyoor Mahadeva Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Mon): contemplate the long history of Fort St. Angelos, kick back and relax at Thottada Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach.

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You can drive from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Kannur in 6.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

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Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach
Payyambalam Beach
Thottada Beach

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