8 days in Kerala & Kanyakumari Itinerary

8 days in Kerala & Kanyakumari Itinerary

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8 days in Kerala & Kanyakumari Itinerary

New Delhi
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Kanyakumari
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Varkala
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h 30​min
Munnar
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Kochi (Cochin)
— Few hours
Fly:  5​h
New Delhi

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, then kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lighthouse Beach. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, look for gifts at Keralashopee, and then step off the mainland to explore Poovar Island.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) custom trip planner.

New Delhi to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from New Delhi in November, plan for warmer nights in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), with lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Kovalam
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Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Lighthouse Beach

2
days
Kanyakumari

Located at the most southerly point of mainland India, Kanyakumari has long attracted pilgrims and those keen to see the end of the road.
On the 3rd (Fri), kick back and relax at Kanyakumari Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of Ransom Church, then contemplate the long history of Vattakottai Fort, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, make a trip to Thiruvalluvar Statue, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bhagavathy Amman Temple, take some stellar pictures from Sunset View Point, then pause for some photo ops at Kamarajar Mani Mantapa Monument, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumara Koil Murugan Temple.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kanyakumari trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Kanyakumari in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Kanyakumari can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Varkala.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
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Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Kanyakumari Beach

2
days
Varkala

A calm and quiet town offering long sandy beaches on the Arabian Sea, Varkala features a variety of beach activities.
On the 5th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Varkala Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kollam Beach. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Janardhana Swami Temple, then steep yourself in history at Anchuthengu and Anjengo Fort, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Papasnanam Beach.

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Traveling by car from Kanyakumari to Varkala takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Munnar.

Things to do in Varkala

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Kollam Beach
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Kollam Beach
Varkala Beach
Papasnanam Beach

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam, take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Gardens, and then admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens.

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Getting from Varkala to Munnar by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In November, daytime highs in Munnar are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Munnar

Parks
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Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam
Rose Gardens

1
day
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.
On the 8th (Wed), admire all the interesting features of Kerala Kathakali Centre, then don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) holiday planner.

You can drive from Munnar to Kochi (Cochin) in 2.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Kochi (Cochin) are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites
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Paradesi Synagogue
Chinese Fishing Nets

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