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

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

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

Mumbai (Bombay)
+3
Fly + taxi + subway + bus:  7​h 45​min
Pondicherry
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 45​min
Mararikulam
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Kovalam
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
Kannur
— 2 nights
train + taxi + Fly:  7​h 30​min
Mumbai (Bombay)

1
day
Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): look for gifts at Kriti Eco Boutique, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, take an in-depth tour of Pondicherry Museum, then look for gifts at Cluny Embroidery Centre, and finally kick back and relax at Paradise Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Pondicherry vacation trip planner.

Mumbai (Bombay) to Pondicherry is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mararikulam.

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Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple ©
Pondicherry Museum ©
Pondicherry Museum

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Mararikulam

Mararikulam ©
On the 5th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Velorvattom Mahadeva Temple.

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Explore your travel options from Pondicherry to Mararikulam with the Route module. In December in Mararikulam, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

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Parks Beaches Outdoors

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Kottayam
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Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple ©
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple
Velorvattom Mahadeva Temple ©
Velorvattom Mahadeva Temple

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kerala Folklore Museum and Hill Palace of Tripunithura. Paradesi Synagogue and Church of Saint Francis will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: view the masterpieces at Kashi Art Gallery, browse the different shops at LuLu Mall, contemplate the long history of Edappally Church Complex, and take a stroll through Jew Town.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Mararikulam to Kochi (Cochin) in 1.5 hours. December in Kochi (Cochin) sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kovalam.

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Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Kashi Art Gallery ©
Kashi Art Gallery

2
days
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 10th (Mon): kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach, and then stop by Sarwaa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, view the masterpieces at Shri Chitra Art Gallery, then see the interesting displays at Napier Museum, and finally look for gifts at Keralashopee.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kovalam online itinerary creator.

Getting from Kochi (Cochin) to Kovalam by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Kovalam are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

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Parks Beaches Outdoors

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Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
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Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple

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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Ooty (Udhagamandalam) ©
Tea gardens and eucalyptus trees scent the air of the fields surrounding Ooty, a popular summer tourism destination up in the hills.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): explore the activities along Ooty Lake, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Church, then stop by Moddy's Chocolates, and finally indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour.

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Do a combination of taxi and flight from Kovalam to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Kovalam in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 24°C in Ooty (Udhagamandalam). Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kannur.

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Ooty Lake ©
Ooty Lake
St. Stephen's Church
St. Stephen's Church
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Moddy's Chocolates

2
days
Kannur

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 13th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Fort St. Angelos, then take in the views from Thalassery Sea Bridge, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach. On the next day, kick back and relax at Thottada Beach, then take an in-depth tour of Arakkal Museum, and then kick back and relax at Payyambalam Beach.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kannur trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Kannur in 6.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach ©
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach
Payyambalam Beach
Payyambalam Beach
Thottada Beach ©
Thottada Beach

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