11 days in Kerala & Kanyakumari Itinerary

11 days in Kerala & Kanyakumari Itinerary

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11 days in Kerala & Kanyakumari Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h
2
Alappuzha
— 1 night
Bus:  2​h 45​min
3
Munnar
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
Bus + Train:  2​h
6
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

2
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue, then admire the landmark architecture of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, then make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, and finally deepen your understanding at Kerala Kathakali Centre.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) trip builder app .

Kolkata (Calcutta) to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in December; daily highs in Kochi (Cochin) reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can take a train to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Outdoors Historic Sites Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue

1
night
Alappuzha

Alappuzha ©
Affectionately known as Alleppey to locals and tourists alike, Alappuzha acts as a major transport and cultural hub on the Kerala backwaters.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jain Temple, Alleppey, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Alappuzha Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Marari Beach.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Alappuzha online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Kochi (Cochin) to Alappuzha by train takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Alappuzha are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Munnar.

Things to do in Alappuzha

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Marari Beach
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Alappuzha Beach ©
Alappuzha Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Munnar

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam, then admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens, then admire the natural beauty at Rose Gardens, and finally stop by Tata Tea Outlet. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park, then examine the collection at Tea Museum, and then view the masterpieces at Mistletoe art Gallery.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Munnar journey planning site .

Take a bus from Alappuzha to Munnar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Munnar are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Tea Museum ©
Tea Museum

2
nights
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 25th (Wed): get great views at Chellarcovil View Point, then identify plant and animal life at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, then explore the activities along Periyar Lake, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the sky in a new way at Green land spice garden, look for all kinds of wild species at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Junction.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Thekkady day trip site .

Getting from Munnar to Thekkady by car takes about 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction

1
night
Kanyakumari

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jain Temple Kanyakumari, make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, then don't miss a visit to Thiruvalluvar Statue, and finally stroll through Kanyakumari Beach.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kanyakumari travel route planner.

Getting from Thekkady to Kanyakumari by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December, daytime highs in Kanyakumari are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kanyakumari Beach ©
Kanyakumari Beach
Vivekananda Rock Memorial ©
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Thiruvalluvar Statue ©
Thiruvalluvar Statue

2
nights
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

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 28th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach, then kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kovalam Avaduthura Devi Temple. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace and then step off the mainland to explore Poovar Island.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Kanyakumari to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Kovalam
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

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