11 days in Kerala & Tamil Nadu Itinerary

11 days in Kerala & Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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11 days in Kerala & Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
1
Mararikulam
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Kannur
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Kovalam
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Rameswaram
— 2 nights
Train:  3​h
6
Madurai
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
End: Chennai

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Mararikulam

Mararikulam ©
If you're looking for soft sand and warm water, plan a vacation in Mararikulam.
To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Mararikulam tour planner .

Chennai to Mararikulam is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Mararikulam

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach

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.
On the 23rd (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. George Orthodox Koonan Kurish Old Syrian Church, kick back and relax at Njarackal Arattuvazhi Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Kashi Art Gallery, then stop by Waltons Boutique, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Saint Francis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): admire the striking features of Kerala Folklore Museum, make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue, then admire the landmark architecture of Mattancherry Palace, and finally wander the streets of Jew Town.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) trip website .

Getting from Mararikulam to Kochi (Cochin) by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Kannur.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Kashi Art Gallery ©
Kashi Art Gallery
Church of Saint Francis ©
Church of Saint Francis

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): kick back and relax at Payyambalam Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Baby Beach, then steep yourself in history at Fort St. Angelos, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kottiyoor Mahadeva Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Choottad Beach, then kick back and relax at Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Thottada Beach.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kannur online vacation planner .

You can drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Kannur in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in Kannur

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Thottada Beach ©
Thottada Beach
Fort St. Angelos ©
Fort St. Angelos
Payyambalam Beach ©
Payyambalam Beach

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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.
On the 27th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach, then kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach, and then stroll through Hawa Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Samudra Beach, then admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, then examine the collection at Napier Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Kanakakunnu Palace & Grounds.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kovalam travel route planning app .

Traveling by combination of train, taxi, and flight from Kannur to Kovalam takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or drive. December in Kovalam sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Kovalam

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach
Hawa Beach ©
Hawa Beach

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Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Relax by the water at Dhanushkodi Beach and Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House and Hanuman Temple. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Agnitheertham, snap pictures at Pamban bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ramanathaswamy Temple, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Kalam National Memorial.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rameswaram trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Kovalam to Rameswaram in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Madurai.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Lakshmana Teertham
Highlights from your plan
Agnitheertham ©
Agnitheertham
Kalam National Memorial ©
Kalam National Memorial
Villoondi Tirtham ©
Villoondi Tirtham

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night
Madurai

Madurai ©
One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Madurai sits on the banks of the River Vaigai and serves as a center of Tamil culture.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Meenakshi Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, and then examine the collection at Gandhi Memorial Museum.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Madurai online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rameswaram to Madurai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Madurai can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Aayiram Kaal Mandapam ©
Aayiram Kaal Mandapam
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Gandhi Memorial Museum
Gandhi Memorial Museum

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