11 days in Tamil Nadu & Kerala Itinerary

11 days in Tamil Nadu & Kerala Itinerary

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11 days in Tamil Nadu & Kerala Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Madurai
— 1 night
train:  3​h
2
Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Thekkady
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Munnar
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
6
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)


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1
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): examine the collection at Gandhi Memorial Museum.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Madurai vacation planning site .

Kolkata (Calcutta) to Madurai is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Madurai, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Madurai

Tours Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Walking tours
Gandhi Memorial Museum
Gandhi Memorial Museum

1
night
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
On the 6th (Thu), stroll through Agnitheertham, see the interesting displays at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House, then take in the views from Pamban bridge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hanuman Temple.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, read Rameswaram travel planner.

You can drive from Madurai to Rameswaram in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi ©
Pamban bridge ©
Pamban bridge
Hanuman Temple ©
Hanuman Temple

1
day
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 7th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Abraham's Spice Garden, explore the activities along Periyar Lake, and then identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Thekkady day trip app .

Getting from Rameswaram to Thekkady by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake
Abraham's Spice Garden ©
Abraham's Spice Garden

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.
On the 8th (Sat), examine the collection at Tea Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Gardens, then admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Munnar trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Munnar takes 2 hours. In December in Munnar, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Munnar

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

3
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Walking tours and Kashi Art Gallery. Change things up with a short trip to Marari Beach in Mararikulam (about 1h 15 min away). There's much more to do: make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, pause for some serene contemplation at Vallarpadam Church, look for gifts at Kochi Books, and wander the streets of Jew Town.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kochi (Cochin) trip planner .

Traveling by car from Munnar to Kochi (Cochin) takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Tours Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Marari Beach
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach

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.
On the 13th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, don't miss a visit to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, and then examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) road trip tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kochi (Cochin) to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Kovalam
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple ©
Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple

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