12 days in Kerala, Rameswaram & Madurai Itinerary

12 days in Kerala, Rameswaram & Madurai Itinerary

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12 days in Kerala, Rameswaram & Madurai Itinerary

Start: Pune
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Kovalam
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Rameswaram
— 1 day
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Madurai
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Pothamedu
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
7
Alappuzha
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Pune

1
night
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 2nd (Thu): make a trip to Pazhanchira Temple and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, and finally see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Kovalam itinerary planner.

Pune to Kovalam is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Kovalam

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Spas

1
day
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach, then take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Rameswaram tour planning site .

You can drive from Kovalam to Rameswaram in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can take a train to Madurai.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge ©
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge

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.
On the 5th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Madurai itinerary builder site .

Take a train from Rameswaram to Madurai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daytime highs in Madurai are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. On the 5th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple

2
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Junction and then look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, take some stellar pictures from Chellarkovil Viewpoint, then explore the activities along Periyar Lake, and finally identify plant and animal life at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Thekkady trip app .

Drive from Madurai to Thekkady in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Pothamedu.

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
Pothamedu

Pothamedu ©
On the 8th (Wed), get great views at Pothamedu Viewpoint, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at C.S.I Christ Church, then see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Pothamedu day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Pothamedu takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in May, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Pothamedu

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Munnar
Highlights from your plan
Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Tea Museum ©
Tea Museum
Pothamedu Viewpoint ©
Pothamedu Viewpoint

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Kerala Folklore Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mattancherry Palace, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue, then take a stroll through Jew Town, and finally explore and take pictures at Kerala Kathakali Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Kochi Books, then make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Saint Francis, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Kochi Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kochi (Cochin) tour itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Pothamedu to Kochi (Cochin) in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Kerala Kathakali Centre ©
Kerala Kathakali Centre

3
nights
Alappuzha

Alappuzha ©
Affectionately known as Alleppey to locals and tourists alike, Alappuzha acts as a major transport and cultural hub on the Kerala backwaters.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then stroll through Alappuzha Beach. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Alleppey Backwaters.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Alappuzha attractions planner .

Drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Alappuzha in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Alappuzha are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Alappuzha

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Marari Beach
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Alappuzha Beach ©
Alappuzha Beach
Alleppey Backwaters ©
Alleppey Backwaters

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