13 days in Kerala & Tamil Nadu Itinerary

13 days in Kerala & Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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13 days in Kerala & Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  5​h
1
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Madurai
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Kodaikanal
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Munnar
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
+2
subway + taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: New Delhi

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): Kovalam (Kovalam Beach & Lighthouse Beach). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, meet the residents at Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, examine the collection at Napier Museum, and don't miss a visit to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) day trip planning app .

New Delhi to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from New Delhi in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), with highs around 36°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Madurai.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Kovalam
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

2
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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 26th (Wed): take in the local highlights with Walking tours and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Meenakshi Temple.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Madurai trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Madurai in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Madurai

#Tours, #Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
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Sri Meenakshi Temple ©
Sri Meenakshi Temple
Walking tours

1
night
Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal ©
A cool and relaxing hill station, Kodaikanal has long attracted visitors up to its privileged position in the Western Ghats.
On the 27th (Thu), explore the activities along Kodaikanal Lake, stop by The Cocoa Bean, then go for a walk through Coakers Walk, and finally take a peaceful walk through Pine Forest.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kodaikanal route site .

You can drive from Madurai to Kodaikanal in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Kodaikanal are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kodaikanal

#Parks, #Nature, #Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:
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Kodaikanal Lake ©
Kodaikanal Lake
Coakers Walk ©
Coakers Walk
Pine Forest ©
Pine Forest

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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 28th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Shiny Tours & Travals, look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, then get great views at Chellarkovil Viewpoint, and finally identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Periyar National Park.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Thekkady day trip planner .

You can drive from Kodaikanal to Thekkady in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Thekkady

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar National Park ©
Periyar National Park
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Rose Gardens, admire the natural beauty at Photo Point, then see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam, and finally admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Munnar trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Thekkady to Munnar by car takes about 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Munnar

#Parks, #Nature
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
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Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park ©

3
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.
Take a break from Kochi (Cochin) with a short trip to Marari Beach in Mararikulam, about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, stroll through Cherai Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Saint Francis, and admire the striking features of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) holiday planning tool .

Traveling by car from Munnar to Kochi (Cochin) takes 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Marari Beach
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue

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