13 days in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) & Kerala Itinerary

13 days in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) & Kerala Itinerary

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13 days in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) & Kerala Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly + taxi:  7​h 30​min
1
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
3
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Mararikulam
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
Kumarakom
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Munnar
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  8​h
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

1
night
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Ooty (Udhagamandalam) ©
Tea gardens and eucalyptus trees scent the air of the fields surrounding Ooty, a popular summer tourism destination up in the hills.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Church.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) online trip builder .

Kolkata (Calcutta) to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December in Ooty (Udhagamandalam), expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
Doddabetta Peak ©
Doddabetta Peak
Ooty Lake ©
Ooty Lake

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 14th (Fri): make a trip to Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach, then kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Keep things going the next day: meet the residents at Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, examine the collection at Napier Museum, then examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, and finally make a trip to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in December, with highs in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

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

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 16th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Saint Francis, admire the striking features of Mattancherry Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue, then take a stroll through Jew Town, and finally make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, explore and take pictures at Kerala Kathakali Centre, explore the world behind art at Gallery OED Cochin., then stop by Joe Ikareth, then pause for some serene contemplation at Vallarpadam Church, and finally stroll through Marine Drive.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) itinerary planning site .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Kochi (Cochin) in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mararikulam.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

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

1
night
Mararikulam

Mararikulam ©
If you're looking for soft sand and warm water, plan a vacation in Mararikulam.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Mararikulam Sree Mahadeva Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Mararikulam Beach, and then kick back and relax at Marari Beach.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Mararikulam attractions planning site .

Getting from Kochi (Cochin) to Mararikulam by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Mararikulam are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Kumarakom.

Things to do in Mararikulam

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Mararikulam Sree Mahadeva Temple
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Mararikulam Beach ©
Mararikulam Beach
Mararikulam Sree Mahadeva Temple ©
Mararikulam Sree Mahadeva Temple

1
night
Kumarakom

Kumarakom ©
Kumarakom features one of Kerala's most scenic lakes as the backdrop and serves as a gateway to the area's famous backwaters.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): examine the collection at Bay Island Driftwood Museum and then identify plant and animal life at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kumarakom visit planner.

Traveling by car from Mararikulam to Kumarakom takes an hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kumarakom

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Bay Island Driftwood Museum
Highlights from your plan
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary ©
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Bay Island Driftwood Museum ©
Bay Island Driftwood Museum

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 20th (Thu): examine the collection at INTERPRETATION CENTRE Periyar Tiger Reserve, identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, then contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, and finally take some stellar pictures from Chellarkovil Viewpoint. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Abraham's Spice Garden, admire all the interesting features of Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Junction.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Thekkady day trip planner .

Getting from Kumarakom to Thekkady by car takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Munnar.

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

3
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.
Spend the 23rd (Sun) exploring nature at Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens, see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at C.S.I Christ Church, and admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Munnar trip planner.

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Munnar takes 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Munnar

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

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