13 days in Tamil Nadu & Kerala Itinerary

13 days in Tamil Nadu & Kerala Itinerary

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13 days in Tamil Nadu & 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:  2​h 15​min
4
Munnar
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Madurai
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
7
Chennai
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)


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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.
On the 3rd (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Church.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) online driving holiday planner .

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. December in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) 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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): make a trip to Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, then kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kovalam Beach, and finally admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, see the interesting displays at Napier Museum, make a trip to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, then examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) holiday 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. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in December: high temperatures in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can 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.
On the 7th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Saint Francis, look for gifts at Waltons Boutique, admire all the interesting features of Kerala Kathakali Centre, admire the landmark architecture of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue, and finally don't miss a visit to Jew Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, then kick back and relax at Fort Kochi Beach, then explore the galleries of Kerala Folklore Museum, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at LuLu Mall.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) holiday maker tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Kochi (Cochin) in 1.5 hours. Other options are to 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 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Outdoors Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Fort Kochi Beach ©
Fort Kochi Beach
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue

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 10th (Mon) exploring nature at Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens, admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam, examine the collection at Tea Museum, and take some stellar pictures from Top Station.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Munnar travel route site .

Traveling by car from Kochi (Cochin) to Munnar takes 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Tea Museum ©
Tea 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 12th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Abraham's Spice Garden, then identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, then explore the activities along Periyar Lake, and finally get great views at Chellarkovil Viewpoint. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Junction and then look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Thekkady trip planning app .

You can drive from Munnar to Thekkady in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Madurai.

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
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 14th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Meenakshi Temple, then step into the grandiose world of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Cathedral Church.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Madurai visit planner .

You can drive from Thekkady to Madurai in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Chennai.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Aayiram Kaal Mandapam ©
Aayiram Kaal Mandapam
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal ©
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal

1
night
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
On the 15th (Sat), stroll through Marina Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwar Temple, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Besant Nagar Beach.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Chennai online trip planner .

You can fly from Madurai to Chennai in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Chennai can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chennai

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach
Kapaleeshwarar Temple ©
Kapaleeshwarar Temple
Besant Nagar Beach ©
Besant Nagar Beach

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