16 days in Chennai, Kerala & New Delhi Itinerary

16 days in Chennai, Kerala & New Delhi Itinerary

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16 days in Chennai, Kerala & New Delhi Itinerary

Start: Chennai
1
Chennai
— 1 day
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
3
Munnar
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Thekkady
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Kottayam
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Alappuzha
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
7
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
8
Thrissur
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
9
New Delhi
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Chennai

1
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Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Thome Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapaleeshwarar Temple, then take in nature's colorful creations at The Theosophical Society, and finally get your game on at Kartwheel.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Chennai trip itinerary app .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Chennai. In January, daytime highs in Chennai are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Fun & Games Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kapaleeshwarar Temple ©
Kapaleeshwarar Temple
The Theosophical Society ©
The Theosophical Society
San Thome Church ©
San Thome Church

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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 5th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kovalam Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lighthouse Beach, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Neeramankara Shiva Temple, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then head off the coast to Poovar Island, and finally have fun and explore at Chacha Nehru Children’s Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) road trip planner .

Fly from Chennai to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Munnar.

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
Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace ©

1
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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 7th (Tue), see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam, take some stellar pictures from Munnar Hill Station, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Munnar online holiday planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Munnar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. In January in Munnar, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Munnar Hill Station ©
Munnar Hill Station

3
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Thekkady is known for wildlife, nature, nightlife, parks, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, get a taste of the local shopping with Abraham's Spice Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mangladevi Temple, and explore the galleries of Green land spice garden.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Thekkady trip planning website .

You can drive from Munnar to Thekkady in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kottayam.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake

1
night
Kottayam

Kottayam ©
The first Indian city to achieve a 100 percent literacy rate among its citizens, Kottayam has as much of a reputation for its educational standards as for its massive rubber industry.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Illikkal Kallu and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Vaikom Mahadeva Temple.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Kottayam vacation maker .

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Kottayam takes 3 hours. January in Kottayam sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Kottayam

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Illikkal Kallu ©
Illikkal Kallu
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple ©
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then kick back and relax at Marari Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Alleppey Backwaters.

Before you visit Alappuzha, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Kottayam to Alappuzha by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January in Alappuzha, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Alappuzha

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Marari Beach
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing
Alleppey Backwaters ©
Alleppey Backwaters

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 14th (Tue): gain insight at Kerala Kathakali Centre, don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mattancherry Palace, and finally wander the streets of Jew Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Saint Francis, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cherai Beach.

For more things to do and more tourist information, go to the Kochi (Cochin) trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Alappuzha to Kochi (Cochin) in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Thrissur.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Mattancherry Palace ©
Mattancherry Palace

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night
Thrissur

Thrissur ©
One of the oldest and largest cities in the center of the state, Thrissur hosts a wealth of festivals throughout the year.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vadakkunnathan Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koodalmanikyam Temple, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Athirappilly Water Falls.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Thrissur road trip planner.

Take a train from Kochi (Cochin) to Thrissur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in January, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to New Delhi.

Things to do in Thrissur

Nature Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Athirappilly Water Falls ©
Athirappilly Water Falls
Koodalmanikyam Temple ©
Koodalmanikyam Temple
Vadakkunnathan Temple ©
Vadakkunnathan Temple

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nights
New Delhi

New Delhi ©
Designed by notable English architects and proclaimed India's capital in 1931, New Delhi sits in the middle of a sprawling metropolitan area with a population of over 25 million.
New Delhi is known for historic sites, parks, shopping, museums, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Humayun's Tomb, take in panoramic vistas at Qutub Minar, make a trip to India Gate, and step into the grandiose world of Red Fort (Lal Quila).

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the New Delhi travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Thrissur to New Delhi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Thrissur in January, expect New Delhi to be much colder, temps between 23°C and 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
Qutub Minar ©
Qutub Minar
Akshardham ©
Akshardham

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