5 days in Chennai & Kerala Itinerary

5 days in Chennai & Kerala Itinerary

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5 days in Chennai & Kerala Itinerary

Start: Chennai
1
Chennai
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Munnar
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Thekkady
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Kovalam
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
End: Chennai

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Parthasarathy Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Beach, then take in nature's colorful creations at The Theosophical Society, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapaleeshwarar Temple.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Chennai route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Chennai. In September, daily temperatures in Chennai can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Chennai

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach
Kapaleeshwarar Temple ©
Kapaleeshwarar Temple
The Theosophical Society ©
The Theosophical Society

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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 25th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue, make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, gain insight at Kerala Kathakali Centre, then admire the striking features of Mattancherry Palace, and finally take a stroll through Jew Town.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) day trip planning tool .

Fly from Chennai to Kochi (Cochin) in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chennai in September, you will find days in Kochi (Cochin) are little chillier (36°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Kerala Kathakali Centre ©
Kerala Kathakali Centre

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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens, take some stellar pictures from Munnar Hill Station, and then see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Munnar day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Munnar in 4 hours. In September in Munnar, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks
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Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Munnar Hill Station ©
Munnar Hill Station

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Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, explore the activities along Periyar Lake, then see the sky in a new way at Green land spice garden, and finally get great views at Chellarcovil View Point.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Thekkady itinerary planner.

Getting from Munnar to Thekkady by car takes about 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake
Green land spice garden ©
Green land spice garden

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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.
On the 28th (Sat), kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach, then stroll through Lighthouse Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kovalam tour planning website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Thekkady to Kovalam takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kovalam

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
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Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Spas

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