8 days in Kerala & Kanyakumari Itinerary

8 days in Kerala & Kanyakumari Itinerary

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8 days in Kerala & Kanyakumari Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly + taxi:  6​h 30​min
1
Munnar
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Thekkady
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Kovalam
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
4
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: New Delhi

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.
On the 14th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Gardens, then admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens, and then take some stellar pictures from Munnar Hill Station. Keep things going the next day: admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Munnar route planning website .

New Delhi to Munnar is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from New Delhi in December: highs in Munnar hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature
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Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park ©

1
night
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
On the 16th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, then identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, and finally get great views at Chellarcovil View Point.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Thekkady road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Munnar to Thekkady takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) 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
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

3
nights
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.
Take a break from Kovalam with a short trip to Poovar Island in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and kick back and relax at Hawa Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kovalam vacation app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Thekkady to Kovalam takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Kovalam, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Kovalam

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

1
night
Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari ©
Located at the most southerly point of mainland India, Kanyakumari has long attracted pilgrims and those keen to see the end of the road.
On the 20th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil and then don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, you can read our Kanyakumari road trip planner.

Getting from Kovalam to Kanyakumari by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Historic Sites
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Vivekananda Rock Memorial ©
Vivekananda Rock Memorial

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