8 days in Kerala & Kanyakumari Itinerary

8 days in Kerala & Kanyakumari Itinerary

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8 days in Kerala & Kanyakumari Itinerary

Start: Pune
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Kochi (Cochin)
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Munnar
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Alappuzha
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Pune

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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 28th (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cherai Beach.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) tour planner.

Pune to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In October in Kochi (Cochin), expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Munnar.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica ©
Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Munnar trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Kochi (Cochin) to Munnar takes 4 hours. October in Munnar sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature
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Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park ©

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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 30th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Junction and then look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, then get great views at Chellarkovil Viewpoint, then contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Thekkady day trip website .

Traveling by car from Munnar to Thekkady takes 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can go by car to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction

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Alappuzha

Alappuzha ©
Affectionately known as Alleppey to locals and tourists alike, Alappuzha acts as a major transport and cultural hub on the Kerala backwaters.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): kick back and relax at Alappuzha Beach, then kick back and relax at Marari Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Alappuzha journey planner .

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Alappuzha takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Alappuzha can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Alappuzha

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Marari Beach
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Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Alappuzha Beach ©
Alappuzha Beach
Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple ©
Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bhagavathy Amman Temple, make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, then pause for some photo ops at Thiruvalluvar Statue, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kanyakumari Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kanyakumari online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Alappuzha to Kanyakumari takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November in Kanyakumari, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Kanyakumari Beach ©
Kanyakumari Beach
Vivekananda Rock Memorial ©
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Thiruvalluvar Statue ©
Thiruvalluvar Statue

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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 3rd (Sun): get to know the resident critters at Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, and then step off the mainland to explore Poovar Island.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Kanyakumari to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) by combination of bus and train takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Poovar Island ©
Poovar Island
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Thiruvananthapuram Zoo ©
Thiruvananthapuram Zoo

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Kochi (Cochin)

Kochi (Cochin) ©
For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Kochi (Cochin) by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets

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