8 days in Kerala & Tamil Nadu Itinerary

8 days in Kerala & Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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8 days in Kerala & Tamil Nadu Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
taxi + Fly:  1​h 45​min
1
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
2
Munnar
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Alappuzha
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Bengaluru

1
night
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 1st (Sun): don't miss a visit to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, then kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach, and then stop by Keralashopee.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) day trip planner.

Bengaluru to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is an approximately 2-hour combination of taxi and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bengaluru in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 28°C in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Munnar.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trip

Kovalam
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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

1
night
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 3rd (Tue), see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam, then take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Gardens, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Munnar journey planning site .

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. July in Munnar sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

#Parks
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Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Rose Gardens ©
Rose Gardens

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 4th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Thekkady day trip planning site .

You can drive from Munnar to Thekkady in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Thekkady

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake

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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Alappuzha Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Marari Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): explore the activities along Kerala Backwaters.

To find maps and tourist information, refer to the Alappuzha road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Thekkady to Alappuzha in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Alappuzha are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Alappuzha

#Parks, #Beaches, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Marari Beach, Kerala Backwaters
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Kerala Backwaters ©
Kerala Backwaters
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Alappuzha Beach ©
Alappuzha Beach

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Church and then explore the activities along Ooty Lake.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) route planner .

You can drive from Alappuzha to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Alappuzha in July, with highs in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) at 30°C and lows at 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites
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Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
Doddabetta Peak ©
Doddabetta Peak
Ooty Lake ©
Ooty Lake

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