8 days in Kovalam, Kanyakumari & Alappuzha Itinerary

8 days in Kovalam, Kanyakumari & Alappuzha Itinerary

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8 days in Kovalam, Kanyakumari & Alappuzha Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly:  3 h
1
Kovalam
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h
2
Kanyakumari
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Alappuzha
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  4 h 45 min
End: Chennai

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.
Attractions like Kovalam Beach and Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kovalam: Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) (Poovar Island & Thiruvananthapuram Zoo) and Varkala Town (Spas, Varkala Beach, & more). There's lots more to do: stroll through Lighthouse Beach, don't miss a visit to Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple, and enjoy the sand and surf at Hawa Beach.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kovalam trip itinerary maker website .

Chennai to Kovalam is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kovalam are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Kovalam

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Varkala Town
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Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach

2
nights
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 25th (Wed): make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, stroll through Kanyakumari Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunset View Point, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Padmanabhapuram Palace, make a trip to Thiruvalluvar Statue, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bhagavathy Amman Temple.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Kanyakumari trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by train from Kovalam to Kanyakumari takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daily temperatures in Kanyakumari can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Padmanabhapuram Palace
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Vivekananda Rock Memorial ©
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Kanyakumari Beach ©
Kanyakumari Beach
Thiruvalluvar Statue ©
Thiruvalluvar Statue

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jain Temple, Alleppey, then kick back and relax at Alappuzha Beach, then kick back and relax at Marari Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Mararikulam Beach. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at International Coir Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Alappuzha route planner .

Traveling by car from Kanyakumari to Alappuzha takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Alappuzha are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Alappuzha

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Mararikulam
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Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Alappuzha Beach ©
Alappuzha Beach
Mararikulam Beach ©
Mararikulam Beach

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