9 days in Kerala & Kanyakumari Itinerary

9 days in Kerala & Kanyakumari Itinerary

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9 days in Kerala & Kanyakumari Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  5​h
1
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 1 night
train + bus:  2​h
2
Kanyakumari
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Munnar
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: New Delhi

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 10th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple and then admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, then stroll through Lighthouse Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach, and finally don't miss a visit to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) day trip planning website .

New Delhi to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. While traveling from New Delhi, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Kovalam
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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple ©
Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple

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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.
On the 12th (Thu), kick back and relax at Sothavilai Beach, don't miss a visit to Gandhi Memorial, don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bhagavathy Amman Temple, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of Ransom Church. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagaraja Temple, then explore the historical opulence of Padmanabhapuram Palace, and finally don't miss a visit to Adi Keshava Perumal Temple.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kanyakumari travel route planning app .

Getting from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Kanyakumari by combination of train and bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In December in Kanyakumari, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Padmanabhapuram Palace, Nagaraja Temple
Highlights from your plan
Vivekananda Rock Memorial ©
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Bhagavathy Amman Temple ©
Bhagavathy Amman Temple

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 14th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, then take some stellar pictures from Chellarcovil View Point, then contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Green land spice garden, then take in nature's colorful creations at Abraham's Spice Garden, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Junction.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Thekkady road trip tool .

Drive from Kanyakumari to Thekkady in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Munnar.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake

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 16th (Mon), admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam, then get great views at Munnar Hill Station, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, delve into the lush surroundings at Photo Point, and then shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Munnar online trip planner .

Getting from Thekkady to Munnar by car takes about 3 hours. December in Munnar sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Climbing Tours
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Jeevamatha Church, don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, admire the landmark architecture of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, gain insight at Kerala Kathakali Centre, then admire the striking features of Mattancherry Palace, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) vacation builder site .

You can drive from Munnar to Kochi (Cochin) in 4 hours. December in Kochi (Cochin) sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Kerala Kathakali Centre ©
Kerala Kathakali Centre

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