11 days in Kerala & Tamil Nadu Itinerary

11 days in Kerala & Tamil Nadu Itinerary

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Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 night
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Munnar
— 1 night
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Thekkady
— 1 night
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4
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 2 nights
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Kanyakumari
— 2 nights
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Rameswaram
— 2 nights
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Madurai
— 1 night
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Kochi (Cochin) — 1 night

Queen of the Arabian Sea

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): look for gifts at Anchovy, then don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, and then deepen your understanding at Kerala Kathakali Centre. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then wander the streets of Jew Town, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue, and finally explore the galleries of Kerala Folklore Museum.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kochi (Cochin) trip itinerary planner.

Mumbai to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Mumbai in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Kochi (Cochin), with lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Munnar.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Spas · Museums
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Munnar — 1 night

Southern Spice

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 27th (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Rose Gardens, admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens.

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Getting from Kochi (Cochin) to Munnar by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Munnar are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Thekkady.
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Thekkady — 1 night

Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): stroll through Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Periyar Tiger Reserve, then admire the natural beauty at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of Lourde's Roman Catholic Latin Church.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Thekkady itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Munnar to Thekkady in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).
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Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) — 2 nights

Evergreen City of India

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.
On the 29th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kovalam Avaduthura Devi Temple, kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach, and finally look for gifts at Oriental Arts Emporium. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple, then step off the mainland to explore Poovar Island, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In December in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kanyakumari.
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Kanyakumari — 2 nights

Cape Comorin

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 31st (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kanyakumari Tirupati Temple, then kick back and relax at Kanyakumari Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bhagavathy Amman Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Narayani Shakti Peeth (Suchindram Shakti Peeth), then don't miss a visit to Thiruvalluvar Statue, then don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jain Temple Kanyakumari.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanyakumari day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Kanyakumari takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. December in Kanyakumari sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to drive to Rameswaram.
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Rameswaram — 2 nights

A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
On the 2nd (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhanushkodi Beach Point, and then look for gifts at Kalam Sea Shell Mart. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House, make a trip to Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Memorial, then take in the views from Pamban bridge, then take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Rameswaram route maker app.

Getting from Kanyakumari to Rameswaram by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Madurai.
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Madurai — 1 night

Athens of the East

One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Madurai sits on the banks of the River Vaigai and serves as a center of Tamil culture.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, examine the collection at Gandhi Memorial Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Madurai online road trip planner.

Drive from Rameswaram to Madurai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can fly back home.
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Kerala travel guide

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God's Own Country
The south Indian state of Kerala stretches in a narrow sliver of land along the coast, rich in cultural heritage and natural attractions. A trip to Kerala takes you to a tropical paradise of sandy beaches and swathes of coconut groves. Considered one of the most literate states in India, Kerala is also a religiously diverse region, where Hindu temples stand next to Islamic mosques, and Christian churches rub shoulders with Jewish synagogues. Numerous wilderness areas dot this relatively small region, ensuring plenty of opportunities to spot rare birds, wild elephants, and the occasional tiger.
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Tamil Nadu travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Bodies of Water · Beaches
Land of Tamils
Home to a Tamil population that speaks one of the world's oldest languages, the state of Tamil Nadu appeals to tourists with its many Hindu temples, beach resorts, charming hill stations, and World Heritage Sites. Several major civilizations have thrived in this area over the last 2,000 years, including the famous Chola, Chera, Pallava, and Pandya. Today, a trip to Tamil Nadu reveals its unique heritage blending elements of all the cultures that lived and died here, leaving their mark on the area's cuisine, music, religious traditions, and literature. In an ancient land steeped in history, state capital Chennai serves as a modern and convenient tourist base, providing great shopping, dining, and entertainment options.
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