8 days in Kerala & Kanyakumari Itinerary

8 days in Kerala & Kanyakumari Itinerary

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Start: New Delhi
Fly:  5 h 15 min
1
Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Alappuzha
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 45 min
3
Munnar
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Thekkady
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Kovalam
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  8 h 15 min
End: New Delhi

1
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.
For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kochi (Cochin) online trip itinerary planner.

New Delhi to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 5.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from New Delhi in December: highs in Kochi (Cochin) hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 28°C. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll travel to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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night
Alappuzha

Alappuzha ©
Affectionately known as Alleppey to locals and tourists alike, Alappuzha acts as a major transport and cultural hub on the Kerala backwaters.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Alleppey Backwaters as well as Alappuzha Beach. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Alleppey Backwaters and then enjoy the sand and surf at Alappuzha Beach.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Alappuzha vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Kochi (Cochin) to Alappuzha takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Alappuzha can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Munnar.

Things to do in Alappuzha

Parks Nature Beaches
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Alappuzha Beach ©
Alappuzha Beach
Alleppey Backwaters ©
Alleppey Backwaters

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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.
You've now added Munnar Hill Station to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park and then get great views at Munnar Hill Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam, take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens, and then stop by Tata Tea Outlet.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Munnar trip builder site.

You can take a bus from Alappuzha to Munnar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Munnar are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Shopping
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Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Munnar Hill Station ©
Munnar Hill Station

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Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
On the 6th (Fri), get great views at Chellarcovil View Point, identify plant and animal life at Elephant Junction, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Thekkady trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Munnar to Thekkady takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in Thekkady

Wildlife Parks
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction
Chellarcovil View Point ©
Chellarcovil View Point

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night
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.
You've now added Poovar Island to your itinerary. On the 7th (Sat), head off the coast to Poovar Island, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach, and then stroll through Lighthouse Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kovalam trip itinerary app.

Getting from Thekkady to Kovalam by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kovalam are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Kovalam

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Poovar Island
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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Poovar Island ©
Poovar Island

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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 8th (Sun): make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, pause for some photo ops at Thiruvalluvar Statue, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jain Temple Kanyakumari, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kanyakumari road trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Kovalam to Kanyakumari takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil ©
Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil
Vivekananda Rock Memorial ©
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Thiruvalluvar Statue ©
Thiruvalluvar Statue

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