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Rini Roy Oct 26 2013

What is the best way to cover eight days in Trivandrum, Kanyakumari, Alleppey, Thekkady, Munnar and Cochin in India?

Benazir Khan Oct 29 2013
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The ideal trail through the immensely picturesque Kerala would be to finish with Kanyakumari in the end as icing on a truly mouth watering and savoury piece of cake. Therefore, your trail through these gorgeous landmark locations, shrouded by rain and shine, backwaters and lush greens, should be as follows:

Cochin - Munnar -Thekkady- Alleppey - Kanyakumari - Trivandrum, is the ideal route that you should follow.

This is perhaps the best way to cover eight days in Trivandrum, Kanyakumari, Alleppey, Thekkady, Munnar and Cochin.

For mapping an itinerary of 8 days, the time that you spend at each of these locations should be concentrated on the best things to do here, so you can make the most out of your trip.

Day 1 -Arrival at Cochin

Considering that you will just arrive at this very day and are perhaps slightly, if not completely exhausted, you should perhaps stick to staying in Cochin and exploring the scenic hotspots by and by. Fort Cochin by the night is a beautiful place to explore.

Day 2 - Cochin-Munnar

Gear up for a slightly long day ahead, which will be both exciting and a wonderful experience through the landscape. Head to Mattancherry Palace and Chinese fishing net zones only a little distance away from here. Finish your Cochin outing by finally spending time in St. Francis Church and thereafter the Jewish Synagogue to get a sense of the local culture and history alike. This would in a relaxed manner consume your day till a little after lunch after which you should head to Munnar by hiring a car up to there. The drive is approximately 3 to 4 hours.

Day 3 - Munnar

Munnar is renowned for its tea estates and the aroma which mingles naturally with the fog here is a high of a very unique kind. Head to - the tea plantation estates, Echo Point, Top Station, Kundala Lake and Mattupetty dam. You will be amazed at your own spontaneity to willingly explore further more, play some golf at the Golf Course here and shop for all kinds and varieties of tea leaves, tea dust, tea flavours and other tea products in the estate and local markets thereafter.

Day 4 - Munnar-Thekkady

Head out to Thekkady after a scrumptious local breakfast early in the morning, basking in the landscape of Munnar at this time of the day. Thekkady is approximately a 3 hour drive away with good speed. Once here hop on to a motor cruise, that will transpose you through the backwaters to Periyar National Park. A good amount of time to very little time spent here is a possibility you will have to weigh out based on your interest in wild, exotic animal species in lush, natural forests. Although thanks to the weather here, you will not mind either way. Through late afternoon, you could head to Kumily, which houses a famous spice market, where you can pick up typical powdered condiments, curry mixes and whole blocks of spices, based on your palate. In the best way possible to cover eight days in Trivandrum, Kanyakumari, Alleppey, Thekkady, Munnar and Cochin, by this option, you get to experience the best of Kerala and Kanyakumari.

Day 5 - Thekkady-Alleppey

Head out to Alleppey the next morning with leisure. The drive in a pre booked car from here could take around 4 to 5 hours. A good idea would be to admire the beauty from the windshield (especially if it is drizzling). Or merely catch up on some sleep. While in Alleppey, head straight to the house boat and check in. The sound of the ores of the boat lapping the backwaters itself is music to the ears. Enjoy the myriad visions that you get of the backwaters at various times of the day, as you will be onboard all through the night. You could also check out an array of options to take a look at some of the best packages and deals here.

Day 6 - Alleppey-Kanyakumari

Post feeding on appams for breakfast on the houseboat, check out and head out to Kanyakumari via a pre booked car service. The drive will take a good 5 hours. Once in Kanyakumari, head to the famous Kanyakumari Devi Temple here to enjoy the sunset and the spectacular view of the Indian Ocean beyond.

Day 7 - Kanyakumari-Trivandrum

Vivekananda Rock’s sunrise is a view you should either wake up to the next morning or head here in time to catch it before it passes. Post this, you could either opt to go further up to Kovalam and enjoy at the beach before you head to Trivandrum, based on your sense of how you would like to manage your time. You could also merely give it a skip and head to Trivandrum directly from Kanyakumari.

Day 8 - Departure from Trivandrum

Sightseeing of the capital city is the order of the day when up for exploring Trivandrum the next day. Head to - Padmanabha Swami Temple, Veli Tourist Village, Kuthiramalika Palace, to name a few hotspots based on your stamina and finally unwind for a while at the Sangu Mukham Beach. After perhaps the best way to cover eight days in Trivandrum, Kanyakumari, Alleppey, Thekkady, Munnar and Cochin, you will hereafter be set to head home, at the end of a long day and a complete Kerala trotting trip, which will be as eventful as it sounds. Cheers!

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