12 Days plan for Kerala with Madurai & Rameshwaram

#1 Dec 1st, 2016, 14:17
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Hello All,

We are planning to visit Kerala from 4th Feb to 16th Feb. I have already booked by tickets to start and end the visit from Kochi Airport. We would be 5 members including my parents ( sr. Citizen) and one 6 month baby. After reading on different portals and TA , I have made following tentative plan:


04-02-2017 - Stay and Relax at Fort Cochin
05-02-2017- Reach Kovalam around 2 PM by Train from Cochi to Trivundaram . Relax in Kovalm
06-02-2017- Local Sight seeing in Kovalam
07-02-2017- Local Sight seeing in Kovalam and in night board Train to Rameshwaram
08-02-2017- Reach Rameshwaram. Darshan & Relax
09-02-2017- Move to Madurai from Rameshwaram , Darshan & Relax
10-02-2017- Move to Thekkady / Periyar - Relax
11-02-2017- Local Sightseeing in Periyar
12-02-2017- Reach Munnar from Periyar - Relax
13-02-2017- Local Sightseeing in Munnar
14-02-2017- Local Sightseeing in Munnar
15-02-2017- Munnar to Allepy ( Day trip) and Back to kochi
16-02-2017- Fly Out


I have following question to ask on the tentative plan :
1. Will the proposed plan be really hectic or manageable ( Considering that I wish to cover only main temples in Madurai & Rameshwaram).
2. Any place to removed.
3. Any days to be added / reduced from different places.
4. How is backwaters in Varkala or Kovalam, I am inclined to avoid Allepy.
5. Any idea about Taxi Fare for Madurai to Munnar for 10th Feb'16 to 14th Feb'16.
6. How plan can be changed by removing Madurai & Rameshwaram.

Any other recommendation is highly appreciated.

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Prateek VP Saini
#2 Dec 1st, 2016, 15:10
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@Prateek,

Considering your group composition, Having Car + Driver end-to-end will be a better idea.

If it's going to be in car (end-to-end):

Kochi - Alleppey - Varkala/Kovalam-Trivandrum-Kanyakumari-Rameswaram -Madurai-Thekkady-Munnar-Kochi will be an idea.

If it's going to be car+train combo:-

Hire Cab from Kochi and explore Munnar,thekkady and get down at Alleppey.
For Alleppey Local exploration , cab is not a must.
Take a train to Trivandrum (For Kovalam) OR Varkala (As the case may be) ( For Varkala / Kovalam exploration cab is not a must)
Hire a Cab from Trivandrum for kanyakumari (Explore Thirparapu waterfalls, Padmanabapuram palace, Suchindram temple enroute).
Explore Kanyakumari (No need for cab for local tour as all tourist places of kanyakumari including bus stand and Railway staion are close to each other )
Get the overnight train from Cape to Rameswaram
Get Auto/Cab ONLY for Dhanuskodi (from Rameswaram ) - No need to go for any package for rameswaram.
Get train / cab from Rameswaram to Madurai .
Board overnight train from Madurai to Kochi.

This way, you will avoid the Tedious bus /Car journey of close to 4-5 hours (Between madurai -Thekkady) and travel to Munnar/Thekkady will be "relatively more comfortable due to the wide roads" from Cochin/ Kottayam end than From Madurai end.

Keeping Kochi as base (For Thekkady & Munnar) will be the best option.

Based on my travels, My idea would be:

Fort Kochi -2 Days
Munnar - 3 Days
Thekkady - 1 Day (If it's only for Boating in periyar lake)
Alleppey - 1 Day (If it's only for houseboat stay)
Kovalam /Varkala - 2 Days
Trivandrum (1 Day - If it's only for temple)
Cape (1-2 Days)
Rameswaram (1 Day . Half day temple + Half day dhanuskodi exploration)
Madurai (1 Day . Only Meenakshi temple + Thirumalai naicker mahal)

For houseboat / Backwaters, Alleppey will be THE BEST and other alternative would be Kollam but still Alleppey will be a better choice . Varkala/ Kovalam are beaches and no backwaters per se. Backwaters will be at it's best just after Kochi and ends in Kollam.

Please post if you need more info

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Thanks for the detailed Response & insight info.

Based on the input following is the revised plan :

04-02-2017- Reach Kochi Airport & Transfer to Munnar
05-02-2017- Local Sightseeing in Munnar / Periyar
06-02-2017- Local Sightseeing in Munnar / Periyar
07-02-2017- Local Sightseeing in Munnar / Periyar
08-02-2017- Move to Allepy from Munnar & Spend time in Houseboat
09-02-2017- Take Train to Allepy to Kovalam via Trivundaram
10-02-2017- Local Sightseeing in Kovalam
11-02-2017- Local Sightseeing in Kovalam
12-02-2017- Local Sightseeing in Kanyakumari & Move to Rameshwaram
13-02-2017- Darshan in Rameshwaram & Move to Madurai
14-02-2017- Darshan in Madurai & Move to Kochi ( at 4 PM)
15-02-2017- Spend time in Kochi
16-02-2017- Fly out.

Please help me with your inputs on following :
- How is periyar if we have to travel with family
- How much would be the taxi fare to cover Airport - Munnar- Periyar-Allepy.

Further following is also revised plan ( to avoid continuous with rail journey)


04-02-2017- Move to Allepy from Airport
05-02-2017- Move to Kovallam from Allepy & Relax in Kovalam
06-02-2017- Local Sightseeing in Kovalam
07-02-2017- Local Sightseeing in kanyakumari & Move to Rameshwaram by Train in night
08-02-2017- Local sighseeing in Rameshwaram
09-02-2017- Local sighseeing in Madurai
10-02-2017- Move to Kochi from Madurai by train
11-02-2017- Local sighseeing in Kochi
12-02-2017- Move to Munnar / Periyar from Kochi
13-02-2017- Local Sightseeing in Munnar / Periyar
14-02-2017- Local Sightseeing in Munnar / Periyar
15-02-2017- Local Sightseeing in Munnar / Periyar
16-02-2017- Move to airport from Munnar

With respect to the above please provide input on below:
- How much time it will take from Munnar to Airport, I have to take flight by 12:30 so is it advisable.
- Where can we place our luggage in Kanyakumari to ease local sight seeing.


Thanks in advance.

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Prateek VP Saini
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@Prateek,

Your option (2) is good.

Munnar and Periyar are look alike with Munnar better in scenery, tourist places list and the endless tea plantations. Munnar && Periyar are 100 kms apart ( 3.5 hours in Car). Periyar(Thekkady) predominantly famous for "boating in lake" and you may very well skip that.
If you want to make it to Thekkady, Choose the stay in Kumily-Thekkady Road (This 1.5 kms is lined with homestays,hotels,resorts etc) . I did shared some info on this part in the second link below.

I did a off-the-track kind of trip in thekkady (periyar) which might not work out for you considering the time you have. Just have a look.

http://www.indiamike.com/india/keral...enary-t250136/

I have shared some info on Alleppey, Munnar, thekkady and kovalam in this thread . Have a look . It may give an idea and this is with latest info ( I visited these places between Sep - Oct 2016 timeframe more than once)

http://www.indiamike.com/india/keral...2/#post1999676

Sorry , No idea on Cab fares as such. Also no idea on the "Cloak room" part in Cape. Just an info. Kanyakumari is very very famous for "Sun rise" . If possible, include it (Which means staying overnight in Cape).

In Rameswaram, try to add "Dhanuskodi" (A Ghost town 17 kms from Rameswaram which was brought down by Tsunami / Tidal Waves in 1960s) and the town still has the dilapidated post office, railway station etc and definitely it will be interesting and will be a very different experience.

You can set aside "5 hours" to be on safer side for Munnar-Cochin Airport circuit.

Feel Free to ask if you need more info.

Happy Planning
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Why not do Madurai - Munnar - Periyar - Cochin? No need to take Madurai - Cochin train and then go to Munnar. After your Munnar / Periyar sight seeing reach Cochin on 15th February and take your 12:30 pm flight on 16th.

You can take cab for Madurai - Munnar.
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04-02-2017- Move to Allepy from Airport
05-02-2017- Move to Kovallam from Allepy & Relax in Kovalam
Another option is
4-2 stay in Kochi and do the KDTC daytrip to the backwaters
5-2 travel from Kochi to Kovalam
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Thanks a lot.

Also help me with another question...somehow i am convinced that i will not be using houseboat for overnight stay and would go for the small boat for day trip. So let me know, is this a right decision.

Also let me know if in such case i can avoid allepy and do day trip of back waters in Kollam or other place . will it make really difference in enjoyment.

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Didn't you see the link given by Vonkla in post # 6?
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Revised Plan

Hello...

Due to certain reason had to reduce the journey by 1 day.

Revised Plan is as follows:

04-Feb-17 - Reach Kochi , Enjoy at Fort Kochi and at night take train to Madurai. ( Train Journey - 507 KM / 12 Hours)

05-Feb-17- Reach Madurai by 11 AM & Darshan at Madurai.

06-Feb-17- Take early Morning train to Rameshwaram ( Train Journey -161 KM / 2 Hours) & Darshan at Rameshwaram. In Night Take Train to Kanyakumari.( Train
Journey - 407 KM / 7 Hours)

07-Feb-17- Local sightseeing in Kanyakumari

08-Feb-17- Move to Trivundram from Kanyakumari . Enjoy at Kovalam ( Train Journey - 72 KM / 2 Hours)

09-Feb-17- Local Sightseeing in Kovalam

10-Feb-17- Reach Alleppy from Kovalam ( Train Journey - 140 KM / 3 Hours)& Enjoy Backwaters from Allepy to Kotayam. From Kotyam take Bus / Cab for Thekkady.( Cab Journey - 100 KM / 3 Hours)

11-Feb-17- Local sight seeing in Thekkady

12-Feb-17- Move to Munnar & Relax ( Cab Journey - 100 KM / 3 Hours)

13-Feb-17- Local sightseeing in Munnar

14-Feb-17- Local sightseeing in Munnar

15-Feb-17- Move to Airport from Munnar at take flight at 12:30 PM

Do let me know, If the plan is fine or any major gap ?

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So did you change your flight tickets?

Why not consider flying in to Madurai / Trivandrum and flying out from Cochin?
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Hii Aarosh,

No...my tickets are already booked for Delhi to Kochin and Kochin to Delhi.

To Add worse the return was booked for 15th instead of 16th.

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Do let me know, If the plan is fine or any major gap ?
Plan looks perfect Prateek !

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Dear All ,

After going through your inputs, material on internet etc , I have drafted 2 plan option as follows :

Option : 1
04-Feb-17 Rest in Cochi
05-Feb-17 Move to Munnar + Rest in Munnar
06-Feb-17 Local Sight seeing in Munnar
07-Feb-17 Local Sight seeing in Munnar
08-Feb-17 Move to Thekkady / Periyar + Boating
09-Feb-17 Move to Kumakoram from Thekkady and do day cruise for boating + Take night train to Madurai
10-Feb-17 Reach Madurai at 12 PM -Darshan
11-Feb-17 Move to Rameshwaram from Madurai ( By early morning train) + Darshan + Take train to Kanyamuari
12-Feb-17 Reach Kanyakumari in morning + Local Sight seeing in Kovalam
13-Feb-17 Local Sight seein in Kovalam
14-Feb-17 Local Sight seein in Kovalam + Back to cochi
15-Feb-17 Back to Airport

Option 2 :

04-Feb-17 Rest in Cochi - Backwater Trip- Fort Cohcin
05-Feb-17 Move to Munnar + Rest in Munnar
06-Feb-17 Local Sight seein in Munnar
07-Feb-17 Local Sight seein in Munnar
08-Feb-17 Move to Kodaikalan ( By Taxi)+ Relax
09-Feb-17 Local Sight seeing in Kodaikalan
10-Feb-17 Move to Madurai + Visit Temple
11-Feb-17 Move to Rameshwaram from Madurai ( By early morning train) + Darshan + Take train to Kanyamuari
12-Feb-17 Local Sight seein in Kanyakumari + Kovalam
13-Feb-17 Local Sightseen in Kovalam
14-Feb-17 Local Sightseen in Kovalam + Take night train to Kochi
15-Feb-17 Back to Airport


Which plan is good to be executed.

Also give input on following :
1. Is it worth to visit kodaikalan by skipping Thekkady and taking backwater ride in Kollam instead of Allepy.
2. We will be with a infant ( 7 month) so should we try for Kodaikalan.
3. How is roads from Munnar to Kodaikalan.


Any alternative plan will be really helpful.

Regards
Prateek VP Saini

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