11 days in South India Itinerary

11 days in South India Itinerary

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1
Thekkady
— 2 nights
2
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 2 nights
3
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
4
Kannur
— 1 night
5
Kovalam
— 3 nights

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 8th (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Chellarcovil View Point. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Junction and then identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Thekkady holiday planning tool.

New Delhi to Thekkady is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Abraham's Spice Garden ©
Abraham's Spice Garden

2
nights
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 11th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ananthankadu Nagaraja Temple, thenvisit a coastal fixture at Vizhinjam Lighthouse, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Neeramankara Shiva Temple. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple, identify plant and animal life at Neyyar Wild Life Sanctuary, and then explore the engaging exhibits at Chacha Nehru Children’s Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Thekkady to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

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Vizhinjam Lighthouse ©
Vizhinjam Lighthouse
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Neyyar Wild Life Sanctuary ©
Neyyar Wild Life Sanctuary

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at David Hall Gallery & Cafe and then kick back and relax at Cherai Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): make a trip to Kadamattom Chruch, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then browse the exhibits of Durbar Hall Art Gallery.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kochi (Cochin) day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Kochi (Cochin) takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Kochi (Cochin) sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Kannur.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

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Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
David Hall Gallery & Cafe ©
David Hall Gallery & Cafe

1
night
Kannur

Kannur ©
A cultural capital on the state's relatively quiet northern coast, Kannur has long been associated with textile production and temple rituals, earning it the nickname, the "Land of Looms and Lores." Most Kannur itineraries will include observing theyyam rituals performed at the temples, where the traditions have origins dating back thousands of years.
On the 15th (Sun), kick back and relax at Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach, thenstroll through Thottada Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Choottad Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kannur road trip app.

You can drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Kannur in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in Kannur

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Thottada Beach ©
Thottada Beach
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach ©
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach
Choottad Beach ©
Choottad Beach

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Vellayani Lake, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of Ransom Church and then examine the collection at Kanyakumari Wax Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kovalam trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kannur to Kovalam takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December in Kovalam, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kovalam

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Kanyakumari
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Our Lady of Ransom Church ©
Our Lady of Ransom Church
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
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