11 days in South India Itinerary

11 days in South India Itinerary

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11 days in South India Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly + Taxi:  2​h
1
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Kannur
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
5
Kovalam
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: New Delhi

2
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Chellarcovil View Point. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Elephant Junction and then identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Thekkady trip itinerary builder tool .

New Delhi to Thekkady is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to 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
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

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 striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, then make a trip to Ananthankadu Nagaraja Temple, then enjoy the sea views from 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: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple, then look for all kinds of wild species at Neyyar Wild Life Sanctuary, and then have fun and explore at Chacha Nehru Children’s Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Thekkady to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Vizhinjam Lighthouse ©
Vizhinjam Lighthouse
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.
Start 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. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Kadamattom Chruch, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then view the masterpieces at Durbar Hall Art Gallery.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kochi (Cochin) trip maker .

Getting from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Kochi (Cochin) by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kochi (Cochin) can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kannur.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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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, then kick back and relax at Thottada Beach, and then stroll through Choottad Beach.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Kannur road trip planner.

You can drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Kannur in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kannur

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Vellayani Lake, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lighthouse Beach, and then kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of Ransom Church and then see the interesting displays at Kanyakumari Wax Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kovalam travel route planner .

You can fly from Kannur to Kovalam in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, daytime highs in Kovalam are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kovalam

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Kanyakumari
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Vellayani Lake ©
Vellayani Lake
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

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