29 days in South India & Goa Itinerary

29 days in South India & Goa Itinerary

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29 days in South India & Goa Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly:  28​h
1
Kochi (Cochin)
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Kottayam
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Thekkady
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + train:  2​h 15​min
5
Thrissur
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Kannur
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h 30​min
7
Goa
— 7 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: Calgary

4
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.
Shop till you drop at LuLu Mall and Kashi Art Gallery. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Marari Beach and Cherai Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Mararikulam Beach in Mararikulam (about 1h 10 min away). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue, get engrossed in the history at Kerala Museum, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and stop by Kochi Books.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) driving holiday planning app .

Calgary, Canada to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 12 hours traveling from Calgary to Kochi (Cochin) due to the time zone difference. In January, Kochi (Cochin) is much hotter than Calgary - with highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Kottayam.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Mararikulam
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LuLu Mall ©
LuLu Mall
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach

3
nights
Kottayam

Kottayam ©
The first Indian city to achieve a 100 percent literacy rate among its citizens, Kottayam has as much of a reputation for its educational standards as for its massive rubber industry.
Head to Mozart Art Gallery and Kumarakom Craft Museumfor some retail therapy. St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam and St. George Orthodox Church will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Kottayam side-trips: Kerala Album Art Gallery (in Kumarakom), Thiruvizha Sree Mahadeva Temple (in Cherthala) and Parumala Church (in Thiruvalla). There's still lots to do: explore the galleries of Clay Art Cafe, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kottayam Cheriapally, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Thazhathangady Juma Masjid.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kottayam holiday maker tool .

Traveling by car from Kochi (Cochin) to Kottayam takes 2 hours. In January in Kottayam, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kottayam

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Cherthala, Kumarakom, Parumala Church, St. George Orthodox Church
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St. George Orthodox Church ©
St. George Orthodox Church
Parumala Church ©
Parumala Church

3
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Mangala Devi Temple and Our Lady of Lourde's Roman Catholic Latin Church. Get a sense of the local culture at Malikkappuram Devi Temple and Mangladevi Temple. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Abraham's Spice Garden, identify plant and animal life at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and explore the activities along Periyar Lake.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Thekkady trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Kottayam to Thekkady by car takes about 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Malikkappuram Devi Temple
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Abraham's Spice Garden ©
Abraham's Spice Garden
Malikkappuram Devi Temple ©
Malikkappuram Devi Temple
Mangala Devi Temple ©
Mangala Devi Temple

3
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.
Head to Moon Stone Arts and Asparagusfor some retail therapy. You'll get in some beach time at Kovalam Beach and Hawa Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) side-trips: Lighthouse Beach (in Kovalam) and Varkala (Varkala Beach & Spas). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Mahadeva Temple, and examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) visit planner.

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Thrissur.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Varkala Town, Kovalam
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Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

3
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Thrissur

Thrissur ©
One of the oldest and largest cities in the center of the state, Thrissur hosts a wealth of festivals throughout the year.
Get some cultural insight at Guruvayur Temple and Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram. Popular historic sites such as Vilwadrinatha Temple and Parthasarathy Temple are in your itinerary. Explore Thrissur's surroundings by going to Marthoma Pontifical Shrine - Cradle of Christianity India (in Kodungallur), Triprayar Sri Rama Temple (in Thriprayar) and Pazhayannur Bhagavathy Temple (in Pazhayannur). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Venkitachalapathy Temple and buy something for everyone on your list at Sobha City Mall.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Thrissur travel route website .

Getting from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Thrissur by combination of flight and train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Thrissur are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Kannur.

Things to do in Thrissur

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Guruvayur, Triprayar Sri Rama Temple, Vilwadrinatha Temple, Marthoma Pontifical Shrine - Cradle of Christianity India, Pazhayannur Bhagavathy Temple
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Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram ©
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram
Guruvayur Temple ©
Guruvayur Temple
Vilwadrinatha Temple ©
Vilwadrinatha Temple

3
nights
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.
Relax by the water at Thottada Beach and Payyambalam Beach. Do your shopping at G Mall and Capitol Mall. When in Kannur, make a side trip to see Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple in Parassinikadavu, approximately 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at KIzhunna Beach, and stroll around Chal Beach Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kannur vacation planner .

Drive from Thrissur to Kannur in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Goa.

Things to do in Kannur

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Azhikode, Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple
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Thottada Beach ©
Thottada Beach
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach ©
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach
Azhikkal Beach ©
Azhikkal Beach

7
nights
Goa

Goa ©
On India's western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India.
Basilica of Bom Jesus and Cabo de Rama Fort are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Agonda Beach and Baga Beach for some beach relaxation. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Palolem Beach, stop by Literati Bookshop & Cafe, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Mallikarjun Temple, and hit the bull's-eye at Milsim Goa Paintball.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Goa trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Kannur to Goa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. In February, daytime highs in Goa are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Goa

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Agonda Beach ©
Agonda Beach
Palolem Beach ©
Palolem Beach
Baga Beach ©
Baga Beach

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