30 days in South India Itinerary

30 days in South India Itinerary

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30 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly + Drive:  30​h
1
Kozhikode
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Kannur
— 4 nights
3
Thrissur
— 4 nights
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Thekkady
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Kottayam
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Kochi (Cochin)
— 6 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Calgary

2
nights
Kozhikode

Kozhikode ©
Famous as the landing place of Vasco da Gama, the large industrial city of Kozhikode today acts as staging post for adventures around the state, while also boasting some particularly popular beaches.
Get a sense of the local culture at Kappad Beach and S.M. Street. Popular historic sites such as Tali Temple and Valayanad Devi Temple are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: revel in the low prices at HiLite Mall, browse the different shops at Focus Mall, and look for gifts at Bolmay Cocoa.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kozhikode trip builder website .

Calgary, Canada to Kozhikode is an approximately 30-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 12 hours traveling from Calgary to Kozhikode. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Calgary in January: high temperatures in Kozhikode hover around 38°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kannur.

Things to do in Kozhikode

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Focus Mall ©
Focus Mall
Tali Temple ©
Tali Temple
Valayanad Devi Temple ©
Valayanad Devi Temple

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple and Fort St. Angelos. You'll get in some beach time at Thottada Beach and Ezhara Beach. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Payyambalam Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at G Mall, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Peralassery Sri Subramanya Temple.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kannur visit planning site .

Drive from Kozhikode to Kannur in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Thrissur.

Things to do in Kannur

Beaches Outdoors Parks

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

4
nights
Thrissur

Thrissur ©
One of the oldest and largest cities in the center of the state, Thrissur hosts a wealth of festivals throughout the year.
Visit Guruvayur Temple and Vilwadrinatha Temple for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram and Parthasarathy Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Thrissur side-trips: Kodungallur (Kodungallur Bhagavathi Temple & Marthoma Pontifical Shrine - Cradle of Christianity India), Guruvayur (Venkitachalapathy Temple, Chowallurpady Siva Temple, & more) and Triprayar Sri Rama Temple (in Thriprayar). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shatrughna Temple and buy something for everyone on your list at Sobha City Mall.

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Getting from Kannur to Thrissur by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. January in Thrissur sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Thrissur

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Guruvayur, Kodungallur, Pazhayannur Bhagavathy Temple, Triprayar Sri Rama Temple, Vilwadrinatha Temple
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Vilwadrinatha Temple ©
Vilwadrinatha Temple
Guruvayur Temple ©
Guruvayur Temple
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram ©
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram

5
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple and Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple. Shop till you drop at Moon Stone Arts and Saphalyam Shopping Complex. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): Kovalam (Lighthouse Beach, Kovalam Beach, & more) and Varkala (Varkala Beach, Spas, & more). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Napier Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Mahadeva Temple, and buy something for everyone on your list at Mall of Travancore.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) tour builder tool .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Thrissur to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Kovalam, Varkala
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 31:
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Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach

3
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Mangala Devi Temple and Mangladevi Temple. Get some historical perspective at Malikkappuram Devi Temple and Shiny Tours & Travals. There's much more to do: stop by Abraham's Spice Garden, see the interesting displays at Angadipetty -Kerala Ayurveda Museum, identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, and pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of Lourde's Roman Catholic Latin Church.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Thekkady trip simple and quick.

Drive from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Thekkady in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kottayam.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Malikkappuram Devi Temple
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 3:
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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
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam and St. Mary's Forane Church. Head to Mozart Art Gallery and Kumarakom Craft Museumfor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kottayam: St. George Orthodox Church (in Puthuppally), Thiruvizha Sree Mahadeva Temple (in Cherthala) and St Mary's Jacobite Syrian Cathedral (in Manarcaud). There's still lots to do: take in the exciting artwork at Clay Art Cafe and don't miss a visit to Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kottayam road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Kottayam takes 3 hours. February in Kottayam sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kottayam

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Cherthala, St. George Orthodox Church, St Mary's Jacobite Syrian Cathedral, Kumarakom Craft Museum
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St. George Orthodox Church ©
St. George Orthodox Church
St Mary's Jacobite Syrian Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Forane Church ©
St. Mary's Forane Church

6
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.
Get some cultural insight at Paradesi Synagogue and David Hall Gallery & Cafe. Visit Church of Saint Francis and Shiva Temple Ernakulam for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Kochi (Cochin) side-trips: Mararikulam (Marari Beach & Mararikulam Beach). There's lots more to do: browse the different shops at LuLu Mall, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Indian Industries, explore the galleries of Kerala Museum, and stop by Kochi Books.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kochi (Cochin) tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Kottayam to Kochi (Cochin) takes 2 hours. In February in Kochi (Cochin), expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Shopping Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Mararikulam, Shiva Temple Ernakulam
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 12:
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Kashi Art Gallery ©
Kashi Art Gallery
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach

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