10 days in South India Itinerary

10 days in South India Itinerary

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10 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Ahmedabad
Fly:  5​h
1
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h
2
Munnar
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Ahmedabad

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Varkala (The Art of India & Varkala Beach) and Kovalam (Kovalam Beach & Lighthouse Beach). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, don't miss a visit to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, and examine the collection at Napier Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) road trip planning tool .

Ahmedabad to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Ahmedabad in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Munnar.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Kovalam, Varkala
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Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach

2
nights
Munnar

Munnar ©
Sitting at the point where three mountain rivers meet, the hill station of Munnar has become known as a tea-growing center in the south of the country.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam, then admire the natural beauty at Rose Gardens, and then admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Munnar trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Munnar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December in Munnar, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

#Parks, #Nature
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Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park ©
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam

2
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
On the 12th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mangladevi Temple and then look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Abraham's Spice Garden, then contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Thekkady road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Munnar to Thekkady takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Thekkady

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Periyar Wildlife 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kochi (Cochin): Marari Beach (in Mararikulam) and St. Andrew's Basilica Arthunkal (in Alappuzha). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, wander the streets of Jew Town, admire all the interesting features of Kerala Kathakali Centre, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Saint Francis.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kochi (Cochin) online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Thekkady to Kochi (Cochin) in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kochi (Cochin) can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

#Historic Sites, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trips

St. Andrew's Basilica Arthunkal, Marari Beach
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Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Kerala Kathakali Centre ©
Kerala Kathakali Centre

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