10 days in South India Itinerary

10 days in South India Itinerary

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10 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Kochi (Cochin)
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Kochi (Cochin)
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Munnar
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Thekkady
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Alappuzha
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Kovalam
— 1 night
Train:  2​h
6
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
8
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
End: Kanyakumari

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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 9th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Jew Town.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Kochi (Cochin) trip planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Cochin International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in January, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Munnar.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Jew Town ©
Jew Town

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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Rose Gardens, admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens, and then get great views at Munnar Hill Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam and then explore the striking landscape of Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Munnar vacation maker website .

Drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Munnar in 4 hours. In January, daytime highs in Munnar are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Munnar Hill Station ©
Munnar Hill Station

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night
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 12th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, then contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, then look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally take some stellar pictures from Chellarcovil View Point.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Thekkady itinerary maker site .

Getting from Munnar to Thekkady by car takes about 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

1
night
Alappuzha

Alappuzha ©
Affectionately known as Alleppey to locals and tourists alike, Alappuzha acts as a major transport and cultural hub on the Kerala backwaters.
On the 13th (Mon), kick back and relax at Alappuzha Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Marari Beach, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Alappuzha online trip maker .

You can drive from Thekkady to Alappuzha in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Alappuzha are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kovalam.

Things to do in Alappuzha

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Marari Beach
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Alappuzha Beach ©
Alappuzha Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing

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night
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 14th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lighthouse Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kovalam trip planner .

Traveling by car from Alappuzha to Kovalam takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in January, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Kovalam

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

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Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari ©
Located at the most southerly point of mainland India, Kanyakumari has long attracted pilgrims and those keen to see the end of the road.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): get great views at Sunset View Point, then don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, then appreciate the history behind Thiruvalluvar Statue, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanyakumari route planner.

You can take a train from Kovalam to Kanyakumari in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daytime highs in Kanyakumari are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Vivekananda Rock Memorial ©
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Thiruvalluvar Statue ©
Thiruvalluvar Statue

1
night
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, snap pictures at Pamban bridge, then stroll the grounds of Kalam National Memorial, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Rameswaram tour itinerary maker app .

Drive from Kanyakumari to Rameswaram in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge ©
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge
Pamban bridge ©
Pamban bridge

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Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari ©
On the 17th (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Padmanabhapuram Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jain Temple Kanyakumari, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bhagavathy Amman Temple.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kanyakumari online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Padmanabhapuram Palace
Highlights from your plan
Bhagavathy Amman Temple ©
Bhagavathy Amman Temple
Padmanabhapuram Palace ©
Padmanabhapuram Palace
Jain Temple Kanyakumari ©
Jain Temple Kanyakumari

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