11 days in South India Itinerary

11 days in South India Itinerary

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11 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Doha
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
2
Munnar
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Kottayam
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Doha

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 Chalai Bazaarfor plenty of shopping. Get a sense of the local culture at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple and Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace. Change things up with these side-trips from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): Kovalam (Adimalathura Beach, Lighthouse Beach, & more) and Varkala (Asparagus & Varkala Beach). It doesn't end there: browse the different shops at Mall of Travancore and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Mahadeva Temple.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) route builder app .

Doha, Qatar to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Doha to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Doha in August, plan for cooler days in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), with highs around 36°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Munnar.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

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

1
night
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.
On the 17th (Sat), explore the fascinating underground world of Swiftlet Cave Munnar, then take a stroll around Kalari Kshethra, then stop by Tata Tea Outlet, and finally explore the galleries of Mistletoe art Gallery.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Munnar itinerary maker site .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Munnar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Nature Shopping Wildlife
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Swiftlet Cave Munnar ©
Swiftlet Cave Munnar
Kalari Kshethra ©
Kalari Kshethra

2
nights
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 18th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of Lourde's Roman Catholic Latin Church, and finally stop by Kerala Crafts. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Junction.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Thekkady trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Munnar to Thekkady takes 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kottayam.

Things to do in Thekkady

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction

1
night
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.
On the 20th (Tue), take in the exciting artwork at Clay Art Cafe, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kottayam Cheriapally, identify plant and animal life at Kottathavalam, then view the masterpieces at Mozart Art Gallery, and finally stop by Pulimootttil Silks.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kottayam road trip planner.

Getting from Thekkady to Kottayam by car takes about 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Kottayam can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kottayam

Shopping Museums Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Mozart Art Gallery ©
Mozart Art Gallery
Clay Art Cafe ©
Clay Art Cafe
Pulimootttil Silks ©
Pulimootttil Silks

3
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.
Head to LuLu Mall and Indian Industriesfor plenty of shopping. Let the collections at Kashi Art Gallery and Kerala Museum capture your imagination. Change things up with a short trip to Marari Beach in Mararikulam (about 1h 20 min away). Spend the 23rd (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's more to do: explore the galleries of David Hall Gallery & Cafe and take in the exciting artwork at Durbar Hall Art Gallery.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kochi (Cochin) journey builder app .

Traveling by car from Kottayam to Kochi (Cochin) takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Shopping Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Marari Beach
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Kerala Museum ©
Kerala Museum
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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