11 days in South India Itinerary

11 days in South India Itinerary

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Fly
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Kochi (Cochin)
— 5 nights
Fly
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Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 1 night
Train
3
Kanyakumari
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Madurai
— 1 night
Drive
5
Tharangambadi
Drive to Tiruchirapally Civil Airport Airport, Fly to Bengaluru

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Kochi (Cochin)

— 5 nights

Queen of the Arabian Sea

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.
Family-friendly places like Alappuzha Beach and Marari Beach will thrill your kids. When in Kochi (Cochin), make a side trip to see Pulickattil The Handicraft Shop in Alappuzha, approximately Alappuzha away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, browse the different shops at LuLu Mall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue, and stop by Jew Town.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kochi (Cochin) trip builder tool.

Bengaluru to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Bengaluru in November, with highs in Kochi (Cochin) at 37°C and lows at 28°C. You will leave for Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) on the 10th (Tue).

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

— 1 night

Evergreen City of India

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Neeramankara Shiva Temple, head off the coast to Poovar Island, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lighthouse Beach, then stroll through Kovalam Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kovalam Avaduthura Devi Temple.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kochi (Cochin) to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kanyakumari

— 2 nights

Cape Comorin

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 12th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Padmanabhapuram Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gandhi Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): 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 kick back and relax at Kanyakumari Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanyakumari visit planning tool.

Take a train from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Kanyakumari in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Kanyakumari are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Madurai.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Madurai

— 1 night

Athens of the East

One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Madurai sits on the banks of the River Vaigai and serves as a center of Tamil culture.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, take in the spiritual surroundings of Immaiyil Nanmai Tharuvar Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Madurai itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Kanyakumari to Madurai in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Madurai can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tharangambadi.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites · Tours

Tharangambadi

Tharangambadi, formerly Tranquebar, is a town in the Nagapattinam district of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. On the 15th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at New Jerusalem Church and then contemplate the long history of Danish Fort.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tharangambadi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Madurai to Tharangambadi takes 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tharangambadi

Historic Sites

Ernakulam District travel guide

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Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches
Ernakulam is a district of Kerala, India situated in the central part of that state. Spanning an area of about 3,068 km2, Ernakulam district is home to over 12% of Kerala’s population. Its headquarters is located at Kakkanad, a suburb of Kochi city. Ernakulam is known as the commercial capital of Kerala. The district is famous for its ancient temples, churches, and mosques. The district includes the largest metropolitan region of the state, Greater Cochin. Ernakulam district is the highest revenue yielding district in the state. It is the third most populous district in Kerala, after Malappuram and Thiruvananthapuram (out of 14). Ernakulam district also hosts the highest number of international and domestic tourists in Kerala state.The language spoken in Ernakulam is Malayalam which is the mother-tongue of Kerala. English is widely used, especially in business circles. Ernakulam became India's first district having 100 percent banking or full 'meaningful financial inclusion' in 2012.EtymologyThe name Ernakulam is derived from Erayanarkulam which means the abode of Lord Shiva. Ernakulam was also known as "Rishinagakulam" in ancient days.

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