12 days in South India Itinerary

12 days in South India Itinerary

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12 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  24​h
1
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Munnar
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Newark

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kochi (Cochin) side-trips: Marari Beach (in Mararikulam) and St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam (in Cherthala). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, admire the striking features of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, and admire the masterpieces at Kerala Folklore Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kochi (Cochin) tour planning website .

Newark, USA to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 24-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Newark to Kochi (Cochin). Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Newark in January: high temperatures in Kochi (Cochin) hover around 90°F and lows are around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Marari Beach, St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam
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Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Kerala Kathakali Centre ©
Kerala Kathakali Centre

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 30th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Gardens, then take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Chinnakanel Water Falls. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Munnar Hill Station, then see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Photo Point.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Munnar journey planner.

You can drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Munnar in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in January, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Museums
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Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Munnar Hill Station ©
Munnar Hill Station

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 1st (Sat): examine the collection at Angadipetty -Kerala Ayurveda Museum, identify plant and animal life at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, then identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Chellarcovil View Point, identify plant and animal life at Elephant Junction, and then identify plant and animal life at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Thekkady trip site .

Traveling by car from Munnar to Thekkady takes 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Holy Land, then examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, then admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Napier Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Neeramankara Shiva Temple, then stroll through Kovalam Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip maker site .

You can drive from Thekkady to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In February in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Outdoors Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Kovalam, Holy Land
Highlights from your plan
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

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