12 days in South India Itinerary

12 days in South India Itinerary

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12 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Ranchi
Fly:  5​h
1
Hyderabad
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Thekkady
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Ranchi

1
night
Hyderabad

Hyderabad ©
Teeming with history and heritage, Hyderabad draws visitors from all over the world with its old Indo-Islamic buildings, forts, and museums.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Salar Jung Museum and then hunt for treasures at Laad Bazaar. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Birla Mandir, look for gifts at Krishna Jewellers Pearls & Gems, then explore the historical opulence of Golconda Fort, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at keesaragutta Temple.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hyderabad trip builder .

Ranchi to Hyderabad is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Ranchi in December, with highs in Hyderabad at 35°C and lows at 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Hyderabad

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Salar Jung Museum ©
Salar Jung Museum
Golconda Fort ©
Golconda Fort
Birla Mandir ©
Birla Mandir

4
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.
Visiting Lighthouse Beach and Varkala Beach will get you outdoors. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Moon Stone Arts and Asparagus. Venture out of the city with trips to Kovalam (Samudra Beach & Kovalam Beach). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, explore the engaging exhibits at Chacha Nehru Children’s Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Natural History Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip builder app .

You can fly from Hyderabad to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hyderabad in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 28°C in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at INTERPRETATION CENTRE Periyar Tiger Reserve and Green land spice garden. Head to Abraham's Spice Garden and Tropical Chocolate Factoryfor some retail therapy. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, get great views at Chellarkovil Viewpoint, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and explore the activities along Periyar Lake.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Thekkady itinerary planner .

You can drive from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Thekkady in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Abraham's Spice Garden ©
Abraham's Spice Garden
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction

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.
Let the collections at Kashi Art Gallery and Kerala Folklore Museum capture your imagination. Paradesi Synagogue and David Hall Gallery & Cafe are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Kochi (Cochin) to Mararikulam to see Marari Beach about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cherai Beach, examine the collection at Catholic Art Museum, browse the different shops at LuLu Mall, and get engrossed in the history at Kerala Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kochi (Cochin) day trip website .

Getting from Thekkady to Kochi (Cochin) by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daytime highs in Kochi (Cochin) are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Museums Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

Marari Beach
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Kerala Folklore Museum ©
Kerala Folklore Museum
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach

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