12 days in South India Itinerary

12 days in South India Itinerary

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12 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Bhopal
Fly:  7​h
1
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Munnar
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Thekkady
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Bhopal

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Kashi Art Gallery and Kerala Museum. Do your shopping at LuLu Mall and Goodwill Collection. Change things up with a short trip to Marari Beach in Mararikulam (about 1h 20 min away). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Kerala Folklore Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, take in the exciting artwork at Durbar Hall Art Gallery, and brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum Kochi.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kochi (Cochin) travel itinerary planner .

Bhopal to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Kochi (Cochin) are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Museums Shopping Beaches

Side Trip

Marari Beach
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LuLu Mall ©
LuLu Mall
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Kerala Folklore Museum ©
Kerala Folklore Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take a stroll around Kalari Kshethra, stop by Tata Tea Outlet, see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mount Carmel Church &Mount Carmel Pilgrim Centre, then view the masterpieces at Mistletoe art Gallery, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Green Field Spices and Herbal Garden.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Munnar road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kochi (Cochin) to Munnar takes 2.5 hours. In September in Munnar, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Shopping Museums Parks
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Kalari Kshethra ©
Kalari Kshethra
Tea Museum ©
Tea Museum

3
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Angadipetty -Kerala Ayurveda Museum and Our Lady of Lourde's Roman Catholic Latin Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at The Periyar Interpretation Centre and Green land spice garden. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mangala Devi Temple, look for gifts at Kerala Crafts, and get great views at Chellarkovil Viewpoint.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Thekkady trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Munnar to Thekkady in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple and Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace. Popular historic sites such as Sree Mahadeva Temple and Neeramankara Shiva Temple are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): Kovalam (Lighthouse Beach & Kovalam Beach) and Varkala (Moon Stone Arts, Varkala Beach, & more). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Napier Museum, get engrossed in the history at Natural History Museum, engage your brain at Kerala Science and Technology Museum, and explore the engaging exhibits at Chacha Nehru Children’s Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip planner.

Getting from Thekkady to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. September in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Museums Beaches Parks

Side Trips

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

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