13 days in South India Itinerary

13 days in South India Itinerary

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Fly
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Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 night
Drive
2
Munnar
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Thekkady
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Madurai
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Rameswaram
Drive
6
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
Drive
7
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 1 night
Drive
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Alappuzha
— 1 night
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Kochi (Cochin)

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): look for gifts at Waltons Boutique.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) tour planner.

New Delhi to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New Delhi in December, you will find days in Kochi (Cochin) are somewhat warmer (37°C), and nights are warmer (28°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Munnar

— 2 nights

Southern Spice

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 14th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, explore the ancient world of Muniyara - Anakottapara park, pause for some serene contemplation at Mount Carmel Church &Mount Carmel Pilgrim Centre, then view the masterpieces at Mistletoe art Gallery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at C.S.I Christ Church. Keep things going the next day: get into the urban bustle at Kalari Kshethra, then look for gifts at Tata Tea Outlet, then examine the collection at Tea Museum, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Echo Point.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Munnar trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Kochi (Cochin) to Munnar takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Thekkady

— 3 nights
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
On the 16th (Mon), stop by Green Land Spice Garden, take in nature's colorful creations at Abraham's Spice Garden, then identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mangala Devi Temple, and finally take some stellar pictures from Chellarcovil View Point. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Elephant Junction, examine the collection at Angadipetty -Kerala Ayurveda Museum, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mangladevi Temple, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of Lourde's Roman Catholic Latin Church.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Thekkady trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Munnar to Thekkady in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Madurai.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Historic Sites

Madurai

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koodal Azhagar Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Pazhamudhir Solai, see the interesting displays at Gandhi Memorial Museum, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Madurai online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Madurai takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December, daily temperatures in Madurai can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums

Rameswaram

A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): examine the collection at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach Point.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Rameswaram attractions planning website.

Traveling by car from Madurai to Rameswaram takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Kanyakumari

— 1 night

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.
To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanyakumari trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. December in Kanyakumari sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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.
For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Kanyakumari to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Alappuzha

— 1 night

Venice of the East

Affectionately known as Alleppey to locals and tourists alike, Alappuzha acts as a major transport and cultural hub on the Kerala backwaters.
On the 22nd (Sun), visit a coastal fixture at Alappuzha Lighthouse.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Alappuzha journey maker site.

Getting from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Alappuzha by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Alappuzha

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

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