13 days in South India Itinerary

13 days in South India Itinerary

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13 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Drive:  4​h
1
Tirumala
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
2
Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Kottayam
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Munnar
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Kovalam
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Tiruchirappalli

1
night
Tirumala

Tirumala ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Sri Vekateswara Swamy Temple.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tirumala trip planner .

Chennai to Tirumala is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Tirumala

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sri Vekateswara Swamy Temple ©
Sri Vekateswara Swamy Temple

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): kick back and relax at Cherai Beach and then browse the different shops at LuLu Mall. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Jew Town, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue, admire the landmark architecture of Mattancherry Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Saint Francis, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chottanikkara Devi Temple.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kochi (Cochin) trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tirumala to Kochi (Cochin). Expect a daytime high around 36°C in June, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Kottayam.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Chottanikkara Devi Temple ©
Chottanikkara Devi Temple

3
nights
Kottayam

Kottayam ©
The first Indian city to achieve a 100 percent literacy rate among its citizens, Kottayam has as much of a reputation for its educational standards as for its massive rubber industry.
Mozart Art Gallery and Ganapathiyar Kovil Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Vaikom Mahadeva Temple and Kottayam Cheriapally. Explore Kottayam's surroundings by going to Kumarakom (Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary & Kumarakom Beach). Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Clay Art Cafe, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, identify plant and animal life at Vagamon, and stop by Pulimootttil Silks.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kottayam trip builder .

Traveling by car from Kochi (Cochin) to Kottayam takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in June, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kottayam

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

Kumarakom
Highlights from your plan
Vagamon ©
Vagamon
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple ©
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple
Kottayam Cheriapally ©
Kottayam Cheriapally

2
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
On the 13th (Thu), get outside with Outdoor Activities, then stop by Kerala Crafts, then identify plant and animal life at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Junction. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): take a peaceful walk through Periyar Tiger Reserve forest, then identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, then contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Thekkady online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Kottayam to Thekkady in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake

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 15th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Chinnakanel Water Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Dr.Bala Falls, get into the urban bustle at Kalari Kshethra, then stop by Tata Tea Outlet, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ottakathala Medu Mountain Range. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Munnar trip itinerary website .

Drive from Thekkady to Munnar in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in June, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park ©
Dr.Bala Falls ©
Dr.Bala Falls
Chinnakanel Water Falls ©
Chinnakanel Water Falls

3
nights
Kovalam

Kovalam ©
Famous for the groves of coconut trees from which it takes its name, Kovalam offers a long, white sandy beach on the Arabian Sea.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, kick back and relax at Hawa Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kovalam Avaduthura Devi Temple, then kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the different shops at Saphalyam Shopping Complex, stop by Sarwaa, then take a stroll through Mahatma Gandhi Road, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Adimalathura Beach, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kovalam travel itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Munnar to Kovalam in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Kovalam

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Highlights from your plan
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

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