14 days in South India Itinerary

14 days in South India Itinerary

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Fly
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Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 day
Drive
2
Munnar
— 2 nights
Drive
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Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Madurai
— 1 night
Drive
5
Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive
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Kanyakumari
— 1 night
Drive
7
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Kovalam
— 1 night
Drive
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Alappuzha
— 1 night
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Kochi (Cochin)

— 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): kick back and relax at Cherai Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at LuLu Mall, and then explore the world behind art at Kerala Folklore Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kochi (Cochin) tour builder.

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, expect nights in Kochi (Cochin) to be warmer, around 28°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 37°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tea Museum and Mistletoe art Gallery. Head to Kalari Kshethra and Tata Tea Outletfor some retail therapy. Step out of Munnar to go to Chillithodu and see Green Field Spices and Herbal Garden, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at C.S.I Christ Church, identify plant and animal life at Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and explore the ancient world of Muniyara - Anakottapara park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Munnar travel planner.

You can drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Munnar in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Munnar, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Thekkady

— 2 nights
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mangala Devi Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mangladevi Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Elephant Junction, then examine the collection at Angadipetty -Kerala Ayurveda Museum, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Abraham's Spice Garden.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Thekkady travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Munnar to Thekkady in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Madurai.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

Madurai

— 1 night

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.
On the 18th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Gandhi Memorial Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Madurai trip tool.

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 in Madurai, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites · Museums

Rameswaram

— 1 night
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 19th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, and then examine the collection at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Rameswaram trip planning website.

Drive from Madurai to Rameswaram in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Historic Sites · Museums

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.
On the 20th (Fri), get great views at Sunset View Point, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jain Temple Kanyakumari, then see the interesting displays at Kanyakumari Wax Museum, then stroll through Kanyakumari Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanyakumari trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Kanyakumari are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): see the interesting displays at Napier Museum, see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, then admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, and finally look for gifts at Moon Stone Arts. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: revel in the low prices at Asparagus, then identify plant and animal life at Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary, and then see the interesting displays at Priyadarshini Planetarium.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) road trip planner.

You can drive from Kanyakumari to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Kovalam.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

Kovalam

— 1 night
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 23rd (Mon): steep yourself in history at Rock cut temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kovalam Avaduthura Devi Temple.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Kovalam journey builder website.

Drive from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Kovalam in an hour. In December, daily temperatures in Kovalam can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Kovalam

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): kick back and relax at Marari Beach, then explore the world behind art at Revi Karunakaran Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Edathua Church.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Alappuzha route builder.

Getting from Kovalam to Alappuzha by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Alappuzha can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Alappuzha

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip