17 days in South India Itinerary

17 days in South India Itinerary

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17 days in South India Itinerary

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

3
nights
Kannur

Kannur ©
A cultural capital on the state's relatively quiet northern coast, Kannur has long been associated with textile production and temple rituals, earning it the nickname, the "Land of Looms and Lores." Most Kannur itineraries will include observing theyyam rituals performed at the temples, where the traditions have origins dating back thousands of years.
Get out of town with these interesting Kannur side-trips: Anandashram (in Kanhangad) and Shri Gopalakrishna Temple (in Nileshwar). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach, stroll through KIzhunna Beach, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kannur itinerary planner.

New Delhi to Kannur is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kannur

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Azhikkal Beach, Shri Gopalakrishna Temple, Anandashram
Highlights from your plan
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach ©
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach
Thottada Beach ©
Thottada Beach
Spas

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Alappuzha Beach (in Alappuzha) and Mararikulam (Marari Beach & Mararikulam Beach). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, admire the landmark architecture of Mattancherry Palace, and deepen your understanding at Kerala Kathakali Centre.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Kochi (Cochin) planning app .

Traveling by car from Kannur to Kochi (Cochin) takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. December in Kochi (Cochin) sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Munnar.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Mararikulam, Alappuzha Beach
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Spas

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam, get great views at Munnar Hill Station, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens. On your second day here, look for gifts at Tata Tea Outlet, see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, and then explore the striking landscape of Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Munnar road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Kochi (Cochin) to Munnar takes 4 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Museums
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Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Tea Museum ©
Tea Museum

4
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Thekkady is known for wildlife, nature, nightlife, parks, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, stop by Abraham's Spice Garden, see the interesting displays at Angadipetty -Kerala Ayurveda Museum, and see the sky in a new way at Green land spice garden.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Thekkady travel app .

You can drive from Munnar to Thekkady in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Spas
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kovalam (Kovalam Beach, Lighthouse Beach, & more) and Varkala (Kappil Beach, Spas, & more). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, don't miss a visit to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, and see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) vacation planning website .

You can drive from Thekkady to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kovalam, Varkala Town
Highlights from your plan
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

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