20 days in South India Itinerary

20 days in South India Itinerary

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20 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Jaipur
Fly + Drive:  11​h
1
Kasaragod
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Kannur
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Kottayam
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Thekkady
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Kovalam
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Jaipur

3
nights
Kasaragod

Kasaragod ©
Get in touch with nature at Bekal Beach and Kottancheri Hills. Anandashram and Ananthapura Lake Temple will appeal to history buffs.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kasaragod visit planner.

Jaipur to Kasaragod is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Jaipur in October, you will find days in Kasaragod are little chillier (36°C), and nights are about the same (27°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kannur.

Things to do in Kasaragod

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bekal, Anandashram
Highlights from your plan
Bekal Beach ©
Bekal Beach
Anandashram ©
Anandashram
Kappil Beach ©
Kappil Beach

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 in touch with nature at Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach and Ezhara Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Thottada Beach and KIzhunna Beach. Take a break from Kannur with a short trip to Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple in Parassinikadavu, about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Azhikkal Beach, take in the views from Thalassery Sea Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Ettikulam Beach, and walk around Chal Beach Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kannur tour planning website .

Traveling by car from Kasaragod to Kannur takes 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kannur

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Azhikode, Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple
Highlights from your plan
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach ©
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach
Thottada Beach ©
Thottada Beach
Azhikkal Beach ©
Azhikkal Beach

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Marari Beach and Mararikulam Beach. Visit St. George Syro-Malabar Catholic Church of Forane and Lourde Matha Church for their historical value. Step out of Kochi (Cochin) to go to Kodungallur and see Kodungallur Bhagavathi Temple, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cherai Beach and kick back and relax at Njarackal Arattuvazhi Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) journey website .

Drive from Kannur to Kochi (Cochin) in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Kochi (Cochin) can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kottayam.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Mararikulam, Kodungallur Bhagavathi Temple
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Mararikulam Beach ©
Mararikulam Beach

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.
St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam and St Mary's Jacobite Syrian Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate St. George Orthodox Church and Paliakkara Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kottayam: St. Mary's Forane Church Pulincunnoo (in Pulinkunnu), Thiruvizha Sree Mahadeva Temple (in Cherthala) and Thiruvalla (Parumala Church, St. John's Orthodox Syrian Church, & more). There's more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kottayam Cheriapally.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kottayam trip builder site .

You can drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Kottayam in 2 hours. In October in Kottayam, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kottayam

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Thiruvalla, Cherthala, St. Mary's Forane Church Pulincunnoo, St Mary's Jacobite Syrian Cathedral, St. George Orthodox Church
Highlights from your plan
St. George Orthodox Church ©
St. George Orthodox Church
St Mary's Jacobite Syrian Cathedral ©
Parumala Church ©
Parumala Church

3
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Get a sense of the local culture at Angadipetty -Kerala Ayurveda Museum and Mangladevi Temple. Get outdoors at Periyar Tiger Reserve and Elephant Junction. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, head outdoors with Persian Paradise Elephant Ride, and take in nature's colorful creations at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Thekkady road trip planning site .

Getting from Kottayam to Thekkady by car takes about 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in Thekkady

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Kovalam Beach and Varkala Beach. Relax by the water at Lighthouse Beach and Adimalathura Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Kappil Beach (in Varkala) and Palkulangara Devi Temple (in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple, kick back and relax at Hawa Beach, and admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kovalam visit planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Thekkady to Kovalam in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Kovalam are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kovalam

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Varkala, Chowara Beach
Highlights from your plan
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach

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