20 days in South India Itinerary

20 days in South India Itinerary

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20 days in South India Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  12​h
1
Hyderabad
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  6​h
2
Thekkady
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Kottayam
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Kochi (Cochin)
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: London

1
night
Hyderabad

Hyderabad ©
Teeming with history and heritage, Hyderabad draws visitors from all over the world with its old Indo-Islamic buildings, forts, and museums.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): stop by Krishna Jewellers Pearls & Gems and then step into the grandiose world of Golconda Fort. On the next day, examine the collection at Salar Jung Museum, then hunt for treasures at Laad Bazaar, then view the masterpieces at Kalakriti Art Gallery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Birla Mandir.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hyderabad trip tool .

London, UK to Hyderabad is an approximately 12-hour flight. Traveling from London to Hyderabad, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in August: high temperatures in Hyderabad hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Thekkady.

Things to do in Hyderabad

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Salar Jung Museum ©
Salar Jung Museum
Birla Mandir ©
Birla Mandir
Golconda Fort ©
Golconda Fort

4
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Visiting Periyar Tiger Reserve and Elephant Junction will get you outdoors. Museum-lovers will appreciate Angadipetty -Kerala Ayurveda Museum and The Periyar Interpretation Centre. There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Kerala Crafts, pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of Lourde's Roman Catholic Latin Church, head outdoors with Persian Paradise Elephant Ride, and look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Thekkady day trip website .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Hyderabad to Thekkady in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kottayam.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

4
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.
Appreciate the collections at Mozart Art Gallery and Kerala Album Art Gallery. Get in touch with nature at Kerala Backwaters and Vagamon. Venture out of the city with trips to Kumarakom Craft Museum (in Kumarakom), St. George Orthodox Church (in Puthuppally) and Trove (in Kanjirappally). The adventure continues: view the masterpieces at Clay Art Cafe, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vagamon Kurisumala, examine the collection at Bay Island Driftwood Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary's Knanaya Church.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kottayam trip app .

Getting from Thekkady to Kottayam by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kottayam

Wildlife Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Kumarakom, Vagamon Kurisumala, Kerala Backwaters, St. George Orthodox Church, Trove
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Kerala Backwaters ©
Kerala Backwaters
St. George Orthodox Church ©
St. George Orthodox Church
Vagamon ©
Vagamon

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Kashi Art Gallery and Kerala Folklore Museum. Head to LuLu Mall and David Hall Gallery & Cafefor plenty of shopping. Get out of town with these interesting Kochi (Cochin) side-trips: Marari Beach (in Mararikulam) and International Coir Museum (in Alappuzha). And it doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at Kerala Museum, see the interesting displays at International Tourism Police Station and Police Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Antony's Shrine, and explore the world behind art at Gallery OED Cochin..

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Kochi (Cochin) journey app .

Drive from Kottayam to Kochi (Cochin) in 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Kochi (Cochin) are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

International Coir Museum, Marari Beach
Highlights from your plan
LuLu Mall ©
LuLu Mall
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
St. Antony's Shrine ©
St. Antony's Shrine

5
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Kovalam Beach and Lighthouse Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple and Neeramankara Shiva Temple. Explore Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)'s surroundings by going to Varkala (Moon Stone Arts, Asparagus, & more) and Vizhinjam Fishing Harbour (in Kovalam). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, wander the streets of Mahatma Gandhi Road, explore the world behind art at Shri Chitra Art Gallery, and get curious at Kerala Science and Technology Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) road trip planner .

You can fly from Kochi (Cochin) to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Varkala Town, Kovalam, Sree Venkatachalapathy Temple
Highlights from your plan
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach

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