22 days in South India Itinerary

22 days in South India Itinerary

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22 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + Drive:  20​h 15​min
1
Kovalam
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Pathanamthitta
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Thekkady
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Kannur
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Kasaragod
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Mysore District
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h 30​min
7
Guruvayur
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Melbourne

2
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Kovalam Beach and Samudra Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Lighthouse Beach and Hawa Beach. When in Kovalam, make a side trip to see Vizhinjam Lighthouse in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), approximately 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, steep yourself in history at Beemapally Mosque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kovalam Avaduthura Devi Temple, and kick back and relax at Adimalathura Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kovalam day trip app .

Melbourne, Australia to Kovalam is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to India Standard Time is minus 4 hours. While traveling from Melbourne, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Kovalam, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Pathanamthitta.

Things to do in Kovalam

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Chowara Beach
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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple

1
night
Pathanamthitta

Pathanamthitta ©
Pathanamthitta is a town and a municipality situated in the Central Travancore region in the state of Kerala, south India, spread over an area of 23.50 km2. On the 31st (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at St Thomas Ecumenical Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bhagavathy Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Valiyakoikal Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Malayalappuzha Devi Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodumon Chilanthiyambalam Temple, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St.George Orthodox Church (Chandanapally Valiyapalli ).

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Pathanamthitta road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kovalam to Pathanamthitta takes 3 hours. In December in Pathanamthitta, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Pathanamthitta

Historic Sites
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3
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Get outdoors at Periyar Tiger Reserve and Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Junction, explore the activities along Periyar Lake, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mangladevi Temple, and take a peaceful walk through Periyar Tiger Reserve forest.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Thekkady trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Pathanamthitta to Thekkady in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Kannur.

Things to do in Thekkady

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

2
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.
Visit Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach and Ezhara Beach for some beach relaxation. Escape the urban bustle at Thottada Beach and Payyambalam Beach. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Azhikkal Beach, stroll through KIzhunna Beach, walk around Chal Beach Park, and take in the views from Thalassery Sea Bridge.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kannur trip planning website .

You can drive from Thekkady to Kannur in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kasaragod.

Things to do in Kannur

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Azhikode
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Thottada Beach ©
Thottada Beach
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach ©
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach
Azhikkal Beach ©
Azhikkal Beach

3
nights
Kasaragod

Kasaragod ©
Step out of the city life by going to Kappil Beach and Kottancheri Hills. Anandashram and Ananthapura Lake Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kasaragod trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Kannur to Kasaragod takes 2.5 hours. In January in Kasaragod, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mysore District.

Things to do in Kasaragod

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Bekal, Anandashram
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Anandashram ©
Anandashram
Bekal Fort ©
Bekal Fort
Bekal Beach ©
Bekal Beach

1
day
Mysore District

Mysore District ©
Mysore District is an administrative district located in the southern part of the state of Karnataka, India. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Chamundeshwari Temple, then get to know the resident critters at Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, and then step into the grandiose world of Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas).

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Mysore District trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Kasaragod to Mysore District by car takes about 5.5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Kasaragod in January; daily highs in Mysore District reach 30°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Guruvayur.

Things to do in Mysore District

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas) ©
Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas)
Sri Chamundeshwari Temple ©
Sri Chamundeshwari Temple
Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens ©

2
nights
Guruvayur

Guruvayur ©
Guruvayur stands as one of the holiest and most important pilgrimage centers in the state, with its Sri Krishna Temple among the most frequented temples in the country.
Get some cultural insight at Guruvayur Temple and Triprayar Sri Rama Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram and Parthasarathy Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Guruvayur side-trips: Thrissur (Peruvanam Mahadeva Temple, Shatrughna Temple, & more) and Kodungallur (Cheraman Juma Masjid Mosque & Kodungallur Bhagavathi Temple). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Venkitachalapathy Temple and pause for some serene contemplation at Palayur Church.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Guruvayur trip planner .

Getting from Mysore District to Guruvayur by car takes about 7.5 hours. Traveling from Mysore District in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Guruvayur: highs are around 38°C and lows about 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Guruvayur

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Thrissur, Kodungallur, Triprayar Sri Rama Temple
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Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram ©
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram
Guruvayur Temple ©
Guruvayur Temple
Triprayar Sri Rama Temple ©
Triprayar Sri Rama Temple

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Marari Beach and Cherai Beach. Visit Paradesi Synagogue and Mattancherry Palace for their historical value. Step out of Kochi (Cochin) to go to Mararikulam and see Mararikulam Beach, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Saint Francis, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Kochi (Cochin) trip planner .

You can drive from Guruvayur to Kochi (Cochin) in 2.5 hours. In January in Kochi (Cochin), expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Mararikulam
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue

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