23 days in South India Itinerary

23 days in South India Itinerary

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23 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  14​h
1
Madurai
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
2
Mysuru (Mysore)
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
3
Kasaragod
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
4
Guruvayur
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Mararikulam
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Thekkady
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Sydney

2
nights
Madurai

Madurai ©
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoga Narasimhar Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, and finally explore the historical opulence of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Madurai trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Madurai is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Sydney to Madurai due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Madurai, with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Mysuru (Mysore).

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Aayiram Kaal Mandapam ©
Aayiram Kaal Mandapam
Koodal Azhagar Temple ©
Koodal Azhagar Temple

1
night
Mysuru (Mysore)

Mysuru (Mysore) ©
A historic and culturally distinctive city, Mysuru (Mysore) has all the stories, artworks, and architecture you'd hope to find in the former capital city of a rich kingdom.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas), then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, then see the interesting displays at Sea Shell Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Chamundeshwari Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): admire the local landmark of Brindavan Garden, look for all kinds of wild species at Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Philomena Church.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Mysuru (Mysore) online trip maker .

You can drive from Madurai to Mysuru (Mysore) in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Madurai in January, things will get little chillier in Mysuru (Mysore): highs are around 30°C and lows about 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Kasaragod.

Things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife

Side Trip

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas) ©
Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas)
Sri Chamundeshwari Temple ©
Sri Chamundeshwari Temple
Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens ©

2
nights
Kasaragod

Kasaragod ©
Anandashram and Bekal Fort are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Kappil Beach and Ranipuram will get you outdoors. Step out of Kasaragod to go to Kanhangad and see Madiyan Koolom, which is approximately 1h 15 min away.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kasaragod holiday site .

Getting from Mysuru (Mysore) to Kasaragod by car takes about 5.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mysuru (Mysore) in January: high temperatures in Kasaragod hover around 39°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Guruvayur.

Things to do in Kasaragod

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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.
Family-friendly places like Guruvayur Temple and Triprayar Sri Rama Temple will thrill your kids. Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram and Venkitachalapathy Temple will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Thrissur (Thiruvambadi Krishna Shrine, Kurumbakavu Temple, & more) and Kodungallur (Cheraman Juma Masjid Mosque & Kodungallur Bhagavathi Temple). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta).

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Guruvayur driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Kasaragod to Guruvayur in 7.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Guruvayur can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Guruvayur

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Thrissur, Kodungallur, Triprayar Sri Rama Temple
Highlights from your plan
Guruvayur Temple ©
Guruvayur Temple
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram ©
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram
Triprayar Sri Rama Temple ©
Triprayar Sri Rama Temple

3
nights
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.
Get some historical perspective at Paradesi Synagogue and Mattancherry Palace. Kids will enjoy Cherai Beach and Chottanikkara Devi Temple. Treat yourself to a day of pampering on the 11th (Sat) at some of the best spas. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, pause for some serene contemplation at St. George Syro-Malabar Catholic Church of Forane, wander the streets of Jew Town, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Saint Francis.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) planning website .

Traveling by car from Guruvayur to Kochi (Cochin) takes 2.5 hours. January in Kochi (Cochin) sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Mararikulam.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Spas Historic Sites Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Spas
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue

2
nights
Mararikulam

Mararikulam ©
If you're looking for soft sand and warm water, plan a vacation in Mararikulam.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): make a trip to Mararikulam Sree Mahadeva Temple, kick back and relax at Mararikulam Beach, and then kick back and relax at Marari Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Mararikulam tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Kochi (Cochin) to Mararikulam takes 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Mararikulam are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Mararikulam

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Mararikulam Sree Mahadeva Temple
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Mararikulam Beach ©
Mararikulam Beach
Mararikulam Sree Mahadeva Temple ©
Mararikulam Sree Mahadeva Temple

3
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Get in touch with nature at Periyar Tiger Reserve and Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation. Spend the 16th (Thu) exploring nature at Periyar National Park. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Elephant Junction, take some stellar pictures from Chellarkovil Viewpoint, contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of Lourde's Roman Catholic Latin Church.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Thekkady trip planner.

Drive from Mararikulam to Thekkady in 4.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Thekkady

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

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Kovalam Beach and Lighthouse Beach. Visit Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple and Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple for their historical value. Change things up with a short trip to Varkala Beach in Varkala (about 1h 20 min away). There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Poovar Island, identify plant and animal life at Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary, visit a coastal fixture at Vizhinjam Lighthouse, and examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip planner .

You can drive from Thekkady to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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