26 days in South India Itinerary

26 days in South India Itinerary

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26 days in South India Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
1
Kovalam
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h
2
Munnar
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Thekkady
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Kottayam
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Alappuzha
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Thrissur
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Kozhikode
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Kannur
— 4 nights
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: New Delhi

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.
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple and Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll get in some beach time at Kovalam Beach and Samudra Beach. There's still lots to do: stroll through Lighthouse Beach, stop by Keralashopee, examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, and enjoy the sand and surf at Hawa Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kovalam trip itinerary builder app .

New Delhi to Kovalam is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. When traveling from New Delhi in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kovalam: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Munnar.

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
Hawa Beach ©
Hawa Beach

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Tea Museum and C.S.I Christ Church. Take a break from the city and head to Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park and Swiftlet Cave Munnar. Step out of Munnar with an excursion to Lakkam Waterfalls in Marayur--about 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens and see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Munnar trip planner .

Getting from Kovalam to Munnar by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Munnar are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lakkam Waterfalls
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Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park ©
Tea Museum ©
Tea Museum

3
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Get some cultural insight at Mangala Devi Temple and Green land spice garden. Get outdoors at Periyar Tiger Reserve and Persian Paradise Elephant Ride. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, contemplate the long history of Shiny Tours & Travals, revel in the low prices at Tropical Chocolate Factory, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Thekkady itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Munnar to Thekkady takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Thekkady

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Illikkal Kallu and then look for all kinds of wild species at Aiyyanpara. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vaikom Mahadeva Temple, then see the interesting displays at Bay Island Driftwood Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Kottayam Cheriapally.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kottayam online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Kottayam takes 3 hours. In August in Kottayam, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Kottayam

Parks Nature Spas
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Illikkal Kallu ©
Illikkal Kallu
Aiyyanpara ©
Aiyyanpara
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple ©
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple

4
nights
Alappuzha

Alappuzha ©
Affectionately known as Alleppey to locals and tourists alike, Alappuzha acts as a major transport and cultural hub on the Kerala backwaters.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Parumala Church and Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple. Relax by the water at Marari Beach and Alappuzha Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Alappuzha: Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple (in Pathanamthitta), Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary (in Kumarakom) and Kerala Folklore Museum (in Kochi (Cochin)). Spend the 13th (Mon) exploring at Kerala Backwaters. There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Subramanya Swami Temple.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Alappuzha journey planner .

Drive from Kottayam to Alappuzha in 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Thrissur.

Things to do in Alappuzha

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mararikulam, Kerala Folklore Museum, Parumala Church, Kerala Backwaters, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
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Kerala Backwaters ©
Kerala Backwaters
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Alappuzha Beach ©
Alappuzha Beach

4
nights
Thrissur

Thrissur ©
One of the oldest and largest cities in the center of the state, Thrissur hosts a wealth of festivals throughout the year.
Guruvayur Temple and Shakthan Thampuran Palace are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Cherai Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Thrissur side-trips: Athirapally Falls (in Athirappilly) and Guruvayur (Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram, Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta), & more). There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Vadakkunnathan Temple.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Thrissur trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Alappuzha to Thrissur takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Thrissur are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kozhikode.

Things to do in Thrissur

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Guruvayur, Athirappilly Falls, Cherai Beach, Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Athirappilly Falls ©
Athirappilly Falls
Guruvayur Temple ©
Guruvayur Temple

3
nights
Kozhikode

Kozhikode ©
Famous as the landing place of Vasco da Gama, the large industrial city of Kozhikode today acts as staging post for adventures around the state, while also boasting some particularly popular beaches.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Kappad Beach and Kozhikode Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ponmudi Hill Station and Matri Dei Cathedral. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Mavoor Wetlands, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tali Temple, take in the dramatic scenery at Tusharagiri Falls, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Beypore Beach.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kozhikode journey planning tool .

Drive from Thrissur to Kozhikode in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kannur.

Things to do in Kozhikode

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Ponmudi Hill Station
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Mavoor Wetlands ©
Mavoor Wetlands
Kozhikode Beach ©
Kozhikode Beach
Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary ©
Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary

4
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.
Relax by the water at Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach and Choottad Beach. Visiting Meenkunnu Beach and Paithalmala will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple in Parassinikadavu (about 36 minutes away). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Dharmadam Beach, get engrossed in the history at Arakkal Museum, steep yourself in history at Fort St. Angelos, and pause for some photo ops at Ezhimala Hanuman Statue.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kannur day trip tool .

You can drive from Kozhikode to Kannur in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kannur

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Paithalmala Hill Station, Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple
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Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach ©
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach
Payyambalam Beach ©
Payyambalam Beach
Paithalmala Hill Station ©
Paithalmala Hill Station

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