31 days in South India Itinerary

31 days in South India Itinerary

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31 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Bus + Fly:  2 h
1
Hyderabad
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
2
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
3
Kochi (Cochin)
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Kottayam
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Thekkady
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Munnar
— 4 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
7
Kannur
— 6 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
End: Bengaluru

2
nights
Hyderabad

Hyderabad ©
Teeming with history and heritage, Hyderabad draws visitors from all over the world with its old Indo-Islamic buildings, forts, and museums.
On the 1st (Fri), pause for some photo ops at Buddha Statue, then hunt for treasures at Laad Bazaar, then make a trip to Charminar, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Hyderabad. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Salar Jung Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Golkonda Fort, then stop by Krishna Pearls & Jewellers, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Birla Mandir.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hyderabad online tour planner .

Bengaluru to Hyderabad is an approximately 2-hour combination of taxi and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. December in Hyderabad sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Hyderabad

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golconda Fort ©
Golconda Fort
Birla Mandir ©
Birla Mandir
Salar Jung Museum ©
Salar Jung Museum

4
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace and Napier Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple and Kanakakunnu Palace & Grounds. Explore Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)'s surroundings by going to Varkala (The Art of India, Varkala Beach, & more) and Kovalam (Samudra Beach, Hawa Beach, & more). And it doesn't end there: stop by Parthas, contemplate the long history of Beemapally Mosque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sreevaraham Temple Pond, and take in the exciting artwork at Shri Chitra Art Gallery.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) holiday site .

You can fly from Hyderabad to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hyderabad in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

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

6
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Paradesi Synagogue and Church of Saint Francis. Shop till you drop at LuLu Mall and Kashi Art Gallery. And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Kochi Books, admire the striking features of Kerala Folklore Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Vallarpadam Church, and don't miss a visit to Jew Town.

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Getting from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Kochi (Cochin) by combination of flight and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kottayam.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Shopping Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
LuLu Mall ©
LuLu Mall
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Get some cultural insight at St. George Orthodox Church and Kottayam Cheriapally. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Marari Beach and Mararikulam Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Kottayam side-trips: Trove (in Kanjirappally), Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary (in Kumarakom) and Velorvattom Mahadeva Temple (in Mararikulam). There's lots more to do: view the masterpieces at Mozart Art Gallery, see the interesting displays at Bay Island Driftwood Museum, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Thangal Hill.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kottayam trip app .

Getting from Kochi (Cochin) to Kottayam by car takes about 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Kottayam can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kottayam

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Mararikulam, Trove, Thangal Hill, St. George Orthodox Church, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Mararikulam Beach ©
Mararikulam Beach
St. George Orthodox Church ©
St. George Orthodox Church

4
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Step out of the city life by going to Periyar Tiger Reserve and Periyar National Park. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Tropical Chocolate Factory and Kerala Crafts. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Periyar Lake, take in nature's colorful creations at Abraham's Spice Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mangladevi Temple, and get outside with Persian Paradise Elephant Ride.

Plan my day in Thekkady using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Kottayam to Thekkady takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Abraham's Spice Garden ©
Abraham's Spice Garden
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Tea Museum and C.S.I Christ Church. Escape the urban bustle at Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park and Attukal Waterfalls. Explore Munnar's surroundings by going to Idukki (Sita Devi Lake & Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary). There's more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens and see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Munnar online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Munnar takes 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Munnar can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kannur.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Idukki
Highlights from your plan
Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Tea Museum ©
Tea Museum
Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park ©
Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park

6
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 a sense of the local culture at Fort St. Angelos and Cannanore Lighthouse. Head to Sabrang Ethnic Boutique and Capitol Mallfor some retail therapy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kannur: Chal Beach Park (in Azhikode) and Payyoli Beach (in Kozhikode). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sundareswara Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Ezhara Beach, and take an in-depth tour of Arakkal Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kannur itinerary tool .

Drive from Munnar to Kannur in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kannur

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kozhikode, Paithalmala Hill Station, Chal Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach ©
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach
Thottada Beach ©
Thottada Beach
Payyambalam Beach ©
Payyambalam Beach

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