32 days in South India Itinerary

32 days in South India Itinerary

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32 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Chennai
1
Chennai
— 2 nights
bus + taxi:  1​h
2
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Pondicherry
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Tiruchirappalli
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Madurai
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Thekkady
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
7
Kannur
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Kochi (Cochin)
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Munnar
— 4 nights
taxi + train:  2​h 30​min
10
Thrissur
— 5 nights
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  1​h 45​min
11
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
End: Colombo

2
nights
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): shop like a local with T Nagar, Ranganathan Street. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Beach, then admire the landmark architecture of San Thome Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Parthasarathy Temple, and finally browse the different shops at Express Avenue Mall.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Chennai itinerary planner .

If you are flying in from Sri Lanka, the closest major airport is Chennai International Airport. January in Chennai sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Chennai

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach
Kapaleeshwarar Temple ©
Kapaleeshwarar Temple
San Thome Church ©
San Thome Church

2
nights
Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram ©
Once an important sea port city in the ancient Pallava kingdom, Mahabalipuram today draws in visitors with UNESCO-listed monuments and temples carved out of rock during the 7th and 8th centuries CE.
On the 31st (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Pancha Rathas, then delve into the distant past at Monuments at Mahabalipuram, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sea Shore Temple. On your second day here, Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave, make a trip to Krishna's Butter Ball, appreciate the history behind Descent Of The Ganges, then explore the ancient world of Krishna Mandapam, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Varaha Cave Temple, and finally make a trip to Arjuna's Penance.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Mahabalipuram day trip planning tool .

Drive from Chennai to Mahabalipuram in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Pancha Rathas ©
Pancha Rathas
Arjuna's Penance ©
Arjuna's Penance

1
night
Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
On the 2nd (Sat), pause for some photo ops at French War Memorial, take in the waterfront at Seaside Promenade, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, then don't miss a visit to Sri Aurobindo Ashram, and finally kick back and relax at Paradise Beach.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Pondicherry trip maker website .

You can drive from Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Tiruchirappalli.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Seaside Promenade ©
Seaside Promenade
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple ©
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

1
night
Tiruchirappalli

Tiruchirappalli ©
Located in the center of the state, the ancient city of Tiruchirappalli--or Trichy/Tiruchi as it is more commonly known--remains rich in Tamil culture.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): contemplate the long history of Jambukeswarar Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Rangam Ranga Nathar Temple, and finally make a trip to Sri Ayyappan Temple.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Tiruchirappalli tour itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Pondicherry to Tiruchirappalli in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Madurai.

Things to do in Tiruchirappalli

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple ©
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
Jambukeswarar Temple ©
Jambukeswarar Temple
Sri Ayyappan Temple ©
Sri Ayyappan Temple

1
night
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.
On the 4th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Meenakshi Temple, then see the interesting displays at Gandhi Memorial Museum, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Madurai planning tool .

Getting from Tiruchirappalli to Madurai by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Tiruchirappalli in February, you will find days in Madurai are little chillier (36°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Walking tours
Gandhi Memorial Museum
Gandhi Memorial Museum

3
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Thekkady is known for wildlife, nature, nightlife, parks, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, get great views at Chellarkovil Viewpoint, admire all the interesting features of Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, and get some fabulous bargains at Tropical Chocolate Factory.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Thekkady trip planner .

Traveling by car from Madurai to Thekkady takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kannur.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction

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.
Take a break from Kannur with a short trip to Sargaalaya in Kozhikode, about 1h 35 min away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kottiyoor Mahadeva Temple, steep yourself in history at Fort St. Angelos, and make a trip to Sri Rajarajeswara Temple.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Kannur day trip planning website .

You can drive from Thekkady to Kannur in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus, taxi, flight, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kannur

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Sargaalaya
Highlights from your plan
Thottada Beach ©
Thottada Beach
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach ©
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach
Fort St. Angelos ©
Fort St. Angelos

5
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.
When in Kochi (Cochin), make a side trip to see Marari Beach in Mararikulam, approximately 1h 15 min away. Pamper yourself for a day on the 14th (Thu) at some of the top local wellness centers. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, admire the landmark architecture of Mattancherry Palace, kick back and relax at Cherai Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) route planner .

Traveling by car from Kannur to Kochi (Cochin) takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Kochi (Cochin) are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Spas Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Marari Beach
Highlights from your plan
Spas & Wellness
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach

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.
Spend the 18th (Mon) exploring nature at Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Blossom Hydel Park, take some stellar pictures from Top Station, and see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Munnar trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Munnar in 2.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Munnar can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Thrissur.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Tea Museum ©
Tea Museum

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Thrissur: Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Kalpetta), Guruvayur (Elephant Camp Sanctuary, Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta), & more) and Athirappilly (Athirappilly Falls & Vazhachal Falls). There's more to do: admire the sheer force of Athirappilly Waterfalls and take in the spiritual surroundings of Vadakkunnathan Temple.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Thrissur travel planner.

Traveling by car from Munnar to Thrissur takes 2.5 hours. February in Thrissur sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Thrissur

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Guruvayur, Vazhachal Falls, Nature & Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Camp Sanctuary ©
Elephant Camp Sanctuary
Guruvayur Temple ©
Guruvayur Temple
Athirappilly Water Falls ©
Athirappilly Water Falls

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.
Explore Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)'s surroundings by going to Kovalam (Lighthouse Beach & Kovalam Beach) and Varkala (Varkala Beach & Spas & Wellness). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, have fun and explore at Chacha Nehru Children’s Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple, and make a trip to Attukal Bhagavathy Temple.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) holiday builder app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Thrissur to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In February in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

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