38 days in South India Itinerary

38 days in South India Itinerary

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38 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + taxi:  16​h
1
Thekkady
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Pathanamthitta
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Kovalam
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Kannur
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Kasaragod
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
6
Mysuru (Mysore)
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Thrissur
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
8
Kochi (Cochin)
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
9
Alappuzha
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
10
Kozhikode
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
11
Munnar
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Sydney

3
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mangladevi Temple and Vallyachan mala. Visiting Periyar Tiger Reserve and Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Ramakkal (in Idukki) and Vagamon Kurisumala (in Vagamon). Spend the 27th (Mon) exploring nature at Periyar National Park. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Elephant Junction, steep yourself in history at Shiny Tours & Travals, and get great views at Chellarkovil Viewpoint.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Thekkady holiday tool .

Sydney, Australia to Thekkady is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Sydney to Thekkady due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Pathanamthitta.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Vallyachan mala, Vagamon Kurisumala, Ramakkal
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

3
nights
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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sabarimala Sri Dharmasastha Temple and Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple. Take a break from the city and head to Konni Elephant Training Centre and Perunthenaruvi Waterfall. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Valiyakoikal Temple, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St.George Orthodox Church (Chandanapally Valiyapalli ), steep yourself in history at Sree Dharma Sastha Temple, and delve into the lush surroundings at Konni Forest Reserve.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Pathanamthitta trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Thekkady to Pathanamthitta in 3.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Pathanamthitta can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Kovalam.

Things to do in Pathanamthitta

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Konni Elephant Training Centre
Highlights from your plan
Perunthenaruvi Waterfall ©
Perunthenaruvi Waterfall
Sabarimala Sri Dharmasastha Temple ©
Sabarimala Sri Dharmasastha Temple
Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple ©
Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple

3
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.
Relax by the water at Kovalam Beach and Hawa Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple and Vizhinjam Lighthouse. Get out of town with these interesting Kovalam side-trips: Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) (Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary & Elephant Rehabilitation Centre). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach, see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Beemapally Mosque.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kovalam online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Pathanamthitta to Kovalam takes 3 hours. In January in Kovalam, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kannur.

Things to do in Kovalam

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Hawa Beach ©
Hawa Beach

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Thottada Beach and Paithalmala Hill Station. Fort St. Angelos and Mridanga Saileswari Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple in Parassinikadavu (about 38 minutes away). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach, steep yourself in history at Tellicherry Fort, stroll through Payyambalam Beach, and make a trip to Kerala Folklore Academy.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kannur itinerary tool .

Getting from Kovalam to Kannur by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kasaragod.

Things to do in Kannur

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple, Paithalmala Hill Station
Highlights from your plan
Payyambalam Beach ©
Payyambalam Beach
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach ©
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach
Thottada Beach ©
Thottada Beach

3
nights
Kasaragod

Kasaragod ©
Get outdoors at Kappil Beach and Kottancheri Hills. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Bekal Fort and Ananthapura Lake Temple. Change things up with a short trip to Someshwara Temple in Someshwar (about 58 minutes away).

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kasaragod online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Kannur to Kasaragod by car takes about 2.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Mysuru (Mysore).

Things to do in Kasaragod

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Bekal, Someshwara Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kappil Beach ©
Kappil Beach
Bekal Fort ©
Bekal Fort
Bekal Beach ©
Bekal Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Philomena Church, and then explore the historical opulence of Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Chamundeshwari Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Nandi Temple, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Avadhoota Datta Peetham.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Mysuru (Mysore) online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Kasaragod to Mysuru (Mysore) takes 5.5 hours. In February, Mysuru (Mysore) is slightly colder than Kasaragod - with highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Thrissur.

Things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas) ©
Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas)
Sri Chamundeshwari Temple ©
Sri Chamundeshwari Temple
Saint Philomena Church ©
Saint Philomena Church

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Snehatheeram Beach and Chavakkad Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Athirappilly Waterfalls and Elephant Camp Sanctuary. Venture out of the city with trips to Triprayar Sri Rama Temple (in Thriprayar), Guruvayur (Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram, Venkitachalapathy Temple, & more) and Vazhachal Falls (in Athirappilly). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vadakkunnathan Temple.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Thrissur driving holiday planning site .

Drive from Mysuru (Mysore) to Thrissur in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Mysuru (Mysore) in February, with highs in Thrissur at 39°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Thrissur

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Guruvayur, Triprayar Sri Rama Temple, Vazhachal Falls
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Camp Sanctuary ©
Elephant Camp Sanctuary
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram ©
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram
Guruvayur Temple ©
Guruvayur Temple

4
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.
Paradesi Synagogue and Church of Saint Francis will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Cherai Beach and Paniyeli Poru. Step out of Kochi (Cochin) to go to Thattekad and see Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. Treat yourself to a day of pampering on the 20th (Thu) at some of the best spas. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Mattancherry Palace, take a stroll through Jew Town, steep yourself in history at St. George Orthodox Koonan Kurish Old Syrian Church, and stop by ViaKerala Shop.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) sightseeing planner .

Traveling by train from Thrissur to Kochi (Cochin) takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Kochi (Cochin) can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Spas Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Paniyeli Poru, Thattekad Bird Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Spas
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Kumaramangalam Subramanyaswamy Temple, then identify plant and animal life at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam. Keep things going the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Alappuzha Lighthouse, enjoy the sand and surf at Alappuzha Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jain Temple, Alleppey, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Edathua Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Alappuzha day trip planning website .

You can take a train from Kochi (Cochin) to Alappuzha in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In February, daytime highs in Alappuzha are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kozhikode.

Things to do in Alappuzha

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Kumarakom, St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam, Marari Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary ©
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Alappuzha Beach ©
Alappuzha Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary, enjoy the sand and surf at Beypore Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Valayanad Devi Temple. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Kappad Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Sarovaram Biopark, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tali Temple.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kozhikode trip planner.

Traveling by car from Alappuzha to Kozhikode takes 6.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Kozhikode can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. On the 26th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Munnar.

Things to do in Kozhikode

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary ©
Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary
Kozhikode Beach ©
Kozhikode Beach
Tali Temple ©
Tali Temple

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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Swiftlet Cave Munnar, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then browse the exhibits of Mistletoe art Gallery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Mount Carmel Church &Mount Carmel Pilgrim Centre.

To see maps and other tourist information, go to the Munnar day trip tool .

Getting from Kozhikode to Munnar by car takes about 7.5 hours. February in Munnar sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 26°C at night. On the 29th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Munnar

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park ©
Tea Museum ©
Tea Museum
Swiftlet Cave Munnar ©
Swiftlet Cave Munnar

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