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 30​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 30​min
7
Thrissur
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
8
Kochi (Cochin)
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
9
Alappuzha
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
10
Kozhikode
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
11
Munnar
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  16​h
End: Sydney

3
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Popular historic sites such as Mangladevi Temple and Shiny Tours & Travals are in your itinerary. Visiting Periyar Tiger Reserve and Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Thekkady: Vallyachan mala (in Kottayam), Ramakkal (in Idukki) and Vagamon Kurisumala (in Vagamon). Spend the 27th (Mon) exploring nature at Periyar National Park. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Elephant Junction and take some stellar pictures from Chellarkovil Viewpoint.

Plan my trip to Thekkady with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Sydney, Australia to Thekkady is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a -4 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Pathanamthitta.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Ramakkal, Vallyachan mala, Vagamon Kurisumala
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. Visit Sabarimala Sri Dharmasastha Temple and Malayalappuzha Devi Temple for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Valiyakoikal Temple and Sree Dharma Sastha Temple. When in Pathanamthitta, make a side trip to see Konni Elephant Training Centre in Konni, approximately 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Thomas Ecumenical Church, take a peaceful walk through Konni Forest Reserve, and admire the sheer force of Perunthenaruvi Waterfall.

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Getting from Thekkady to Pathanamthitta by car takes about 3.5 hours. In January in Pathanamthitta, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kovalam.

Things to do in Pathanamthitta

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Konni Elephant Training Centre
Highlights from your plan

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.
Get in touch with nature at Kovalam Beach and Elephant Rehabilitation Centre. Visit Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple and Beemapally Mosque for their historical value. Explore Kovalam's surroundings by going to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) (Vizhinjam Lighthouse & Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lighthouse Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Hawa Beach, and see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kovalam driving holiday tool .

Traveling by car from Pathanamthitta to Kovalam takes 3 hours. In January, daytime highs in Kovalam are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Kannur.

Things to do in Kovalam

Parks Beaches Outdoors

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fort St. Angelos and Tellicherry Fort. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Thottada Beach and Dharmadam Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple (in Parassinikadavu) and Paithalmala Hill Station (in Paithalmala). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach, get engrossed in the history at Arakkal Museum, don't miss a visit to Kerala Folklore Academy, and visit a coastal fixture at Cannanore Lighthouse.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kannur travel route planning tool .

You can fly from Kovalam to Kannur in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kasaragod.

Things to do in Kannur

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Kasaragod

Kasaragod ©
We've included these beaches for you: Kappil Beach and Bekal Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bekal Fort and Someshwara Temple.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kasaragod trip planner.

Getting from Kannur to Kasaragod by car takes about 2.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Kasaragod are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, pause for some serene contemplation 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 next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Chamundeshwari Temple, then pause for some photo ops at Sri Nandi Temple, then get to know the resident critters at Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Avadhoota Datta Peetham.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Mysuru (Mysore) online sightseeing planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kasaragod to Mysuru (Mysore). Traveling from Kasaragod in February, things will get a bit cooler in Mysuru (Mysore): highs are around 32°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Guruvayur Temple and Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Snehatheeram Beach and Chavakkad Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Triprayar Sri Rama Temple (in Thriprayar), Guruvayur (Venkitachalapathy Temple, Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta), & more) and Vazhachal Falls (in Athirappilly). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vadakkunnathan Temple and admire the sheer force of Athirappilly Waterfalls.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Thrissur trip planning tool .

Getting from Mysuru (Mysore) to Thrissur by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Mysuru (Mysore) in February, things will get somewhat warmer in Thrissur: highs are around 39°C and lows about 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can take a train to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Thrissur

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Guruvayur, Vazhachal Falls, Triprayar Sri Rama Temple
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.
Popular historic sites such as Paradesi Synagogue and St. George Orthodox Koonan Kurish Old Syrian Church are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Cherai Beach and Thattekad Bird Sanctuary. Step out of Kochi (Cochin) to go to Kuruppampady and see Paniyeli Poru, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. Treat yourself to a day of pampering on the 20th (Thu) at some of the best spas. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Saint Francis, admire the striking features of Mattancherry Palace, take a stroll through Jew Town, and look for gifts at ViaKerala Shop.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kochi (Cochin) road trip app .

You can take a train from Thrissur to Kochi (Cochin) in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. February in Kochi (Cochin) sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can 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): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Kumaramangalam Subramanyaswamy Temple, then identify plant and animal life at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sea views from Alappuzha Lighthouse, enjoy the sand and surf at Alappuzha Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jain Temple, Alleppey, then pause for some serene contemplation at Edathua Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Alappuzha trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kochi (Cochin) to Alappuzha takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Alappuzha can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kozhikode.

Things to do in Alappuzha

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

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.
On the 24th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary, tour the pleasant surroundings at Beypore Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Valayanad Devi Temple. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Kappad Beach, identify plant and animal life at Sarovaram Biopark, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tali Temple.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Kozhikode holiday builder site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Alappuzha to Kozhikode. February in Kozhikode sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Munnar.

Things to do in Kozhikode

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

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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): Head underground at Swiftlet Cave Munnar, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then explore the galleries of Mistletoe art Gallery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Mount Carmel Church &Mount Carmel Pilgrim Centre.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Munnar road trip planning app .

Explore your travel options from Kozhikode to Munnar with the Route module. In February, daily temperatures in Munnar can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. 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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