38 days in South India Itinerary

38 days in South India Itinerary

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38 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly:  3​h
1
Kovalam
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
2
Thekkady
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Kottayam
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Kochi (Cochin)
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Guruvayur
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Kozhikode
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
7
Kasaragod
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Kannur
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Chennai

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace and Shri Chitra Art Gallery. Relax by the water at Kovalam Beach and Hawa Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) (Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple, Chacha Nehru Children’s Museum, & more) and Varkala (Varkala Beach & Vishnu Temple). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, see the interesting displays at Kuthira Malika, kick back and relax at Adimalathura Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lighthouse Beach.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kovalam travel planner .

Chennai to Kovalam is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chennai in May, expect nights in Kovalam to be about the same, around 30°C, while days are little chillier, around 37°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kovalam

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Varkala
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Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach

4
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Take a break from the city and head to Periyar Tiger Reserve and Elephant Junction. Angadipetty -Kerala Ayurveda Museum and The Periyar Interpretation Centre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: explore the galleries of Green land spice garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, delve into the lush surroundings at Periyar Tiger Reserve forest, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Thekkady trip itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kovalam to Thekkady takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Kottayam.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Kerala Backwaters and Kottathavalam. Get a sense of the local culture at St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam and Bay Island Driftwood Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary (in Kumarakom) and Thiruvizha Sree Mahadeva Temple (in Cherthala). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Discs & Machines - Sunny's Gramophone Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Kottayam Cheriapally, take in the exciting artwork at Clay Art Cafe, and explore the galleries of Mozart Art Gallery.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kottayam road trip website .

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Kottayam takes 3.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Kottayam can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kottayam

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cherthala, Kerala Backwaters, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
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Kerala Backwaters ©
Kerala Backwaters
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary ©
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

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 Ernakulam Cemetery Church. Appreciate the collections at Kerala Folklore Museum and Maritime Museum Kochi. Get out of town with these interesting Kochi (Cochin) side-trips: Marari Beach (in Mararikulam) and International Coir Museum (in Alappuzha). There's lots more to do: browse the exhibits of Kashi Art Gallery, kick back and relax at Cherai Beach, see the interesting displays at Catholic Art Museum, and admire the striking features of Mattancherry Palace.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kochi (Cochin) trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kottayam to Kochi (Cochin) takes 2 hours. In May in Kochi (Cochin), expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Guruvayur.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Marari Beach, International Coir Museum
Highlights from your plan
Kerala Folklore Museum ©
Kerala Folklore Museum
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach

5
nights
Guruvayur

Guruvayur ©
Guruvayur stands as one of the holiest and most important pilgrimage centers in the state, with its Sri Krishna Temple among the most frequented temples in the country.
Escape the urban bustle at Vadanapilly Beach and Elephant Camp Sanctuary. Popular historic sites such as Guruvayur Temple and Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Guruvayur: Varikkassery Mana (in Ottapalam), Olappamanna Mana (in Vellinezhi) and Vilwadrinatha Temple (in Thiruvilvamala). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Vaidyaratnam Ayurveda Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chowallurpady Siva Temple, and pause for some serene contemplation at Palayur Church.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Guruvayur online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Kochi (Cochin) to Guruvayur takes 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Guruvayur can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Kozhikode.

Things to do in Guruvayur

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Thrissur, Vilwadrinatha Temple, Vadanapilly Beach, Varikkassery Mana, Triprayar Sri Rama Temple
Highlights from your plan
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram ©
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram
Guruvayur Temple ©
Guruvayur Temple
Vilwadrinatha Temple ©
Vilwadrinatha Temple

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kappad Beach and Matri Dei Cathedral. Museum-lovers will get to explore Deepanjali lamp museum and Pazhassiraja Museum and Art Gallery. Change things up with a short trip to Kunjali Marakkar Museum in Vadakara (about 1h 50 min away). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at SK Pottekkatt Cultural Centre, Calicut, look for all kinds of wild species at Sarovaram Biopark, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tali Temple, and kick back and relax at Payyoli Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kozhikode trip app .

Drive from Guruvayur to Kozhikode in 3 hours. In June in Kozhikode, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Kasaragod.

Things to do in Kozhikode

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Kunjali Marakkar Museum
Highlights from your plan
Kappad Beach ©
Kappad Beach
Kozhikode Beach ©
Kozhikode Beach
Payyoli Beach ©
Payyoli Beach

3
nights
Kasaragod

Kasaragod ©
Get outdoors at Bekal Beach and Kappil Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Anandashram and Madhur Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kasaragod: Madiyan Koolom (in Kanhangad) and Hosdurg Beach (in Bekal).

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kasaragod route builder website .

You can drive from Kozhikode to Kasaragod in 5.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Kasaragod can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kannur.

Things to do in Kasaragod

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bekal, Kanhangad
Highlights from your plan
Bekal Beach ©
Bekal Beach
Anandashram ©
Anandashram
Bekal Fort ©
Bekal Fort

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.
Visiting Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach and Thottada Beach will get you outdoors. Madayi Kavu and Mridanga Saileswari Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kannur: Paithalmala Hill Station (in Paithalmala) and Azhikode (Chal Beach Park & Azhikkal Beach). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Arakkal Museum, get curious at Science Park, contemplate the long history of Fort St. Angelos, and stroll through Choottad Beach.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kannur driving holiday planning tool .

You can drive from Kasaragod to Kannur in 2.5 hours. On the 17th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kannur

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Azhikode, Madayi Kavu, Paithalmala Hill Station
Highlights from your plan
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach ©
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach
Thottada Beach ©
Thottada Beach
Azhikkal Beach ©
Azhikkal Beach

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