45 days in South India Itinerary

45 days in South India Itinerary

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45 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Kuta, Bali
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Chennai
— 9 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Pondicherry
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  7​h
3
Mararikulam
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Kottayam
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Thekkady
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Munnar
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Kochi (Cochin)
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Kannur
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Kozhikode
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
10
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  12​h 45​min
End: Kuta, Bali

9
nights
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Relax by the water at Marina Beach and Besant Nagar Beach. Appreciate the collections at DakshinaChitra Museum and Live Art Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chennai: Mahabalipuram (Sea Shore Temple, Mahishasuramardini Cave, & more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kapaleeshwarar Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Parthasarathy Temple, see the interesting displays at Vivekananda House- Multimedia Cultural Museum, and take a stroll through Fort St. George.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Chennai day trip site .

Kuta, Indonesia to Chennai is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Indonesia Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In March in Chennai, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Mahabalipuram, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, DakshinaChitra Museum
Highlights from your plan
Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach
DakshinaChitra Museum ©
DakshinaChitra Museum

1
night
Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Pondicherry trip website .

You can drive from Chennai to Pondicherry in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mararikulam.

Things to do in Pondicherry

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

2
nights
Mararikulam

Mararikulam ©
If you're looking for soft sand and warm water, plan a vacation in Mararikulam.
On the 7th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thiruvizha Sree Mahadeva Temple and then stroll through Marari Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mararikulam Mahadeva Temple, then pause for some serene contemplation at Mararikulam Sree Mahadeva Temple, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Forane Church, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Mararikulam Beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mararikulam online tour builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Pondicherry to Mararikulam. In April, daytime highs in Mararikulam are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kottayam.

Things to do in Mararikulam

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Cherthala
Highlights from your plan
Mararikulam Sree Mahadeva Temple ©
Mararikulam Sree Mahadeva Temple
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Mararikulam Beach ©
Mararikulam Beach

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.
Appreciate the collections at Bay Island Driftwood Museum and Clay Art Cafe. Visiting Vagamon and Illikkal Kallu will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Kottayam: Parumala Church (in Thiruvalla), Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall (in Pallickathodu) and Vagamon Kurisumala (in Vagamon). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary's Knanaya Church, and take in the exciting artwork at Mozart Art Gallery.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kottayam trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Mararikulam to Kottayam takes 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Kottayam are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kottayam

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Parumala Church, Vagamon Kurisumala, Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall, Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple
Highlights from your plan
Vagamon ©
Vagamon
Bay Island Driftwood Museum ©
Bay Island Driftwood Museum
Parumala Church ©
Parumala Church

4
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Get a sense of the local culture at INTERPRETATION CENTRE Periyar Tiger Reserve and Mangladevi Temple. Escape the urban bustle at Periyar Tiger Reserve and Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Spend the 14th (Sun) exploring nature at Periyar National Park. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Elephant Junction, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mangala Devi Temple, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and get some fabulous bargains at Tropical Chocolate Factory.

To see reviews and more tourist information, use the Thekkady road trip tool .

You can drive from Kottayam to Thekkady in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction
Periyar National Park ©
Periyar National Park

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park and Lakkam Waterfalls. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Gardens, head outdoors with Ideal Safari, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

Make your Munnar itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Thekkady to Munnar in 2 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Munnar can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Cherai Beach and Fort Kochi Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Paradesi Synagogue and Jew Town. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Kerala Folklore Museum, take in the exciting artwork at David Hall Gallery & Cafe, make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, and get engrossed in the history at Antique Museum Kochi.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kochi (Cochin) online tour itinerary maker .

Drive from Munnar to Kochi (Cochin) in 2.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Kochi (Cochin) can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kannur.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Museums Shopping Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kerala Folklore Museum ©
Kerala Folklore Museum
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Jew Town ©
Jew Town

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 in touch with nature at Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach and Thottada Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple and Kottiyoor Mahadeva Temple. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Payyambalam Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Ezhara Beach, enjoy the sea views from Cannanore Lighthouse, and steep yourself in history at Fort St. Angelos.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kannur online travel planner .

You can drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Kannur in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Kozhikode.

Things to do in Kannur

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple
Highlights from your plan
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach ©
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach
Thottada Beach ©
Thottada Beach
Payyambalam Beach ©
Payyambalam Beach

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.
Visit Kappad Beach and Beypore Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Kozhikode Beach and Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kozhikode: Kunjali Marakkar Museum (in Vadakara) and Thunchan (in Tirur). And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on nature at Deepanjali lamp museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Valayanad Devi Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Payyoli Beach, and see the interesting displays at Pazhassiraja Museum and Art Gallery.

Find out how to plan Kozhikode trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Kannur to Kozhikode takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in April, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Kozhikode

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

6
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Kovalam Beach and Lighthouse Beach. Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace and Napier Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Chowara Beach (in Chowara), Varkala (Anjengo Fort, Varkala Beach, & more) and Kovalam (Hawa Beach & Samudra Beach). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, have fun and explore at Chacha Nehru Children’s Museum, examine the collection at Kuthira Malika, and enjoy the sand and surf at Shanghumukham Beach.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) tour itinerary planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kozhikode to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum). In May, daily temperatures in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kovalam, Varkala Town, Chowara Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

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