5 days in South India Itinerary

5 days in South India Itinerary

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5 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
bus + Fly:  1​h 45​min
1
Kovalam
— 1 day
Fly + taxi:  3​h 30​min
2
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Kannur
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Gokarna
— 1 day
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Bengaluru

1
day
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.
On the 10th (Thu), kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach, kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach, and then admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kovalam road trip planning site .

Bengaluru to Kovalam is an approximately 2-hour combination of taxi and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bengaluru in January, expect Kovalam to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kovalam

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
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Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach

2
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Elephant Junction and then look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, then explore the activities along Periyar Lake, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Thekkady route planner .

You can drive from Kovalam to Thekkady in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Kannur.

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

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Thottada Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at KIzhunna Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kannur sightseeing planning app .

Drive from Thekkady to Kannur in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus, taxi, flight, and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Gokarna.

Things to do in Kannur

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Thottada Beach ©
Thottada Beach
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach ©
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach
KIzhunna Beach ©
KIzhunna Beach

1
day
Gokarna

Gokarna ©
The small temple town of Gokarna has changed drastically in recent years.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Om Beach, then kick back and relax at Kudle Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahabaleswara Temple.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Gokarna online holiday maker .

Traveling by car from Kannur to Gokarna takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gokarna

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Kudle Beach ©
Kudle Beach
Om Beach ©
Om Beach
Mahabaleswara Temple ©
Mahabaleswara Temple

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