6 days in South India Itinerary

6 days in South India Itinerary

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6 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Mangalore
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Thekkady
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Kovalam
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Hyderabad
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
End: Mangalore

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Kerala Folklore Museum and then buy something for everyone on your list at LuLu Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Antique Museum Kochi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue, view the masterpieces at Kashi Art Gallery, then look for gifts at Kochi Books, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Indian Industries.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kochi (Cochin) trip planner.

Mangalore to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. December in Kochi (Cochin) sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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LuLu Mall ©
LuLu Mall
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Kerala Folklore Museum ©
Kerala Folklore Museum

1
night
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, then browse the exhibits of Green land spice garden, then admire the natural beauty at Abraham's Spice Garden, and finally revel in the low prices at Tropical Chocolate Factory.

To see maps and other tourist information, read our Thekkady trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Thekkady in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kovalam.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Abraham's Spice Garden ©
Abraham's Spice Garden
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Green land spice garden ©
Green land spice garden

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Samudra Beach, then look for gifts at Keralashopee, then see the interesting displays at Napier Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at Shri Chitra Art Gallery. On your second day here, stroll through Lighthouse Beach, kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach, then admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, and finally see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kovalam trip tool .

Getting from Thekkady to Kovalam by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Hyderabad.

Things to do in Kovalam

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

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

1
night
Hyderabad

Hyderabad ©
Teeming with history and heritage, Hyderabad draws visitors from all over the world with its old Indo-Islamic buildings, forts, and museums.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Birla Mandir, browse the eclectic array of goods at Laad Bazaar, then make a trip to Charminar, and finally see the interesting displays at Salar Jung Museum.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hyderabad trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kovalam to Hyderabad in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Hyderabad when traveling from Kovalam in December, with lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hyderabad

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Salar Jung Museum ©
Salar Jung Museum
Birla Mandir ©
Birla Mandir
Laad Bazaar ©
Laad Bazaar

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