7 days in South India Itinerary

7 days in South India Itinerary

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7 days in South India Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Drive:  5​h
1
Madurai
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Thekkady
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Mararikulam
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Kovalam
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
End: New Delhi

few
hours
Madurai

Madurai ©
One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Madurai sits on the banks of the River Vaigai and serves as a center of Tamil culture.
On the 30th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Madurai trip builder app .

New Delhi to Madurai is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from New Delhi in May, expect nights in Madurai to be about the same, around 30°C, while days are slightly colder, around 39°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple

3
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Escape the urban bustle at Periyar Tiger Reserve and Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Elephant Junction, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, revel in the low prices at Hachi Chocolate Homemade, and get great views at Chellarkovil Viewpoint.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Thekkady trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Madurai to Thekkady takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Mararikulam.

Things to do in Thekkady

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

1
night
Mararikulam

Mararikulam ©
If you're looking for soft sand and warm water, plan a vacation in Mararikulam.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mararikulam Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mararikulam Mahadeva Temple, and then stroll through Marari Beach.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Mararikulam driving holiday planning tool .

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Mararikulam takes 4.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Mararikulam are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in Mararikulam

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Mararikulam Beach ©
Mararikulam Beach
Mararikulam Mahadeva Temple ©
Mararikulam Mahadeva Temple

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach, then stroll through Kovalam Beach, then admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, and finally examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Hawa Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Adimalathura Beach, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kovalam sightseeing planner .

Getting from Mararikulam to Kovalam by car takes about 4.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Kovalam are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kovalam

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

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

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