7 days in South India Itinerary

7 days in South India Itinerary

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7 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Chennai
bus + taxi:  1​h 30​min
1
Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Kovalam
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
3
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Kannur
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Chennai

1
night
Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram ©
Once an important sea port city in the ancient Pallava kingdom, Mahabalipuram today draws in visitors with UNESCO-listed monuments and temples carved out of rock during the 7th and 8th centuries CE.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Descent Of The Ganges, then don't miss a visit to Krishna's Butter Ball, then don't miss a visit to Arjuna's Penance, and finally don't miss a visit to Pancha Rathas. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sea Shore Temple, and then identify plant and animal life at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology.

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Chennai to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram
Descent Of The Ganges ©
Descent Of The Ganges

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 14th (Wed): kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach, kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Adimalathura Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kovalam tour planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Mahabalipuram to Kovalam takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Mahabalipuram in August, plan for little chillier days in Kovalam, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kovalam

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach
Adimalathura Beach ©
Adimalathura 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 15th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Chellarkovil Viewpoint, then identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Junction and then look for all kinds of wild species at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation.

Before you visit Thekkady, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kovalam to Thekkady in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Kannur.

Things to do in Thekkady

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): kick back and relax at Azhikkal Beach, then kick back and relax at KIzhunna Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Choottad Beach, then kick back and relax at Ezhara Beach, and then stroll through Chal Beach Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kannur online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Kannur takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kannur

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Azhikode
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Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach ©
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach
Azhikkal Beach ©
Azhikkal Beach
Chal Beach Park ©
Chal Beach Park

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