8 days in South India Itinerary

8 days in South India Itinerary

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8 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Indore
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Kovalam
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
2
Thekkady
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Alappuzha
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Guruvayur
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Kannur
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Indore

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kovalam trip planner.

Indore to Kovalam is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Indore in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kovalam: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kovalam

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
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Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Attukal Bhagavathy Temple ©
Attukal Bhagavathy Temple

1
night
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
On the 16th (Thu), look and learn at Green land spice garden, take some stellar pictures from Chellarkovil Viewpoint, then explore the activities along Periyar Lake, and finally identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Thekkady online itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kovalam to Thekkady in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Green land spice garden ©
Green land spice garden
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake

1
night
Alappuzha

Alappuzha ©
Affectionately known as Alleppey to locals and tourists alike, Alappuzha acts as a major transport and cultural hub on the Kerala backwaters.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): see the interesting displays at International Coir Museum, kick back and relax at Marari Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mararikulam Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Alappuzha trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Alappuzha takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Guruvayur.

Things to do in Alappuzha

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Mararikulam
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Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Mararikulam Beach ©
Mararikulam Beach
International Coir Museum ©
International Coir Museum

1
night
Guruvayur

Guruvayur ©
Guruvayur stands as one of the holiest and most important pilgrimage centers in the state, with its Sri Krishna Temple among the most frequented temples in the country.
On the 18th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram, admire the landmark architecture of Guruvayur Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Venkitachalapathy Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Parthasarathy Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta).

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Traveling by car from Alappuzha to Guruvayur takes 4 hours. In May in Guruvayur, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kannur.

Things to do in Guruvayur

Historic Sites
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Guruvayur Temple ©
Guruvayur Temple
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram ©
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram
Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta) ©
Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta)

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.
Kids will enjoy Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach and Ezhara Beach. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Thottada Beach, stroll through KIzhunna Beach, steep yourself in history at Mridanga Saileswari Temple, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kannur trip planner .

Traveling by car from Guruvayur to Kannur takes 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kannur

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Azhikkal Beach
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Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach ©
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach
Thottada Beach ©
Thottada Beach
Azhikkal Beach ©
Azhikkal Beach

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