8 days in South India Itinerary

8 days in South India Itinerary

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8 days in South India Itinerary

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

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.
On the 9th (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, then explore the engaging exhibits at Chacha Nehru Children’s Museum, and then stop by Sarwaa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kovalam Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lighthouse Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hawa Beach.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, you can read our Kovalam travel itinerary planner.

Mumbai to Kovalam is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Mumbai in February since evenings lows in Kovalam dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kovalam

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple

2
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
On the 11th (Mon), revel in the low prices at Tropical Chocolate Factory, stop by Abraham's Spice Garden, then look and learn at Green land spice garden, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve. On the next day, take some stellar pictures from Chellarkovil Viewpoint, then look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Junction.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Thekkady road trip app .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Kovalam to Thekkady in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mararikulam.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Abraham's Spice Garden ©
Abraham's Spice Garden
Green land spice garden ©
Green land spice garden
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction

1
night
Mararikulam

Mararikulam ©
If you're looking for soft sand and warm water, plan a vacation in Mararikulam.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mararikulam Mahadeva Temple, then stroll through Mararikulam Beach, and then kick back and relax at Marari Beach.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Mararikulam trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Mararikulam takes 4.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Mararikulam

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Mararikulam Beach ©
Mararikulam Beach
Mararikulam Mahadeva Temple ©
Mararikulam Mahadeva Temple

3
nights
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.
For shopping fun, head to LuLu Mall or Kashi Art Gallery. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Cherai Beach, don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, stop by Kochi Books, and view the masterpieces at Durbar Hall Art Gallery.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) tour planner .

Getting from Mararikulam to Kochi (Cochin) by car takes about 1.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Shopping Museums Beaches
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LuLu Mall ©
LuLu Mall
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Indian Industries ©
Indian Industries

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