8 days in South India Itinerary

8 days in South India Itinerary

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8 days in South India Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Kannur
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Kozhikode
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Kovalam
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  3​h 30​min
4
Thekkady
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Mararikulam
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: New Delhi

1
night
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 22nd (Sat): buy something for everyone on your list at G Mall.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kannur online road trip planner .

New Delhi to Kannur is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kozhikode.

Things to do in Kannur

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Thottada Beach ©
Thottada Beach
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach ©
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach
Payyambalam Beach ©
Payyambalam Beach

1
night
Kozhikode

Kozhikode ©
Famous as the landing place of Vasco da Gama, the large industrial city of Kozhikode today acts as staging post for adventures around the state, while also boasting some particularly popular beaches.
On the 24th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Kozhikode Beach, get some fabulous bargains at HiLite Mall, then buy something for everyone on your list at Focus Mall, and finally wander the streets of S.M. Street.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kozhikode trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Kannur to Kozhikode takes 3 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Kozhikode can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in Kozhikode

Shopping Neighborhoods Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Focus Mall ©
Focus Mall
Kozhikode Beach ©
Kozhikode Beach

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 25th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Hawa Beach, then stroll through Lighthouse Beach, then kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach, and finally admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple.

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Explore your travel options from Kozhikode to Kovalam with the Route module. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kovalam

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Highlights from your plan
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Hawa Beach ©
Hawa Beach

1
night
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 26th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, explore the activities along Periyar Lake, get some fabulous bargains at Tropical Chocolate Factory, then admire the natural beauty at Abraham's Spice Garden, and finally explore the galleries of Green land spice garden.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Thekkady trip planner .

You can drive from Kovalam to Thekkady in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mararikulam.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Abraham's Spice Garden ©
Abraham's Spice Garden
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake

1
night
Mararikulam

Mararikulam ©
If you're looking for soft sand and warm water, plan a vacation in Mararikulam.
On the 27th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mararikulam Sree Mahadeva Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mararikulam Mahadeva Temple, then stroll through Mararikulam Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Marari Beach.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Mararikulam day trip website .

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Mararikulam takes 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Mararikulam

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Mararikulam Sree Mahadeva Temple
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Mararikulam Beach ©
Mararikulam Beach
Mararikulam Sree Mahadeva Temple ©
Mararikulam Sree Mahadeva Temple

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, then take in the exciting artwork at Kashi Art Gallery, then kick back and relax at Cherai Beach, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at LuLu Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Indian Industries, stop by Kochi Books, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue, then take a stroll through Jew Town, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Goodwill Collection.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Mararikulam to Kochi (Cochin) takes 1.5 hours. December in Kochi (Cochin) sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Shopping Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
LuLu Mall ©
LuLu Mall
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Jew Town ©
Jew Town

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