9 days in South India Itinerary

9 days in South India Itinerary

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9 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Varanasi
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Thrissur
— Few hours
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
4
Munnar
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Thekkady
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Varanasi

few
hours
Thrissur

Thrissur ©
One of the oldest and largest cities in the center of the state, Thrissur hosts a wealth of festivals throughout the year.
To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Thrissur day trip planner .

Varanasi to Thrissur is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Thrissur are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Thrissur

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Vaidyaratnam Ayurveda Museum ©
Vaidyaratnam Ayurveda Museum

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.
Kerala Folklore Museum and Maritime Museum Kochi will appeal to museum buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kashi Art Gallery and Kerala Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to International Coir Museum (in Alappuzha) and Marari Beach (in Mararikulam). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Antique Museum Kochi, admire the masterpieces at Archaeological Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Durbar Hall Art Gallery, and see the interesting displays at Catholic Art Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) trip planner .

Traveling by train from Thrissur to Kochi (Cochin) takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Kochi (Cochin) are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Museums Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

International Coir Museum, Marari Beach
Highlights from your plan
Antique Museum Kochi ©
Antique Museum Kochi
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Kerala Folklore Museum ©
Kerala Folklore Museum

2
nights
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) ©
Situated among a collection of low hills that lead up to the coastline, state capital Thiruvananthapuram acts as a base for exploration of the southern tip of the country.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): examine the collection at Priyadarshini Planetarium, explore the world behind art at Shri Chitra Art Gallery, examine the collection at Napier Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Natural History Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have fun and explore at Chacha Nehru Children’s Museum, see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, then examine the collection at Kuthira Malika, then kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach, and finally steep yourself in history at Beemapally Mosque.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Kochi (Cochin) to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Munnar.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Museums Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Kovalam Beach
Highlights from your plan
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace ©

1
night
Munnar

Munnar ©
Sitting at the point where three mountain rivers meet, the hill station of Munnar has become known as a tea-growing center in the south of the country.
On the 22nd (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Chinnakanel Water Falls, take in the awesome beauty at Ottakathala Medu Mountain Range, then see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Mistletoe art Gallery.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Munnar trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Munnar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. In October in Munnar, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Chinnakanel Water Falls ©
Chinnakanel Water Falls
Tea Museum ©
Tea Museum
Mistletoe art Gallery ©
Mistletoe art Gallery

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nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): look and learn at Green land spice garden, examine the collection at Angadipetty -Kerala Ayurveda Museum, then take some stellar pictures from Chellarkovil Viewpoint, and finally identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, then pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of Lourde's Roman Catholic Latin Church, and then examine the collection at The Periyar Interpretation Centre.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Thekkady trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Munnar to Thekkady takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Museums
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake
Angadipetty -Kerala Ayurveda Museum ©

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