9 days in South India Itinerary

9 days in South India Itinerary

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9 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Madurai
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 30​min
3
Kovalam
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  3​h
4
Munnar
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Mararikulam
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Mumbai

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Madurai

Madurai ©
One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Madurai sits on the banks of the River Vaigai and serves as a center of Tamil culture.
On the 2nd (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Meenakshi Temple.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Madurai tour itinerary maker tool .

Mumbai to Madurai is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple

1
night
Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari ©
Located at the most southerly point of mainland India, Kanyakumari has long attracted pilgrims and those keen to see the end of the road.
On the 3rd (Sun), don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, pause for some photo ops at Thiruvalluvar Statue, then kick back and relax at Kanyakumari Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil.

For more things to do and other tourist information, read our Kanyakumari day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Madurai to Kanyakumari takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Kovalam.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Kanyakumari Beach ©
Kanyakumari Beach
Vivekananda Rock Memorial ©
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Thiruvalluvar Statue ©
Thiruvalluvar Statue

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 4th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, then kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kovalam trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kanyakumari to Kovalam in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. March in Kovalam sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Munnar.

Things to do in Kovalam

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): examine the collection at Tea Museum, then see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam, and then admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Munnar trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kovalam to Munnar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in March, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Tea Museum ©
Tea Museum

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 6th (Wed): see the sky in a new way at Green land spice garden, then look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, then explore the activities along Periyar Lake, and finally get some fabulous bargains at Tropical Chocolate Factory. On the next day, get great views at Chellarkovil Viewpoint, look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Junction.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Thekkady trip site .

Drive from Munnar to Thekkady in 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mararikulam.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction

1
night
Mararikulam

Mararikulam ©
If you're looking for soft sand and warm water, plan a vacation in Mararikulam.
On the 8th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mararikulam Mahadeva Temple, kick back and relax at Mararikulam Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Marari Beach.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Mararikulam online route planner .

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Mararikulam takes 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Mararikulam

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Mararikulam Beach ©
Mararikulam Beach
Mararikulam Mahadeva Temple ©
Mararikulam 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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Celebrity Wax Museum, get your game on at Plug And Play Gaming Lounge, enjoy the sand and surf at Munambam Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ernakulatthappan Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiva Temple Ernakulam . Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Saint Francis, admire all the interesting features of Kerala Kathakali Centre, admire the landmark architecture of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, then admire the striking features of Mattancherry Palace, and finally make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kochi (Cochin) travel planner .

Drive from Mararikulam to Kochi (Cochin) in 1.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Kochi (Cochin) are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Shiva Temple Ernakulam
Highlights from your plan
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Shiva Temple Ernakulam	©
Shiva Temple Ernakulam
Munambam Beach ©
Munambam Beach

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