9 days in South India Itinerary

9 days in South India Itinerary

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9 days in South India Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Visakhapatnam
— Few hours
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  7​h
2
Gokarna
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Kannur
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Thekkady
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Rameswaram
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 45​min
7
Kovalam
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
End: New Delhi

few
hours
Visakhapatnam

Visakhapatnam ©
The coastal port city of Visakhapatnam looks both outwards to the sea and inland to the mountains of the Eastern Ghats.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): kick back and relax at Rama Krishna Beach and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Simhachalam Temple.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Visakhapatnam planning app .

New Delhi to Visakhapatnam is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Gokarna.

Things to do in Visakhapatnam

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Rama Krishna Beach ©
Rama Krishna Beach
Simhachalam Temple ©
Simhachalam Temple

1
day
Gokarna

Gokarna ©
The small temple town of Gokarna has changed drastically in recent years.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, then kick back and relax at Kudle Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Om Beach.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Gokarna road trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight, taxi, and train from Visakhapatnam to Gokarna in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kannur.

Things to do in Gokarna

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Om Beach ©
Om Beach
Kudle Beach ©
Kudle Beach

1
day
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 23rd (Sun): kick back and relax at Thottada Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Payyambalam Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kannur road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Gokarna to Kannur takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kannur

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Thottada Beach ©
Thottada Beach
Payyambalam Beach ©
Payyambalam Beach
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach ©
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach

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 24th (Mon): browse the different shops at LuLu Mall, enjoy the sand and surf at Cherai Beach, then view the masterpieces at Kashi Art Gallery, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Kerala Folklore Museum, make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, then enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Kochi Beach, then stop by Kochi Books, and finally browse for treasures at Indian Industries.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) day trip app .

You can drive from Kannur to Kochi (Cochin) in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Shopping Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kashi Art Gallery ©
Kashi Art Gallery
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Fort Kochi Beach ©
Fort Kochi Beach

1
night
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 26th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, then see the sky in a new way at Green land spice garden, then admire the natural beauty at Abraham's Spice Garden, and finally revel in the low prices at Tropical Chocolate Factory.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Thekkady road trip website .

Traveling by car from Kochi (Cochin) to Thekkady takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Thekkady

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

1
day
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram, take in the views from Pamban bridge, then snap pictures at Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, and finally look for gifts at Kalam Sea Shell Mart.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rameswaram trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Rameswaram takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kovalam.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kalam Sea Shell Mart ©
Kalam Sea Shell Mart
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge ©
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge

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 28th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Hawa Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kovalam Beach, then stroll through Lighthouse Beach, and finally hunt for treasures at Vizhinjam Fishing Harbour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): kick back and relax at Shanghumukham Beach, then admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, then examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Samudra Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kovalam vacation builder site .

Traveling by car from Rameswaram to Kovalam takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kovalam

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

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

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