30 days in South India Itinerary

30 days in South India Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South India travel route planner
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Fly to Kannur, Taxi to Mysore District
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Mysore District
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Kannur
— 4 nights
Train
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Kozhikode
— 3 nights
Drive
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Guruvayur
— 4 nights
Drive
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Pallivasal
— 1 night
Drive
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Thekkady
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kottayam
— 3 nights
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Kochi (Cochin)
— 5 nights
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Kovalam
— 4 nights
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Mysore District

Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at The Hobby Place.

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Chennai to Mysore District is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Chennai in April: high temperatures in Mysore District hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kannur.
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Kannur — 4 nights

Land of Looms and Lores

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.
Visiting Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach and KIzhunna Beach will get you outdoors. Visit Mridanga Saileswari Temple and Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple for their historical value. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Thottada Beach, browse the different shops at Capitol Mall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Madayipara, and snap pictures at Thalassery Sea Bridge.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kannur trip maker site.

You can drive from Mysore District to Kannur in 4.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kozhikode.
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Kozhikode — 3 nights

City of Spices

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Kozhikode Beach and Kappad Beach. Visiting Mavoor Wetlands and Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: take a stroll through S.M. Street, take in the spiritual surroundings of Valayanad Devi Temple, examine the collection at Krishna Menon Museum, and stroll through Sarovaram Biopark.

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Traveling by train from Kannur to Kozhikode takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In May in Kozhikode, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Guruvayur.
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Guruvayur — 4 nights

Dwarka of the South

Guruvayur stands as one of the holiest and most important pilgrimage centers in the state, with its Sri Krishna Temple among the most frequented temples in the country.
Vaidyaratnam Ayurveda Museum and Thrissur Zoo & Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Shop till you drop at Sobha City Mall and Selex Mall. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Guruvayur: Thunchan (in Tirur), Vadakkunnathan Temple (in Thrissur) and Thirunavaya Nava Mukunda Temple (in Malappuram). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Guruvayur Temple, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Palayur Church, examine the collection at Devaswom Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Camp Sanctuary.

To find photos and other tourist information, go to the Guruvayur trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Kozhikode to Guruvayur takes 3 hours. In May, daytime highs in Guruvayur are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Pallivasal.
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Pallivasal — 1 night

Pallivasal is a village in Idukki district in the Indian state of Kerala. On the 13th (Mon), take a stroll around Kalari Kshethra, stop by Tata Tea Outlet, then examine the collection at Tea Museum, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ottakathala Medu Mountain Range, and finally explore the galleries of Mistletoe art Gallery.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Pallivasal online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Guruvayur to Pallivasal in 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Thekkady.
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Thekkady — 4 nights

Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Get in touch with nature at Periyar Tiger Reserve and Green Park Spices Thekkady. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Angadipetty -Kerala Ayurveda Museum and Mangladevi Temple. The adventure continues: look for gifts at Green Land Spice Garden, stroll through Elephant Junction, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of Lourde's Roman Catholic Latin Church, and delve into the lush surroundings at Periyar Tiger Reserve forest.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Thekkady trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Pallivasal to Thekkady takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kottayam.
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Kottayam — 3 nights

Land of Letters, Lakes, Latex

The first Indian city to achieve a 100 percent literacy rate among its citizens, Kottayam has as much of a reputation for its educational standards as for its massive rubber industry.
Do your shopping at Clay Art Cafe and Pulimootttil Silks. Get some historical perspective at St Mary's Jacobite Syrian Cathedral and St Mary's Knanaya Church. Venture out of the city with trips to St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam (in Cherthala) and Kumarakom Craft Museum (in Kumarakom). And it doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at Mozart Art Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Dominic's Cathedral, and see the interesting displays at Discs & Machines - Sunny's Gramophone Museum.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kottayam vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Kottayam takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kochi (Cochin).
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Kochi (Cochin) — 5 nights

Queen of the Arabian Sea

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Paradesi Synagogue and St. George Orthodox Koonan Kurish Old Syrian Church. For shopping fun, head to LuLu Mall or Durbar Hall Art Gallery. Explore Kochi (Cochin)'s surroundings by going to Marari Beach (in Mararikulam) and International Coir Museum (in Alappuzha). There's lots more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Kashi Art Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Kerala Museum, wander the streets of Jew Town, and explore the world behind art at Kerala Folklore Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Kochi (Cochin) online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Kottayam to Kochi (Cochin) takes 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Kochi (Cochin) are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Kovalam.
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Kovalam — 4 nights

Famous for the groves of coconut trees from which it takes its name, Kovalam offers a long, white sandy beach on the Arabian Sea.
You'll explore and learn at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace and Napier Museum. Visiting Varkala Beach and Samudra Beach will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kovalam: Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) (Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple, Shri Chitra Art Gallery, &more) and Asparagus (in Varkala Town). There's lots more to do: stroll through Kovalam Beach, stop by Keralashopee, browse the eclectic array of goods at Chalai Bazaar, and steep yourself in history at Beemapally Mosque.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kovalam road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Kochi (Cochin) to Kovalam takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.
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