30 days in South India Itinerary

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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 1st (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at The Hobby Place.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Mysore District tour itinerary planning website.

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 slightly colder weather when traveling from Chennai in May: high temperatures in Mysore District hover around 34°C and lows are around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough 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.
Visit Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach and Payyambalam Beach for some beach relaxation. Get some cultural insight at Mridanga Saileswari Temple and Arakkal Museum. Take a break from Kannur with a short trip to Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple in Parassinikadavu, about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Thottada Beach, stroll through Madayipara, contemplate the long history of Fort St. Angelos, and buy something for everyone on your list at Capitol Mall.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kannur journey planner.

Traveling by car from Mysore District to Kannur takes 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Kozhikode Beach and Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary. Deepanjali lamp museum and Krishna Menon Museum will appeal to museum buffs. There's still lots to do: shop like a local with S.M. Street, take in the spiritual surroundings of Valayanad Devi Temple, walk around Mavoor Wetlands, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kappad Beach.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kozhikode trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Kannur to Kozhikode by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. May in Kozhikode sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) 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.
Shop till you drop at Sobha City Mall and Selex Mall. Appreciate the collections at Vaidyaratnam Ayurveda Museum and Devaswom Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Thrissur (Vadakkunnathan Temple & Thrissur Zoo & Museum), Thunchan (in Tirur) and Thirunavaya Nava Mukunda Temple (in Malappuram). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Guruvayur Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Parthasarathy Temple, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Palayur Church, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Camp Sanctuary.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Guruvayur tour itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Kozhikode to Guruvayur in 3 hours. In May in Guruvayur, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Pallivasal.
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Pallivasal — 1 night

Pallivasal is a village in Idukki district in the Indian state of Kerala. Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): get into the urban bustle at Kalari Kshethra, look for gifts at Tata Tea Outlet, examine the collection at Tea Museum, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ottakathala Medu Mountain Range, and finally browse the exhibits of Mistletoe art Gallery.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Pallivasal driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Guruvayur to Pallivasal takes 5.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can 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 some historical perspective at Mangladevi Temple and Our Lady of Lourde's Roman Catholic Latin Church. Head to Green Land Spice Garden and Kerala Craftsfor plenty of shopping. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Periyar Tiger Reserve, examine the collection at Angadipetty -Kerala Ayurveda Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Green Park Spices Thekkady, and delve into the lush surroundings at Periyar Tiger Reserve forest.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Thekkady road trip planning website.

Drive from Pallivasal to Thekkady in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) 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 Mozart Art Gallery. Museum-lovers will appreciate Kumarakom Craft Museum and Bay Island Driftwood Museum. Go for a jaunt from Kottayam to Cherthala to see St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam about 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary's Jacobite Syrian Cathedral, look for gifts at Pulimootttil Silks, and see the interesting displays at Discs & Machines - Sunny's Gramophone Museum.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Kottayam trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Thekkady to Kottayam in 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Kottayam can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Kashi Art Gallery and Jew Town. Shop till you drop at LuLu Mall and Durbar Hall Art Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Kochi (Cochin) side-trips: International Coir Museum (in Alappuzha) and Marari Beach (in Mararikulam). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Kerala Museum, learn about all things military at Maritime Museum Kochi, explore the galleries of David Hall Gallery & Cafe, and explore the world behind art at Kerala Folklore Museum.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kottayam to Kochi (Cochin) takes 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly 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.
Get in touch with nature at Varkala Beach and Samudra Beach. Relax by the water at Kovalam Beach and Lighthouse Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kovalam: Asparagus (in Varkala Town) and Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) (Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple, Shri Chitra Art Gallery, &more). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, stop by Keralashopee, hunt for treasures at Chalai Bazaar, and see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Kovalam trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Kochi (Cochin) to Kovalam by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. May in Kovalam sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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