60 days in South India Itinerary

60 days in South India Itinerary

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60 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Pune
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
1
Munnar
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Thekkady
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Kottayam
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Mararikulam
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Kochi (Cochin)
— 6 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
6
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 6 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 45​min
7
Thrissur
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Malappuram
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Kozhikode
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
10
Kannur
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
11
Kasaragod
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
12
Mysuru (Mysore)
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Pune

5
nights
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.
When in Munnar, make a side trip to see Nature Education Centre, Pampadum Shola in Vattavada, approximately 1h 45 min away. Spend the 2nd (Wed) exploring nature at Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, take in the awesome beauty at Chokramudi Peak, and examine the collection at Tea Museum.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Munnar online trip itinerary planner .

Pune to Munnar is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Nature Education Centre, Pampadum Shola
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Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Tea Museum ©
Tea Museum

5
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Spend the 7th (Mon) exploring nature at Periyar National Park. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, look and learn at Green land spice garden, explore the activities along Periyar Lake, and see the interesting displays at INTERPRETATION CENTRE Periyar Tiger Reserve.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Thekkady trip planner .

You can drive from Munnar to Thekkady in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kottayam.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction

4
nights
Kottayam

Kottayam ©
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kottayam: Thiruvalla (Sree Vallabha Temple & Parumala Church). Spend the 11th (Fri) exploring at Kerala Backwaters. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Kumaranalloor, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple, take in the dramatic scenery at Kattikkayam Water Falls, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Chavara Pilgrim Centre.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kottayam trip planner .

You can drive from Thekkady to Kottayam in 3.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Mararikulam.

Things to do in Kottayam

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Thiruvalla, Kerala Backwaters, Thangal Hill
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Kerala Backwaters ©
Kerala Backwaters
Kumaranalloor ©
Kumaranalloor
Parumala Church ©
Parumala Church

3
nights
Mararikulam

Mararikulam ©
If you're looking for soft sand and warm water, plan a vacation in Mararikulam.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cherthala (St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam & St. Mary's Forane Church). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Marari Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Vembanad Lake, take in the spiritual surroundings of Thiruvizha Sree Mahadeva Temple, and don't miss a visit to Mararikulam Sree Mahadeva Temple.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Mararikulam trip app .

Getting from Kottayam to Mararikulam by car takes about 1.5 hours. January in Mararikulam sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Mararikulam

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cherthala, Vembanad Lake
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Thiruvizha Sree Mahadeva Temple ©
Thiruvizha Sree Mahadeva Temple
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Vembanad Lake ©
Vembanad Lake

6
nights
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.
Go for a jaunt from Kochi (Cochin) to Kalady to see Adi Shancharachaya Temple about 1h 20 min away. Pamper yourself for a day on the 19th (Sat) at some of the top local wellness centers. Pack the 21st (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Wonderla Amusement Park. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Saint Francis, take a stroll through Jew Town, and explore and take pictures at Kerala Kathakali Centre.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Mararikulam to Kochi (Cochin) takes 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Kochi (Cochin) can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Spas Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Adi Shancharachaya Temple
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Spas & Wellness
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue

6
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kovalam (Kovalam Beach & Lighthouse Beach), Varkala (Asparagus, Spas & Wellness, & more) and Rock cut temple (in Vizhinjam). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, explore the engaging exhibits at Chacha Nehru Children’s Museum, head off the coast to Poovar Island, and don't miss a visit to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kochi (Cochin) to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Thrissur.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Varkala, Kovalam, Rock cut temple, Holy Land
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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach

6
nights
Thrissur

Thrissur ©
One of the oldest and largest cities in the center of the state, Thrissur hosts a wealth of festivals throughout the year.
Change things up with these side-trips from Thrissur: Kodungallur (Kodungallur Bhagavathi Temple, Cheraman Juma Masjid Mosque, & more) and Guruvayur (Venkitachalapathy Temple, Guruvayur Temple, & more). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Vadakkunnathan Temple, make a trip to Kerala Kalamandalam, contemplate the waterfront views at Ashtamudi Lake, and admire the sheer force of Ilanjippara Waterfall.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Thrissur travel planner.

Getting from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Thrissur by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In January in Thrissur, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Malappuram.

Things to do in Thrissur

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Guruvayur, Kodungallur, Ashtamudi Lake
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Guruvayur Temple ©
Guruvayur Temple
Vadakkunnathan Temple ©
Vadakkunnathan Temple
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram ©
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram

5
nights
Malappuram

Malappuram ©
Malappuram is a city in the southern Indian state of Kerala, spread over an area of 33.61sqkm. Get out of town with these interesting Malappuram side-trips: Keralamkundu Waterfall (in Karuvarakundu), Olappamanna Mana (in Vellinezhi) and Nilambur (Valamthode Falls & Central Forest Nursery). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Hanuman temple alathiyoor, admire all the interesting features of Arya Vidya Sala, relax in the rural setting at Kumaragiri Farm & Nature Camp, and see the interesting displays at Nilambur Teak Museum.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Malappuram journey planner.

You can drive from Thrissur to Malappuram in 2.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Malappuram can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Kozhikode.

Things to do in Malappuram

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Nilambur, Olappamanna Mana, Keralamkundu Waterfall
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Keralamkundu Waterfall ©
Keralamkundu Waterfall
Hanuman temple alathiyoor ©
Hanuman temple alathiyoor
Thirunavaya Nava Mukunda Temple ©
Thirunavaya Nava Mukunda Temple

5
nights
Kozhikode

Kozhikode ©
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.
Explore Kozhikode's surroundings by going to Sree Maha Ganapathy Temple (in Sultan Bathery), Lokanarkavu temple (in Vadakara) and Kalpetta (Pookot Lake & Lakkidi View Point). The adventure continues: make a trip to Kariyathumpara, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Matri Dei Cathedral, learn more about the world around you at Deepanjali lamp museum, and take in the awesome beauty at Vayalada.

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

Traveling by car from Malappuram to Kozhikode takes 1.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Kannur.

Things to do in Kozhikode

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kalpetta, Lokanarkavu temple, Sree Maha Ganapathy Temple
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Vayalada ©
Vayalada
Kariyathumpara ©
Kariyathumpara
Sree Maha Ganapathy Temple ©
Sree Maha Ganapathy Temple

6
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kannur: Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple (in Parassinikadavu) and Thalassery (Sri Jagannatha Temple, Sree Ramaswami Temple, & more). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach, contemplate the long history of Fort St. Angelos, don't miss a visit to Annapoorneswary Temple, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Peralassery Sri Subramanya Temple.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kannur trip planner .

You can drive from Kozhikode to Kannur in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kasaragod.

Things to do in Kannur

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Thalassery, Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 20:
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Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach ©
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach
Fort St. Angelos ©
Fort St. Angelos
Thottada Beach ©
Thottada Beach

5
nights
Kasaragod

Kasaragod ©
Step out of Kasaragod to go to Kanhangad and see Anandashram, which is approximately 44 minutes away.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kasaragod trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Kannur to Kasaragod in 2.5 hours. In February in Kasaragod, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mysuru (Mysore).

Things to do in Kasaragod

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bekal, Anandashram
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Ranipuram ©
Ranipuram
Anandashram ©
Anandashram
Bekal Fort ©
Bekal Fort

2
nights
Mysuru (Mysore)

Mysuru (Mysore) ©
A historic and culturally distinctive city, Mysuru (Mysore) has all the stories, artworks, and architecture you'd hope to find in the former capital city of a rich kingdom.
On the 26th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Nandi Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gunja Narasimha Swamy Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chennakesava Temple, then pause for some photo ops at Chamundi Hill Bull Statue, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Avadhoota Datta Peetham. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Mysore Maharajah's Palace (Amba Vilas), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Chamundeshwari Temple, and finally see the interesting displays at Sea Shell Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Mysuru (Mysore) trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Kasaragod to Mysuru (Mysore) in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Kasaragod in February, things will get little chillier in Mysuru (Mysore): highs are around 32°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Mysore Maharajah's Palace (Amba Vilas) ©
Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens ©
Brindavan Garden ©
Brindavan Garden

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