16 days in South India Itinerary

16 days in South India Itinerary

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16 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
train + bus:  41​h
1
Udupi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Gokarna
— 2 nights
train:  7​h
3
Kannur
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Thekkady
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Kovalam
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

1
night
Udupi

Udupi ©
Though its cuisine has spread throughout the country and beyond, Udupi retains a small-town charm.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Krishna Temple.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Udupi trip planner .

Kolkata (Calcutta) to Udupi is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in December, expect Udupi to be a bit warmer, temps between 38°C and 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Gokarna.

Things to do in Udupi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Sasihithlu Beach
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Kodi Beach ©
Kodi Beach
Padubidri Beach ©
Padubidri Beach
Sri Krishna Temple ©
Sri Krishna Temple

2
nights
Gokarna

Gokarna ©
The small temple town of Gokarna has changed drastically in recent years.
On the 28th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahabaleswara Temple, then stroll through Kudle Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shiva Cave, and finally stroll through Om Beach. On the next day, stroll through Gokarna Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Gokarna attractions planning website .

Drive from Udupi to Gokarna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kannur.

Things to do in Gokarna

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Gokarna Beach ©
Gokarna Beach
Om Beach ©
Om Beach

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Thottada Beach, stroll through KIzhunna Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Ettikulam Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Payyambalam Beach, then take in the views from Thalassery Sea Bridge, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Choottad Beach.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Kannur vacation maker app .

Traveling by car from Gokarna to Kannur takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kannur

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Thottada Beach ©
Thottada Beach
Payyambalam Beach ©
Payyambalam Beach
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach ©
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach

3
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.
Get outdoors at Marari Beach and Mararikulam Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Vallarpadam Church. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cherai Beach, stop by ViaKerala Shop, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue, and don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kochi (Cochin) visit planner.

You can drive from Kannur to Kochi (Cochin) in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Kochi (Cochin) can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Mararikulam
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Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Mararikulam Beach ©
Mararikulam Beach

2
nights
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 4th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Junction and then look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, then take in nature's colorful creations at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, and finally get great views at Chellarcovil View Point.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Thekkady road trip planning app .

You can drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Thekkady in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in Thekkady

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

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kovalam Avaduthura Devi Temple, then kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Vellayani Lake, then enjoy the sand and surf at Samudra Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hawa Beach.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kovalam trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Thekkady to Kovalam takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kovalam

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Hawa Beach ©
Hawa Beach

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