12 days in South India Itinerary

12 days in South India Itinerary

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12 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Varanasi
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Bengaluru
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
Mysuru (Mysore)
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
Thekkady
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Munnar
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
Hyderabad
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
End: Varanasi

2
nights
Bengaluru

Bengaluru ©
Flourishing development and a bustling IT industry transformed Bangalore into a vibrant metropolis, but the city preserves its numerous historic and cultural sights.
Bengaluru is known for historic sites, parks, shopping, theme parks, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Lalbagh Botanical Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Bull Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Temple Bangalore, and look for all kinds of wild species at Bannerghatta National Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Bengaluru trip builder website .

Varanasi to Bengaluru is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Varanasi in May: high temperatures in Bengaluru hover around 39°C and lows are around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Mysuru (Mysore).

Things to do in Bengaluru

#Parks, #Theme Parks, #Wildlife
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Lalbagh Botanical Garden ©
Lalbagh Botanical Garden
Wonderla Amusement Park ©
Wonderla Amusement Park
ISKCON Temple Bangalore ©
ISKCON Temple Bangalore

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): contemplate the long history of Mysore Maharajah's Palace (Amba Vilas), then meet the residents at Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, then pause for some photo ops at Chamundi Hill Bull Statue, and finally admire the local landmark of Brindavan Garden.

For photos and tourist information, read Mysuru (Mysore) online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by train from Bengaluru to Mysuru (Mysore) takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Bengaluru in May: highs in Mysuru (Mysore) hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Thekkady.

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#Parks, #Outdoors, #Zoos & Aquariums
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Brindavan Garden ©
Brindavan Garden
Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens ©

1
night
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, then identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, and finally explore and take pictures at Spice Walk. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the sky in a new way at Green land spice garden, take in nature's colorful creations at Abraham's Spice Garden, then head outdoors with Persian Paradise Elephant Ride, then revel in the low prices at Tropical Chocolate Factory, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mangladevi Temple.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Thekkady day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Mysuru (Mysore) to Thekkady takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Munnar.

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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake
Green land spice garden ©
Green land spice garden

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam, take in nature's colorful creations at Photo Point, then take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Gardens, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at C.S.I Christ Church, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens.

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Getting from Thekkady to Munnar by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in June, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kochi (Cochin).

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Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Rose Gardens ©
Rose Gardens

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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.
On the 5th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Saint Francis, admire the striking features of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, explore and take pictures at Kerala Kathakali Centre, then admire the striking features of Mattancherry Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue, and finally don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Wonderla Amusement Park.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kochi (Cochin) online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Munnar to Kochi (Cochin) in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in June, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

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Wonderla Amusement Park ©
Wonderla Amusement Park
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach, then kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Shanghumukham Beach. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, then don't miss a visit to Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, then look for gifts at Keralashopee, and finally step off the mainland to explore Poovar Island.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) online travel planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Kochi (Cochin) to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hyderabad.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Kovalam
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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

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Hyderabad

Hyderabad ©
Teeming with history and heritage, Hyderabad draws visitors from all over the world with its old Indo-Islamic buildings, forts, and museums.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Birla Mandir, stop by Krishna Pearls & Jewellers, then step into the grandiose world of Golkonda Fort, then examine the collection at Salar Jung Museum, and finally make a trip to Charminar.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Hyderabad travel app .

Traveling by flight from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Hyderabad takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in June: highs in Hyderabad hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

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Golkonda Fort ©
Golkonda Fort
Birla Mandir ©
Birla Mandir
Salar Jung Museum ©
Salar Jung Museum

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