22 days in South India Itinerary

22 days in South India Itinerary

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22 days in South India Itinerary

Pune
Fly:  1​h 45​min
Hyderabad
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Kochi (Cochin)
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
Kottayam
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
Munnar
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Madurai
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
Mysuru (Mysore)
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h 30​min
Pune

3
days
Hyderabad

Hyderabad ©
Teeming with history and heritage, Hyderabad draws visitors from all over the world with its old Indo-Islamic buildings, forts, and museums.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Golkonda Fort and Birla Mandir. Pack the 30th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Ramoji Film City. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Salar Jung Museum, make a trip to Charminar, stop by Krishna Pearls & Jewellers, and admire the striking features of Chowmahalla Palace.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hyderabad day trip planning website .

Pune to Hyderabad is an approximately 2-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Hyderabad are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

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Ramoji Film City ©
Ramoji Film City
Golkonda Fort ©
Golkonda Fort
Birla Mandir ©
Birla Mandir

4
days
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple and Vizhinjam Lighthouse. Change things up with these side-trips from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): Kovalam (Kovalam Beach, Lighthouse Beach, & more) and Varkala (Varkala Light House, Janardhana Swami Temple, & more). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, look for gifts at Keralashopee, take in the spiritual surroundings of Beemapally Mosque, and steep yourself in history at Kanakakunnu Palace & Grounds.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) online trip itinerary builder .

Fly from Hyderabad to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hyderabad in January, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trips

Kovalam, Varkala
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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Vizhinjam Lighthouse ©
Vizhinjam Lighthouse

5
days
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.
Popular historic sites such as Paradesi Synagogue and Salem Marthoma Church are in your itinerary. Take a break from Kochi (Cochin) with a short trip to Cheraman Juma Masjid Mosque in Kodungallur, about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Saint Francis, admire the landmark architecture of Mattancherry Palace, and wander the streets of Jew Town.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kochi (Cochin) trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Kochi (Cochin) takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kottayam.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Beaches

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Cheraman Juma Masjid Mosque
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Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Church of Saint Francis ©
Church of Saint Francis
Chottanikkara Devi Temple ©
Chottanikkara Devi Temple

3
days
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.
Popular historic sites such as St. George Orthodox Church and Mar Thoma Syrian Church are in your itinerary. Explore Kottayam's surroundings by going to Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary (in Kumarakom), Parumala Church (in Thiruvalla) and Marari Beach (in Mararikulam). The adventure continues: make a trip to Kumaranalloor and pause for some serene contemplation at Kottayam Cheriapally.

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You can drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Kottayam in 2 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Munnar.

Things to do in Kottayam

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Beaches

Side Trips

Thiruvalla, St. George Orthodox Church, Marari Beach, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
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Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
St. George Orthodox Church ©
St. George Orthodox Church
Parumala Church ©
Parumala Church

3
days
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.
Popular historic sites such as C.S.I Christ Church and Mount Carmel Church are in your itinerary. Spend the 15th (Thu) exploring nature at Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens, see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam, examine the collection at Tea Museum, and get great views at Top Station.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Munnar road trip planner .

You can drive from Kottayam to Munnar in 4 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Madurai.

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Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
C.S.I Christ Church ©
C.S.I Christ Church
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam

1
day
Madurai

Madurai ©
One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Madurai sits on the banks of the River Vaigai and serves as a center of Tamil culture.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aayiram Kaal Mandapam and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Meenakshi Temple.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Madurai road trip planner.

You can drive from Munnar to Madurai in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Mysuru (Mysore).

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Sri Meenakshi Temple ©
Sri Meenakshi Temple

2
days
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 17th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Mysore Maharajah's Palace (Amba Vilas) and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Philomena Church. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, then don't miss a visit to Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, and then ponder the design of Brindavan Garden.

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You can drive from Madurai to Mysuru (Mysore) in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Zoos & Aquariums

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Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
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Sri Chamundeshwari Temple ©
Sri Chamundeshwari Temple
Brindavan Garden ©
Brindavan Garden

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