10 days in South India Itinerary

10 days in South India Itinerary

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10 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Pune
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Bengaluru
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Mysuru (Mysore)
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Kovalam
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  3​h 15​min
5
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Munnar
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Pune

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Temple Bangalore and then take in nature's colorful creations at Lalbagh Botanical Garden.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Bengaluru trip itinerary maker .

Pune to Bengaluru is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Mysuru (Mysore).

Things to do in Bengaluru

Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lalbagh Botanical Garden ©
Lalbagh Botanical Garden
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.
On the 23rd (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Brindavan Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Chamundeshwari Temple, and then explore the historical opulence of Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas).

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Mysuru (Mysore) driving holiday planner .

Drive from Bengaluru to Mysuru (Mysore) in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Mysuru (Mysore) can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas) ©
Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas)
Brindavan Garden ©
Brindavan Garden
Sri Chamundeshwari Temple ©
Sri Chamundeshwari Temple

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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mattancherry Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Saint Francis, then don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, and finally admire the striking features of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Kerala Folklore Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue, then gain insight at Kerala Kathakali Centre, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Mysuru (Mysore) to Kochi (Cochin) in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Mysuru (Mysore) in December; daily highs in Kochi (Cochin) reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Spas Museums
Highlights from your plan
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Mattancherry Palace ©
Mattancherry Palace

1
night
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.
On the 26th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, then see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, and finally stroll through Kovalam Beach.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kovalam online tour planner .

You can fly from Kochi (Cochin) to Kovalam in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Kovalam sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kovalam

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Highlights from your plan
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace ©

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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 27th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, explore the activities along Periyar Lake, then identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, and finally explore the galleries of Green land spice garden. On your second day here, get great views at Chellarcovil View Point, identify plant and animal life at Elephant Junction, and then identify plant and animal life at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Thekkady day trip site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kovalam to Thekkady in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction

3
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.
Munnar is known for parks, nature, museums, nightlife, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens, admire the sheer force of Keezharkuthu Falls, delve into the lush surroundings at Photo Point, and admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Munnar trip website .

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Munnar takes 3 hours. In December in Munnar, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Tea Museum ©
Tea Museum

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