11 days in South India Itinerary

11 days in South India Itinerary

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Coimbatore
Drive
2
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Alappuzha
— 2 nights
Train
4
Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 day
Fly
5
Chennai
Drive
6
Pondicherry
— 4 nights
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Coimbatore

Manchester of India

Known throughout the country as a major industrial city, Coimbatore possesses a welcoming atmosphere and a growing cosmopolitanism.
To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Coimbatore online vacation planner.

Kolkata (Calcutta) to Coimbatore is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in December, things will get a bit warmer in Coimbatore: highs are around 35°C and lows about 24°C. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Coimbatore

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

— 3 nights

Queen of Hill Stations

Tea gardens and eucalyptus trees scent the air of the fields surrounding Ooty, a popular summer tourism destination up in the hills.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Emerald Lake and Sanctuary Avalanche. Get outdoors at Ketti Valley View and Ooty Lake. When in Ooty (Udhagamandalam), make a side trip to see Wellington Gymkhana Club Golf Course in Coonoor, approximately Coonoor away. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Doddabetta Peak, examine the collection at Wax World Museum, explore the engaging exhibits at M&N Chocolate Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Honey & Bee Museum.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Coimbatore to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Coimbatore in December: high temperatures in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) hover around 30°C and lows are around 20°C. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Alappuzha

— 2 nights

Venice of the East

Affectionately known as Alleppey to locals and tourists alike, Alappuzha acts as a major transport and cultural hub on the Kerala backwaters.
To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Alappuzha trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Alappuzha takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in December, with highs in Alappuzha at 37°C and lows at 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Alappuzha

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Kochi (Cochin)

— 1 day

Queen of the Arabian Sea

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 29th (Tue), relax and rejuvenate at Cherai Ayurvedic Bhavan Spa, then stroll through Cherai Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kuzhupilly Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kochi (Cochin) sightseeing planner.

Getting from Alappuzha to Kochi (Cochin) by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. 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 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Chennai.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Spas

Chennai

Detroit of South Asia

Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Chennai online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Kochi (Cochin) to Chennai takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Chennai sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. On the 29th (Tue), you'll travel to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites · Shopping · Nightlife · Tours

Pondicherry

— 4 nights

Europe of India

South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
Step off the beaten path and head to Rock Beach and Urban Nomad Dive Adventures. We've included these beaches for you: Paradise Beach and Serenity Beach. There's still lots to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, look for gifts at Ma Pondy Cherie, soothe aching muscles at Santhigiri Ayurveda & Siddha Hospital, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Pondicherry vacation builder website.

Traveling by car from Chennai to Pondicherry takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Ernakulam District travel guide

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Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches
Ernakulam is a district of Kerala, India situated in the central part of that state. Spanning an area of about 3,068 km2, Ernakulam district is home to over 12% of Kerala’s population. Its headquarters is located at Kakkanad, a suburb of Kochi city. Ernakulam is known as the commercial capital of Kerala. The district is famous for its ancient temples, churches, and mosques. The district includes the largest metropolitan region of the state, Greater Cochin. Ernakulam district is the highest revenue yielding district in the state. It is the third most populous district in Kerala, after Malappuram and Thiruvananthapuram (out of 14). Ernakulam district also hosts the highest number of international and domestic tourists in Kerala state.The language spoken in Ernakulam is Malayalam which is the mother-tongue of Kerala. English is widely used, especially in business circles. Ernakulam became India's first district having 100 percent banking or full 'meaningful financial inclusion' in 2012.EtymologyThe name Ernakulam is derived from Erayanarkulam which means the abode of Lord Shiva. Ernakulam was also known as "Rishinagakulam" in ancient days.

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