12 days in India Itinerary

12 days in India Itinerary

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12 days in India Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Kodaikanal
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
4
Mysuru (Mysore)
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Bengaluru
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Tirupati
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Mumbai

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Marari Beach and Mararikulam Beach. Popular historic sites such as Paradesi Synagogue and Church of Saint Francis are in your itinerary. Step out of Kochi (Cochin) to go to Thattekad and see Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, which is approximately 1h 50 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chottanikkara Devi Temple, and admire the landmark architecture of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kochi (Cochin) trip planning app .

Mumbai to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Kochi (Cochin) when traveling from Mumbai in December, with lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Mararikulam, Thattekad Bird Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Thattekad Bird Sanctuary ©
Thattekad Bird Sanctuary
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach

1
day
Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal ©
A cool and relaxing hill station, Kodaikanal has long attracted visitors up to its privileged position in the Western Ghats.
On the 26th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Christ the King Church, contemplate the waterfront views at Kodaikanal Lake, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Subrahmanya Temple (Kartikeya Temple), delve into the distant past at Dolmen Circle, then look for gifts at The Cocoa Bean, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kuzhanthai Velappar temple.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kodaikanal holiday builder website .

Drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Kodaikanal in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Kochi (Cochin) in December, expect nights in Kodaikanal to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are slightly colder, around 34°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Dolmen Circle ©
Dolmen Circle
Kodaikanal Lake ©
Kodaikanal Lake
Christ the King Church ©
Christ the King Church

1
day
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
Tea gardens and eucalyptus trees scent the air of the fields surrounding Ooty, a popular summer tourism destination up in the hills.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Kandal Cross Roman Catholic Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Venkateshwara Perumal Temple, then admire the verdant scenery at Mukurthi Dam, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at MacIvor's Bund.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Kodaikanal to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. In December, Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is slightly colder than Kodaikanal - with highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Mysuru (Mysore).

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
MacIvor's Bund
MacIvor's Bund
St. Stephen's Church
St. Stephen's Church
Mukurthi Dam ©
Mukurthi Dam

2
nights
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 28th (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Avadhoota Datta Peetham, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Chamundeshwari Temple, then pause for some photo ops at Sri Nandi Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Chennakesava Temple. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Balmuri Falls and then identify plant and animal life at Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Mysuru (Mysore) day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Mysuru (Mysore) takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Mysuru (Mysore) can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Bengaluru.

Things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Balmuri Falls, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Somnathpura Temple ©
Somnathpura Temple
Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary ©
Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas) ©
Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas)

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.
On the 30th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Bannerghatta National Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ragigudda Sri Prasanna Anjaneyaswamy Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Omkareshwarar Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Dodda Ganapathi Temple, admire the natural beauty at Lalbagh Botanical Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Cathedral, then wander the streets of Malleswaram, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Temple Bangalore.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Bengaluru vacation planner.

You can drive from Mysuru (Mysore) to Bengaluru in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. December in Bengaluru sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Tirupati.

Things to do in Bengaluru

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Lalbagh Botanical Garden ©
Lalbagh Botanical Garden
Dodda Ganapathi Temple ©
Dodda Ganapathi Temple

2
nights
Tirupati

Tirupati ©
Being a major pilgrimage spot at the foot of the Seshachalam hills, Tirupati tourism revolves around Hindu temples and vast nature reserves.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): steep yourself in history at Tirumala Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Bedi Anjaneyaswami Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON - Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Japali Teertham, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Varahaswami Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapila Theertham , then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Kapileswaraswami Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Govindarajaswami Temple.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tirupati trip itinerary website .

Getting from Bengaluru to Tirupati by combination of bus and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tirupati

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Sri Kapileswaraswami Temple
Highlights from your plan
Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple ©
Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple
Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple ©
Sri Varahaswami Temple ©
Sri Varahaswami Temple

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