12 days in South India & Goa Itinerary

12 days in South India & Goa Itinerary

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12 days in South India & Goa Itinerary

Start: Surat
Fly:  4​h
1
Chennai
— Few hours
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 1 night
train + bus:  2​h
3
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Thekkady
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Munnar
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Mysuru (Mysore)
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 30​min
10
Goa
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Surat

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Chennai

Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapaleeshwarar Temple and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Chennai online driving holiday planner .

Surat to Chennai is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Chennai

Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Kapaleeshwarar Temple ©
Kapaleeshwarar Temple

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): make a trip to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, then head off the coast to Poovar Island, then examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple.

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

You can fly from Chennai to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Poovar Island ©
Poovar Island
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace ©

1
night
Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari ©
Located at the most southerly point of mainland India, Kanyakumari has long attracted pilgrims and those keen to see the end of the road.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Bhagavathy Amman Temple, don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, appreciate the history behind Thiruvalluvar Statue, then kick back and relax at Kanyakumari Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kanyakumari trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Kanyakumari by combination of train and bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. October in Kanyakumari sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Kanyakumari Beach ©
Kanyakumari Beach
Vivekananda Rock Memorial ©
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Thiruvalluvar Statue ©
Thiruvalluvar Statue

1
night
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
On the 30th (Wed), snap pictures at Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, then snap pictures at Pamban bridge, then kick back and relax at Dhanushkodi Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Rameswaram trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Kanyakumari to Rameswaram takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge ©
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge

1
night
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
On the 31st (Thu), get great views at Chellarkovil Viewpoint, then contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, then identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, and finally see the sky in a new way at Green land spice garden.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Thekkady travel website .

Drive from Rameswaram to Thekkady in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Munnar.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam, pause for some serene contemplation at C.S.I Christ Church, then take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens, and finally admire the sheer force of Chinnakanel Water Falls.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Munnar trip planner .

Drive from Thekkady to Munnar in 3 hours. In October in Munnar, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
C.S.I Christ Church ©
C.S.I Christ Church

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Jew Town, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue, then gain insight at Kerala Kathakali Centre, then don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Saint Francis.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) day trip site .

You can drive from Munnar to Kochi (Cochin) in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in November, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Kerala Kathakali Centre ©
Kerala Kathakali Centre

1
night
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 3rd (Sun): explore the activities along Ooty Lake, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and then take in the awesome beauty at Doddabetta Peak.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) travel route planner.

Getting from Kochi (Cochin) to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In November in Ooty (Udhagamandalam), expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Mysuru (Mysore).

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
Doddabetta Peak ©
Doddabetta Peak
Ooty Lake ©
Ooty Lake

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): admire the local landmark of Brindavan Garden, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Philomena Church, then step into the grandiose world of Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Chamundeshwari Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Nandi Temple.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Mysuru (Mysore) day trip planner.

You can drive from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Mysuru (Mysore) in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in November, things will get a bit cooler in Mysuru (Mysore): highs are around 30°C and lows about 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Goa.

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

2
nights
Goa

Goa ©
On India's western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India.
Goa is known for beaches, historic sites, shopping, nightlife, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Palolem Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Se Cathedral, enjoy the sand and surf at Agonda Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of Bom Jesus.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Goa travel route planning site .

Getting from Mysuru (Mysore) to Goa by car takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Traveling from Mysuru (Mysore) in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 29°C in Goa. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Goa

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Palolem Beach ©
Palolem Beach
Agonda Beach ©
Agonda Beach
Baga Beach ©
Baga Beach

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