12 days in South India Itinerary

12 days in South India Itinerary

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12 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Indore
+3
Fly + Bus + Foot + Train:  7​h 30​min
1
Mysuru (Mysore)
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2​h 45​min
4
Munnar
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Thekkady
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Madurai
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
End: Indore

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 25th (Wed): stroll through Brindavan Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Chamundeshwari Temple, and then explore the historical opulence of Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas).

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Mysuru (Mysore) holiday planner.

Indore to Mysuru (Mysore) is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and train. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Indore in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 20°C in Mysuru (Mysore). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive 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

2
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 26th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mattancherry Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Saint Francis, then make a trip 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: browse the exhibits of 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.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kochi (Cochin) journey planner .

You can drive from Mysuru (Mysore) to Kochi (Cochin) in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Mysuru (Mysore) in December, with highs in Kochi (Cochin) at 37°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

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

2
nights
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 (Sat): make a trip to Holy Land, see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, then admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Napier Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Neeramankara Shiva Temple, then stroll through Kovalam Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Lighthouse Beach.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip builder app .

Getting from Kochi (Cochin) to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Munnar.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kovalam, Holy Land
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam, then take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens, then take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Gardens, and finally look for gifts at Tata Tea Outlet. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Mistletoe art Gallery, then examine the collection at Tea Museum, and then explore the striking landscape of Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Munnar trip builder app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Munnar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

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

3
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Thekkady is known for wildlife, nature, nightlife, parks, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, get great views at Chellarcovil View Point, browse the exhibits of Green land spice garden, and take in nature's colorful creations at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Thekkady online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Munnar to Thekkady takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Madurai.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction

1
night
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 4th (Sat): get the lay of the land with Walking tours and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Madurai trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Thekkady to Madurai in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January in Madurai, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Walking tours

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