12 days in South India Itinerary

12 days in South India Itinerary

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12 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
+2
Bus + Subway + Fly:  25​h
1
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Munnar
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  3​h 15​min
5
Bengaluru
— 1 night
Fly:  27​h
End: Indianapolis

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.
On the 22nd (Sun), admire the striking features of Mattancherry Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Saint Francis, then don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica. On your second day here, browse the exhibits of Kerala Folklore Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue, then deepen your understanding at Kerala Kathakali Centre, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

Plan my day in Kochi (Cochin) using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Indianapolis, USA to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 25-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to India Standard Time (IST) is 10 hours. In December, Kochi (Cochin) is much hotter than Indianapolis - with highs of 89°F and lows of 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Munnar.

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

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 24th (Tue): see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam, then take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens, then admire the natural beauty at Rose Gardens, and finally look for gifts at Tata Tea Outlet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the galleries of Mistletoe art Gallery, see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, and then explore the striking landscape of Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Munnar tour builder site .

You can drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Munnar in 4 hours. December in Munnar sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to 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

2
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 26th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: 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 other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Thekkady visit app .

Traveling by car from Munnar to Thekkady takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

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

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, then examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Napier Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Neeramankara Shiva Temple, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) online holiday planner .

You can drive from Thekkady to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bengaluru.

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

1
night
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 30th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Lalbagh Botanical Garden, stroll around Cubbon Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Temple Bangalore.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Bengaluru trip maker tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Bengaluru takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in December; daily highs in Bengaluru reach 81°F and lows reach 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bengaluru

Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
ISKCON Temple Bangalore ©
ISKCON Temple Bangalore
Lalbagh Botanical Garden ©
Lalbagh Botanical Garden
Cubbon Park ©
Cubbon Park

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