12 days in South India Itinerary

12 days in South India Itinerary

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12 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Mysuru (Mysore)
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Train:  7​h
3
Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Munnar
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Mumbai

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Avadhoota Datta Peetham, then contemplate the waterfront views at Karanji Lake, then step into the grandiose world of Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas), and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Mysuru (Mysore) tour itinerary planner.

Mumbai to Mysuru (Mysore) is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. When traveling from Mumbai in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Mysuru (Mysore): temperatures range from 30°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas) ©
Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas)
Karanji Lake ©
Karanji Lake
Avadhoota Datta Peetham ©
Avadhoota Datta Peetham

2
nights
Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram ©
Once an important sea port city in the ancient Pallava kingdom, Mahabalipuram today draws in visitors with UNESCO-listed monuments and temples carved out of rock during the 7th and 8th centuries CE.
On the 29th (Sun), admire the landmark architecture of Mahishasuramardhini Mandapa, explore the ancient world of Raya Gopura, then pause for some photo ops at Descent Of The Ganges, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sea Shore Temple. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Covelong Beach, then delve into the distant past at Tiger Cave, and then see the interesting displays at India Seashell Museum.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Mahabalipuram online attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Mysuru (Mysore) to Mahabalipuram takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, Mahabalipuram is somewhat warmer than Mysuru (Mysore) - with highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Covelong Beach
Highlights from your plan
Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Covelong Beach ©
Covelong Beach
Descent Of The Ganges ©
Descent Of The Ganges

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 31st (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhanushkodi Beach, then explore the activities along Villoondi Tirtham, then snap pictures at Pamban bridge, and finally snap pictures at Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Rameswaram trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Mahabalipuram to Rameswaram takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks Beaches Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach
Villoondi Tirtham ©
Villoondi Tirtham
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge ©
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge

2
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): get great views at Chellarcovil View Point, then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Junction, and then identify plant and animal life at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, explore the activities along Periyar Lake, then identify plant and animal life at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, and finally see the sky in a new way at Green land spice garden.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Thekkady trip maker .

You can drive from Rameswaram to Thekkady in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake

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 3rd (Fri): examine the collection at Tea Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at C.S.I Christ Church, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens. Keep things going the next day: admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam and then see Off-Road Tours.

Plan trip to Munnar with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Thekkady to Munnar by car takes about 3 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Munnar can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Munnar

Tours Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Off-Road Tours

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.
On the 5th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiva Temple, don't miss a visit to Adi Shancharachaya Temple, and then don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Marari Beach, then admire the striking features of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, then deepen your understanding at Kerala Kathakali Centre, and finally make a trip to Kadamattom Chruch.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) trip planner .

You can drive from Munnar to Kochi (Cochin) in 4 hours. In January in Kochi (Cochin), expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Adi Shancharachaya Temple, Marari Beach
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Kerala Kathakali Centre ©
Kerala Kathakali Centre

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