12 days in South India Itinerary

12 days in South India Itinerary

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12 days in South India Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Mysuru (Mysore)
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Bengaluru
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  1​h 45​min
3
Kovalam
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
4
Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Mararikulam
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Thekkady
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Munnar
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
8
Kalpetta
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: New Delhi

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.
On the 21st (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Chamundeshwari Temple.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Mysuru (Mysore) trip planner .

New Delhi to Mysuru (Mysore) is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from New Delhi in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Mysuru (Mysore), with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Bengaluru.

Things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas) ©
Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas)
Brindavan Garden ©
Brindavan Garden
Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens ©

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.
On the 23rd (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Temple Bangalore, admire the landmark architecture of Vidhana Soudha and Attara Kacheri, stroll through Cubbon Park, then get a taste of the local shopping with UB City, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Lalbagh Botanical Garden.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Bengaluru trip app .

Getting from Mysuru (Mysore) to Bengaluru by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. December in Bengaluru sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in Bengaluru

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

1
night
Kovalam

Kovalam ©
Famous for the groves of coconut trees from which it takes its name, Kovalam offers a long, white sandy beach on the Arabian Sea.
On the 24th (Mon), stroll through Kovalam Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lighthouse Beach, then look for gifts at Keralashopee, then see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kovalam road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Bengaluru to Kovalam in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bengaluru in December, expect Kovalam to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kovalam

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace ©

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.
On the 25th (Tue), admire the striking features of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, admire all the interesting features of Kerala Kathakali Centre, admire the striking features of Mattancherry Palace, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue, then don't miss a visit to Jew Town, and finally don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kovalam to Kochi (Cochin) in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. December in Kochi (Cochin) sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mararikulam.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Mattancherry Palace ©
Mattancherry Palace

1
night
Mararikulam

Mararikulam ©
If you're looking for soft sand and warm water, plan a vacation in Mararikulam.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mararikulam Sree Mahadeva Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mararikulam Mahadeva Temple, then kick back and relax at Mararikulam Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Marari Beach.

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Traveling by car from Kochi (Cochin) to Mararikulam takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Thekkady.

Things to do in Mararikulam

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Mararikulam Sree Mahadeva Temple
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Mararikulam Beach ©
Mararikulam Beach
Mararikulam Mahadeva Temple ©
Mararikulam Mahadeva Temple

1
night
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 27th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Chellarkovil Viewpoint, identify plant and animal life at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, then contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Thekkady driving holiday tool .

Drive from Mararikulam to Thekkady in 4.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (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
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

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 28th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, admire the natural beauty at Photo Point, then admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam, and finally admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Munnar trip itinerary planning website .

Drive from Thekkady to Munnar in 2 hours. December in Munnar sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park ©

3
nights
Kalpetta

Kalpetta ©
One of the district's main tourist hubs, Kalpetta offers easy access to a number of man-made and natural attractions.
On the 30th (Sun), admire the sheer force of Kanthanpara Waterfall, then take in the dramatic scenery at Soochippara Falls (Sentinel Rock Waterfall), and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Chembra. On the 31st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Pookot Lake, then enjoy breathtaking views from Lakkidi View Point, then admire the engineering at Banasura Sagar Dam, and finally admire the sheer force of Meenmutty Falls.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kalpetta trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Munnar to Kalpetta takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kalpetta can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. On the 1st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kalpetta

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Banasurasagar Dam
Highlights from your plan
Chembra ©
Chembra
Edakkal Caves ©
Edakkal Caves
Banasurasagar Dam ©
Banasurasagar Dam

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