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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): admire the local landmark of Brindavan Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Chamundeshwari Temple, and then explore the historical opulence of Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas).

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Mysuru (Mysore) trip itinerary app .

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, plan for a bit warmer nights in Mysuru (Mysore), with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough 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 23rd (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Mattancherry Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Saint Francis, then make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Kerala Folklore Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue, then deepen your understanding at Kerala Kathakali Centre, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kochi (Cochin) tour planner.

Traveling by car from Mysuru (Mysore) to Kochi (Cochin) takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Mysuru (Mysore) in December; daily highs in Kochi (Cochin) reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough 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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Holy Land, see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, then admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Napier Museum, look for gifts at Keralashopee, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach, and finally stroll through Lighthouse Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) travel route planning tool .

You can fly from Kochi (Cochin) to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Munnar.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Museums Beaches

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 27th (Fri): admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam, then admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens, then take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Gardens, and finally look for gifts at Tata Tea Outlet. On the next day, take in the exciting artwork at Mistletoe art Gallery, examine the collection at Tea Museum, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Munnar route maker app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Munnar in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. December in Munnar sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car 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, contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, take some stellar pictures from Chellarcovil View Point, and admire the natural beauty at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Thekkady trip planner.

Traveling by car from Munnar to Thekkady takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) 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 1st (Wed): get the lay of the land with Walking tours and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple.

For ratings and tourist information, go to the Madurai planner .

Getting from Thekkady to Madurai by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December in Madurai, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can 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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