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:  5​h
1
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Thekkady
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Munnar
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Mysuru (Mysore)
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Bengaluru
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: New Delhi

1
night
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 7th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the engaging exhibits at Chacha Nehru Children’s Museum, examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach, and finally don't miss a visit to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip planner.

New Delhi to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New Delhi in September, you will find days in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) are a bit cooler (35°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Kovalam Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Spas

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, take in nature's colorful creations at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, get your game on at Thekkady Rose Park, and look and learn at Green land spice garden.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Thekkady tour planner .

Getting from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Thekkady by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Munnar.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake
Thekkady Rose Park ©
Thekkady Rose Park

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.
On the 12th (Thu), admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam, then get great views at Munnar Hill Station, and then admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Tata Tea Outlet, see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Munnar road trip planner .

You can drive from Thekkady to Munnar in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Munnar

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

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 14th (Sat), have some family-friendly fun at Plug And Play Gaming Lounge, don't miss a visit to Paavakkulam Mahadeva Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Saint Francis, then don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, and finally gain insight at Kerala Kathakali Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St.Philomenas Church Koonammavu, take in the pleasant sights at Queen's Walkway, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mattancherry Palace, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Karingachira Church.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kochi (Cochin) driving holiday planner.

Getting from Munnar to Kochi (Cochin) by car takes about 4 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Kochi (Cochin) can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Mysuru (Mysore).

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Mattancherry Palace ©
Mattancherry Palace

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 16th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Chamundeshwari Temple, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, and then explore the historical opulence of Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas).

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Mysuru (Mysore) route planner.

Traveling by car from Kochi (Cochin) to Mysuru (Mysore) takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Kochi (Cochin) in September, with highs in Mysuru (Mysore) at 31°C and lows at 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive 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)
Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens ©
Sri Chamundeshwari Temple ©
Sri Chamundeshwari Temple

2
nights
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 17th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Temple Bangalore, then get a taste of the local shopping with UB City, then take in nature's colorful creations at Lalbagh Botanical Garden, and finally stroll around Cubbon Park. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Wonderla Amusement Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Bengaluru travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Mysuru (Mysore) to Bengaluru by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bengaluru

Theme Parks Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Lalbagh Botanical Garden ©
Lalbagh Botanical Garden
ISKCON Temple Bangalore ©
ISKCON Temple Bangalore
Wonderla Amusement Park ©
Wonderla Amusement Park

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