12 days in South India Itinerary

12 days in South India Itinerary

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12 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Udaipur
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Chennai
— Few hours
bus:  1​h
2
Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
bus:  2​h
3
Pondicherry
— 1 night
bus:  6​h 30​min
4
Mysuru (Mysore)
— 1 night
bus:  5​h 15​min
5
Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 night
train:  1​h
6
Alappuzha
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 15​min
7
Thekkady
— 1 night
bus:  2​h
8
Munnar
— 1 night
bus:  4​h
9
Kodaikanal
— 1 night
bus:  3​h
10
Madurai
— 1 night
bus:  7​h 45​min
11
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
bus:  7​h
12
Rameswaram
— 1 night
flight:  10​h
End: Udaipur

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Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Chennai travel itinerary planner .

Udaipur to Chennai is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Udaipur in December, you will find days in Chennai are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are warmer (25°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
San Thome Church ©
San Thome Church

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): see the interesting displays at India Seashell Museum, then explore the ancient world of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sea Shore Temple.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Mahabalipuram vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Chennai to Mahabalipuram takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram
India Seashell Museum ©
India Seashell Museum

1
night
Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple and then kick back and relax at Paradise Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Pondicherry attractions site .

Drive from Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Mysuru (Mysore).

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple ©
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple

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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.
To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Mysuru (Mysore) vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and train from Pondicherry to Mysuru (Mysore) takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. You will leave for Kochi (Cochin) on the 19th (Thu).

Things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): kick back and relax at Cherai Beach and then buy something for everyone on your list at LuLu Mall.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kochi (Cochin) online travel planner .

Getting from Mysuru (Mysore) to Kochi (Cochin) by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Mysuru (Mysore) in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Kochi (Cochin): highs are around 37°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
LuLu Mall ©
LuLu Mall

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night
Alappuzha

Alappuzha ©
Affectionately known as Alleppey to locals and tourists alike, Alappuzha acts as a major transport and cultural hub on the Kerala backwaters.
On the 20th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Marari Beach, then stroll through Mararikulam Beach, and then make a trip to Alappuzha Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Alappuzha Beach and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Alappuzha online trip builder .

Drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Alappuzha in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Alappuzha

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Mararikulam
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Alappuzha Beach ©
Alappuzha Beach
Mararikulam Beach ©
Mararikulam Beach

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night
Thekkady

Thekkady
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Thekkady day trip planning app .

You can drive from Alappuzha to Thekkady in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll travel to Munnar.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Nature Wildlife

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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 22nd (Sun): get into the urban bustle at Kalari Kshethra, take in the architecture and atmosphere at C.S.I Christ Church, then see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mount Carmel Church &Mount Carmel Pilgrim Centre, and finally view the masterpieces at Mistletoe art Gallery.

To find maps and other tourist information, go to the Munnar trip planner .

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Munnar takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Munnar

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Tea Museum ©
Tea Museum
C.S.I Christ Church ©
C.S.I Christ Church
Kalari Kshethra ©
Kalari Kshethra

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night
Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal ©
A cool and relaxing hill station, Kodaikanal has long attracted visitors up to its privileged position in the Western Ghats.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kurinji Andavar Temple, then explore the activities along Kodaikanal Lake, and then take a peaceful walk through Pine Forest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Mannavanur Lake.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kodaikanal road trip site .

Traveling by car from Munnar to Kodaikanal takes 4 hours. Traveling from Munnar in December, you will find days in Kodaikanal are little chillier (34°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Madurai.

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kodaikanal Lake ©
Kodaikanal Lake
Pine Forest ©
Pine Forest
Kurinji Andavar Temple ©
Kurinji Andavar Temple

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.
To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Madurai day trip planning app .

You can drive from Kodaikanal to Madurai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In December, daily temperatures in Madurai can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. On the 25th (Wed), you'll travel to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Tours Parks

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night
Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari ©
Located at the most southerly point of mainland India, Kanyakumari has long attracted pilgrims and those keen to see the end of the road.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kanyakumari Beach, then pause for some photo ops at Thiruvalluvar Statue, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bhagavathy Amman Temple, and finally get great views at Sunset View Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Vattakottai Fort, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gandhi Memorial, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jain Temple Kanyakumari, and finally make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial.

Start your trip to Kanyakumari by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Madurai to Kanyakumari takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kanyakumari are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Vivekananda Rock Memorial ©
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Kanyakumari Beach ©
Kanyakumari Beach

1
night
Rameswaram

Rameswaram
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rameswaram trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Kanyakumari to Rameswaram takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. On the 27th (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

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