12 days in South India Itinerary

12 days in South India Itinerary

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12 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Ahmedabad
Fly:  5​h
1
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
2
Munnar
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Madurai
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Kodaikanal
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Madikeri
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Mysuru (Mysore)
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Bengaluru
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  3​h 15​min
10
Tirupati
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
11
Hyderabad
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Ahmedabad

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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.
On the 30th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple and then don't miss a visit to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple. On your second day here, admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kovalam Beach, and finally don't miss a visit to Attukal Bhagavathy Temple.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) holiday planner.

Ahmedabad to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Ahmedabad in October: highs in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Munnar.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at C.S.I Christ Church, then take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Chinnakanel Water Falls.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Munnar itinerary planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Munnar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Munnar are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can drive to Madurai.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Chinnakanel Water Falls ©
Chinnakanel Water Falls
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam

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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoga Narasimhar Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Madurai online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Munnar to Madurai takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. When traveling from Munnar in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Madurai, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine ©
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine

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Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, then stroll the grounds of Kalam National Memorial, then enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Rameswaram sightseeing planner.

Getting from Madurai to Rameswaram by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge ©
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge

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Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal ©
A cool and relaxing hill station, Kodaikanal has long attracted visitors up to its privileged position in the Western Ghats.
On the 4th (Mon), delve into the lush surroundings at Pine Forest, get great views at Pillar Rocks, and then explore the activities along Kodaikanal Lake.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kodaikanal trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Rameswaram to Kodaikanal in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in November, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kodaikanal Lake ©
Kodaikanal Lake
Pine Forest ©
Pine Forest
Pillar Rocks ©
Pillar Rocks

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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Ooty (Udhagamandalam) ©
Tea gardens and eucalyptus trees scent the air of the fields surrounding Ooty, a popular summer tourism destination up in the hills.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Ooty Lake, then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Doddabetta Peak.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) road trip planning website .

You can drive from Kodaikanal to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Madikeri.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
Doddabetta Peak ©
Doddabetta Peak
Ooty Lake ©
Ooty Lake

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Madikeri

Madikeri ©
Madikeri is a hill station town in Karnataka state, India. Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): get outside with Mandalpatti and then admire the sheer force of Abbi Falls.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Madikeri travel route planning site .

You can drive from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Madikeri in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Mysuru (Mysore).

Things to do in Madikeri

Outdoors Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Mandalpatti ©
Mandalpatti
Abbi Falls ©
Abbi Falls

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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 7th (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Chamundeshwari Temple, and finally see the interesting displays at Sea Shell Museum.

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

You can drive from Madikeri to Mysuru (Mysore) in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bengaluru.

Things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Temple Bangalore, engage your brain at Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, and then admire the natural beauty at Lalbagh Botanical Garden.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Bengaluru trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Mysuru (Mysore) to Bengaluru in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Bengaluru are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tirupati.

Things to do in Bengaluru

Childrens Museums Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lalbagh Botanical Garden ©
Lalbagh Botanical Garden
ISKCON Temple Bangalore ©
ISKCON Temple Bangalore

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Tirupati

Tirupati ©
Being a major pilgrimage spot at the foot of the Seshachalam hills, Tirupati tourism revolves around Hindu temples and vast nature reserves.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple, then steep yourself in history at Tirumala Temple, and finally explore the activities along Tumbhuru Teertham.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tirupati online route builder .

Getting from Bengaluru to Tirupati by combination of bus and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hyderabad.

Things to do in Tirupati

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tirumala Temple ©
Tirumala Temple
Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple ©
Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple
Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple ©

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Hyderabad

Hyderabad ©
Teeming with history and heritage, Hyderabad draws visitors from all over the world with its old Indo-Islamic buildings, forts, and museums.
On the 10th (Sun), admire the landmark architecture of Ashtalakshmi Temple and then get in on the family fun at Ramoji Film City.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hyderabad online route maker .

Fly from Tirupati to Hyderabad in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Hyderabad can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hyderabad

Theme Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ramoji Film City ©
Ramoji Film City
Ashtalakshmi Temple ©
Ashtalakshmi Temple

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