13 days in South India Itinerary

13 days in South India Itinerary

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13 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Indore
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2​h 45​min
2
Munnar
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Kottayam
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Mysuru (Mysore)
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Bengaluru
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Indore

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): look for gifts at Sarwaa. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, then stroll through Kovalam Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip itinerary site .

Indore to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Indore in November since evenings lows in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Munnar.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kovalam, Varkala Town
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala 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 7th (Thu): admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam, admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens, then admire the natural beauty at Rose Gardens, and finally look for gifts at Tata Tea Outlet. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Mistletoe art Gallery, see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Munnar itinerary planner.

Getting from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Munnar by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Munnar can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Thekkady.

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
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 9th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, then look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, and finally stop by Green Land Spice Garden. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Junction, and then take some stellar pictures from Chellarcovil View Point.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Thekkady sightseeing planner.

Drive from Munnar to Thekkady in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Kottayam.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction

1
night
Kottayam

Kottayam ©
The first Indian city to achieve a 100 percent literacy rate among its citizens, Kottayam has as much of a reputation for its educational standards as for its massive rubber industry.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Chavara Pilgrim Centre, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vaikom Mahadeva Temple, and then don't miss a visit to Kumaranalloor.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kottayam visit planning website .

Getting from Thekkady to Kottayam by car takes about 3 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Kottayam can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kottayam

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple ©
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple
Kumaranalloor ©
Kumaranalloor
Saint Chavara Pilgrim Centre ©
Saint Chavara Pilgrim Centre

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 12th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Mattancherry Palace, stop by Leens Export, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue, then admire the striking features of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, and finally gain insight at Kerala Kathakali Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Saint Francis, don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, then admire the landmark architecture of Jeevamatha Church, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) tour itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Kottayam to Kochi (Cochin) by car takes about 2 hours. In November, daytime highs in Kochi (Cochin) are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Mysuru (Mysore).

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Spas Shopping
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.
On the 14th (Thu), admire the natural beauty at Brindavan Garden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Chamundeshwari Temple, and then step into the grandiose world of Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas).

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Mysuru (Mysore) trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Kochi (Cochin) to Mysuru (Mysore) takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Kochi (Cochin) in November: high temperatures in Mysuru (Mysore) hover around 30°C and lows are around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Bengaluru.

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
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Lalbagh Botanical Garden, then walk around Cubbon Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Temple Bangalore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Wonderla Amusement Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Bengaluru trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Mysuru (Mysore) to Bengaluru takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bengaluru

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites
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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