13 days in South India Itinerary

13 days in South India Itinerary

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13 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Ahmedabad
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Mysuru (Mysore)
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h
2
Madurai
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Alappuzha
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Kodaikanal
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Salem
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 15​min
8
Chennai
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Ahmedabad

1
day
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 (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Chamundeshwari Temple, meet the residents at Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, and then steep yourself in history at Mysore Maharajah's Palace (Amba Vilas).

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Mysuru (Mysore) sightseeing planner .

Ahmedabad to Mysuru (Mysore) is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. When traveling from Ahmedabad in December, plan for little chillier days in Mysuru (Mysore), with highs around 79°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Madurai.

Things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

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

1
day
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 17th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Meenakshi Temple, and then step into the grandiose world of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Madurai online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Mysuru (Mysore) to Madurai by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Mysuru (Mysore) in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Madurai, with lows of 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Thekkady.

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
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal ©
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal

2
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Junction and then identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mangala Devi Temple, then identify plant and animal life at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Thekkady online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Madurai to Thekkady by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Thekkady

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

2
nights
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 (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple, stroll through Marari Beach, and then stroll through Mararikulam Beach. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Kumaramangalam Subramanyaswamy Temple and then identify plant and animal life at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Alappuzha travel planner.

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Alappuzha takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Alappuzha, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 75°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Alappuzha

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kumarakom, Mararikulam
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary ©
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Mararikulam Beach ©
Mararikulam Beach

2
nights
Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal ©
A cool and relaxing hill station, Kodaikanal has long attracted visitors up to its privileged position in the Western Ghats.
On the 22nd (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kurinji Andavar Temple, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kodaikanal Lake, then delve into the lush surroundings at Pine Forest, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at La Saleth Church. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kuzhanthai Velappar temple, explore the ancient world of Dolmen Circle, and then go for a walk through Coakers Walk.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kodaikanal trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Alappuzha to Kodaikanal in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Alappuzha in December, expect nights in Kodaikanal to be about the same, around 71°F, while days are slightly colder, around 84°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Kodaikanal

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

2
nights
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.
On the 24th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at MacIvor's Bund, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Doddabetta Peak, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Church. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Murugan Temple, explore the activities along Ooty Lake, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Venkateshwara Perumal Temple.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Kodaikanal to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Kodaikanal in December; daily highs in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) reach 79°F and lows reach 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Salem.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
MacIvor's Bund
MacIvor's Bund
Doddabetta Peak ©
Doddabetta Peak
Ooty Lake ©
Ooty Lake

1
night
Salem

Salem
Salem is a city in Salem district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. On the 26th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Yercaud.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Salem vacation site .

You can drive from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Salem in 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Chennai.

Things to do in Salem

Historic Sites Spas Parks

2
nights
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at San Thome Church, then kick back and relax at Besant Nagar Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapaleeshwar Temple and then enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Beach.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Chennai trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Salem to Chennai in 6 hours. In December, daytime highs in Chennai are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chennai

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology
Highlights from your plan
Besant Nagar Beach ©
Besant Nagar Beach
Kapaleeshwarar Temple ©
Kapaleeshwarar Temple

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