15 days in South India Itinerary

15 days in South India Itinerary

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15 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Hyderabad
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Kalpetta
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 30​min
5
Mysuru (Mysore)
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Chennai
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Melbourne

2
nights
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 1st (Sun), examine the collection at Salar Jung Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Chowmahalla Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mecca Masjid, then admire the striking features of Taj Falaknuma Palace, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Puri Jagannath Temple. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Surendrapuri and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chilkur Balaji Temple.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hyderabad travel route planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Hyderabad is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to India Standard Time, which is usually a -4 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in November: high temperatures in Hyderabad hover around 36°C and lows are around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Hyderabad

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Puri Jagannath Temple ©
Puri Jagannath Temple
Mecca Masjid ©
Mecca Masjid
Surendrapuri ©
Surendrapuri

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): don't miss a visit to Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, then step off the mainland to explore Poovar Island, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally don't miss a visit to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, then enjoy the sea views from Vizhinjam Lighthouse, then kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach, and finally admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) holiday maker app .

Getting from Hyderabad to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hyderabad in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 28°C in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Kovalam Beach
Highlights from your plan
Poovar Island ©
Poovar Island
Vizhinjam Lighthouse ©
Vizhinjam Lighthouse
Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace ©

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 5th (Thu), admire the striking features of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, deepen your understanding at Kerala Kathakali Centre, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then explore the world behind art at Kerala Folklore Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chottanikkara Devi Temple. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Kashi Art Gallery, then contemplate the long history of Edappally Church Complex, and then buy something for everyone on your list at LuLu Mall.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kochi (Cochin) trip tool .

You can fly from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Kochi (Cochin) in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kochi (Cochin) are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kalpetta.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Chottanikkara Devi Temple ©
Chottanikkara Devi Temple
Edappally Church Complex ©
Edappally Church Complex
Kashi Art Gallery ©
Kashi Art Gallery

1
night
Kalpetta

Kalpetta ©
One of the district's main tourist hubs, Kalpetta offers easy access to a number of man-made and natural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Thirunelli Temple and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Chembra.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kalpetta online road trip planner .

You can drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Kalpetta in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December in Kalpetta, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Mysuru (Mysore).

Things to do in Kalpetta

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Chembra ©
Chembra
Thirunelli Temple ©
Thirunelli Temple

2
nights
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 8th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Sri Nandi Temple, steep yourself in history at Somnathpura Temple, then don't miss a visit to Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Melkote Kalyani. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Karanji Lake, identify plant and animal life at Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Philomena Church.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Mysuru (Mysore) trip planner .

Take a bus from Kalpetta to Mysuru (Mysore) in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kalpetta in December: high temperatures in Mysuru (Mysore) hover around 30°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Chennai.

Things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Adiranga, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary ©
Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
Melkote Kalyani ©
Melkote Kalyani
Saint Philomena Church ©
Saint Philomena Church

5
nights
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sri Parthasarathy Temple and Shirdi Sai Baba Temple. Step off the beaten path and head to Descent Of The Ganges and India Seashell Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chennai: Sri Varadharaja Perumal Temple (in Kanchipuram) and Mahabalipuram (Sea Shore Temple, Monuments at Mahabalipuram, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Thome Church and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwarar Temple.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Chennai road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Mysuru (Mysore) to Chennai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In December, Chennai is somewhat warmer than Mysuru (Mysore) - with highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Mahabalipuram, Sri Varadharaja Perumal Temple
Highlights from your plan
Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Sri Parthasarathy Temple ©
Sri Parthasarathy Temple
Descent Of The Ganges ©
Descent Of The Ganges

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