17 days in South India Itinerary

17 days in South India Itinerary

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17 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Munnar
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Thekkady
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Rameswaram
— 1 day
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  7​h
5
Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Mysuru (Mysore)
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
7
Hampi
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h
8
Udupi
— 1 day
Drive:  9​h 45​min
End: Thrissur

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Shiva Temple Ernakulam and Subhash Park. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Saint Francis, contemplate the long history of Edappally Church Complex, and explore and take pictures at Kerala Kathakali Centre.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Kochi (Cochin) travel planning tool .

Bengaluru to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Bengaluru in April since evenings lows in Kochi (Cochin) dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Shiva Temple Ernakulam
Highlights from your plan
Shiva Temple Ernakulam	©
Shiva Temple Ernakulam
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Vallarpadam Church ©
Vallarpadam Church

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 3rd (Mon): admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam, then pause for some serene contemplation at C.S.I Christ Church, then take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens, and finally look for gifts at Tata Tea Outlet. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ottakathala Medu Mountain Range, and then see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Munnar trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Kochi (Cochin) to Munnar takes 4 hours. In May in Munnar, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Climbing Tours
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam

3
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Thekkady is known for wildlife, nature, nightlife, parks, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mangala Devi Temple, examine the collection at Angadipetty -Kerala Ayurveda Museum, and explore and take pictures at Spice Cloud.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Thekkady using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Munnar to Thekkady takes 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Museums
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake

1
day
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Villoondi Tirtham, then take in the views from Pamban bridge, then snap pictures at Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Water Bird Sanctuary.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rameswaram trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Rameswaram takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Villoondi Tirtham ©
Villoondi Tirtham
Water Bird Sanctuary ©
Water Bird Sanctuary
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge ©
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Pancha Rathas, Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave, take in the spiritual surroundings of Varaha Cave Temple, then contemplate the long history of Descent Of The Ganges, and finally don't miss a visit to Arjuna's Penance. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): examine the collection at India Seashell Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sea Shore Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Krishna's Butter Ball.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mahabalipuram online route planner .

Getting from Rameswaram to Mahabalipuram by combination of train and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Mahabalipuram can reach 43°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Mysuru (Mysore).

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Descent Of The Ganges ©
Descent Of The Ganges
India Seashell Museum ©
India Seashell Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Somnathpura Temple, then appreciate the history behind Sri Nandi Temple, then contemplate the waterfront views at Karanji Lake, and finally step into the grandiose world of Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): get to know the resident critters at Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, see the interesting displays at Sea Shell Museum, and then ponder the design of Brindavan Garden.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Mysuru (Mysore) itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Mahabalipuram to Mysuru (Mysore) takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Mahabalipuram in May: high temperatures in Mysuru (Mysore) hover around 34°C and lows are around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hampi.

Things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

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

1
night
Hampi

Hampi ©
The temple town of Hampi sits on the site where one of the richest and biggest cities on the planet once stood, with the ruins of the old city protected as a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Statue of Ugra Narsimha, don't miss a visit to Stepped Tank, delve into the distant past at Group of Monuments at Hampi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Achyutaraya Temple, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Matanga Hill. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hazara Rama Temple, admire the striking features of Lotus Mahal, then admire the landmark architecture of Elephant Stables, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monkey Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Vitthala Temple.

Plan trip to Hampi with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Mysuru (Mysore) to Hampi takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Mysuru (Mysore) in May, things will get a bit warmer in Hampi: highs are around 40°C and lows about 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Udupi.

Things to do in Hampi

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Group of Monuments at Hampi ©
Group of Monuments at Hampi
Matanga Hill ©
Matanga Hill
Statue of Ugra Narsimha ©
Statue of Ugra Narsimha

1
day
Udupi

Udupi ©
Though its cuisine has spread throughout the country and beyond, Udupi retains a small-town charm.
On the 15th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Kapu Beach, pause for some photo ops at Bahubali Monolith, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Krishna Temple, and finally get great views at End Point.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Udupi road trip tool .

You can drive from Hampi to Udupi in 8 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Udupi

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

End Point, Bahubali Monolith
Highlights from your plan
Kapu Beach ©
Kapu Beach
End Point ©
End Point
Sri Krishna Temple ©
Sri Krishna Temple

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