18 days in South India Itinerary

18 days in South India Itinerary

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Bengaluru
— 1 day
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Hassan
— 1 night
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Srirangapatna
— 1 night
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Somnathpur
— 1 night
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Mysuru (Mysore)
— 1 night
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 1 night
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Kodaikanal
— 1 day
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Tiruchirappalli
— 1 night
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Thanjavur
— 1 night
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Kumbakonam
— 1 night
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Chidambaram
— 1 night
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12
Rameswaram
— 1 day
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Kanyakumari
— 1 night
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Madurai
— 1 night
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Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
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Tirupati
— 1 night
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Chennai
— 1 night
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Bengaluru

— 1 day

Silicon Valley of India

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 9th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Temple Bangalore, step into the grandiose world of Bangalore Palace, then stroll around Cubbon Park, and finally admire the natural beauty at Lalbagh Botanical Garden.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Bengaluru trip planning app.

London, UK to Bengaluru is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from London to Bengaluru, you'll lose 5.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from London in January: high temperatures in Bengaluru hover around 32°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Hassan.

Things to do in Bengaluru

Parks · Historic Sites

Hassan

— 1 night
Hassan is a city and the district headquarters of Hassan district in the Indian state of Karnataka. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Koravangala Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kedareswara Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bhagawan Bahubali Statue (Gommateshwara), and finally don't miss a visit to Chandragiri Hill.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hassan trip maker app.

You can drive from Bengaluru to Hassan in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Srirangapatna.

Things to do in Hassan

Historic Sites

Srirangapatna

— 1 night
Srirangapatna is a town in Mandya district of the Indian state of Karnataka. On the 11th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Nimishambha Temple, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, then don't miss a visit to Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Adiranga, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ranganathaswamy Temple, Shivanasamudra.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Srirangapatna driving holiday planner.

Getting from Hassan to Srirangapatna by car takes about 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Somnathpur.

Things to do in Srirangapatna

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Somnathpur

— 1 night
Somanathapura is a town located 35 km from the historic Mysore city in Mysore district, Karnataka state, India. On the 12th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Keshava Temple.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Somnathpur sightseeing planner.

Getting from Srirangapatna to Somnathpur by car takes about an hour. In January in Somnathpur, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Mysuru (Mysore).

Things to do in Somnathpur

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Mysuru (Mysore)

— 1 night

Cultural Capital of Karnataka

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.
To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Mysuru (Mysore) trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Somnathpur to Mysuru (Mysore) in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

— 1 night

Queen of Hill Stations

Tea gardens and eucalyptus trees scent the air of the fields surrounding Ooty, a popular summer tourism destination up in the hills.
On the 14th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Ooty Lake, take in the awesome beauty at Doddabetta Peak, and then admire the natural beauty at Government Botanical Garden.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Mysuru (Mysore) to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Kodaikanal

— 1 day

Princess of Hill Stations

A cool and relaxing hill station, Kodaikanal has long attracted visitors up to its privileged position in the Western Ghats.
On the 15th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Dolmen Circle, then explore the activities along Kodaikanal Lake, then stop by Shalimar Weaves, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Coakers Walk.

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Getting from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Kodaikanal by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, Kodaikanal is somewhat warmer than Ooty (Udhagamandalam) - with highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tiruchirappalli.

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Tiruchirappalli

— 1 night

Rockfort City

Located in the center of the state, the ancient city of Tiruchirappalli--or Trichy/Tiruchi as it is more commonly known--remains rich in Tamil culture.
On the 16th (Thu), head outdoors with Grand Anaicut - Kallanai, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Rangam Ranga Nathar Temple.

Discover how to plan a Tiruchirappalli trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Kodaikanal to Tiruchirappalli takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Tiruchirappalli

Historic Sites · Outdoors

Thanjavur

— 1 night

Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu

A bastion of South Indian culture and heritage, Thanjavur entrances visitors from all over the world with its architecture, distinct art style, and the Great Living Chola Temples, landmarks of the city and a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Brihadeeswara Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naganathaswamy Temple, then don't miss a visit to Thanjai Mamani Koil, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mercury Temple, and finally explore the world behind art at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery.

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Traveling by car from Tiruchirappalli to Thanjavur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Thanjavur can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kumbakonam.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites · Museums

Kumbakonam

— 1 night
A notable temple town, Kumbakonam harbors a wealth of Hindu buildings dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.
On the 18th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kampaheswarar Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Adi Kumbeswarar Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Airavatesvara Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dhenupureeswarar Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahapratyangira Devi Temple.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Kumbakonam trip planner.

Drive from Thanjavur to Kumbakonam in 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Chidambaram.

Things to do in Kumbakonam

Historic Sites

Chidambaram

— 1 night
Chidambaram is a town and municipality in Cuddalore district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. On the 19th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Thillai Kali Amman Temple, explore the activities along Pitchavaram Backwater, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chidambaram Nataraja Temple.

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Drive from Kumbakonam to Chidambaram in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Chidambaram

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Rameswaram

— 1 day
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
On the 20th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach Point, snap pictures at Pamban bridge, then snap pictures at Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Rameswaram online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Chidambaram to Rameswaram by car takes about 7 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Kanyakumari

— 1 night

Cape Comorin

Located at the most southerly point of mainland India, Kanyakumari has long attracted pilgrims and those keen to see the end of the road.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, appreciate the history behind Thiruvalluvar Statue, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kanyakumari Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumara Koil Murugan Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Adi Keshava Perumal Temple.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Kanyakumari visit planning tool.

Drive from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Kanyakumari are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Madurai.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Madurai

— 1 night

Athens of the East

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 22nd (Wed): gain insight with a tour of cultural highlights, take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoga Narasimhar Temple.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Madurai journey maker website.

You can drive from Kanyakumari to Madurai in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to fly to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites · Tours

Mahabalipuram

— 1 night
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. The structures showcase the decoration and form of early Dravidian architecture, and their distinctive designs, striking coloration, and scale still create an evocative atmosphere when studied closely and when seen as a whole.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): admire the striking features of Pancha Rathas, don't miss a visit to Arjuna's Penance, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shore Temple.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mahabalipuram itinerary builder app.

Getting from Madurai to Mahabalipuram by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In January, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tirupati.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites

Tirupati

— 1 night
Being a major pilgrimage spot at the foot of the Seshachalam hills, Tirupati tourism revolves around Hindu temples and vast nature reserves.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): explore the activities along Tumbhuru Teertham, steep yourself in history at Sri Venkateswara Swamy Vaari Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Vaikuntha Teertham, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tirupati day trip planner.

You can drive from Mahabalipuram to Tirupati in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Chennai.

Things to do in Tirupati

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Chennai

— 1 night

Detroit of South Asia

Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parthasarathy Temple, stroll through Marina Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwarar Temple.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Chennai day trip site.

You can drive from Tirupati to Chennai in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Chennai can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Chennai

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Tamil Nadu travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Bodies of Water · Beaches
Land of Tamils
Home to a Tamil population that speaks one of the world's oldest languages, the state of Tamil Nadu appeals to tourists with its many Hindu temples, beach resorts, charming hill stations, and World Heritage Sites. Several major civilizations have thrived in this area over the last 2,000 years, including the famous Chola, Chera, Pallava, and Pandya. Today, a trip to Tamil Nadu reveals its unique heritage blending elements of all the cultures that lived and died here, leaving their mark on the area's cuisine, music, religious traditions, and literature. In an ancient land steeped in history, state capital Chennai serves as a modern and convenient tourist base, providing great shopping, dining, and entertainment options.