19 days in South India Itinerary

19 days in South India Itinerary

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19 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
1
Munnar
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Thekkady
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Thiruvalla
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Kochi (Cochin)
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Mysuru (Mysore)
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Bengaluru
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Mumbai

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.
On the 6th (Fri), get into the urban bustle at Kalari Kshethra. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam, then admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens, then admire the natural beauty at Rose Gardens, and finally stop by Tata Tea Outlet.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Munnar road trip tool .

Mumbai to Munnar is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Munnar when traveling from Mumbai in December, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park ©

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: identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, explore the activities along Periyar Lake, take some stellar pictures from Chellarcovil View Point, and pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of Lourde's Roman Catholic Latin Church.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Thekkady tour itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Munnar to Thekkady takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction

3
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) side-trips: Kovalam (Lighthouse Beach & Kovalam Beach) and Varkala Town (Asparagus, Varkala Beach, & more). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, head off the coast to Poovar Island, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Thiruvalla.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Varkala Town, Kovalam
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach

3
nights
Thiruvalla

Thiruvalla ©
Surrounded by waterways feeding off two rivers, Thiruvalla remains one of the lesser-known destinations in the popular state of Kerala.
Explore Thiruvalla's surroundings by going to Thrichittattu Mahavishnu Temple (in Chengannur) and Valiyakoikal Temple (in Pathanamthitta). Spend the 15th (Sun) exploring at Kerala Backwaters. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Parumala Church, explore the activities along Vembanad Lake, and make a trip to Sree Vallabha Temple.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Thiruvalla trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Thiruvalla takes 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Thiruvalla

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerala, Thrichittattu Mahavishnu Temple, Valiyakoikal Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kerala Backwaters ©
Kerala Backwaters
Parumala Church ©
Parumala Church
Vembanad Lake ©
Vembanad Lake

4
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Kochi (Cochin): Alappuzha Beach (in Alappuzha) and Marari Beach (in Mararikulam). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, deepen your understanding at Kerala Kathakali Centre, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Saint Francis, and take a stroll through Jew Town.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) trip itinerary builder site .

Drive from Thiruvalla to Kochi (Cochin) in 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Mysuru (Mysore).

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Outdoors Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Alappuzha Beach, Marari Beach
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue

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 22nd (Sun): admire the local landmark of Brindavan Garden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Chamundeshwari Temple, and then step into the grandiose world of Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas). Here are some ideas for day two: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Nandi Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Somnathpura Temple.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Mysuru (Mysore) day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kochi (Cochin) to Mysuru (Mysore) takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Kochi (Cochin) in December, expect Mysuru (Mysore) to be slightly colder, temps between 30°C and 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Bengaluru.

Things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

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

1
night
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 24th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Temple Bangalore, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ulsoor Subramanya Temple, then admire the natural beauty at Lalbagh Botanical Garden, and finally walk around Cubbon Park.

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Traveling by car from Mysuru (Mysore) to Bengaluru takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Bengaluru can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bengaluru

Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lalbagh Botanical Garden ©
Lalbagh Botanical Garden
ISKCON Temple Bangalore ©
ISKCON Temple Bangalore
Cubbon Park ©
Cubbon Park

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