20 days in South India Itinerary

20 days in South India Itinerary

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20 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Doha
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Bengaluru
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Mysuru (Mysore)
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Madurai
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Thekkady
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Munnar
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
8
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Doha

2
nights
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.
On the 4th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Temple Bangalore, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ulsoor Subramanya Temple, then take in nature's colorful creations at Lalbagh Botanical Garden, and finally walk around Cubbon Park. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Wonderla Amusement Park.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Bengaluru planning app .

Doha, Qatar to Bengaluru is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Doha in March: high temperatures in Bengaluru hover around 38°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mysuru (Mysore).

Things to do in Bengaluru

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lalbagh Botanical Garden ©
Lalbagh Botanical Garden
ISKCON Temple Bangalore ©
ISKCON Temple Bangalore
Wonderla Amusement Park ©
Wonderla Amusement Park

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 6th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Chamundeshwari Temple, then examine the collection at R K Narayan House, and finally admire the local landmark of Brindavan Garden. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the resident critters at Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, see the interesting displays at Sea Shell Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Somnathpura Temple.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Mysuru (Mysore) itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bengaluru to Mysuru (Mysore) takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Bengaluru in March, you will find days in Mysuru (Mysore) are slightly colder (34°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

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 ©

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 8th (Sun), look for gifts at Moddy's Chocolates, then take in the awesome beauty at Doddabetta Peak, then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and finally admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Ooty Lake, take in nature's colorful creations at Thread Garden, and then explore the activities along Pykara Lake.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Ooty (Udhagamandalam) sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Mysuru (Mysore) to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Mysuru (Mysore) in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Ooty (Udhagamandalam), with highs around 41°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Thread Garden
Highlights from your plan
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
Doddabetta Peak ©
Doddabetta Peak
Pykara Lake ©
Pykara Lake

3
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.
Go for a jaunt from Kochi (Cochin) to Mararikulam to see Marari Beach about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, admire the landmark architecture of Mattancherry Palace, look for gifts at ViaKerala Shop, and deepen your understanding at Kerala Kathakali Centre.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kochi (Cochin) trip planner .

Getting from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Kochi (Cochin) by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Madurai.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

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

1
night
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.
On the 13th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tirupparankunram, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Madurai trip planner .

Getting from Kochi (Cochin) to Madurai by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Walking tours
Tirupparankunram ©
Tirupparankunram

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 parks, nightlife, shopping, nature, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of Lourde's Roman Catholic Latin Church, contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, and take in nature's colorful creations at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Thekkady itinerary planner .

Getting from Madurai to Thekkady by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Munnar.

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
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.
Munnar is known for parks, museums, nightlife, nature, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens, get great views at Munnar Hill Station, stop by Tata Tea Outlet, and take in the awesome beauty at Ottakathala Medu Mountain Range.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Munnar tour itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Munnar takes 3 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Munnar can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Tea Museum ©
Tea Museum

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Varkala (Spas, Varkala Beach, & more) and Kovalam (Kovalam Beach & Lighthouse Beach). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Neeramankara Shiva Temple, examine the collection at Napier Museum, and make a trip to Attukal Bhagavathy Temple.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) road trip website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Munnar to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

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

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