21 days in South India Itinerary

21 days in South India Itinerary

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Chennai
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Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
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Kanchipuram
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Thiruvannamalai
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Auroville
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Pondicherry
— 2 nights
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Thanjavur
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Kodaikanal
— 1 night
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Madurai
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Rameswaram
— 2 nights
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Tuticorin
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Kanyakumari
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Kovalam
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Varkala Town
— 1 night
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Alappuzha
— 2 nights
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Kumarakom
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Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 night
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Vagamon
— 1 day
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Munnar
— 2 nights
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Coimbatore
— 1 day
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights
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Kalpetta
— 1 night
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Hogenakkal
— 1 night
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Yercaud
— 3 nights
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Tirumala
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Chennai

Detroit of South Asia

Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Chennai planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Chennai. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in March, and nighttime lows around 27°C. On the 6th (Sat), you'll travel to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites · Shopping · Nightlife · Fun & Games

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.
On the 6th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Shore Temple.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Mahabalipuram trip maker tool.

Getting from Chennai to Mahabalipuram by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In March, daily temperatures in Mahabalipuram can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Kanchipuram.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Kanchipuram

The busy town of Kanchipuram enjoys a reputation for its Hindu temples and handwoven silk saris.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Vaikuntha Perumal Temple (Parameshwara Vinnagaram).

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kanchipuram trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Mahabalipuram to Kanchipuram in 2 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Kanchipuram can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Thiruvannamalai.

Things to do in Kanchipuram

Historic Sites

Thiruvannamalai

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Thiruvannamalai travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kanchipuram to Thiruvannamalai takes 3 hours. Traveling from Kanchipuram in March, expect nights in Thiruvannamalai to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are little chillier, around 36°C. You'll set off for Auroville on the 7th (Sun).

Things to do in Thiruvannamalai

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Auroville

City of Dawn

Founded in 1968 by a Frenchwoman known locally as "The Mother," Auroville represented a kind of anarchist social experiment, where spirituality and communal living were supposed to override the importance of money.
To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Auroville online journey planner.

You can drive from Thiruvannamalai to Auroville in 2.5 hours. On the 7th (Sun), you're off to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Auroville

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Classes

Pondicherry

— 2 nights

Europe of India

South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
On the 8th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, then kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, then don't miss a visit to Sri Aurobindo Ashram, and finally stop by Ma Pondy Cherie.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Pondicherry trip itinerary app.

Pondicherry is just a short distance from Auroville. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Thanjavur

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.
For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Thanjavur journey planner.

You can drive from Pondicherry to Thanjavur in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Thanjavur are 42°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. You'll set off for Kodaikanal on the 9th (Tue).

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Kodaikanal

— 1 night

Princess of Hill Stations

A cool and relaxing hill station, Kodaikanal has long attracted visitors up to its privileged position in the Western Ghats.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kuzhanthai Velappar Temple and then explore the activities along Kodaikanal Lake.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kodaikanal travel planner.

You can drive from Thanjavur to Kodaikanal in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. While traveling from Thanjavur, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kodaikanal, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Madurai.

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Madurai

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.
On the 10th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Gandhi Memorial Museum and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Madurai journey planner.

You can drive from Kodaikanal to Madurai in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Madurai

Tours · Museums

Rameswaram

— 2 nights
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 11th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi, then contemplate the waterfront views at Agnitheertham, and finally examine the collection at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House.

To see photos and other tourist information, read Rameswaram driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Madurai to Rameswaram takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Tuticorin.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Tuticorin

Tuticorin, also known as Thoothukudi, is a port city and a Municipal Corporation and an industrial city in Thoothukudi district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tuticorin visit planner.

You can drive from Rameswaram to Tuticorin in 4 hours. On the 12th (Fri), you'll travel to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Tuticorin

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Kanyakumari

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.
To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kanyakumari online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Tuticorin to Kanyakumari takes 2.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Kanyakumari can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. You'll set off for Kovalam on the 12th (Fri).

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Kovalam

Famous for the groves of coconut trees from which it takes its name, Kovalam offers a long, white sandy beach on the Arabian Sea.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kovalam Avaduthura Devi Temple and then stroll through Lighthouse Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kovalam online visit planner.

You can drive from Kanyakumari to Kovalam in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. In March, daytime highs in Kovalam are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Varkala Town.

Things to do in Kovalam

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Varkala Town

— 1 night
A calm and quiet town offering long sandy beaches on the Arabian Sea, Varkala features a variety of beach activities.
For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Varkala Town online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Kovalam to Varkala Town in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Varkala Town can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. You'll set off for Alappuzha on the 13th (Sat).

Things to do in Varkala Town

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Alappuzha

— 2 nights

Venice of the East

Affectionately known as Alleppey to locals and tourists alike, Alappuzha acts as a major transport and cultural hub on the Kerala backwaters.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Alappuzha Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jain Temple, Alleppey, and then explore the activities along Alleppey Backwaters. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mararikulam Mahadeva Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Marari Beach, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Alappuzha travel route builder website.

Getting from Varkala Town to Alappuzha by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kumarakom.

Things to do in Alappuzha

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Kumarakom

Kumarakom features one of Kerala's most scenic lakes as the backdrop and serves as a gateway to the area's famous backwaters.
For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kumarakom trip planner.

Traveling by car from Alappuzha to Kumarakom takes an hour. In March in Kumarakom, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. On the 15th (Mon), you're off to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kumarakom

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Kochi (Cochin)

— 1 night

Queen of the Arabian Sea

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): steep yourself in history at St. George Orthodox Koonan Kurish Old Syrian Church, make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue, and finally center your mind and body at Adams Wood House.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kochi (Cochin) day trip website.

You can drive from Kumarakom to Kochi (Cochin) in 1.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Kochi (Cochin) are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Vagamon.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites · Spas

Vagamon

— 1 day
Once used by the British for growing tea plantations, Vagamon remains untouched by commercialization and modern influences.
On the 16th (Tue), take in the awesome beauty at Barren Hills, then don't miss a visit to Vagamon Pine Forest, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Vagamon.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Vagamon trip planning app.

Getting from Kochi (Cochin) to Vagamon by car takes about 3 hours. In March in Vagamon, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Vagamon

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Munnar

— 2 nights

Southern Spice

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 17th (Wed), look for gifts at Tata Tea Outlet, take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens, then take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Gardens, then get great views at Munnar Hill Station, and finally admire the natural beauty at Carmelgiri Botanical Garden.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Munnar driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Vagamon to Munnar takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in March, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Coimbatore.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks · Shopping

Coimbatore

— 1 day

Manchester of India

Known throughout the country as a major industrial city, Coimbatore possesses a welcoming atmosphere and a growing cosmopolitanism.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Adiyogi Shiva and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dhyanalinga.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Coimbatore trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Munnar to Coimbatore in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Coimbatore can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Coimbatore

Historic Sites

Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, admire the natural beauty at Government Botanical Garden, then admire the natural beauty at Government Rose Garden, and finally explore the activities along Ooty Lake.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip tool.

Getting from Coimbatore to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. March in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kalpetta.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Kalpetta

— 1 night
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 20th (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Edakkal Caves and then get engrossed in the history at Wayanad Tea Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kalpetta online travel route planner.

Getting from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Kalpetta by car takes about 3.5 hours. In March in Kalpetta, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Hogenakkal.

Things to do in Kalpetta

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Hogenakkal

— 1 night
For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hogenakkal journey planner.

Traveling by car from Kalpetta to Hogenakkal takes 7 hours. You will leave for Yercaud on the 22nd (Mon).

Things to do in Hogenakkal

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Yercaud

— 3 nights
The hill station of Yercaud sits among a rolling range of forested hills, and thrives in a climate that has benefitted the biodiversity of the landscape, and the productivity of the town's agricultural industry.
Yercaud is known for nature, scenic drive, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable drive along 32-km Loop Road, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Chakra Mahameru Temple, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and get great views at Pagoda Point.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Yercaud sightseeing planning app.

You can drive from Hogenakkal to Yercaud in 3.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Tirumala.

Things to do in Yercaud

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Tirumala

— 1 night
On the 26th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Vekateswara Swamy Temple.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tirumala tour planner.

You can drive from Yercaud to Tirumala in 8 hours. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Chennai.

Things to do in Tirumala

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Chennai

Detroit of South Asia

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Chennai trip app.

You can drive from Tirumala to Chennai in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites · Shopping · Nightlife · Fun & Games

Thanjavur District travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings · Art Museums

Idukki District travel guide

3.9
Gardens · Wildlife Areas · Dams
Idukki is one of the 14 districts of Kerala state, India, created on 26January 1972. At that time, the district headquarters was at Kottayam. In June 1976 it was moved to Painavu. Idukki which lies in the Western Ghats of Kerala. Idukki is the second largest district in area but has the lowest population density. Idukki has a vast forest reserve area; more than a half of the district is covered by forests. The urban areas are densely populated whereas villages are sparsely populated.Idukki is also known as the spice garden of Kerala.EtymologyThe name of the district is derived from the Malayalam word Idukku (ഇടുക്ക്), meaning narrow gorge.GeographyIdukki has an area of 4358km2 and is the second largest District of Kerala . Rugged mountains and forests cover about 97 percent of the total area of the District. The district borders the Kerala districts of Pathanamthitta to the south, Kottayam to the southwest, Ernakulam to the northwest and Thrissur to the north and Coimbatore, Dindigul and Theni Districts in Tamil Nadu to the east. The district is accessible only by road. Rail and airlink is not available. National Highway NH 49 and State highways 13 and 33 passes through the district.

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Wayanad District travel guide

3.5
Caves · Dams · Bodies of Water
Wayanad District tourism sector relies heavily on visitors from the neighboring states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, as well as a growing number of international tourists. Boasting solitary pine forest in Kerala, as well as an abundance of paddy fields and picturesque mountain landscapes, the district is known first and foremost for its scenic nature. A Wayanad District holiday offers you a chance to spot some of the most majestic land animals still thriving in the wild--the region shelters more Asian elephants than any other place in the world.