28 days in South India Itinerary

28 days in South India Itinerary

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28 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Siem Reap
+3
Fly + Bus + Foot + Train:  12 h 30 min
1
Mysuru (Mysore)
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Bengaluru
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  3 h 45 min
3
Thekkady
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Munnar
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Kochi (Cochin)
— 5 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
6
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Train:  2 h
7
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
8
Hyderabad
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h
End: Siem Reap

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.
On the 15th (Wed), admire the local landmark of Brindavan Garden, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Philomena Church, then pause for some photo ops at Chamundi Hill Bull Statue, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Chamundeshwari Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Mysore Maharajah's Palace (Amba Vilas), contemplate the waterfront views at Karanji Lake, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Mysuru (Mysore) holiday planner.

Siem Reap, Cambodia to Mysuru (Mysore) is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Indochina Time (ICT) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bengaluru.

Things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

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

3
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.
Bengaluru is known for historic sites, parks, sightseeing, theme parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Lalbagh Botanical Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Temple Bangalore, get a taste of the local shopping with UB City, and find something for the whole family at Wonderla Amusement Park.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Bengaluru travel planner.

Getting from Mysuru (Mysore) to Bengaluru by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. March in Bengaluru sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Thekkady.

Things to do in Bengaluru

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

4
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Spend the 22nd (Wed) exploring nature at Periyar National Park. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, take a peaceful walk through Gavi Forest, admire the natural beauty at Abraham's Spice Garden, and admire all the interesting features of Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Thekkady travel planner.

Getting from Bengaluru to Thekkady by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Munnar.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake
Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation ©

4
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Chinnakanal Waterfalls in Chinnakanal (about 44 minutes away). Spend the 27th (Mon) exploring nature at Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park. Next up on the itinerary: see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam, explore the activities along Kundala Dam Lake, make a trip to Kolukkumalai Tea Estate, and get your game on at RockHill Adventure Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Munnar travel planner.

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Munnar takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daily temperatures in Munnar can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trip

Kolukkumalai Tea Estate
Highlights from your plan
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Tea Museum ©
Tea Museum

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Marari Beach (in Alappuzha) and Mararikulam Beach (in Mararikulam). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, find something for the whole family at Wonderla Amusement Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue, and admire the landmark architecture of Santa Cruz Basilica.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Munnar to Kochi (Cochin) takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March in Kochi (Cochin), expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

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

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): Varkala (Papasnanam Beach & Varkala Beach) and Kovalam (Kovalam Beach, Lighthouse Beach, & more). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, visit a coastal fixture at Varkala Light House, head off the coast to Poovar Island, and make a trip to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip itinerary builder.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Kochi (Cochin) to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): make a trip to Pancha Rathas, contemplate the long history of Descent Of The Ganges, then make a trip to Arjuna's Penance, and finally explore the ancient world of Sea Shore Temple. On the next day, delve into the distant past at Krishna Mandapam, explore the ancient world of Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Varaha Cave Temple, then don't miss a visit to Krishna's Butter Ball, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Madras Crocodile Bank.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Mahabalipuram holiday planner.

Getting from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Mahabalipuram by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in April: highs in Mahabalipuram hover around 41°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hyderabad.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Pancha Rathas ©
Pancha Rathas
Arjuna's Penance ©
Arjuna's Penance

2
nights
Hyderabad

Hyderabad ©
Teeming with history and heritage, Hyderabad draws visitors from all over the world with its old Indo-Islamic buildings, forts, and museums.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): examine the collection at Salar Jung Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Golkonda Fort, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Birla Mandir. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Ramoji Film City.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hyderabad trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Mahabalipuram to Hyderabad in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Hyderabad are 44°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hyderabad

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Ramoji Film City ©
Ramoji Film City
Birla Mandir ©
Birla Mandir
Salar Jung Museum ©
Salar Jung Museum

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