28 days in South India Itinerary

28 days in South India Itinerary

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Hyderabad
— 1 night
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Hampi
— 2 nights
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Tirupati
— 2 nights
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Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
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Kumbakonam
— 2 nights
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Thanjavur
— 2 nights
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Tiruchirappalli
— 2 nights
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Madurai
— 2 nights
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Munnar
— 1 night
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Thekkady
— 2 nights
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Kovalam
— 2 nights
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Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
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Mysuru (Mysore)
— 2 nights
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Bengaluru
— 2 nights
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Hyderabad

— 1 night

City of Pearls

Teeming with history and heritage, Hyderabad draws visitors from all over the world with its old Indo-Islamic buildings, forts, and museums.
On the 1st (Mon), appreciate the history behind Charminar, explore the world behind art at Salar Jung Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Birla Mandir, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Shrine of Our Lady of Health. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Puri Jagannath Temple, steep yourself in history at Golconda Fort, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Toli Masjid, then admire the striking features of Chowmahalla Palace, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of keesaragutta Temple.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hyderabad driving holiday site.

Vijayawada to Hyderabad is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. In February in Hyderabad, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hampi.

Things to do in Hyderabad

Historic Sites · Museums

Hampi

— 2 nights
The temple town of Hampi sits on the site where one of the richest and biggest cities on the planet once stood, with the ruins of the old city protected as a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hazara Rama Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Royal Enclosure, explore the striking landscape at Matanga Hill, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Achyutaraya Temple, and finally delve into the distant past at Group of Monuments at Hampi. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodanda Rama Temple, admire the striking features of Elephant Stables, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ganagitti Jain Temple, then contemplate the long history of Vitthala Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Purandaradasa Mantapa.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hampi trip planner.

Drive from Hyderabad to Hampi in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Hyderabad in February: highs in Hampi hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tirupati.

Things to do in Hampi

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Tirupati

— 2 nights
Being a major pilgrimage spot at the foot of the Seshachalam hills, Tirupati tourism revolves around Hindu temples and vast nature reserves.
On the 5th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Bedi Anjaneyaswami Temple, steep yourself in history at Sri Venkateswara Swamy Vaari Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Varahaswami Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Vekateswara Swamy Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sitamma Theertham. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Suryanarayana Swamy Vari Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple, contemplate the long history of Srinivasa Mangapuram Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple, then explore the activities along Vaikuntha Teertham, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Govindarajaswami Temple.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tirupati itinerary planner.

Fly from Hampi to Tirupati in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Tirupati

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Mahabalipuram

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shore Temple, then get to know the resident critters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, and finally don't miss a visit to Pancha Rathas. On the next day, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vedagiriswarar Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Kandaswamy Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Thiruporur Murugan Temple, and finally examine the collection at DakshinaChitra Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Mahabalipuram itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tirupati to Mahabalipuram in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In February in Mahabalipuram, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Kumbakonam.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Kumbakonam

— 2 nights
A notable temple town, Kumbakonam harbors a wealth of Hindu buildings dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ramaswamy Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kampaheswarar Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Airavatesvara Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Patteeswaram Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Swaminatha Swami Temple, Swamimalai. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Uppiliappan Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarangapani Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Adi Kumbeswarar Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahapratyangira Devi Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dhenupureeswarar Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Arulmigu Naganathaswamy Temple Thirunageswaram.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kumbakonam trip builder.

You can drive from Mahabalipuram to Kumbakonam in 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Kumbakonam

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Thanjavur

— 2 nights

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 11th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bangaru Kamakshi Temple, admire the striking features of Brihadeeswara Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mercury Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thiruvalanchuzhi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ramaswamy Temple. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Swami Malai Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Ramalingaswami Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Garbarakshambigai Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Guru Baghawan Temple, and finally admire the masterpieces at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Thanjavur driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Kumbakonam to Thanjavur in 1.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Thanjavur can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tiruchirappalli.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Tiruchirappalli

— 2 nights

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 13th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Rangam Ranga Nathar Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, then contemplate the long history of Jambukeswarar Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gunaseelam Vishnu Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Rock Fort Temple, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tiruchirapalli Rock Fort, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph's Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Ranganatha Swamy temple.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Tiruchirappalli trip tool.

Getting from Thanjavur to Tiruchirappalli by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Madurai.

Things to do in Tiruchirappalli

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Madurai

— 2 nights

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 15th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Immaiyil Nanmai Tharuvar Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Pazhamudhir Solai, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ramana Mandiram, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoga Narasimhar Temple, then examine the collection at Gandhi Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koodal Azhagar Temple.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Madurai trip planner.

Getting from Tiruchirappalli to Madurai by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. Traveling from Tiruchirappalli in February, expect nights in Madurai to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Munnar

— 1 night

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), get great views at Munnar Hill Station, admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam, admire the natural beauty at Rose Gardens, then see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Munnar online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Madurai to Munnar takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. When traveling from Madurai in February, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Munnar: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks · Museums

Thekkady

— 2 nights
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mangladevi Temple, contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, then look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, then see the interesting displays at The Periyar Interpretation Centre, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Ayur Sparsh. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of Lourde's Roman Catholic Latin Church, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Junction, examine the collection at Angadipetty -Kerala Ayurveda Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, and finally admire the natural beauty at Abraham's Spice Garden.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Thekkady travel planning app.

Getting from Munnar to Thekkady by car takes about 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Kovalam.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

Kovalam

— 2 nights
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 20th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Adimalathura Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kovalam Avaduthura Devi Temple, kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Samudra Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Ananthankadu Nagaraja Temple, admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, see the interesting displays at Sunil's Wax Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple, then examine the collection at Napier Museum, and finally examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kovalam day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Thekkady to Kovalam in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and taxi. February in Kovalam sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kovalam

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Kochi (Cochin)

— 3 nights

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Paradesi Synagogue and Church of Saint Francis. Get some historical perspective at Mattancherry Palace and Shiva Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kochi (Cochin): Mararikulam (Marari Beach & Mararikulam Mahadeva Temple). There's much more to do: make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, deepen your understanding at Kerala Kathakali Centre, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Antony's Shrine.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kochi (Cochin) day trip app.

You can fly from Kovalam to Kochi (Cochin) in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mysuru (Mysore).

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trip

Mysuru (Mysore)

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Keshava Temple, then steep yourself in history at Somnathpura Temple, then meet the residents at Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, and finally step into the grandiose world of Mysuru Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Nandi Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Chamundeshwari Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Datta Venkateshwara Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Namdroling Monastery.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Mysuru (Mysore) journey planner.

Fly from Kochi (Cochin) to Mysuru (Mysore) in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kochi (Cochin) in February: high temperatures in Mysuru (Mysore) hover around 32°C and lows are around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Bengaluru.

Things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Bengaluru

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Panchamukhi Ganesha Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Kanyakaparameshwari Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Govardhana Kshetra, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ragigudda Sri Prasanna Anjaneyaswamy Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dharmaraya Swamy Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Bangalore Palace. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kadu Malleshwara Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Temple Bangalore, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Mahaganapathi Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple, then admire the natural beauty at Lalbagh Botanical Garden, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Dodda Ganapathi Temple.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Bengaluru trip planner.

Getting from Mysuru (Mysore) to Bengaluru by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. When traveling from Mysuru (Mysore) in February, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Bengaluru: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bengaluru

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks