32 days in South India Itinerary

32 days in South India Itinerary

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32 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Durham
Fly:  28 h
1
Bengaluru
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Mysuru (Mysore)
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 45 min
4
Kochi (Cochin)
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Munnar
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Thekkady
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
7
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 5 nights
Fly:  28 h
End: Durham

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.
Attractions like Wonderla Amusement Park and Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Lalbagh Botanical Garden, identify plant and animal life at Bannerghatta National Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Temple Bangalore, and stroll through Cubbon Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Bengaluru trip itinerary maker.

Durham, USA to Bengaluru is an approximately 28-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Durham to Bengaluru due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Durham in May; daily highs in Bengaluru reach 92°F and lows reach 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Mysuru (Mysore).

Things to do in Bengaluru

Parks Theme Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Lalbagh Botanical Garden ©
Lalbagh Botanical Garden
Wonderla Amusement Park ©
Wonderla Amusement Park
Bannerghatta National Park ©
Bannerghatta National Park

4
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.
Bring the kids along to Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens and Karanji Lake. Step out of Mysuru (Mysore) to go to Srirangapatna and see Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Mysore Maharajah's Palace (Amba Vilas), ponder the design of Brindavan Garden, appreciate the history behind Chamundi Hill Bull Statue, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Chamundeshwari Temple.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Mysuru (Mysore) custom trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bengaluru to Mysuru (Mysore) takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ooty.

Things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife

Side Trips

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Adiranga, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Mysuru Palace ©
Mysuru Palace
Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens ©
Brindavan Garden ©
Brindavan Garden

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 9th (Tue), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Doddabetta Peak, indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour, and then admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Pykara Lake, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Upper Bhavani Lake.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Ooty itinerary maker.

You can drive from Mysuru (Mysore) to Ooty in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. On the 11th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Government Botanical Garden
Highlights from your plan
Government Botanical Garden ©
Government Botanical Garden
Pykara Lake ©
Pykara Lake
Doddabetta Peak ©
Doddabetta Peak

6
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Marari Beach and Wonderla Amusement Park. Change things up with a short trip to Mararikulam Beach in Mararikulam (about 1h 15 min away). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, admire the striking features of Mattancherry Palace, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kuzhupilly Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) vacation builder.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Ooty to Kochi (Cochin) in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May in Kochi (Cochin), expect temperatures between 92°F during the day and 77°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Mararikulam
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Wonderla Amusement Park ©
Wonderla Amusement Park

6
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.
Family-friendly places like Rose Garden and Fun Forest Adventure Park will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Munnar: Chinnakanal Waterfalls (in Chinnakanal), Lakkam Waterfalls (in Marayur) and Meesapulimala (in Idukki). Spend the 20th (Sat) exploring nature at Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park. And it doesn't end there: admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam, take in nature's colorful creations at Photo Point, take some stellar pictures from Top Station, and have some family-friendly fun at RockHill Adventure Park.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Munnar holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kochi (Cochin) to Munnar takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May in Munnar, expect temperatures between 92°F during the day and 77°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Lakkam Waterfalls, Meesapulimala
Highlights from your plan
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Chinnakanel Water Falls ©
Chinnakanel Water Falls
Fun Forest ©
Fun Forest

3
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Periyar Tiger Reserve and Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Spend the 25th (Thu) exploring nature at Periyar National Park. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, admire all the interesting features of Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mangala Devi Temple, and take a peaceful walk through Gavi Forest.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Thekkady itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Munnar to Thekkady takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

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 ©

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.
Bring the kids along to Kovalam Beach and Varkala Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): Lighthouse Beach (in Kovalam) and Varkala (The Art of India & Papasnanam Beach). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, make a trip to Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, tee off at The Trivandrum Golf Club, and step off the mainland to explore Poovar Island.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Thekkady to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. May in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 79°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

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

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