8 days in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu & Kerala Itinerary

8 days in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu & Kerala Itinerary

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8 days in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu & Kerala Itinerary

Start: Guwahati
+4
taxi + Fly + bus + foot + train:  8​h 30​min
1
Mysuru (Mysore)
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
4
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  2​h
5
Bengaluru
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h
End: Guwahati

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day
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 24th (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas) and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Mysuru (Mysore) day trip planner.

Guwahati to Mysuru (Mysore) is an approximately 9-hour combination of taxi, flight, bus, and train. You can also do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Mysuru (Mysore) when traveling from Guwahati in January, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites
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Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas) ©
Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas)
Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens ©

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip itinerary maker app .

Drive from Mysuru (Mysore) to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks
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Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens

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.
On the 26th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Little Flower Church, admire the landmark architecture of Mattancherry Palace, take a stroll through Jew Town, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue, and finally don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: deepen your understanding at Kerala Kathakali Centre, admire the landmark architecture of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then admire the masterpieces at Kerala Folklore Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Saint Francis.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kochi (Cochin) trip planner .

Drive from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Kochi (Cochin) in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January, Kochi (Cochin) is a bit warmer than Ooty (Udhagamandalam) - with highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Spas Neighborhoods
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Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Mattancherry Palace ©
Mattancherry Palace

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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lighthouse Beach. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Napier Museum, see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, and then step off the mainland to explore Poovar Island.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) road trip planning app .

You can fly from Kochi (Cochin) to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bengaluru.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Kovalam
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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Temple Bangalore, then wander the streets of Malleswaram, then admire the natural beauty at Lalbagh Botanical Garden, and finally shop like a local with UB City. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Wonderla Amusement Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bengaluru trip planning website .

Getting from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Bengaluru by combination of flight and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in January: high temperatures in Bengaluru hover around 32°C and lows are around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bengaluru

Theme Parks Shopping Historic Sites
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Lalbagh Botanical Garden ©
Lalbagh Botanical Garden
ISKCON Temple Bangalore ©
ISKCON Temple Bangalore
Wonderla Amusement Park ©
Wonderla Amusement Park

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