8 days in South India Itinerary

8 days in South India Itinerary

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8 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Jaipur
Fly:  3​h 15​min
1
Bengaluru
— Few hours
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Mysuru (Mysore)
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Munnar
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
5
Kovalam
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
Madurai
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Jaipur

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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 25th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Temple Bangalore, then admire the landmark architecture of Vidhana Soudha and Attara Kacheri, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Lalbagh Botanical Garden.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bengaluru journey maker site .

Jaipur to Bengaluru is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Jaipur in June, expect Bengaluru to be slightly colder, temps between 35°C and 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Mysuru (Mysore).

Things to do in Bengaluru

#Historic Sites, #Parks
Find places to stay Jun 25 — 26:
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Lalbagh Botanical Garden ©
Lalbagh Botanical Garden
ISKCON Temple Bangalore ©
ISKCON Temple Bangalore
Vidhana Soudha and Attara Kacheri ©
Vidhana Soudha and Attara Kacheri

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): admire the local landmark of Brindavan Garden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Chamundeshwari Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Mysore Maharajah's Palace (Amba Vilas).

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Mysuru (Mysore) vacation builder app .

You can take a train from Bengaluru to Mysuru (Mysore) in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Bengaluru, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Mysuru (Mysore), ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

#Historic Sites, #Parks
Find places to stay Jun 25 — 26:
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Brindavan Garden ©
Brindavan Garden
Sri Chamundeshwari Temple ©
Sri Chamundeshwari Temple

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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.
On the 27th (Wed), admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam, see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at C.S.I Christ Church, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Munnar road trip planning app .

You can drive from Mysuru (Mysore) to Munnar in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Mysuru (Mysore) in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Munnar: highs are around 35°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Munnar

#Parks, #Museums, #Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 26 — 27:
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Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Tea Museum ©
Tea Museum

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): find something for the whole family at Wonderla Amusement Park, then don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kochi (Cochin) road trip site .

Traveling by car from Munnar to Kochi (Cochin) takes 2.5 hours. In June in Kochi (Cochin), expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

#Theme Parks, #Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 27 — 28:
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Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets

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Kovalam

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): make a trip to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Kovalam trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kochi (Cochin) to Kovalam in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. June in Kovalam sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Kovalam

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Find places to stay Jun 28 — 29:
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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

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Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari ©
Located at the most southerly point of mainland India, Kanyakumari has long attracted pilgrims and those keen to see the end of the road.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): kick back and relax at Kanyakumari Beach, appreciate the history behind Thiruvalluvar Statue, and then don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanyakumari trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Kovalam to Kanyakumari in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, daytime highs in Kanyakumari are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Jun 29 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Kanyakumari Beach ©
Kanyakumari Beach
Vivekananda Rock Memorial ©
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Thiruvalluvar Statue ©
Thiruvalluvar Statue

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Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ramanathaswamy Temple, take in the views from Pamban bridge, then take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Rameswaram trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Kanyakumari to Rameswaram by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Madurai.

Things to do in Rameswaram

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 1:
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Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach
Ramanathaswamy Temple ©
Ramanathaswamy Temple
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge ©
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge

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Madurai

Madurai ©
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 2nd (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Meenakshi Temple.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Madurai holiday app .

Getting from Rameswaram to Madurai by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Madurai

#Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 2:
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Sri Meenakshi Temple ©
Sri Meenakshi Temple

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