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

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Bengaluru road trip site .

Jaipur to Bengaluru is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Jaipur in June, things will get little chillier in Bengaluru: highs are around 35°C and lows about 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): ponder the design of Brindavan Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Chamundeshwari Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Mysore Maharajah's Palace (Amba Vilas).

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Mysuru (Mysore) trip planner .

You can take a train from Bengaluru to Mysuru (Mysore) in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Bengaluru in June, plan for slightly colder days in Mysuru (Mysore), with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 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:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam, examine the collection at Tea Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at C.S.I Christ Church, and finally admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Munnar sightseeing website .

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. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Mysuru (Mysore) in June; daily highs in Munnar reach 35°C and lows reach 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, don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kochi (Cochin) attractions planner.

You can drive from Munnar to Kochi (Cochin) in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in June, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to 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.
On the 29th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, then admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, then kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kovalam trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kochi (Cochin) to Kovalam takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In June, daily temperatures in Kovalam can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Kovalam

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks

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): enjoy the sand and surf at Kanyakumari Beach, appreciate the history behind Thiruvalluvar Statue, and then don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Kanyakumari day trip tool .

Getting from Kovalam to Kanyakumari by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can go by car to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ramanathaswamy Temple, then snap pictures at Pamban bridge, then snap pictures at Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Rameswaram trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Kanyakumari to Rameswaram in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Madurai.

Things to do in Rameswaram

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks
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), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Meenakshi Temple.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Madurai planner .

Drive from Rameswaram to Madurai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In July in Madurai, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time for 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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