9 days in South India Itinerary

9 days in South India Itinerary

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9 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Bengaluru
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Mysuru (Mysore)
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Madikeri
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Kodaikanal
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Madurai
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 45​min
7
Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
8
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
9
Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Mumbai

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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 26th (Sun), boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Subramanya Swamy Devasthanam.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Bengaluru online trip planner .

Mumbai to Bengaluru is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. While traveling from Mumbai, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Bengaluru, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Mysuru (Mysore).

Things to do in Bengaluru

Spas Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Thermal Spas
Sri Subramanya Swamy Devasthanam ©
Sri Subramanya Swamy Devasthanam

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the spiritual surroundings of Himada Gopalswamy Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Nandi Temple, and finally explore the activities along Karanji Lake.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Mysuru (Mysore) road trip planner.

You can drive from Bengaluru to Mysuru (Mysore) in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Mysuru (Mysore) sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Madikeri.

Things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Himada Gopalswamy Temple ©
Himada Gopalswamy Temple
Sri Nandi Temple ©
Sri Nandi Temple
Karanji Lake ©
Karanji Lake

1
night
Madikeri

Madikeri ©
Madikeri is a hill station town in Karnataka state, India. Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): get outside with Kote Abbey waterfalls, play a few rounds at Mercara Downs Golf Club, and then identify plant and animal life at Nagarhole National Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Madikeri attractions website .

Getting from Mysuru (Mysore) to Madikeri by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Madikeri

Outdoors Golf Wildlife

Side Trip

Nagarhole National Park
Highlights from your plan
Kote Abbey waterfalls ©
Kote Abbey waterfalls
Nagarhole National Park ©
Nagarhole National Park
Mercara Downs Golf Club ©
Mercara Downs Golf Club

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): examine the collection at M&N Chocolate Museum, play a few rounds at Ootacamund Gymkhana Golf Club, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Church, then see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Elk Hill Murugan Temple.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Ooty (Udhagamandalam) tour itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Madikeri to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Historic Sites Outdoors Golf
Highlights from your plan
St. Stephen's Church
St. Stephen's Church
Tea Museum ©
Tea Museum
M&N Chocolate Museum ©
M&N Chocolate Museum

1
night
Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal ©
A cool and relaxing hill station, Kodaikanal has long attracted visitors up to its privileged position in the Western Ghats.
On the 30th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Subrahmanya Temple (Kartikeya Temple), then take in the awesome beauty at Palani, then take in the dramatic natural features at Dolphin's Nose, and finally delve into the distant past at Dolmen Circle.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kodaikanal visit planning site .

Drive from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Kodaikanal in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in January, with highs in Kodaikanal at 34°C and lows at 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Madurai.

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Palani
Highlights from your plan
Palani ©
Palani
Dolphin's Nose ©
Dolphin's Nose
Dolmen Circle ©
Dolmen Circle

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night
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 31st (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Inmaiyil Nanmai Tharuvar Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple, then take in the dramatic natural features at Samanar Hills, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoga Narasimhar Temple.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Madurai trip itinerary maker app .

Drive from Kodaikanal to Madurai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple
Highlights from your plan
Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple ©
Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple
Inmaiyil Nanmai Tharuvar Temple ©
Inmaiyil Nanmai Tharuvar Temple
Samanar Hills ©
Samanar Hills

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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 (Sat): make a trip to Burial Place of APJ Abdul Kalam, stroll the grounds of Kalam National Memorial, then look for all kinds of wild species at Water Bird Sanctuary, then see the interesting displays at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Rameswaram trip planner.

You can take a train from Madurai to Rameswaram in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Water Bird Sanctuary ©
Water Bird Sanctuary
Kalam National Memorial ©
Kalam National Memorial

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at St Xavier Church, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kaalikesam Waterfalls, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jain Temple Kanyakumari, and finally delve into the distant past at Chitharal Hill Temple.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kanyakumari trip planning website .

Getting from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Chitharal Hill Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kaalikesam Waterfalls ©
Kaalikesam Waterfalls
Chitharal Hill Temple ©
Chitharal Hill Temple
Jain Temple Kanyakumari ©
Jain Temple Kanyakumari

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night
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 3rd (Mon), make a trip to Kadamattom Chruch, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Antony's Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Edappally Church Complex, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Shiva Temple.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Kanyakumari to Kochi (Cochin) in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February in Kochi (Cochin), expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Edappally Church Complex ©
Edappally Church Complex
Shiva Temple ©
Shiva Temple
St. Antony's Shrine ©
St. Antony's Shrine

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