12 days in South India Itinerary

12 days in South India Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  5 h
1
Bengaluru
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  3 h 15 min
2
Madurai
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Thekkady
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Munnar
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3 h
5
Kovalam
— 1 night
+3
Taxi + Fly + Taxi + Subway:  2 h 45 min
6
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
+2
Subway + Taxi + Fly:  5 h 15 min
End: New Delhi

1
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.
On the 23rd (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Temple Bangalore. Keep things going the next day: engage your brain at Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Lalbagh Botanical Garden, and then stroll around Cubbon Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Bengaluru online attractions planner.

New Delhi to Bengaluru is an approximately 5- hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from New Delhi in May; daily highs in Bengaluru reach 39°C and lows reach 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Madurai.

Things to do in Bengaluru

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
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ISKCON Temple Bangalore ©
ISKCON Temple Bangalore
Lalbagh Botanical Garden ©
Lalbagh Botanical Garden
Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum ©

1
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Koodal Azhagar Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Madurai holiday maker site.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Bengaluru to Madurai in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bengaluru in May, Madurai is a bit warmer at night with lows of 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites
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Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Koodal Azhagar Temple ©
Koodal Azhagar Temple

3
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Thekkady is known for wildlife, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Periyar Lake, take in nature's colorful creations at Abraham's Spice Garden, relax in the rural setting at Spice Walk, and look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Thekkady vacation tool.

You can drive from Madurai to Thekkady in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Rose Gardens, then see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at C.S.I Christ Church, and finally admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sat): see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam, take some stellar pictures from Munnar Hill Station, and then explore the activities along Kundala Dam Lake.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Munnar route planner.

Drive from Thekkady to Munnar in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in May, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Munnar Hill Station ©
Munnar Hill Station

1
night
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 31st (Sun), admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, then examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kovalam Avaduthura Devi Temple, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Kovalam trip itinerary maker website.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Munnar to Kovalam in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In May, daytime highs in Kovalam are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kovalam

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
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Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace ©
Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace

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.
Kochi (Cochin) is known for historic sites, shopping, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, take a stroll through Jew Town, admire the striking features of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Saint Francis.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kochi (Cochin) trip planning site.

Getting from Kovalam to Kochi (Cochin) by combination of taxi, flight, and subway takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. May in Kochi (Cochin) sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 3:
Highlights from your plan
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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