8 days in South India Itinerary

8 days in South India Itinerary

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8 days in South India Itinerary

Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly:  3​h
Bengaluru
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 30​min
Munnar
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Alappuzha
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Kovalam
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
Kolkata (Calcutta)

1
day
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 2nd (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Temple Bangalore, take a stroll through Malleswaram, then take in nature's colorful creations at Lalbagh Botanical Garden, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with UB City.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Bengaluru sightseeing planner.

Kolkata (Calcutta) to Bengaluru is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In June in Bengaluru, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Munnar.

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ISKCON Temple Bangalore
Malleswaram
Lalbagh Botanical Garden

1
day
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 3rd (Sat): examine the collection at Tea Museum, admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens, and then admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Munnar itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Bengaluru to Munnar in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Bengaluru, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Munnar, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Alappuzha.

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Mattupetty Dam
Tea Gardens
Tea Museum

2
days
Alappuzha

Affectionately known as Alleppey to locals and tourists alike, Alappuzha acts as a major transport and cultural hub on the Kerala backwaters.
On the 4th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Revi Karunakaran Museum, kick back and relax at Marari Beach, and then kick back and relax at Mararikulam Beach. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Vijay Beach Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Alappuzha Beach.

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You can drive from Munnar to Alappuzha in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, daytime highs in Alappuzha are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Kovalam.

Things to do in Alappuzha

Parks Beaches Outdoors

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Mararikulam
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Marari Beach
Alappuzha Beach
Vijay Beach Park

4
days
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Kovalam Beach and Lighthouse Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kovalam: Varkala (Papasnanam Beach & Varkala Beach). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Hawa Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Samudra Beach, see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, and admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple.

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Traveling by car from Alappuzha to Kovalam takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Kovalam, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kovalam

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Varkala, Chowara Beach
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Kovalam Beach
Varkala Beach
Lighthouse Beach

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