14 days in South India Itinerary

14 days in South India Itinerary

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14 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
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Bengaluru
— 1 day
Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Chennai
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Pondicherry
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Tiruchirappalli
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
6
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
bus + train:  1​h 45​min
7
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
8
Kochi (Cochin)
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Munnar
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
10
Kodaikanal
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  5​h
End: Bengaluru

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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 16th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Temple Bangalore, get a taste of the local shopping with UB City, and then admire the natural beauty at Lalbagh Botanical Garden.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Bengaluru itinerary builder.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Bengaluru. In December, daily temperatures in Bengaluru can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Chennai (Madras).

Things to do in Bengaluru

Shopping Parks Historic Sites
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ISKCON Temple Bangalore ©
ISKCON Temple Bangalore
UB City ©
UB City
Lalbagh Botanical Garden ©
Lalbagh Botanical Garden

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night
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): buy something for everyone on your list at Express Avenue Mall and then enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Chennai (Madras) trip generator.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Bengaluru to Chennai (Madras) in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Bengaluru in December since evenings lows in Chennai (Madras) dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Chennai

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach
Express Avenue Mall ©
Express Avenue Mall

1
night
Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Pondicherry travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Chennai (Madras) to Pondicherry in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tiruchirappalli.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple ©
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple

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Tiruchirappalli

Tiruchirappalli ©
Located in the center of the state, the ancient city of Tiruchirappalli--or Trichy/Tiruchi as it is more commonly known--remains rich in Tamil culture.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Fort Temple and then don't miss a visit to Erunbeeswarer Temple.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tiruchirappalli trip builder.

Drive from Pondicherry to Tiruchirappalli in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Tiruchirappalli

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Rock Fort Temple ©
Rock Fort Temple
Erunbeeswarer Temple ©
Erunbeeswarer Temple

1
night
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Rameswaram vacation planner.

Drive from Tiruchirappalli to Rameswaram in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi 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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, don't miss a visit to Thiruvalluvar Statue, and then stroll through Kanyakumari Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kanyakumari trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kanyakumari can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Kanyakumari Beach ©
Kanyakumari Beach
Vivekananda Rock Memorial ©
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Thiruvalluvar Statue ©
Thiruvalluvar Statue

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Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) ©
Situated among a collection of low hills that lead up to the coastline, state capital Thiruvananthapuram acts as a base for exploration of the southern tip of the country.
Head to The Art of India and Keralashopeefor plenty of shopping. Museum-lovers will get to explore Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace and Shri Chitra Art Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): Varkala Beach (in Varkala) and Kovalam (Lighthouse Beach & Kovalam Beach). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, see the interesting displays at Napier Museum, and look for gifts at Ramachandran Textiles.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) online itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Kanyakumari to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Varkala Town, Kovalam
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Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach

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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.
Kashi Art Gallery and Kerala Folklore Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Relax by the water at Marari Beach and Cherai Beach. There's lots more to do: browse the different shops at LuLu Mall, look for gifts at Waltons Boutique, admire all the interesting features of Kerala Kathakali Centre, and pause for some serene contemplation at Vallarpadam Church.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) vacation builder.

Getting from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Kochi (Cochin) by combination of flight and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kochi (Cochin) can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Munnar.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Marari Beach
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Kashi Art Gallery ©
Kashi Art Gallery
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach

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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.
To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Munnar trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Munnar in 2.5 hours. In December in Munnar, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Munnar

Museums
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Tea Museum ©
Tea Museum

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Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal ©
A cool and relaxing hill station, Kodaikanal has long attracted visitors up to its privileged position in the Western Ghats.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): delve into the lush surroundings at Pine Forest, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kodaikanal Lake, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Berijam Lake.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kodaikanal trip builder.

Getting from Munnar to Kodaikanal by car takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Parks Nature
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Kodaikanal Lake ©
Kodaikanal Lake
Pine Forest ©
Pine Forest
Berijam Lake ©
Berijam Lake

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