29 days in South India Itinerary

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Fly to Chennai International Airport, Drive to Pondicherry
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Pondicherry
— 3 nights
Fly
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Varkala Town
— 1 night
Train to Thiruvananthapuram Central, Taxi to Kovalam
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Kovalam
— 2 nights
Drive
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Thekkady
— 4 nights
Drive
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Munnar
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kochi (Cochin)
— 4 nights
Fly
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Bengaluru
— 3 nights
Bus
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Mysuru (Mysore)
— 2 nights
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Fly to Goa, Taxi to Madgaon, Train to Gokarna
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Gokarna
— 2 nights
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Train to Madgaon, Taxi to Goa, Fly to Hyderabad
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Hyderabad
— 3 nights
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Pondicherry — 3 nights

Europe of India

South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
Attractions like Paradise Beach and Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: take in the waterfront activity at Seaside Promenade, take in the spiritual surroundings of Panchavati Anjaneya, look for gifts at Senteurs-Fleurs en Flacon, and don't miss a visit to Sri Aurobindo Ashram.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Pondicherry trip builder site.

Cincinnati, USA to Pondicherry is an approximately 30-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 10.5 hours traveling from Cincinnati to Pondicherry due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Varkala Town.
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Varkala Town — 1 night

A calm and quiet town offering long sandy beaches on the Arabian Sea, Varkala features a variety of beach activities.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): revel in the low prices at Asparagus, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Varkala Beach, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Varkala Town vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Pondicherry to Varkala Town takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December in Varkala Town, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kovalam.
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Kovalam — 2 nights

Famous for the groves of coconut trees from which it takes its name, Kovalam offers a long, white sandy beach on the Arabian Sea.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Hawa Beach, kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lighthouse Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Tue): examine the collection at Napier Museum, see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kovalam online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Varkala Town to Kovalam takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Thekkady.
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Thekkady — 4 nights

Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Attractions like Periyar Tiger Reserve and Green Park Spices Thekkady make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, stroll through Elephant Junction, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mangala Devi Temple, and look for gifts at Green Land Spice Garden.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Thekkady holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Kovalam to Thekkady in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Munnar.
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Munnar — 2 nights

Southern Spice

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 25th (Sun): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then examine the collection at Tea Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Rose Gardens, see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Munnar trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Thekkady to Munnar in 3 hours. December in Munnar sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kochi (Cochin).
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Kochi (Cochin) — 4 nights

Queen of the Arabian Sea

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Marari Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. When in Kochi (Cochin), make a side trip to see Alappuzha Beach in Alappuzha, approximately Alappuzha away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, take a stroll through Jew Town, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue, and buy something for everyone on your list at LuLu Mall.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kochi (Cochin) day trip planning site.

You can drive from Munnar to Kochi (Cochin) in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in December, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Bengaluru.
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Bengaluru — 3 nights

Silicon Valley of India

Flourishing development and a bustling IT industry transformed Bangalore into a vibrant metropolis, but the city preserves its numerous historic and cultural sights.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Wonderla Amusement Park and Lalbagh Botanical Garden. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Temple Bangalore, shop like a local with UB City, engage your brain at Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, and walk around Cubbon Park.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Bengaluru travel route builder app.

You can fly from Kochi (Cochin) to Bengaluru in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kochi (Cochin) in December, things will get little chillier in Bengaluru: highs are around 81°F and lows about 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Mysuru (Mysore).
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Mysuru (Mysore) — 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Karnataka

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.
On the 3rd (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Chamundeshwari Temple and then admire the local landmark of Brindavan Garden. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Mysuru Palace and then get to know the resident critters at Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Mysuru (Mysore) attractions planner.

Traveling by bus from Bengaluru to Mysuru (Mysore) takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Mysuru (Mysore) can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Gokarna.
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Gokarna — 2 nights

The small temple town of Gokarna has changed drastically in recent years.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Om Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Half Moon Beach. On the next day, stroll through Kudle Beach and then kick back and relax at Paradise Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Gokarna attractions planning app.

Traveling by combination of flight, taxi, and train from Mysuru (Mysore) to Gokarna takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hyderabad.
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Hyderabad — 3 nights

City of Pearls

Teeming with history and heritage, Hyderabad draws visitors from all over the world with its old Indo-Islamic buildings, forts, and museums.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Ramoji Film City and Birla Mandir. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Salar Jung Museum, step into the grandiose world of Golconda Fort, hunt for treasures at Laad Bazaar, and admire the striking features of Chowmahalla Palace.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hyderabad travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of train, taxi, and flight from Gokarna to Hyderabad takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In January in Hyderabad, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping · Museums
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