34 days in South India Itinerary

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Fly
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Hyderabad
— 3 nights
Fly
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Bengaluru
— 4 nights
Bus
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Mysuru (Mysore)
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Munnar
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Kochi (Cochin)
— 4 nights
Fly
6
Varkala Town
— 1 night
Train to Thiruvananthapuram Central, Taxi to Kovalam
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Kovalam
— 1 night
Drive
8
Thekkady
— 4 nights
Drive
9
Madurai
— 1 night
Fly
10
Pondicherry
— 3 nights
Drive
11
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
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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.
Pack the 18th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Ramoji Film City. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Birla Mandir, admire the masterpieces at Salar Jung Museum, appreciate the history behind Charminar, and step into the grandiose world of Golconda Fort.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hyderabad online trip maker.

Cincinnati, USA to Hyderabad is an approximately 25-hour flight. Traveling from Cincinnati to Hyderabad, you'll lose 10.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Cincinnati in December, with highs in Hyderabad at 86°F and lows at 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Bengaluru.
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Bengaluru — 4 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Bannerghatta National Park and Skydiving. The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Wonderla Amusement Park, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, admire the striking features of Bull Temple, and take in nature's colorful creations at Lalbagh Botanical Garden.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Bengaluru trip planner.

Getting from Hyderabad to Bengaluru by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Hyderabad in December, expect nights in Bengaluru to be about the same, around 62°F, while days are slightly colder, around 81°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Mysuru (Mysore).
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Mysuru (Mysore) — 4 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.
Step out of Mysuru (Mysore) to go to Krishnarajasagara and see Brindavan Garden, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Mysuru Palace, see the interesting displays at R K Narayan House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Chamundeshwari Temple, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Mysuru (Mysore) trip itinerary planning site.

You can take a bus from Bengaluru to Mysuru (Mysore) in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Munnar.
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Munnar — 4 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Climbing Tours and Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park. There's much more to do: admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam, admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens, contemplate the waterfront views at Kundala Dam Lake, and examine the collection at Tea Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Munnar vacation site.

Traveling by car from Mysuru (Mysore) to Munnar takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Mysuru (Mysore) in December, expect Munnar to be somewhat warmer, temps between 90°F and 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Marari Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Step out of Kochi (Cochin) to go to Alappuzha and see Alappuzha Beach, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, take a stroll through Jew Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue, and admire the striking features of Jeevamatha Church.

Plan my day in Kochi (Cochin) using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Munnar to Kochi (Cochin) by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kochi (Cochin) can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) 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 4th (Wed): revel in the low prices at Asparagus, then kick back and relax at Varkala Beach, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Varkala Town trip tool.

Fly from Kochi (Cochin) to Varkala Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Varkala Town are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Kovalam.
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Kovalam — 1 night

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 5th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Hawa Beach, kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kovalam tour website.

Do a combination of train and taxi from Varkala Town to Kovalam in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daily temperatures in Kovalam can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Periyar Tiger Reserve and Green Park Spices Thekkady. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Junction, get a dose of the wild on Anakkara Spice Spice Tourism Circuit, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Thekkady vacation site.

Getting from Kovalam to Thekkady by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Madurai.
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Madurai — 1 night

Athens of the East

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 10th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoga Narasimhar Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Immaiyil Nanmai Tharuvar Temple.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Madurai travel site.

Getting from Thekkady to Madurai by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Pondicherry.
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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Paradise Beach and Rock Beach. There's much more to do: take in the waterfront activity at Seaside Promenade, take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, don't miss a visit to Statue Of Gandhi, and look for gifts at Senteurs-Fleurs en Flacon.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Pondicherry online route maker.

Traveling by flight from Madurai to Pondicherry takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Mahabalipuram.
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Mahabalipuram — 2 nights

Once an important sea port city in the ancient Pallava kingdom, Mahabalipuram today draws in visitors with UNESCO-listed monuments and temples carved out of rock during the 7th and 8th centuries CE. The structures showcase the decoration and form of early Dravidian architecture, and their distinctive designs, striking coloration, and scale still create an evocative atmosphere when studied closely and when seen as a whole.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Shore Temple and then explore the ancient world of Monuments at Mahabalipuram. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, explore the fascinating underground world of Mahishasuramardini Cave, and then admire the striking features of Pancha Rathas.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Mahabalipuram day trip website.

Getting from Pondicherry to Mahabalipuram by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In January, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.
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