35 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
— 2 nights
Train to Thiruvananthapuram Central, Taxi to Kovalam
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Kovalam
— 2 nights
Drive
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Thekkady
— 5 nights
Drive
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Munnar
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kochi (Cochin)
— 5 nights
Fly
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Bengaluru
— 3 nights
Bus
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Mysuru (Mysore)
— 3 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
— 4 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.
Bring the kids along to Paradise Beach and Rock Beach. There's lots more to do: stroll through Seaside Promenade, look for gifts at Domus, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Pondicherry day trip site.

Cincinnati, USA to Pondicherry is an approximately 30-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Cincinnati to Pondicherry, you'll lose 10.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to fly to Varkala Town.
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Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:

Varkala Town — 2 nights

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 31st (Sat): stop by Moon Stone Arts and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: revel in the low prices at Asparagus, then kick back and relax at Varkala Beach, and then get great views at Varkala Cliff.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Varkala Town trip planner.

Fly from Pondicherry to Varkala Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. December in Varkala Town sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 75°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Kovalam.
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Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach, kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach, and then kick back and relax at Hawa Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Napier Museum, see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kovalam day trip site.

Do a combination of train and taxi from Varkala Town to Kovalam in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daytime highs in Kovalam are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Thekkady.
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Thekkady — 5 nights

Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Kids will enjoy Periyar Tiger Reserve and Green Land Spice Garden. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Periyar Lake, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mangala Devi Temple, experience rural life at Spice Cloud, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Thekkady online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Kovalam to Thekkady takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Munnar.
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Find places to stay Jan 3 — 8:

Munnar — 3 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.
Attractions like Mattupetty Dam and Climbing Tours make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens, admire the sheer force of Attukal Waterfalls, see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kundala Dam Lake.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Munnar road trip site.

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Munnar takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in January, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kochi (Cochin).
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Kochi (Cochin) — 5 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.
We've included these beaches for you: Marari Beach and Alappuzha Beach. Family-friendly places like Chinese Fishing Nets and Mattancherry Palace will thrill your kids. Spend the 13th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue, browse the different shops at LuLu Mall, find something for the whole family at Wonderla Amusement Park, and wander the streets of Jew Town.

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Traveling by car from Munnar to Kochi (Cochin) takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Kochi (Cochin) sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can 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 ISKCON Temple Bangalore. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Lalbagh Botanical Garden, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, admire the striking features of Bull Temple, and stroll through Bannerghatta National Park.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Bengaluru tour itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Kochi (Cochin) to Bengaluru takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kochi (Cochin) in January: high temperatures in Bengaluru hover around 81°F and lows are around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can catch the bus to Mysuru (Mysore).
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Mysuru (Mysore) — 3 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.
Bring the kids along to Mysuru Palace and Saint Philomena Church. Explore Mysuru (Mysore)'s surroundings by going to Brindavan Garden (in Krishnarajasagara) and Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Adiranga (in Srirangapatna). There's still lots to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, view the masterpieces at The Hobby Place, explore the activities along Karanji Lake, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Chamundeshwari Temple.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Mysuru (Mysore) travel planner.

Getting from Bengaluru to Mysuru (Mysore) by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in January, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Gokarna.
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Find places to stay Jan 19 — 22:

Gokarna — 2 nights

The small temple town of Gokarna has changed drastically in recent years.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Om Beach and then stroll through Half Moon Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Kudle Beach and then kick back and relax at Paradise Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Gokarna online itinerary planner.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Hyderabad.
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Hyderabad — 4 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.
Family-friendly places like Ramoji Film City and Golconda Fort will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Birla Mandir, contemplate the waterfront views at Hussain Sagar Lake, pause for some photo ops at Charminar, and admire the masterpieces at Salar Jung Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hyderabad tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight from Gokarna to Hyderabad in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. January in Hyderabad sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
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