31 days in South India Itinerary

31 days in South India Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South India trip planner
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Fly
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Bengaluru
— 3 nights
Bus
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Mysuru (Mysore)
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Kannur
— 4 nights
Fly
4
Kochi (Cochin)
— 4 nights
Fly
5
Varkala Town
— 3 nights
Train
6
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 4 nights
Drive
7
Thekkady
— 4 nights
Drive
8
Munnar
— 4 nights
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Bengaluru — 3 nights

Flourishing development and a bustling IT industry transformed Bangalore into a vibrant metropolis, but the city preserves its numerous historic and cultural sights.
Bengaluru is known for parks, historic sites, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Wonderla Amusement Park, stroll around Cubbon Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Temple Bangalore, and shop like a local with UB City.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Bengaluru vacation maker website.

San Francisco, USA to Bengaluru is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Bengaluru is 13.5 hours. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in December: highs in Bengaluru hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Mysuru (Mysore).
Theme Parks · Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums

Mysuru (Mysore) — 2 nights

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 8th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Chamundeshwari Temple, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, and then step into the grandiose world of Mysuru Palace. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Philomena Church and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Brindavan Garden.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Mysuru (Mysore) trip itinerary site.

Getting from Bengaluru to Mysuru (Mysore) by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Mysuru (Mysore) are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Kannur.
Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Kannur — 4 nights

A cultural capital on the state's relatively quiet northern coast, Kannur has long been associated with textile production and temple rituals, earning it the nickname, the "Land of Looms and Lores." Most Kannur itineraries will include observing theyyam rituals performed at the temples, where the traditions have origins dating back thousands of years.
Go for a jaunt from Kannur to Parassinikadavu to see Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach, head off the coast to Dharmadam Island, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kottiyoor Mahadeva Temple, and kick back and relax at Thottada Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kannur online travel planner.

Getting from Mysuru (Mysore) to Kannur by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Kochi (Cochin).
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Kochi (Cochin) — 4 nights

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.
Explore Kochi (Cochin)'s surroundings by going to Marari Beach (in Mararikulam) and Cherthala (St. Mary's Forane Church & St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Saint Francis, explore the galleries of Kerala Folklore Museum, and admire the striking features of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) online route planner.

You can fly from Kannur to Kochi (Cochin) in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Kochi (Cochin) are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Varkala Town.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
Side Trips

Varkala Town — 3 nights

A calm and quiet town offering long sandy beaches on the Arabian Sea, Varkala features a variety of beach activities.
Change things up with these side-trips from Varkala Town: Kollam (Infant Jesus Cathedral, Port Kollam Church, &more). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Varkala Beach, enjoy the sea views from Varkala Light House, revel in the low prices at Asparagus, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Varkala Town visit planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Kochi (Cochin) to Varkala Town takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Side Trip

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) — 4 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) side-trips: Kovalam (Lighthouse Beach & Kovalam Beach). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, admire the masterpieces at Shri Chitra Art Gallery, and make a trip to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Varkala Town to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daily temperatures in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Thekkady.
Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors
Side Trips

Thekkady — 4 nights

Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Thekkady is known for parks, nature, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Periyar Tiger Reserve, admire the natural beauty at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, see Off-Road Tours, and look for gifts at Green Land Spice Garden.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Thekkady trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Thekkady in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Munnar.
Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Spas

Munnar — 4 nights

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.
Step out of Munnar to go to Idukki and see Meesapulimala, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam, take in the exciting artwork at Mistletoe art Gallery, get great views at Munnar Hill Station, and admire the natural beauty at Rose Gardens.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Munnar attractions planner.

You can drive from Thekkady to Munnar in 3 hours. In December, daytime highs in Munnar are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
Side Trips