22 days in South India Itinerary

22 days in South India Itinerary

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22 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  16 h 15 min
1
Chennai
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Pondicherry
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
3
Rameswaram
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
4
Kanyakumari
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
5
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
6
Coonoor
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
7
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
8
Mysuru (Mysore)
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
9
Kodagu (Coorg)
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
10
Bengaluru
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h
11
Hampi
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Taxi + Fly:  25 h
End: Sydney

2
nights
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
On the 28th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Chennai Rail Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam, then admire the striking features of San Thome Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwar Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Fri): kick back and relax at Marina Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Besant Nagar Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ananthaa Padmanabha Swaamy Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Parthasarathy Temple, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Armenian Church.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Chennai (Madras) trip planning tool .

Sydney, Australia to Chennai (Madras) is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to India Standard Time is minus 4 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in November, with highs in Chennai (Madras) at 35°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams
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Ananthaa Padmanabha Swaamy Temple ©
Ananthaa Padmanabha Swaamy Temple
Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams ©
Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams
San Thome Church ©
San Thome Church

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nights
Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
Kallialay Surf School has been added to your itinerary. On the 30th (Sat), kick back and relax at Auro Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Serenity Beach, see Kallialay Surf School, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise de Notre Dame de la Conception Immaculee Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Immaculate Conception Cathedral, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Ousteri Lake, tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Beach, then gain interesting insight with a heritage tour, and finally stop by Ma Pondy Cherie.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Pondicherry attractions planner .

You can drive from Chennai (Madras) to Pondicherry in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. On the 2nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Serenity Beach ©
Serenity Beach
Rock Beach ©
Rock Beach

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nights
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Villoondi Tirtham, enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rama Tirtham (Gandamadana), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ramanathaswamy Temple, and finally see the interesting displays at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Rameswaram trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Pondicherry to Rameswaram in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks Historic Sites Beaches
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Villoondi Tirtham ©
Villoondi Tirtham
Dhanushkodi Beach Point ©
Dhanushkodi Beach Point

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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil, then stroll through Sothavilai Beach, then kick back and relax at Vattakotai Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bhagavathy Amman Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Kanyakumari Wax Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kanyakumari Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jain Temple Kanyakumari, then stroll through Sanguthurai Beach, and finally make a trip to Gandhi Memorial.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Kanyakumari road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Kanyakumari, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Bhagavathy Amman Temple ©
Bhagavathy Amman Temple
Kanyakumari Wax Museum ©
Kanyakumari Wax Museum

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nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Kerala Folklore Museum, then see the interesting displays at Hill Palace of Tripunithura, then view the masterpieces at Kashi Art Gallery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiva Temple Ernakulam , take in the architecture and atmosphere at Vallarpadam Church, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cherai Beach, and finally steep yourself in history at Edappally Church Complex.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kochi (Cochin) trip planner .

Getting from Kanyakumari to Kochi (Cochin) by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Kochi (Cochin) are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Coonoor.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Shiva Temple Ernakulam
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Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Edappally Church Complex ©
Edappally Church Complex
Kerala Folklore Museum ©
Kerala Folklore Museum

1
night
Coonoor

Coonoor
A small town up in the hills, Coonoor has a wealth of scenic sights and pleasant urban places of interest.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): tee off at Wellington Gymkhana Club Golf Course.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Coonoor tour itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Kochi (Cochin) to Coonoor by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect little chillier evenings in Coonoor when traveling from Kochi (Cochin) in December, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Coonoor

Outdoors Golf
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nights
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Ooty (Udhagamandalam) ©
Tea gardens and eucalyptus trees scent the air of the fields surrounding Ooty, a popular summer tourism destination up in the hills.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): explore the engaging exhibits at M&N Chocolate Museum, explore the activities along Upper Bhavani Lake, then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, then take in the awesome beauty at Doddabetta Peak, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Church. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at MacIvor's Bund, then explore the activities along Ooty Lake, then contemplate the waterfront views at Pykara Lake, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Murugan Temple.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip builder app .

Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is very close to Coonoor. Traveling from Coonoor in December, expect Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to be a bit cooler, temps between 30°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Mysuru (Mysore).

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Government Botanical Garden
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Upper Bhavani Lake ©
Upper Bhavani Lake
St. Stephen's Church
St. Stephen's Church
Government Botanical Garden ©
Government Botanical Garden

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night
Mysuru (Mysore)

Mysuru (Mysore) ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery, steep yourself in history at Mysore Maharajah's Palace (Amba Vilas), then meet the residents at Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Chamundeshwari Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Avadhoota Datta Peetham.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Mysuru (Mysore) day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Mysuru (Mysore) takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Mysuru (Mysore) sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kodagu (Coorg).

Things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Mysuru Palace ©
Mysuru Palace
Avadhoota Datta Peetham ©
Avadhoota Datta Peetham
Railway Museum Mysore ©
Railway Museum Mysore

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night
Kodagu (Coorg)

Kodagu (Coorg) ©
The hill station of Kodagu consists of a number of small towns amid a vast landscape of forested hills, rocky outcrops, and waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the galleries of Madikeri Fort, don't miss a visit to Raja's Tomb ( Gadhige), and then admire the sheer force of Abbi Falls.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kodagu (Coorg) itinerary maker .

Drive from Mysuru (Mysore) to Kodagu (Coorg) in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Bengaluru.

Things to do in Kodagu (Coorg)

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Abbi Falls ©
Abbi Falls
Raja's Tomb ©
Raja's Tomb
Nisargadhama Forest ©
Nisargadhama Forest

3
nights
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: brush up on your military savvy at The Heritage Centre & Aerospace Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Bannerghatta National Park, and then make a trip to Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Bengaluru trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Kodagu (Coorg) to Bengaluru by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December in Bengaluru, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Hampi.

Things to do in Bengaluru

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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ISKCON Temple Bangalore ©
ISKCON Temple Bangalore
Sree Surya Narayana Swamy Temple ©
Sree Surya Narayana Swamy Temple
Infant Jesus Shrine ©
Infant Jesus Shrine

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Hampi

Hampi ©
The temple town of Hampi sits on the site where one of the richest and biggest cities on the planet once stood, with the ruins of the old city protected as a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Octagonal Bath, explore the world behind art at Archaeological Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monkey Temple, then explore the activities along Sanapur Lake, and finally see human ingenuity at work at Tungabhadra Dam. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Group of Monuments at Hampi, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Matanga Hill, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Achyutaraya Temple, steep yourself in history at Vitthala Temple, then contemplate the long history of Purandaradasa Mantapa, and finally make a trip to Dasara Dibba.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Hampi day trip planning tool .

Drive from Bengaluru to Hampi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or take a train. Traveling from Bengaluru in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Hampi, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hampi

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Royal Enclosure, Tungabhadra Dam
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Monkey Temple ©
Monkey Temple
Group of Monuments at Hampi ©
Group of Monuments at Hampi
Achyutaraya Temple ©
Achyutaraya Temple

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