17 days in South India Itinerary

17 days in South India Itinerary

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17 days in South India Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Bengaluru
— 1 day
bus + Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
3
Munnar
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Thekkady
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Thiruvalla
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: London

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Temple Bangalore and then admire the natural beauty at Lalbagh Botanical Garden.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Bengaluru trip itinerary planning tool .

London, UK to Bengaluru is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from London to Bengaluru. In December, Bengaluru is much hotter than London - with highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Bengaluru

Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
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ISKCON Temple Bangalore ©
ISKCON Temple Bangalore
Lalbagh Botanical Garden ©
Lalbagh Botanical Garden

3
nights
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) ©
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): Kovalam (Kovalam Beach & Lighthouse Beach) and Varkala (Janardhana Swami Temple, Varkala Beach, & more). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, see the interesting displays at Napier Museum, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and step off the mainland to explore Poovar Island.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) driving holiday planner .

Getting from Bengaluru to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) by combination of bus and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bengaluru in December, expect Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Munnar.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Varkala Town, Kovalam
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:
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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach

3
nights
Munnar

Munnar ©
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.
Munnar is known for parks, nature, museums, nightlife, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park, get great views at Munnar Hill Station, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For photos and tourist information, go to the Munnar visit site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Munnar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Tours
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:
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Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Tea Museum ©
Tea Museum

3
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Thekkady is known for wildlife, nature, nightlife, parks, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, take in nature's colorful creations at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, and stop by Abraham's Spice Garden.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Thekkady trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Munnar to Thekkady in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Thiruvalla.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction

3
nights
Thiruvalla

Thiruvalla ©
Surrounded by waterways feeding off two rivers, Thiruvalla remains one of the lesser-known destinations in the popular state of Kerala.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Thiruvalla: Pathanamthitta (Malayalappuzha Devi Temple, St Thomas Ecumenical Church, & more). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Kerala Backwaters, make a trip to Sree Vallabha Temple, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paliakkara Church.

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Traveling by car from Thekkady to Thiruvalla takes 3.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Thiruvalla can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Thiruvalla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Pathanamthitta, Kerala Backwaters
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Parumala Church ©
Parumala Church
Kerala Backwaters ©
Kerala Backwaters
Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple ©
Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple

3
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.
On the 11th (Sat), look for gifts at ViaKerala Shop, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue, then browse the exhibits of Kerala Folklore Museum, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Marari Beach. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Jew Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Saint Francis, don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, then deepen your understanding at Kerala Kathakali Centre, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) day trip app .

You can drive from Thiruvalla to Kochi (Cochin) in 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Kochi (Cochin) can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. On the 13th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Marari Beach
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach

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