8 days in South India Itinerary

8 days in South India Itinerary

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8 days in South India Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  5​h
1
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 night
4
Mysuru (Mysore)
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Bengaluru
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
End: New Delhi

2
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): Varkala (Varkala Beach & Asparagus) and Kovalam Beach (in Kovalam). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, don't miss a visit to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, and see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) day trip planner .

New Delhi to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from New Delhi in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Varkala, Kovalam Beach
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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach

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Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): have some family-friendly fun at Thekkady Rose Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, look and learn at Green land spice garden, then see the interesting displays at Angadipetty -Kerala Ayurveda Museum, and finally relax in the rural setting at Spice Cloud.

Plan my day in Thekkady using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Thekkady takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Fun & Games Museums
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Thekkady Rose Park ©
Thekkady Rose Park
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake

1
night
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 27th (Tue): deepen your understanding at Kerala Kathakali Centre, don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Saint Francis, then admire the landmark architecture of Mattancherry Palace, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Kochi (Cochin) holiday planner.

Getting from Thekkady to Kochi (Cochin) by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August in Kochi (Cochin), expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Mysuru (Mysore).

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites
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Mattancherry Palace ©
Mattancherry Palace
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue

1
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Chamundeshwari Temple, meet the residents at Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, and then explore the historical opulence of Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas).

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Mysuru (Mysore) road trip planner.

You can drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Mysuru (Mysore) in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kochi (Cochin) in August: high temperatures in Mysuru (Mysore) hover around 30°C and lows are around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bengaluru.

Things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
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Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas) ©
Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas)
Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens ©
Sri Chamundeshwari Temple ©
Sri Chamundeshwari Temple

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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.
On the 29th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Temple Bangalore, shop like a local with UB City, then admire the natural beauty at Lalbagh Botanical Garden, and finally stroll around Cubbon Park.

To find more things to do and tourist information, you can read our Bengaluru trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Mysuru (Mysore) to Bengaluru takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Mysuru (Mysore), expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Bengaluru, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bengaluru

Parks Shopping Historic Sites
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Lalbagh Botanical Garden ©
Lalbagh Botanical Garden
ISKCON Temple Bangalore ©
ISKCON Temple Bangalore
UB City ©
UB City

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