9 days in South India Itinerary

9 days in South India Itinerary

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9 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Bhubaneswar
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 2 nights
2
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Guruvayur
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
4
Mysuru (Mysore)
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  6​h
End: Bhubaneswar

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.
On the 22nd (Sun), don't miss a visit to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kovalam Beach, and finally make a trip to Attukal Bhagavathy Temple.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) driving holiday planner .

Bhubaneswar to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bhubaneswar in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 28°C in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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.
Kids will enjoy Marari Beach and Alappuzha Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Mararikulam Beach in Mararikulam (about 1h 10 min away). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, deepen your understanding at Kerala Kathakali Centre, enjoy the sand and surf at Cherai Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mattancherry Palace.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kochi (Cochin) road trip site .

Traveling by flight from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Kochi (Cochin) takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Kochi (Cochin) sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Guruvayur.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Mararikulam, Alappuzha Beach
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Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Alappuzha Beach ©
Alappuzha Beach

1
night
Guruvayur

Guruvayur ©
Guruvayur stands as one of the holiest and most important pilgrimage centers in the state, with its Sri Krishna Temple among the most frequented temples in the country.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram, then admire the striking features of Guruvayur Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Parthasarathy Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta).

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Guruvayur online travel planner .

Getting from Kochi (Cochin) to Guruvayur by car takes about 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Guruvayur are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mysuru (Mysore).

Things to do in Guruvayur

Historic Sites
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Guruvayur Temple ©
Guruvayur Temple
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram ©
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram
Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta) ©
Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta)

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 29th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Chamundeshwari Temple, then get to know the resident critters at Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, and then explore the historical opulence of Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas).

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Mysuru (Mysore) journey builder .

You can drive from Guruvayur to Mysuru (Mysore) in 7 hours. Traveling from Guruvayur in December, expect Mysuru (Mysore) to be little chillier, temps between 30°C and 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

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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night
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 30th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Mukurthi Dam, then take in the awesome beauty at Doddabetta Peak, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Mysuru (Mysore) to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks Nature
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Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
Doddabetta Peak ©
Doddabetta Peak
Mukurthi Dam ©
Mukurthi Dam

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