21 days in South India Itinerary

21 days in South India Itinerary

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Start: Ankara, Turkey
Bus + Fly:  21 h
1
Mysuru (Mysore)
— 1 day
Fly:  4 h 45 min
2
Hyderabad
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 15 min
3
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
4
Kochi (Cochin)
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Munnar
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Thekkady
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
7
Mararikulam
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  20 h
End: Ankara, Turkey

1
day
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 24th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Mysuru Palace, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Chamundeshwari Temple, and finally explore the activities along Karanji Lake.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Mysuru (Mysore) route planner.

Ankara, Turkey to Mysuru (Mysore) is an approximately 17.5- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time to India Standard Time is 2.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Mysuru (Mysore) when traveling from Ankara in August, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hyderabad.

Things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
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Mysuru Palace ©
Mysuru Palace
Sri Chamundeshwari Temple ©
Sri Chamundeshwari Temple
Karanji Lake ©
Karanji Lake

1
night
Hyderabad

Hyderabad ©
Teeming with history and heritage, Hyderabad draws visitors from all over the world with its old Indo-Islamic buildings, forts, and museums.
On the 25th (Sat), pause for some photo ops at Charminar, then admire the masterpieces at Salar Jung Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Golconda Fort, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Birla Mandir.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hyderabad vacation planning website.

You can fly from Mysuru (Mysore) to Hyderabad in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mysuru (Mysore) in August: highs in Hyderabad hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Hyderabad

Historic Sites Museums
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Golconda Fort ©
Golconda Fort
Birla Mandir ©
Birla Mandir
Salar Jung Museum ©
Salar Jung Museum

4
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Varkala Beach and Lighthouse Beach. Napier Museum and Priyadarshini Planetarium will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) side-trips: Chowara Beach (in Chowara) and Kovalam (Kovalam Beach & Hawa Beach). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, enjoy the sand and surf at Shanghumukham Beach, don't miss a visit to Vizhinjam International Seaport, and steep yourself in history at Beemapally Mosque.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hyderabad to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Cherai Beach and Andhakaranazhi Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate Paradesi Synagogue and Karingachira Church. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Antique Museum Kochi, enjoy the sand and surf at Puthuvype Beach, don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, and go for a walk through Queen's Walkway.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) visit planner.

Getting from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Kochi (Cochin) by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or 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 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Andhakaranazhi Beach
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Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue

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.
Get outdoors at Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park and Chinnakanel Water Falls. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens, get great views at Lockheart gap, and explore the fascinating underground world of Swiftlet Cave Munnar.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Munnar trip planner.

You can drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Munnar in 4 hours. In September in Munnar, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Tea Museum ©
Tea Museum
Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park ©
Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park

3
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Get some cultural insight at The Periyar Interpretation Centre and Mangladevi Temple. Step out of the city life by going to Periyar Tiger Reserve and Periyar Lake. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, take some stellar pictures from Chellarcovil View Point, take in nature's colorful creations at Abraham's Spice Garden, and steep yourself in history at Shiny Tours & Travals.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Thekkady online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Munnar to Thekkady takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Mararikulam.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake

3
nights
Mararikulam

Mararikulam ©
If you're looking for soft sand and warm water, plan a vacation in Mararikulam.
Get some cultural insight at St. George Orthodox Church and Vaikom Mahadeva Temple. Get in touch with nature at Marari Beach and Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Mararikulam Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thiruvizha Sree Mahadeva Temple, and pause for some serene contemplation at Mararikulam Sree Mahadeva Temple.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Mararikulam trip planner.

Getting from Thekkady to Mararikulam by car takes about 4 hours. In September in Mararikulam, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mararikulam

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Cherthala, St. George Orthodox Church, Vaikom Mahadeva Temple, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
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Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Mararikulam Beach ©
Mararikulam Beach
St. George Orthodox Church ©
St. George Orthodox Church

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