16 days in South India Itinerary

16 days in South India Itinerary

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16 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
1
Bengaluru
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Tirupati
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Kovalam
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Thekkady
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Bengaluru

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.
Kids will enjoy Ragigudda Sri Prasanna Anjaneyaswamy Temple and Dodda Ganapathi Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like ISKCON Temple Bangalore and Surayanarayana Temple. There's still lots to do: browse the different shops at Phoenix Marketcity, take a stroll through Commercial Street, view the masterpieces at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat, and get a taste of the local shopping with UB City.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Bengaluru vacation planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Bengaluru. In May, daytime highs in Bengaluru are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tirupati.

Things to do in Bengaluru

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Dodda Ganapathi Temple ©
Dodda Ganapathi Temple
Basavanagudi ©
Basavanagudi

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Tirupati

Tirupati ©
Being a major pilgrimage spot at the foot of the Seshachalam hills, Tirupati tourism revolves around Hindu temples and vast nature reserves.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Bedi Anjaneyaswami Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Varahaswami Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON - Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Govindarajaswami Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Venugopala Swamy Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Srivari Mettu, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapila Theertham , and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tirupati trip itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Bengaluru to Tirupati in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in Tirupati

Historic Sites
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Sri Varahaswami Temple ©
Sri Varahaswami Temple
Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple ©
Sri Govindarajaswami Temple ©
Sri Govindarajaswami Temple

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Kovalam

Kovalam ©
Famous for the groves of coconut trees from which it takes its name, Kovalam offers a long, white sandy beach on the Arabian Sea.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple and Mahatma Gandhi Road. Relax by the water at Kovalam Beach and Varkala Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Kovalam: Mall of Travancore (in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)) and Asparagus (in Varkala). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach, make a trip to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Neeramankara Shiva Temple.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kovalam holiday builder .

Traveling by flight from Tirupati to Kovalam takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, subway, and flight; or drive. May in Kovalam sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Kovalam

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Varkala
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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple

1
night
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): stop by Kalam Sea Shell Mart, enjoy the sand and surf at Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram, then take in the views from Pamban bridge, and finally take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nambunayaki amman temple, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Kalam National Memorial.

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Drive from Kovalam to Rameswaram in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Kalam National Memorial ©
Kalam National Memorial
Pamban bridge ©
Pamban bridge
Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi ©

1
day
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 23rd (Thu): stop by Kerala Crafts, steep yourself in history at Shiny Tours & Travals, then make a trip to The Spice Route, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mangladevi Temple, and finally look and learn at Green land spice garden.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Thekkady driving holiday website .

Traveling by car from Rameswaram to Thekkady takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Thekkady

Historic Sites Childrens Museums Parks
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Mangladevi Temple ©
Mangladevi Temple
Kerala Crafts ©
Kerala Crafts
Green land spice garden ©
Green land spice garden

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Paradesi Synagogue and Karingachira Church. Get a sense of the local culture at Kashi Art Gallery and Kerala Museum. There's still lots to do: browse the different shops at LuLu Mall, browse for treasures at Indian Industries, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shiva Temple Ernakulam , and admire the landmark architecture of Mattancherry Palace.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Kochi (Cochin) attractions planner.

Getting from Thekkady to Kochi (Cochin) by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May in Kochi (Cochin), expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Shiva Temple Ernakulam
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Kashi Art Gallery ©
Kashi Art Gallery
Shiva Temple Ernakulam	©
Shiva Temple Ernakulam
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue

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