15 Days in South India: An Itinerary for 2024

The backwaters of Alleppey in Kerala, India

Southern India is packed with beautiful and interesting places to visit. From the backwaters of Kerala to the colourful temples of Tamil Nadu , this part of the country offers a lot of variation, and that’s exactly what this South India itinerary is – varied!

This itinerary will take you to some of the most beautiful places the South of India has to offer, and it includes some pretty unique ones too! It will bring you to temples , tea plantations , colonial buildings , waterfalls , palaces and more.

>> Read: South India VS North India: 9 Differences

Itinerary to visit the South of India in 15 days

So, let’s dive right into it!

You will find a day-by-day itinerary including the highlights of each place in the first part of this post. I’ve also included a map and other useful information (how to get around, the best time to visit, etc.) in the second part.

Day 1: Chennai

Chennai, the perfect place so start a South India itinerary

Chennai is the capital of Tamil Nadu, and as it has an international airport, it’s the perfect introduction to this culture-rich state.

There are many things to do in Chennai , but some of the most popular ones are going temple hopping , spending time at the city’s beaches and seeing the colonial architecture .

🛕 Highlights of Chennai

  • San Thome Cathedral Basilica: This beautiful church was built by the Portuguese in 1523. It’s one of the three churches in the world that have been built on the tombs of one of the apostles (this one was built on Thomas the Apostle’s tomb).
  • Kapaleeshwarar Temple: Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this Hindu temple was built in the 7th century and later extended. It boasts some impressive architecture with many colourful details (that’s my favourite thing about Hindu temples).
  • Ripon Building: The beautiful Ripon Building was built in Indo-Saracenic architecture in 1913, and it’s the official seat of the Chennai Corporation. It’s good to know that you can’t visit this building on the inside, but it’s most famous for its chiming clock, which is wound every day.
  • Elliot’s Beach or Marina Beach: If you feel like relaxing, then heading to one of Chennai’s beaches is the perfect thing to do. While Marina Beach is the city’s most popular beach, Elliot’s Beach is a more quiet alternative.

🚍 Mahabalipuram , the next destination on this South India itinerary, is just 1 hour from Chennai, so you can either head here on day 1 or day 2 of this itinerary.

Day 2: Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram in India

Mahabalipuram was one of my favourite places to visit in the South of India! This place is home to a group of royal monuments dating back to the 7th and 8th centuries. You will find plenty of beautifully carved temples and rock-cut caves here.

There are three different sites to see in Mahabalipuram but make sure to start your visit at the famous Shore Temple as this is where you can buy entry tickets.

A unique sight at Mahabalipuram is Krishna’s Butterball (as pictured above). According to the story, they tried moving this gigantic boulder numerous times for safety reasons, but it didn’t work.

🚍 The next stop on this itinerary is Pondichery (Puducherry), which is a 2-hour drive from Mahabalipuram. You can head here on day 2 or day 3 .

Day 3, 4 & 5: Pondicherry and Auroville

Villa Krish in the French Quarter in Pondicherry, India

The charming town of Pondicherry is famous for its mustard-yellow colonial buildings, beautiful beaches and cosy restaurants.

From the 16th century onward, this city was ruled by Dutch, British and French colonists. Pondicherry was repeatedly fought over during the Anglo-French Wars. In 1815, however, when the British gained control over India, they allowed France to keep their settlements in this city.

Some of the best things to do in Pondicherry are to explore the city’s different quarters, head to the beach and visit the nearby township of Auroville .

🛕 Highlights of Pondicherry

  • French Quarter: Pondicherry’s French Quarter is also called “White Town” and it’s here that you will find the mustard-yellow colonial buildings Pondicherry is so famous for.
  • Tamil Quarter: This quarter is often called “Black Town”, and it’s located on the West side of the French Quarter, across the canal. You will find three parts here – the Hindu, the Muslim and the Christian part. This area is completely different from the French Quarter and it’s nice to soak up the atmosphere in this part of the city too.
  • Beaches: If you want to relax a little, it’s good to know that the French Quarter of Pondicherry is located right at the beach. This is the perfect place for a stroll on the beach promenade or to swim in the sea.
  • Auroville: This experimental township was founded in 1968 by Mira Alfassa, who is also called “The Mother”. It was based on the vision of the Indian philosopher Sri Aurobindo and its purpose is to realise human unity. I would suggest reading my post about Auroville if you want to know more about the place, though, as I will keep it short in this one.

🚍 On day 5 , it’s time to head to Thanjavur , which is about 5 hours from Pondicherry.

Day 6: Thanjavur

Brihadisvara Temple in Thanjavur in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu

With over a hundred Hindu temples, the small city of Thanjavur is often called “the temple city of India”, and it’s true that you will find a temple on every street corner here.

This city is also home to one of the most important UNESCO World Heritage sites in India, the famous Brihadisvara Temple , which is also called the “big temple”. But more about that below!

🛕 Highlights of Thanjavur:

  • Brihadisvara Temple: This is Thanjavur’s most famous tourist attraction and it’s easy to understand why. The magnificent Brihadisvara Temple was built in the 11th century by Chola emperor Rajaraja I and it’s one of the three Great Living Chola Temples . Its granite tower is one of the tallest in India.
  • Maratha Palace : This palace was built at the demand of the Thanjavur Nayak kings in the 15th century. It’s not as spectacular as the Brihadisvara Temple but it is worth visiting if you have more time in Thanjavur. You will find a beautiful Durbar Hall here among other things.

Another thing I loved doing in Thanjavur is simply wandering around the streets . There’s an incredible amount of Hindu temples here, more than in any other city I’ve been to in India (or any other country actually).

Day 7 & 8: Madurai

Temples are famous about India

🚍 The next destination on this itinerary for South India is Madurai , which is about 4 hours from Thanjavur. If you head here in the morning of day 7, you will still have some time left to explore Madurai (or rest) in the afternoon.

Madurai is the cultural capital of Tamil Nadu and this is one of the best cultural destinations in India . Among other things, you will find one of the most famous Indian landmarks in this city – the Meenakshi Temple .

One of the things I love the most about Madurai is how friendly and welcoming the people are in this city. They don’t (or hardly) speak English, but they still manage to welcome you with open arms.

🛕 Highlights of Madurai

  • Meenakshi Temple : This is one of India’s oldest and most important Hindu temples. It’s estimated that the first temple that stood on these grounds was built in the 1st century. The temple that you can see today, however, was rebuilt in the 16th century after the previous one was destroyed by Muslim invaders. The Meenakshi Temple is a very impressive structure with enormous gopurams (towers) containing stunning details.
  • Saint Mary’s Cathedral: Saint Mary’s Cathedral is a beautiful, gothic-style church that was initially built in 1841 but rebuilt in 1916. It’s also called The Church of Our Lady of Dolours, and it’s one of Tamil Nadu’s oldest churches.
  • Thirumalai Nayak Palace : Built by Tirumala Nayak in the 17th century, this palace was considered one of the wonders of the South during its heyday. Today, only the main palace is left, which is just a quarter of the original complex. It makes you wonder how huge the place must have been during the olden days.
  • Banana Market: Madurai’s banana market is another place I loved walking through. The merchants here sell over 16 varieties of bananas (I didn’t even know there were so many), including red ones (which I also didn’t know existed)!
  • Gandhi Memorial Museum: The Gandhi Memorial Museum is one of the seven Gandhi museums in India. This is the perfect place to head to if you would like to learn more about India’s most famous freedom fighter.

Day 9, 10 & 11: Munnar

Tea plantations in Munar in Kerala, South India

🚍 On day 9, it’s time to head to Munnar, which is the tea capital of Kerala . Munnar is a 4 to 5-hour drive from Madurai and this hill town is famous for its lush green tea plantations and beautiful greenery.

Many locals flock to this hill station during the boiling-hot Indian Summer and it’s also one of India’s most popular honeymoon destinations.

But apart from spending your honeymoon here, Munnar is also the perfect place to relax and enjoy nature for a while.

🛕 Highlights of Munnar

  • Tea plantations and tea factories: One of the most popular things to do in Munnar is to pay a visit to one of its many tea factories and tea plantations. Here, you can learn more about how tea is harvested, see tea plantation workers at work and taste some fine tea.
  • Echo Point & Top Station: Echo Point (a lake where you can make echoing sounds) is a nice stop on the way to Top Station, the highest point in Munnar. The latter is a 40 km (24 mi) drive from Munnar and you will be rewarded with magnificent views if you head here!
  • Eravikulam National Park : Apart from its beautiful landscapes, this national park is also famous for being the natural habitat of the Nilgiri Tahr, an endangered mountain goat. It’s also home to the Lakkom Waterfalls, which is easily accessible.

I have to admit that the downside of Munnar is that foreigners are not allowed to rent scooters here anymore, which makes it pretty difficult to visit things by yourself. However, there are plenty of tours or auto-rickshaws that can bring you around.

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Day 12, 13 & 14: Backwaters of Alleppey

Backwaters of Alleppey in Kerala

The backwaters of Alleppey are full of lush greenery, beautiful palm trees and sparkling rivers. This place is on many traveller’s Indian travel bucket lists . As you cruise these waters, you will witness the everyday life of the farmers and fishermen along the canals.

Alleppey is also the perfect destination to go canoeing, drink coconut water and simply relax. It’s a peaceful destination that’s perfect for nature lovers.

If you have the budget, you can also rent your own private houseboat for the night. This will allow you to cruise the backwaters by yourself and spend the night there too. I didn’t do this myself, as it’s quite expensive and I was backpacking in India alone .

🚍 Head to Fort Kochi on day 14. This city is a 1.5-hour drive from Alleppey.

Day 15: Fort Kochi

Fort Kochi, South India

On the last day of this South India itinerary, it’s time to explore Fort Kochi (or Cochin). This was the first European township in India .

Fort Kochi is an area in the city of Kochi and, before India’s independence, it was first controlled by the Portuguese, then the Dutch and eventually the English.

This town is steeped in history and you will find plenty of colonial buildings, interesting museums and charming alleys here.

🛕 Highlights of Fort Kochi

  • Chinese fishing nets: The Chinese fishing nets (or Cheena vala) are one of Fort Kochi’s most famous tourist attractions. It’s said that Chinese explorer Zhang He introduced these nets to Kochi in the 14th or 15th century. Because of this, the nets stand as a symbol for the exchange of ideas that happened in the Indian subcontinent at that time.
  • St. Francis Church: This church was built in 1503 and it was the first Portuguese church in India. It’s inside this church that Portuguese explorer Vasco Di Gama (who died in Kochi) was originally buried, but his remains were later moved to Lisbon , Portugal.
  • Vasco da Gama Square: Its little restaurants make the Vasco da Gama Square a great place to spend the evening. Make sure to look up when you’re there, as this square is covered with beautiful raintrees.
  • Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica : This magnificent, Roman Catholic church was built by the Portuguese in the 16th century. Don’t forget to visit it inside too while you’re there, as it’s very nice!
  • Dutch Palace: The Dutch Palace (or Mattancherry Palace) was actually built by the Portuguese as a gift to the Kingdom of Cochin. However, when the Dutch took over, they renovated the palace, which is why it’s nicknamed “the Dutch Palace”. If you’re a history buff, then you will love this place! It exhibits many paintings, furniture, weapons, palanquins, Dutch maps and more.

And that was it! This was the last day of this itinerary for the South of India. Kochi is a nice place to end your journey in the South of India and it has an international airport.

Map and itinerary

You will find a useful map and day-by-day itinerary below.

Day 1: Chennai Day 2: Mahabalipuram Day 3, 4 & 5: Pondicherry & Auroville Day 6: Thanjavur Day 7 & 8: Madurai Day 9, 10 & 11: Munnar Day 12, 13 & 14: Backwaters of Alleppey Day 15: Fort Kochi

Fort Kochi in Kerala, South India

Best time to visit the South of India

The best time to visit southern India is during the Winter season, from October to March . This is when the weather is at its best.

I was in Kerala and Tamil Nadu in April and May (the Summer months) and I’ve honestly never been so hot in my life. I seriously underestimated the humidity in this part of the country and would not recommend heading there at this time of the year.

June to September is the monsoon season and it can rain quite a bit at this time of the year. When I was in Kochi (in April), there were floods each time it rained and I found myself walking with water up to my knees more than once.

How to get around in the South of India

You will find the best ways to get around below. This includes how to get from one city to another and how to get around in the cities.

How to get from one city to another

  • Bus: All of the places mentioned in this list can be reached by local bus. This is not the most comfortable way to travel but it’s absolutely doable if you’re on a budget!
  • Train: Not all of these destinations can be reached by train, but some can. You can take the train from Thanjavur to Madurai, for example.
  • Private car: The most comfortable (and fastest) way to get from one city to another is by taking a private car. This will be more expensive too, though.

I did everything by local bus and never booked anything in advance (which is necessary when you travel in the north of India). I just showed up at the bus station and asked around to find the right bus, and it worked fine.

How to get around in cities

  • Auto-rickshaw: You will find these everywhere. I would recommend using the Ola app , though. It works just like Uber and will save you some money. Rickshaw drivers charge foreigners 10 times the local price, but if you use Ola, you will get a fair price immediately and won’t need to haggle.
  • Bus : There are plenty of local buses in the cities. This is the cheapest way to get around, but it requires a bit more planning than the rickshaw.
  • Private car: Another way to get around the cities is by private car, but this will be more expensive.

Banana market in Madurai, a nice stop on a South India itinerary

South India itinerary: Final thoughts

I hope that this itinerary will help you plan your trip to the beautiful South of India. I really loved exploring this part of the county. The South is less touristy than the Golden Triangle and Rajasthan in the North, and there are so many beautiful things to see here!

Of course, this part of the country has got more to offer, it’s HUGE, after all! However, this itinerary offers a nice mix of culture, history and nature, which is a varied introduction if you have 15 days to spend here.

Are you heading to the north of India too? Check out my Rajasthan itinerary next!

India travel planning checklist

🛫 Find the cheapest flights to India on Skyscanner . 🏨 Find the best accommodation via Booking or Hostelworld . 🛺 Download the Ola app to order a rickshaw or a taxi. 🚃 Use 12GoAsia to book trains and buses in India. 🚗 Rent a car with Discover Cars to get the best rates. 💰 Get travel insurance via VisitorsCoverage , one of the best-reviewed travel insurance companies. 👘 Check out my complete India packing list for females . 📋 Don’t forget to  check if you need a visa   to visit India.

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Laura Meyers

Laura Meyers is the founder of Laure Wanders. She was born in Belgium and has travelled to over 40 countries, many of them solo. She currently spends most of her time between Belgium and South Asia and loves helping other travellers plan their adventures abroad.

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South India in consisting of the states Andhra Pradesh , Tamil Nadu , Karnataka , Kerala , and Telangana and the Union Territories of Andaman and Nicobar , Lakshadweep , and Puducherry . In total, South India occupies around 635,780 sq km, which amounts to 19.31% of India’s area. South India is bounded by the Arabian Sea in the West, Indian Ocean in the South, and Bay of Bengal in the East while covering the Southern part of the Deccan Plateau.

If want to spend a unique vacation among tranquil hill stations , mesmerizing waterfalls, majestic temples, historical monuments, exotic beaches , luxuriant vegetation and much more. Due to its abundant beauty, South India is an important tourist destination. Amidst the mountain ranges of Western and Eastern Ghats, South India is blessed with the mighty rivers Godavari, Krishna, Kaveri, Tungabhadra and Vaigai rivers.

The history of South Indian states is as old as 5000 years. Its history can be divided into three important dynasties- Pandyan, Chola, and Chera. Pandyan dynasty was the richest empire popular for their diplomacy and contacts. They expanded their Empire to Telegu country, Kalinga and conquered Sri Lanka as well. Chola dynasty ruled from 9th century to the beginning of 13th century.

The Chera dynasty also had an important mark and presence in the region. The region also faced prominent British rule. The East India Company had direct control over Madras Presidency. During Independence, Hyderabad witnessed wide massacre of Muslim population by Hindus. It was in 1950s when British delineated provinces and princely states were pulled apart and South India was reorganized based on linguistic lines.

South India is home to the largest bio-diversity in India and is the largest producer of spices. The region consists of 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The intricate artwork of South India temples is a reflection of its rich history, culture and tradition, which is nowhere else to be found. Sree Ananthapadmanabha Swamy Temple is the richest temple in the world. It has highest literacy rate as compared to the rest of the Nation.

All the South Indian states are rich in culture and heritage. The traditional female wear is Saree while men wear Dhoti. Rice is the staple diet and fish is an integral component. Coastal areas consume seafood in large numbers. Dosa, Idli, Uttapam are popular dishes. Their folk music is Carnatic music. Koodiyattam, Bharatanatyam, Oppana, Kerala Natanam, Theyyam, Kuchipudi, Kathakali, Yakshagana Ottamthullal, and Mohiniaattam are popular dance forms. There is a majority of Hindu, Muslim, and Christian people.

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Best time to visit South India is during winter (October to March). The peak tourism season is from December to February. Summer (April to June) is the right season to visit hill towns of the region like Ooty, Coorg, Munnar, Arakku Valley and others.

Q. How to Reach South India?

Q. which is best tourist place in south india.

Best tourism site in South India is Kerala. Apart from this state, you can find Coorg, Mysore, Kodaikanal, Ooty, Pondicherry, Bengaluru, Andaman and Nicobar Islands , Hyderabad, and others.

Q. Which are the popular honeymoon destinations in South India?

Top honeymoon destinations in South India are Kovalam, Alleppey , Kumarakom, Rishikonda, Gokarna, Ooty, Coorg, Kodaikanal, Lakshadweep, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Wayanad, Idukki, Araku Valley, Yercaud, Munnar , Kudremukh, Vagamon, Mysore, and others.

Q. What are the things to do in South India?

Enjoy hill towns like Munnar, Coorg, Ooty, Kodaikanal, Wayanad, and others. You can find numerous beach destinations to enjoy exotic water activities like scuba diving, sea walking, snorkeling, boating, and others. If you love history and architecture, you ought to visit Hampi, Mahabalipuram, Mysore, Thanjavur, Hyderabad, and others. You can find numerous temples in the region for pilgrimage activities.

Q. Which is the best city in South India?

In terms of economic and growth, the best city in South India is Bangalore. In terms of wealth and monuments, the best city is Thiruvananthapuram. If you are looking for a cultural destination, Madurai is the best city. The best tourism city in South India is Munnar.

Q. What is the coldest place in South India?

The coldest destination in South India is Ooty. Owing to its geographical location, during January, the temperature can go as low as 5 degree C. In rare cases, Lambasingi, a hill town in Andhra Pradesh will go below 0 degree C and there will be snowfall. However, this does not happen every year.

Q. Is there a dress code to enter temples in South India?

Q. are cameras allowed inside the temples in south india.

Most of the major temples do not allow taking cameras inside the premises. Even if there is no rule regarding taking your camera inside the premises, taking a picture of the main idol of the shrine is usually frowned upon.

Q. Which is the richest state in south India?

After the discovery of the gold vaults in Thiruvananthapuram Temple, Kerala is the richest state in terms of monetary resources. In terms of GDP, Karnataka is the richest state in Southern India.

Q. Is it safe for a woman to travel solo in South India?

Karnataka is considered as the safest state for solo female travelers in South India. In terms of cities, Mysore ranks the first in safety followed by Hampi, Pondicherry, Kovalam, and others. No matter where you choose to spend your vacation, having the bare essential alertness during vacation is very essential.

Q. Why is South India famous?

South India is famous for its diversity in landscape and culture. The diversity in culture gives rise to a spectrum of cuisines, traditional values, religious practices, and other beauties. South India is also famous for the nature provided by the Western Ghats and Nilgiri biosphere.

Q. What are some of the popular beaches in South India?

Radhanagar beach , Elephant beach , Kovalam beach, Kanyakumari beach, Elliot beach, Marina beach, Mahabalipuram beach, Gokarna beach, Bekal beach, Rishikonda Beach, and others.

Q. What are the popular national parks to visit in South India during the summer?

Some of the national parks to cover during your summer visit are Periyar National Park , Bannerghatta National Park, Mudumalai National Park, Kabini wildlife sanctuary, Nagarhole National Park , Muthang Wildlife sanctuary, Bandipur National Park , Anshi National Park, and others.

Q. What are some adventurous activities in South India?

Top adventure activities to enjoy in Southern India are bamboo rafting (Thekkady), rock climbing, banana boat ride (Gokarna), boating, coracle riding, jungle safari, trekking, hiking, parasailing, paragliding, scuba diving (Andaman), snorkeling, hot air ballooning, and others.

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The summer starts in March and ends in May. The sea-level destinations will have very hot and humid temperature. The temperature can easily rise above 40 degree C during mid-day. May is the hottest month of all. The high altitude destinations will experience pleasingly mild temperature, which is the blooming season for the local vegetation and flowering plants. Some southernmost parts of the region receive occasional rainfall.

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The best hill station in South India is Munnar. It is quite famous among travelers and locals. The other top hill stations in southern India are Ooty, Coorg, Araku Valley, Kodaikanal, Kudremukh, Yercaud, Wayanad, and others.

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Some of the hill stations that falls on the Western Ghats in South India are Munnar, Ponmudi, Coorg, Kotagiri Kudremukh, Coonoor, Kemmanagudi, and Ooty.

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2 Week South India Itinerary! A Goa & Kerala Itinerary!

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Whether you’re visiting India for the first time and want to visit South India to ease yourself in, or you want a beach holiday on the beaches of Goa and you fancy seeing some of the lush green-ness of Kerala whilst you’re there, you can easily put together a 2 week South India itinerary and a Goa and Kerala itinerary !

Goa and Kerala are two separate states in India that run along the West Coast of India, and although they are only 2 of 29 states, they still cover a lot of space in this country so you should plan your itinerary for south India in advance to make sure you can see a lot in both places, and cover the distances to get from one place to another!

I’ll tell you the best places to visit in Goa and the best places to visit in Kerala in this India travel guide.

Based on my experience travelling around South India, I would recommend the perfect Goa itinerary and Kerala itinerary and the best place to travel for 2 weeks in South India as:

Agonda Beach (Goa) – Palolem Beach (Goa) – Kochi (Kerala) – Munnar (Kerala) – Alleppey (Kerala) – Varkala (Kerala)

If you want to see North India in 2 weeks too, check out my Northern India Itinerary here !

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Best time to visit India

Before we get into this India travel blog, it’s worth thinking about the best time to visit India as the country get’s very hot and wet in the middle of the year. November to March are the best times to visit both North & South India.

South India will be warmer than North India in the winter months of December and January, Delhi and further North actually get cold in these months but are still enjoyable to visit with the right clothing.

Outside these months, you can still visit but you’ll find that the heat and humidity will be much higher, especially as you go further South.

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I really recommend having a sim card in India as it makes travel in India so much easier! You may have heard that it’s hard to get a sim card in India but you can get a sim card in Delhi Airport, read this post to see how to buy a sim card in Delhi Airport or if you fly in elsewhere 3 ways to buy a sim card in India and you’ll be connected in just a few hours!

WHAT TO WEAR IN INDIA

If you are a woman, here’s what I recommend you pack and wear in India . Technically you can wear what you like in India in most places but to get fewer stares and feel more comfortable, read my post!

DON’T GET SCAMMED IN DELHI

Most people arrive for the first time into Delhi and get scammed within a few hours! Read my Delhi Travel Tips to help you enjoy Delhi, and the best places to stay in Delhi which is so important!

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Best Time of Year to visit South India

Please keep in mind whilst planning your 2 Week South India Itinerary that you’ll want to visit South India including Goa & Kerala in the Winter Months like Nov-March .

This is the best period to visit Goa and Kerala because the weather will be dry and places will be open for tourism. In the summer months, especially in Goa tourism shuts because the monsoon rains come.

Day 1 – Land in Goa. Travel to Goa Beach

Goa International Airport is the main airport in India because Goa is such a popular place for people to go on holiday to India from abroad and for domestic Indian tourists.

There will be lots of taxi’s waiting outside the airport so you can take a taxi or pre-arrange transport to your first beach in Goa.

Goa has so many beaches and it really depends on what you want from a holiday in Goa on your 2 Week South India Itinerary. Do you want to party? Do you want to chill? Do you want activities? Here’s my blog post on the best beaches in Goa so you can work out which ones you want to visit, and here’s a post on the best shopping markets in Goa if you like Flea Markets.

For the purpose of this itinerary for India, I’m suggesting you visit Agonda Beach and Palolem Beach in Goa as they are both all-round beaches in Goa and close together meaning less travel time as you don’t want to spend all of your holidays in South India travelling between places!

Goa Airport to Agonda Beach is a 1 hour 45minute to 2 hour drive . If you land late, don’t worry as transport will be available all night.

Day 2 & 3 – Goa Beach Days

Spend the next 2 days on your 2 Week South India Itinerary enjoying the beach. If you decide to stay in Agonda Beach you’ll be treated to a long stretch of beachline with nothing to do apart from chilling.

However, if you want to go out on a boat trip you can, or a popular trip from Agonda beach and a place to visit in Goa is Cabo de Rama Fort which you give you a taste of the culture of Goa. Agonda beach is also good for beginner surfers .

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Day 4 – Move Beaches

In my opinion, to really experience Goa you need to visit at least 2 beaches in Goa on your Goa Kerala itinerary because each beach is so different. I really recommend spending some time at Palolem Beach , I think this is one of the  best places to visit in Goa because Palolem Beach is super chilled, it’s clean, quiet and has some great cafes!

Agonda Beach to Palolem Beach takes just 15 minutes in a car so I’d suggest leaving early in the morning so you can spend all day in Palolem Beach, and when you arrive at Palolem Beach, head for brunch or lunch at Zest Cafe in Palolem, it’s the best!

2 week south india itinerary, Palolem Beach with blue sky Goa

Day 5 – Goa Beach Day

Palolem Beach is another beach to chill at however for things to do in Palolem Beach I would recommend going out on a morning boat trip to see Dolphins . If you want to see another beach you can get a tuk-tuk to Patnem Beach which is just around the corner from Palolem Beach.

Here’s my full Guide to Palolem Beach with where to stay, things to do and where to eat!

2 week south india itinerary, Palolem Beach Goa

BOOKING TRAINS IN INDIA

India is best travelled by train because its the quickest, cheapest and best way of getting to know the country. For an EASY option of booking trains in India use 12GO to search and book trains really easily. If you’ll be in India for awhile, you can use the local booking system, it’s a bit tricker but possible, here’s my post on how to book trains in India as a tourist .

BEST ACCOMMODATION IN INDIA

I always use Booking.com to book my hotels in India and Hostelworld to book my hostels . India has a great range of accommodation with brilliant hostel chains like Moustache, Zostel and Backpacker Panda as well as homestays to luxury hotels.

GUIDED TOURS IN INDIA

Many cities in India are best seen with a guide , even if it’s just a half day tour on your first day . Cities in India are chaotic and complex and what better way to taste the food and get to know the city than with a local. I recommend Get Your Guide & Viator for the best tours in India!

Day 6 – Goa Beach Day. Overnight Train to Kochi

Today you have two options on this 2 week South India itinerary, you could get an overnight train from Goa to Kerala , this way you’ll get to spend a full day on the beach and travel overnight experiencing real, India travel. Or you could travel back to Goa Airport and fly from Goa to Kochi in Kerala which takes just 1 hour 20 minutes.

My suggestion would be the overnight train as the trains in India are the best way to see and experience the real India and meet the lovely people of India and it will give you more time on the beach in Goa.

You will need to prebook your train from to Kerala from Goa in advance. The nearest train station to Palolem Beach is Madgaon and the train station for Kochi is Ernakulam Jn. This is the train I recommend booking which you can book on 12Go Asia. I recommend booking 2AC which is Second Class with Air Con.

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2 week South India itinerary, Train Time from Goa to Kochi

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Day 7 – Day in Kochi

Kochi, also known as Cochin, is a really interesting city in South India which is why I recommend it as part of your 2 week South India itinerary . It’s a port city full of colonial buildings, nice cafes and a small city feel, especially compared to big cities in India.

Fort Kochi / Fort Cochin is the best area to stay in Kochi because it’s where all of the Kochi tourist attractions are. You can easily spend one day in Kochi and things to do in Kochi include spotting the cool street art, visiting Jew Town, St Francis Church, the Folklore Museum and seeing the sunset on a boat trip.

Kochi isn’t that big so you’ll be able to see a lot during your late morning and afternoon in Kochi after arriving on the overnight train.

To help you once you’re on your 2 week India trip, why not take a Lonely Planet India Travel Guide with you.

2 week South India itinerary, Kochi City traffic

Day 8 – Travel to Munnar

If you associate Kerala with Tea Plantations then you need to visit Munnar in Kerala, and it’s one of the top things to do in Kerala!

You can get a public bus from Kochi to Munnar but from my experience, it’s quite a stressful experience as buses in India, especially South India, do not run on a regular schedule, you cannot book them in advance as they’re local buses, you often need to change buses and most of the time they are full and very squished.

If you want to get the bus from Kochi to Munnar, read my Munnar blog post for details on my experience. Your Kochi Hotel should also be able to help you as Munnar from Kochi is a popular route for tourists travelling South India.

Alternatively, especially with just 2 weeks in South India and 1 week in Kerala, I would recommend getting a taxi or hiring a private driver to save you time and make the experience less stressful.

The drive from Kochi to Munnar is 4 hours and this journey alone will give you a taste of why Kerala is called ‘Gods Own Country’.

I’d recommend staying at a homestay in Munnar so you’ll be in the countryside of Munnar as that’s the best way to experience it. Munnar Town isn’t that nice so try not to stay there.

I stayed at The Wayside Cottage in Munnar which I enjoyed and it has brilliant reviews from other travellers. Gruenberg Tea Plantation is another Munnar Homestay I’d recommend.

2 week South India itinerary, The Wayside Cottage Munnar Room

Day 9 – Munnar Day Trip

A trip to Munnar is all about seeing the tea plantations, hiking and seeing some wild elephants if you’re lucky!

It’s very likely that your accommodation in Munnar will be able to help you plan your day in Munnar so don’t worry about planning and booking this in advance too much.

To see what I got up to on my day trip in Munnar, read My Day hiking in the Tea Plantations of Munnar.

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Day 10 – Travel to Alleppey

From Munnar, you need to travel back to the coast to Alleppey as Alleppey, or Alappuzha, as it’s also known. This is the home of the backwaters of Kerala so it’s a must-visit place in Kerala on your 2 week South India itinerary!

The drive from Munnar to Alleppey is about 5 hours and again I’d recommend hiring a driver or getting a taxi for this journey as it will take a long time trying to do it by public bus.

There’s really not that much to do in Alleppey so you can spend the day travelling. Here you have 2 options, if you’ve always fancied staying on a houseboat on the backwaters of Kerala and waking up on the water, you can book this for tonight so as soon as you get to Alleppey you can get on the boat, or you can stay near Alleppey Beach and do a boat trip the next day.

Book this tour and enjoy a Relaxing Canoe Cruise through Alleppey Backwaters!

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Day 11 – Backwaters of Kerala. Travel to Varkala

If you’re like me, this is probably what you have always associated with Kerala, South India and even India itself! In fact, I wanted to see the backwaters of Kerala so much I saved it for Christmas Day and it did not disappoint!

There are different boat trips of the Kerala Backwaters, you can Kayak, Canoe, take a Houseboat or a Shikara Boat which is what I suggest. Read my full blog post about  Cruising the Backwaters of Kerala from Alleppey   to see all of the boat options and where I suggest you stay in Alleppey and some places to eat!

The boat tours of the backwaters of Kerala only last a few hours and generally leave in the morning, and seeing as there is nothing else to do in Alleppey I’d recommend leaving Alleppey that afternoon/evening and heading further down the coast to Varkala.

You can get the train from Alleppey to Varkala. You can book this in advance read this post on how to book trains in India (I can’t find the train on 12GO Asia so you’ll need to book it on the official Indian train booking system). However, if you don’t mind sitting in a lower local class train you could turn up and book the train on the day . 

2 week South India itinerary, Kerala backwaters

Day 12 & 13 – Days in Varkala

Varkala in Kerala is the perfect place to spend your last few days in India and in Kerala in on your 2 week South India itinerary. Varkala has 2 sides, it has a local town but by the beach, it’s a tourist heaven. Home to Yoga and Ayurveda , good waves for surfers, lots of nice cafes, temples and a few beaches , Varkala is the perfect mix of a local and tourist beach.

Here’s my full guide to Varkala for things to do in Varkala, where to stay and where to eat.

2 week South India itinerary, Varkala Cliff view

HELP WITH YOUR INDIA ITINERARY

I’ve spent many months travelling India in the last few years visiting over 50 places around the country, here are my recommended itinerary posts for India to help you plan your trip!

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1 MONTH NORTH INDIA ITINERARY IDEAS!

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Day 14 – Fly to Trivandrum. Fly from Goa.

If you’re staying in India for just 2 weeks it will probably be cheaper to book return flights from Goa , therefore in order to catch your flight from Goa you can get an internal flight from Trivandrum to Goa.  Or you could book a flight out of Bangalore and fly from Trivandrum to Bangalore and then catch your flight home.

Overview of the 2 Week South India itinerary!

To help with booking accommodation, based on the above 2 Week South India itinerary, this is where you’ll spend your 2 weeks in South India:

  • Goa Beach 1 – 3 Nights
  • Goa Beach 2 – 2 Nights
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  • Kochi – 2 Nights
  • Munnar – 2 Nights
  • Alleppey – 1 Night
  • Varkala – 3 Nights

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My related blog posts to help you plan this trip are:

  • Goa: Best Beaches in Goa for foreigners.
  • Palolem Beach:   Full Guide to Palolem Beach, Goa | Things To Do, Where To Stay!
  • Munnar:  Hiking in the Tea Plantations of Munnar, Kerala!
  • Alleppey:  Cruising the Backwaters of Kerala from Alleppey!
  • Varkala: Full Guide to Varkala | Things To Do, Where to Stay!
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South India reminds you of places you wished to see in your dreams. Pristine beaches, vast stretch of ocean, high hills of the Western Ghats and centuries old history. Nothing disappoints you on your journey to the south. Walking down a road with trees on both sides on a sunny morning, the journey itself is as beautiful as the destination. Magnificent rock-cut cave temples depict stories of the ancient Dravidians.

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South India comprises Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Telangana and the Union Territories of Lakshadweep, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Puducherry. Lush green tea and coffee plantations on the slopes with a backdrop of different hues of blue sky fill your heart with solace. Not to forget the magnificent examples of Dravidian style of architectural brilliance such as the temples of Mahabalipuram, Hampi and Chola Temple among many others. South India is a treasure trove of peace, scenic views, nature’s bliss and ancient history of India’s glory. Thus, making it one of the best travel destinations in India.

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For the mountains are calling….!

South India is a haven for nature enthusiasts. Clean air, majestic hills and breathtaking views win your heart and soul. Nature tourism is on spike in recent years. Rather than visiting monuments or indulging in typical tourist activities, travelers prefer to leave the hustle behind and retire to the mountains for their holidays. Waking up amidst the picturesque Western Ghats is the best summer retreat you can ask for. Popular hill stations such as Munnar, Wayanad, Ooty and Kodaikanal among many others are becoming the hotshots of the tourist’s attractions in South India.

There is no such thing as too much history!

History buffs experience a totally exceptional traveling insight into the vast history of the Dravidian civilization while traveling to South India. The rich cultural heritage of this part of India is listed with majestic stone carved temples with ages old frescos, beautiful palaces and monuments. The ancient lives of people were carved into stones to construct spectacular figurines of humans and animals. The group of monuments of Pattadakal, situated on the riverbank of Malaprabha in Karnataka, is part of the UNESCO world heritage site. One of India's top historical destinations, the ancient ruins of Hampi are a major attraction as it dates back to the 14th century. Ibrahim Rauza, the Taj Mahal of South India along with Gagan Mahal is another heritage tourist attraction of the south among many others.

Good vibes happen on the tides!

The smell of the ocean never gets old. South India is blessed with aquatic paradise for all the beach bums to spend their vacations on the scenic beaches of the south. Blessed with a coastline of 7500 km, South India is among the top seaside destinations of the world. Kappad Beach in Kerala was discovered by the famous Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama. It is a clean beach with a spectacular sunset spot. Marina beach is the second largest beach in the world with exciting water sports facilities. Another on the list is the famous Kanyakumari Beach where the three oceans meet, making it one of the most visited beach destinations of India. If your idea of vacation involves sandy toes, sunny days, cool margaritas and a vast stretch of ocean then head down to the south to enjoy the best beach holiday of your life.

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South India is home to a number of spiritual sites in India. The magnificent temples built in every dynasty of the Dravidian history showcases the religious beliefs of the people. Intricately carved pillars with stone carvings built in a classical Dravidian style of architecture is the famous Mahabaleshwar Temple on the shores of Arabian Sea in Gokarna. One of the most visited and popular of all temples is the Sabarimala Sastha Temple where only men are allowed to enter the premises. With many other majestic temples, South India is also known for its beautiful churches. The Santhome Basilica houses the remains of St. Thomas till date. Wooden domes and elegant roofs decorate the interiors of the churches. Colonisation led to different styles of British, Portuguese, Dutch and French architecture in its churches.

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Munnar

A summer retreat for Britishers during colonial times, Munnar has kept its natural beauty intact. This dainty town is filled with lush green plantations, stunning meadows, calm creeks and gushing waterfalls.

Ooty

Queen of the Nilgiris, Ooty is where the Western Ghats meet the Eastern Ghats. This hill town is home to tea and coffee gardens, waterfalls, lakes and other natural beauties.

Coonoor

This hill town seems to come alive out of a fairytale. Located amidst the Nilgiris, Coonoor was first discovered by the British in the 19th century. Blessed with scenic views, dewy mornings and a vast stretch of coffee and tea plantations, this hill station is the definition of serenity.

Kodaikanal

Situated among the Palani Hills, this quaint town is situated around the artificial Lake Kodaikanal. Adorned with misty mornings, dense woods and echoing hills, this hill town is a paradise for natural enthusiasts.

Wayanad

Bliss in God’s own country, Wayanad shelters the long ranges of Western Ghats, white cascades and lush green woods. It is a perfect getaway from the fast-paced city life as its natural beauty stops time and makes you relish the views it offers.

Coorg

A hill town that moves slowly and absorbs every ounce of beauty nature bestows on us, Coorg is one of the most visited hill stations of South India. The melancholic trails with clear sky and gushing waterfalls are a treat to mind and soul.

Devikulam

A quiet hill town shadowed by the popularity of Munnar, Devikulam is a hill station with exceptional nature’s bliss, peace and a hint of legend. Believed to be blessed with the presence of Goddess Sita, this hill town has so many reasons to visit and cherish its existence.

Yercaud

Set amidst the Shevaroy Hills of Tamil Nadu, Yercaud is a haven for nature enthusiasts. Adorning the beauty of silver oaks and teak woods along with a magnificent botanical garden, this hill station is a paradise away from the unsettling life of the city.

Ananthagiri

Ananthagiri

Located in the state of Telangana, Ananthagiri hill station is a beautiful hill town. With scenic valleys, misty mornings and loud waterfalls, this quaint town has an aroma of tea and coffee hanging around due to the lush green plantations.

Peermade

This hill station got its name from the Muslim saint, Peer Mohammad, who is believed to be the first spice trader in this region. This town is filled with plantations of various Indian spices. Not to forget, it is a natural beauty with sprawling hills, plantations and gushing waterfalls.

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Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram

Once home to a great Pallava King, who was interested in architecture, commissioned to build a group of temples in the 7th and 8th century. These temples were carved in the shape of chariots, cave sanctuaries and open air-relief. The most popular of them all is the ‘Descent of the Ganges’ and the Shore Temple.

Malaprabha

Group of monuments at Pattadakal in Malaprabha is part of the precious UNESCO world heritage sites. This group of monuments is a perfect blend of the architectural style of northern and southern India. The structures are a storybook of history with inscriptions detailing the lives of people in the eighth century.

Bijapur

Now known as Vijaypura, this old town is famous for the highest dome in the world. It also houses some exceptional architectural brilliance such as Ibrahim Rauza, Taj Mahal of the south and Chand Bawi built by a husband in the memory of his beloved wife.

Hampi

A lost city with a great past, Hampi is home to intricate carved temples, beautiful royal complexes and elaborate sculptures. The architecture was defined as the Indo-islamic style. This city holds legends of glorifying times with its ruins such as Ganesh and Vittala Temple, Gagan Mahal and Lotus Mahal.

Thanjavur

The Chola Dynasty has ruled South India for the longest time. During their prosperous reign, they built various beautiful temples. The Great Living Chola Temples are a perfect example of the art and designing of the cholas. The three must visit temples are- Brihadisvara Temple, Brihadeshwara Temple and Airavatesvara Temple.

Popular Wildlife Attractions in South India

Bandipur National Park

  • Bandipur National Park

Former royal hunting ground for the Maharaja of Mysore, Bandipur National Park is the most prominent national park of Karnataka. The national park shelters varied mammals and numerous other species along with a diverse flora.

Nagarhole National Park

  • Nagarhole National Park

Also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park, this abode of wildlife is blessed with the ruling cat families such as tigers and leopards. It is a thrill ride for all wildlife enthusiasts as this park shelters a humongous number of flora and fauna.

Mudumalai Sanctuary

  • Mudumalai Sanctuary

Home to several endangered and vulnerable species such as Indian elephant, Bengal Tiger, Gaur and Indian Leopard, Mudumalai Sanctuary is one of the most diverse wildlife sanctuaries in Tamil Nadu.

Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary

Located in the quiet town of Dandeli in Karnataka, this wildlife sanctuary is an abode of mammals, birds, reptiles and a rich flora. The park is home to tigers, elephants, gaurs, civet and flying squirrels among many others.

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

This national park is adorned with a 100 years old artificial lake in the centre. Periyar National Park protects wild elephants and tigers along with other species. This park is nestled in the scenic Western Ghats with rich biodiversity.

Popular Spiritual Places to Visit in South India

Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh

Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh

Referred to as the ‘Spiritual Capital of Andhra Pradesh’, the city is home to the famous hindu shrine of Tirumala Venkateswara Temple. It is believed that Lord Rama along with his wife and brother resided here on his return from Lanka.

Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu

Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu

One of the four holy pilgrimage sites, Char Dham of India, Rameshwaram invites devotees from all over India to visit atleast once in a lifetime. It is believed to be the starting place of the journey of Lord Rama to bring back his wife, Goddess Sita.

Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu

Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu

Popularly known as the ‘City of Thousand Temples’, Kanchipuram is the second holiest place after Varanasi. It is an important holy pilgrimage for hindu. The famous temples situated here are the Ekambareswarar Temple and Kanchi Kailasanathar Temple among many others.

Madurai, Tamil Nadu

Madurai, Tamil Nadu

Abode of one of the famous temples of India, the Meenakshi Amman Temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvati, also known as ‘Meenakshi’ and her husband Lord Shiva. Built with exceptional architectural brilliance this temple has a mythological legend attached to it.

Trivandrum, Kerala

Trivandrum, Kerala

Popularly known as the ‘City of the Lord of Anantha’, where Anantha stands for the great serpent god on which Lord Vishnu reclines. The temple is listed as the richest temple in the world with six treasure boxes holding precious stones and metals.

Popular Adventure Activities to Do in South India

Bamboo Rafting

Bamboo Rafting

One of the most exciting adventure programs, bamboo rafting in Thekkady, Periyar Tiger Reserve is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all the adventurers. It is a full day program that involves exploring the dense woods of this reserve.

Waterfall Rappelling

Waterfall Rappelling

The excitement of sliding down a gushing waterfall is soul food for all adventure buffs. Waterfall rappelling at Chelavara Waterfall is nothing more than pure thrill and it is certainly not everyone’s cup of tea.

Paragliding

Paragliding

Test the adventurer in you while flying among the clouds. Munnar is offering paragliding opportunities with its scenic view from above and we do not recommend missing out on the fun.

Skydiving

One of the top skydiving spots in India, Mysore offers the thrill of free fall. Located at the base of Chamundi Hills, this spot offers a scenic view of the city from above.

Snorkeling

Scuba Diving/ Snorkeling

Andaman and Nicobar Islands is a big fat yes for all the water babies to go and explore the coral reefs and swim with the fishes. With water sports activities such as scuba diving and snorkeling, the islands have become one of the best travel destinations in India. And who knows if you get lucky with a hidden treasure on a shipwreck?.

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Q. what is the best time to visit south india.

Winter is an ideal season to visit Southern India. The best time to visit North India is between the months of December and March. One can also visit the Southern India hill stations in Summers & Monsoon.

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  • Kudremukh National Park
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  • Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary

Q. What are the best places to visit in summer season in South India?

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  • Munnar, Kerala
  • Ooty, Tamil Nadu
  • Coonoor, Tamil Nadu
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  • Wayanad, Kerala
  • Coorg, Karnataka
  • Devikulam, Kerala
  • Yercaud, Tamil Nadu
  • Ananthagiri Hills, Telangana
  • Peermade, Kerala

Q. What are the names of states and union territories in South India?

States and union territories in South India are:

  • Karnataka - Scenic Western Ghats, exotic beaches, carved temples, majestic palaces and manicured gardens adorn the state of Karnataka. The state is a treasure of traveling opportunities for every genre of explorers.
  • Andhra Pradesh - Land of the famous Koh-i-Noor diamond, Andhra Pradesh was once a major Buddhist pilgrimage centre. This can be proved by the ruins of many stupas. Head to this beauty of heritage, nature and art.
  • Kerala - Popularly known as ‘God’s own country’, Kerala is a sprawling beauty of emerald backwaters, lush green tea estates, pristine beaches and scenic hill stations.
  • Tamil Nadu - Listed in the New York Times 2016 edition as one of the top places to visit in the world, Tamil Nadu is home to some of the top tourists’ attractions in India. Exotic beaches, mesmerising hill stations, undeniable rich heritage and culture is what you are seeking on your trip to Tamil Nadu.
  • Telangana - Home to the famous Charminar, Telangana is for explorers who admire the past more than the present. Ancient forts and palaces with magnificent temples adorn this state and whisper stories of the glorified past.
  • Lakshadweep (UT) - Situated off the Kerala coast in the Arabian Sea, Lakshadweep is a perfect amalgamation of islands. White sandy beaches and pristine water attracts all the beach bums to this wonderful destination.
  • Andaman & Nicobar (UT) - Breathtaking archipelago in the Bay of Bengal, Andaman & Nicobar Islands is a perfect tourist destination for travelers who love sunny beaches, clear waters and icy margaritas.

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Best Places To Visit In South India If You Have Two Weeks

Adventure Travel , India , Travel | January 7, 2020

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My fiancé and I recently spent two incredible weeks travelling in India’s beautiful South. It was the best adventure we’ve been on together to date so I wanted to share our complete itinerary for two weeks in South India.

We went to some of the top places to visit in South India starting with five nights in Kerala.

Next, we flew from Kerala to Goa and explored both the North and South. We finished our two weeks in India on a high in crazy Mumbai.

Despite doing very little planning, we both felt like we’d packed in a perfect mix of slow and fast paced destinations.

Neither of us would have changed anything about our trip.

We decided to focus our first trip to India on the south of the country mainly because we’d heard that’s where the best food is, I won’t lie.

Happily, the local fare more than lived up to our expectations – and I’m happy to report that not a hint of Delhi Belly occurred (perhaps because Delhi is in the North?)!

We had a loose travel itinerary for our South India tour but no real plans beyond our Globe Travel Centre tour of Kerala.

Planning a trip to India can be overwhelming because the country is so vast and diverse so I hope this guide to some of the best tourist places and holiday destinations in South India is helpful!

The Kerala portion of this itinerary was arranged and paid for by Globe Travel Centre and Xandari Resorts, who kindly hosted us during our time in Kerala.

Where to go in South India in two weeks

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Of course, this isn’t an exhaustive guide to South India – we barely scratched the surface of its spicy landscape in the two weeks we had and even two years in South India wouldn’t be enough to call yourself an expert.

But this is our exact, tried-and-tested itinerary which combines a little bit of everything South India is famous for.

I did a lot of research to make sure we spent time in places that allowed us to absorb local culture, kick back on the beach and experience buzzing Indian city life.

A good trip is all about balance for me!

Day 1: Cochin, Kerala

Best places to visit in South India: Cochin

We flew into Cochin International Airport and met our driver and guide from Globe Travel Centre at Arrivals. We were driven directly to Xandari Harbour , which was an excellent base.

Cochin (also known as Kochi) is a great place to start your first trip to India. We felt like it eased us slowly into the whole India experience, if that makes sense!

Cultural attractions in Kochi

The port city is the largest city in the state of Kerala and a good place to learn about India’s colonial past.

Interestingly, the caste system in Kerala isn’t as enforced as it is elsewhere in India and education is compulsory for all there.

Places to see in Kochi

A local female guide from Globe Travel Centre showed us around the city, starting with the Chinese fishing nets that are still used today in the harbour.

We also visited various religious buildings and did a spot of shopping in Jew Town, which I loved.

One day in Cochin is enough to see its main highlights and it’s definitely worth stopping there if you fly into Cochin to explore Kerala.

Best tours and activities in Cochin

Search for accommodation in cochin, days 2 & 3: kerala’s backwaters.

Two week itinerary for South India: Kerala Backwaters

The main attraction in Kerala for tourists is the backwaters, a network of palm-fringed lagoons and lakes that sprawl inland from Cochin to Quilon.

As part of our Kerala Globe Travel Centre tour, we headed to Lake Vembanad to spend an incredible night onboard one of Xandari Riverscapes ‘ luxurious converted rice barges.

We had the houseboat to ourselves. It had a large bedroom with an en-suite bathroom, plus a roof terrace.

Kerala backwaters houseboats

Typically people book a minimum of two nights on the houseboat and enjoy delicious meals cooked onboard by a private chef, while learning about the local area from your guide.

This was an incredible experience and it’s the number one reason people visit Kerala, so you can’t miss it!

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Days 4, 5 & 6: marari, kerala.

Best tourist spots in South India: Marari Beach

When we reluctantly got off the houseboat back in Kottayam we climbed back into the car that had been arranged for us by Globe Travel Centre and were driven the short distance to Xandari Pearl in Mararikulam.

This tranquil luxury beach resort is THE place to relax and unwind. It’s perfect for couples and is super environmentally conscious, which delighted us.

Luxury beach resort in Kerala: Xandari Pearl

We slept in one of the 27 villas and absolutely loved having our own private plunge pool and an outdoor shower.

The food served at the resort was to die for and for our entire two night stay, it felt like we were walking on air. Pure bliss!

If you’re looking for a laid-back place to stay in Kerala with your partner, I can’t recommend Xandari Pearl enough.

Read my full review of Xandari Pear Resort

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Days 7, 8 & 9: calungate, north goa.

South India itinerary for backpackers: North Goa beaches

As our first week in India drew to a close, we were dropped off back at Cochin airport and that was the end of our fantastic Globe Travel Centre tour of Kerala.

From there, we flew to Goa and got a taxi from the airport to Hotel Goan Heritage in Calungate .

It was perfectly located at the south end of Calungate near quieter Candolim, and a 20 minute walk along the waterfront to rowdier Baga Beach.

What are North Goa's beaches like?

We went to North Goa for nightlife, and it certainly delivered!

We spent every night with our feet in the sand, and went to the infamous Titos Lane in Baga Beach for a big night on one occasion.

North Goa is fun but if you don’t have much time to spend in Goa, I’d recommend heading south, which we did next.

Tours and activities in Goa

Search for accommodation in calungate, days 10, 11 & 12: palolem, south goa.

South India's best tourist places: Palolem

Around three hours from Calungate by taxi, Palolem is a little slice of paradise in South Goa.

It’s an absolute must-visit in Goa and one of the best places to visit in South India if you like picture-perfect beaches.

Best beaches in South Goa

It’s a popular South India holiday destination among independent travellers but tour companies haven’t really moved in yet, so Palolem has dodged over-tourism and there are no concrete buildings or gaudy hotel developments.

We truly felt like we’d stumbled upon a hidden gem.

Beach huts in Palolem, South Goa

We stayed in beach huts at O3 Beach Resort . The entire beach is lined with similar accommodation options. They all serve great food too!

Trying to decide between North or South Goa? I’ve compared the two in a separate blog post.

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Days 13 & 14: mumbai.

Where to go in South India

We spent 24 hours in Mumbai to end our South India trip on a high.

The flight from Goa to Mumbai, in India’s southwest, was easy and our local friend picked us up at the airport, then kindly showed us around.

One full day in Mumbai should be enough to see the city’s main highlights.

We managed to cram a lot in but traffic can be nuts so it’s best to use a combination of local driver and local trains (outside of peak times to avoid the crowds, of course) to get around.

Mumbai trains

We weren’t sure if we would enjoy Mumbai and while one full day was enough for me, I’m really glad we decided to end our trip in this heaving city.

Best tours and activities in Mumbai

Search for accommodation in mumbai, useful information for visiting south india.

Tips for two weeks in South India

Travelling to South India

We flew from Manchester to Cochi via Qatar with Qatar Airways. If you’re doing this India itinerary in reverse, you can fly to Mumbai from London direct.

My best money-saving tip for flights is to search for your preferred dates on Skyscanner and compare prices and flight durations on different airlines.

Make sure you apply for a visa online more than 72 hours before check-in opens for your flight! This is the official Indian e-visa website (don’t get caught out with scams).

Be warned that it’s a lengthy process so you’ll need to set aside around 45 minutes to complete your application.

Anyone who watches my Instagram Story will have seen the trouble we had with visas thanks to Tom’s lax attitude to travel plans…

How to get around South India

Getting around Mumbai by train

We didn’t have a super strict budget so we skipped the long train and bus journeys in favour of flights between Kerala and Goa, and Goa and Mumbai. When you’re short on time, it’s easier this way.

I’d heard a lot about how easy it is to get scammed when it comes to taxis in India but we did our research beforehand or asked a local barman or hotel worker what we should expect to pay. People are helpful!

When getting taxis from airports, we simply looked for the pre-paid taxi desks and paid the fixed price.

We’re eternally grateful for having the help of Globe Travel Centre for Kerala. It was our first trip to India so it was reassuring to have a personal guided tour planned for us.

We were picked up at the airport when we arrived in Cochi, accompanied by a guide for the bits when a local person came in useful, and had the same driver throughout our time in Kerala.

Travel insurance and vaccinations

We were a bit naughty and didn’t get vaccinations, but we have had jabs a few years ago so we hope they protected us. Obviously, you should do as I say and not as I do!

Always check whether you’ll need any vaccinations for South India before you go.

I was worried about malaria but we only visited low-risk areas so there was nothing to be nervous about.

It’s best to stay away from animals like dogs and monkeys in India because of the risk of rabies.

One great thing I learned in Mumbai was that a lot of the dogs on the street have clipped ears to indicate they have been treated for rabies. It made me feel safer because I’m nervous around dogs at the best of times!

Health insurance is essential for India trips. World Nomads have an excellent reputation among travellers. You can use the box below to get a quote.

Useful travel guides for your trip to South India

I was sent the Rough Guide to South India & Kerala for my trip and found it insanely useful for finding essential information about the best places to visit in South India.

There’s so much great information online but this book really filters out all the confusing bits and breaks each destination down into easily digestible chunks.

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Two weeks in South India itinerary

Melis Living says

January 8, 2020 at 8:52 am

I’ve never fancied India but your post totally makes me want to brave it and go! What amazing pictures. It sounds like a totally unique adventure. Melis x

Vansh Tiwari says

January 30, 2020 at 5:18 pm

Hey, I had visited Goa recently and spent most of the time in North Goa side and especially at Mandrem. I hope when you come next time in Goa, you should definitely explore some quaint beaches and off beat places. Dudhsagsr falls is also present there. It was my first time there. I hope you enjoyed in India 😊.

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Drive Down These Stunning Routes In South India For The Perfect Getaway

South india is home to some stunning routes that are the epitome of beauty. so, make the most of your days off and plan a journey here..

By Anushka Goel Published on Apr 01, 2022, 05:00 PM

Drive Down These Stunning Routes In South India For The Perfect Getaway

Road trips are among the best ways to spend quality time with loved ones. What makes them special is the journey, which takes one through varied landscapes. India is home to stunning hills, huge deserts and beautiful green covers. What’s more, entire South India is home to some routes that are the epitome of beauty. So, plan a journey down these amazing  routes ,  and be prepared to be blown away! By Anushka Goel

Stunning routes in South India for those who love road trips

Chennai to yercaud.

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The journey takes one from the coastal city of Chennai to the Shevaroy Hills in Tamil Nadu, where the stunning, quaint town is. A budget road trip, this journey takes one through landscapes and weather changes, as one leaves the humidity behind for some sweet, pleasant air. The journey also takes one through the Ghat road, which has 20 hairpin bends to appease the adventure lovers!

Distance: 347 kilometres

Kochi to Alleppey

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The stunning route takes about an hour or hour and a half and connects Kochi to Alleppey, or Allapuzha. Alleppey is known for its beautiful backwaters and a calm, serene vibe with lush greenery, and the roads connecting Kochi to the place are also full of green cover, making this short journey a stunning one.

Distance: 53 kilometres

Kochi-Ponmudi Hills

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One of the most stunning routes in South India, the Kochi-Ponmudi Hills  road  takes one through stunning forests and beautiful hills. Ponmudi Hills themselves are known for their deer park, waterfalls, wildlife sanctuary and more such sites, and make for a great road trip from Kochi.

Distance: 230 kilometres

Pamban Bridge

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The short stretch that connects Mandapam on mainland India to Rameswaram is built atop the sea. The scenic drive takes one on a journey that’s covered by water on both sides, making for some breathtaking views. What’s more, the train journey on Pamban Bridge is among the most dangerous but makes up for it with its stunning visuals!

Distance: 13.5 kilometres

Bengaluru to Ooty

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This road trip from Bengaluru to the Queen of Hills, Ooty, is popular among college students and youngsters living in the city. This stunning South India route takes one through winding roads, beautiful forests, and the beautiful Mysore (Mysuru), which is a great place to stop and explore some local sites. Ooty awaits the visitors with rolling hills, lush greenery, forests, resorts, and more.

Distance: 265 kilometres

Mangalore to Goa

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The journey from Mangalore to Goa should be on your bucket list, especially if you love the beaches. The trip lets you soak in the beautiful waters of the Arabian Sea, where you can stop en route and spend some time before you head to the vacation destination of Goa. Take a short detour to Gokarna for its quieter beaches, explore local cuisine as you drive through before you hit the sands of Goa and spend some time there.

Distance: 345 kilometres

Kochi to Kanyakumari

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Yet another journey for the sea lovers, this stretch is a delight as you get to explore some beautiful beaches, fishing villages and backwaters. What’s more, both Kochi and Kanyakumari have sites of importance that are historical and/or political in nature. Explore the yummy coastal cuisine, visit the ports and the old Jewish settlements, and make the most of your road journey down this stunning route in South India.

Distance: 297 kilometres

Vizag to Araku Valley

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Zip across the stunning rolling hills of the Eastern Ghats and drive down winding valleys on this road journey. You’ll pass through several small villages on this route and drive through roads that are surrounded by greenery, making it the trip of a lifetime.

Distance: 114 kilometres

Chikmagalur to Kudremukh

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The stretch between Chikmagalur and Kudremukh is a beautiful road filled with lush greenery, well-maintained roads and misty hills. Play your favourite music, open up the windows and soak in the sweet-smelling air as you drive down this road, which is among the most stunning routes in South India.

Distance: 107 kilometres

Bengaluru to Pondicherry

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The journey from Bengaluru to Puducherry takes one through the state of Karnataka, exploring its scenic beauty. Puducherry is home to some scenic beaches, Auroville, and gorgeous French colonial structures that will keep you engaged throughout.

Distance: 359 kilometres

Bengaluru to Coorg

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Engulf your senses in the fragrant coffee and cardamom plantations in Coorg when you reach, but before that, be sure to enjoy the stunning sites that you witness along the route – winding roads , misty skies, clean, pristine hills and more! This is sure to be a journey of a lifetime, as you transition from the advanced city life into a getaway that promises comfort in the lap of nature.

Bengaluru to Kolli Hills

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One of the most stunning road trips in South India is the one from Bengaluru to Kolli Hills. The hills have over 70 hairpin bends, making it a dangerous yet scenic route to drive on. The entire journey is filled with greenery, scenic plantations and more and will be sure to delight you throughout as much as it enthralls you.

Distance: 288 kilometres

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Join us on a spice, temple and dosa-filled journey into the soul of South India.

From the palm-lined beaches of Goa to the sleepy backwaters of Kerala and the temple-strewn Hampi, South India is packed with cultural and culinary adventures. While iconic landmarks like Maharaja's Palace and Sri Meenakshi Temple are bound to wow you, the real magic for us lies in sharing a biriyani with a local family, learning about Ayurveda as you sniff your way around a herb garden or tracking tiger footprints with a village guide. If you want to discover India beyond the Golden Triangle 's big-ticket attractions, a South India trip could be on the cards.

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Cruise the Kerala backwaters

Hop on a traditional wooden houseboat for an unforgettable journey through the winding, palm-shaded backwaters of Kerala. Settle into the slow pace of life here as you watch locals going about their day and enjoy home-cooked Keralan food on the deck. There'll also be plenty of opportunities to hop off to visit nearby villages and learn about life along these emerald-green waterways.

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Marvel at Sri Meenakshi Temple

The whole ‘land of colour’ thing has become a bit of a cliché, but one glimpse at Sri Meenakshi Temple will show you why it’s one of the best ways to describe India. Located in the heart of Madurai city, this ancient temple – dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Meenakshi – is a maze of lamp-lit corridors leading to shrines where traditional rituals take place, including the remarkable Hall of a Thousand Pillars.

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Go temple hopping in Hampi

Steeped in history with thousands of stunning temple ruins dotted across the landscape, there are countless stories and mysteries to uncover in Hampi. After exploring the architectural masterpiece of Vittala Temple, kick back with a chai in a riverside café, climb up Matanga Hill to watch a magical sunset or enjoy a river ride in a coracle (a traditional rounded bamboo boat).

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Chill out in Varkala

Welcome to one of Kerala’s most beautiful beach towns. Soaring cliffs protect Varkala’s sandy shores and dolphins can be spotted from high up on the rocks depending on the time of year. Dig into seafood curries at one of the many restaurants, enjoy a yoga or meditation workshop and watch a spellbinding Kathakali dance performance at the Cultural Centre.

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Cook an Ayurvedic feast

Uncovering the melting pot of culture and history in Kochi is hungry work, so what better way to fill your belly than a mouthwatering South Indian feast. The best part? It'll be cooked by you! During this hands-on cooking class, you’ll learn the basics of one of the world’s oldest holistic health systems while cooking a delicious three-course meal with ingredients that maintain good health.

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From navigating busy stations and chatting with locals in your carriage to gazing out the window as you chug through ever-changing scenery, travelling on an overnight train is a rite of passage for travellers in India. With padded berths kitted out with a sheet, pillow and blanket and vendors who climb aboard selling everything from samosas to biryani, you won’t be forgetting this journey in a hurry!

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Yes, all foreigners (except those from a visa-exempt country) must apply for a visa before travelling to India. This can be done online (e-visa) or by post at your nearest Indian embassy. Eligibility for an e-visa depends on your nationality, trip duration, and how you plan to enter the country.

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Do I need to purchase travel insurance for a South India tour?

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their tour. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

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What are some of the most popular South Indian foods?

Get ready to take your tastebuds on a mouthwatering adventure. South Indian cuisine includes a combination of food from each state: Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Telangana. Dishes are largely vegetarian but seafood is also popular, particularly in Kerala. Many dishes are made with coconut oil and cream and a combination of spices including curry leaves, mustard seeds, tamarind, asafoetida, fenugreek seeds and chillies.

Some of the most popular foods to try include:

  • Idli: A savoury rice cake typically eaten for breakfast. It's made by steaming a batter made with fermented black lentils and rice.
  • Dosa: A savoury pancake/crepe made from rice and lentil flour batter. They can be eaten by ripping off a piece and dipping it in sambar or stuffed with veggies, potato or paneer.
  • Sambar: A lentil and vegetable stew flavoured with spices and chillies. It's a staple in South Indian cuisine and is served alongside most dishes.
  • Rasam: A deliciously hot and sour lentil soup made with tamarind and kokum (a mangosteen fruit).

What are the toilets like in India?

Squat toilets are the most common toilets in India. Always carry your own toilet paper and soap or hand sanitiser, as they're usually not provided. Flushable, Western-style toilets can be found in up-market restaurants, some higher-end hotels and in some tourist areas.

Can I drink the tap water in India?

India is notorious among travellers for sickness. We don't recommend ever drinking tap water, and travellers should avoid drinks with ice and foods that haven’t been cooked or peeled. This means salad is also off the menu, but with so many delicious South Indian dishes on offer this shouldn't be an issue!

Are Intrepid's South India tours accessible for travellers with disabilities?

Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible , regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. We’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries. 

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"Rarely is a trip absolutely perfect, especially a trip for three couples traveling together. But from the beginning of the planning process, to the final fine tuning, to the day-to-day plans and World Travel Experiences have done a commendable job and have exceeded all of our expectations. Using this travel company was like having a close friend helping with the trip. We had wanted a trip that reduced the uncertainties of travel, but also left a lot of time for our own explorations. The itinerary included an introductory tour guide at every new location and then time to explore on our own. It included wonderful peaceful hotels, and houseboats. The food served was divine. Every aspect of the trip was a perfect fit for what we had hoped to do and how we had hoped to travel. The costs were very reasonable and fully transparent. We are already planning our next trip with WTX."
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"What made the tour "excellent" was the group and our guide, Thilip Vijay. This was my 5th Intrepid tour, and as typically the only American, I wish more would do it, especially in this day & age of nationalism, border walls, etc. I have to admit that India can be challenging and often depressing, due to the poverty and trash, but it's worth it. There were some very long rides, and the overnight train isn't my "cup of chai", but we certainly saw all of the highlights, even including a tiger, although I would have loved to have included Hampi on the itinerary. A few suggestions: Don't buy much, if anything, at the various shopping stops, since you can find everything much cheaper elsewhere; Use "WhatsApp" to communicate amongst the group and share photos; Invest in a SteriPen to sterilize the tap water and minimize plastic bottle usage (although I appreciated that most of the lodgings provided potable water). Our guide, Thilip, was very knowledgeable and attentive, even taking me to the doctor once and providing a movie & music for our long van rides. I also highly recommend using both Intrepid and Tour Radar, as the latter saved me a considerable amount and were very responsive. (I was a travel agent for over 30 years, so I know of what I speak. :-)"

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Often referred to as Queen of hill stations, Ooty is one of the best hill stations in India and among the top places to visit in Tamilnadu . Ooty is situated at a distance of 265 km from Bangalore. At an altitude of 7,440 feet, Ooty was a popular summer retreat for the British during colonial days. The rolling hills, lush green vegetation, and misty landscapes attract a large number of tourists to this hill station. Ooty Lake, Botanical Garden, Wenlock Downs, and Rose Garden are among the must include places in Ooty tour packages . The toy train, known as Nilgiri Mountain Railway that runs from Mettupalayam to Ooty is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must be experienced. The establishment of numerous tea estates made Ooty famous. Lofty mountains, dense forest, sprawling grasslands, and miles and miles of tea gardens greet the visitors on most routes. The annual Tea and Tourism Festival (Jan) and Summer Festival (May) attract crowds in huge numbers. Ooty can also be visited along with Wayanad tour packages .

2. Tirupati

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At a distance of 71 km from Chittoor, 413 km from Vijayawada, 556 km from Hyderabad, 763 km from Vizag, 134 km from Chennai and 259 km from Bangalore, Tirupati is a pilgrimage city in the extreme southeast of Andhra Pradesh in Chittoor district. It is often referred as a synonym to Tirumala (called as Tirumala Tirupati), which is a sacred temple town famous for Sri Venkateswara Temple also known as Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple. Tirupati along with Chandragiri is an ideal Chennai getaways for a two day trip and also one of the top Andhra Pradesh tourist places . Tirupati is one of the most ancient and sacred pilgrimage sites in India. Tirumala, the home of Lord Venkateswara is at a distance of 22 km from Tirupati. However, Tirupati is the town and transport hub to Tirumala at the bottom of the hill. The initial temple at Tirumala was built by the Tamil king Thondaimaan. The Pallavas of Kanchipuram (9th century), Cholas of Tanjore (10th century), Pandyas of Mathura and Vijayanagara Kings (14th & 15th centuries) regularly visited the temple and contributed largely to the temple. Especially, Sri Krishna Devaraya of Vijayanagara Empire contributed a lot to the temple. Now the temple is under the maintenance of TTD. Spread over an area of 450 sq. km, Tirupati offers a magnificent religious and ...

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Situated at an altitude ranging from 5000 to 8000 feet on the Kannan Devan Hills, the fascinating hill station of Munnar is one of the best tourist places in kerala and among the must include places in honeymoon tour packages . It is about 120 km from Kochi, and 284 km from Trivandrum. Often referred to as the Swiss of South India, Munnar is one of the famous weekend getaways from Kochi , Coimbatore & Madurai. Mattupetty Dam, Echo point, Kundala Lake, Devikulam , Pothamedu Viewpoint, Nyayamkad falls, Thoovanam falls, Eravikulam National Park and Attukal Waterfalls are among the must include places in Munnar tour packages . Munnar is a trekker's paradise too, which offers both soft and mountain trekking. Munnar is home for some of the world's best tea estates. The tea plants covering Munnar hills make the feeling of seeing a wide green carpet. Munnar is also known for Neelakurinji flowers, which blooms once in 12 years. It is also known for being the spice center of Kerala. Over twelve varieties of spices including ginger, garlic, cardamom, vanilla, pepper, cinnamon, coffee, tea, clove, and nutmeg are cultivated in Munnar and its neighboring villages.

4. Alleppey

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Popularly known as the 'Venice of the East, Alappuzha or Alleppey is one of the best Kerala tourist places , and among the popular attraction not to miss in your honeymoon tour to Kerala. It is about 63 km from Kochi, and 152 km from Trivandrum. Along with Kumarakom , Alappuzha is among the most famous destination of Backwaters in Kerala . A houseboat cruise in these backwaters is a delightful experience. The never-ending panorama of lush green paddy fields, towering coconut trees, shimmering water, and long canals around Alappuzha make it a delightful destination. Alappuzha beach , Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple, Arthunkal Church, Mannarasala Temple, Chettikulangara Devi Temple, Mullakkal Temple, Champakulam, Kuttanad and Krishnapuram Palace are the must include places in Alleppey tour packages . Alappuzha is also known for the annual Nehru Trophy Boat Race held on the Punnamada Lake on the second Saturday of August every year. This is the most popular of the boat races in India, and among the must experience things to do as part of kerala tour packages .

5. Rameshwaram

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Rameshwaram is one of the popular places of pilgrimage in Tamilnadu as well as in India. Situated at a distance of 562 km from Chennai, the town is home to the famous Rameshwaram Temple, among the must include places in Tamilnadu Tour Packages . Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Rameshwaram Temple is one of the Jyotirlinga temples in India, and is one of the top attractions you must visit as part of Rameshwaram tour packages . It is significant for Hindus as a pilgrimage to Banaras is incomplete without a Pilgrimage to Rameswaram. This is also the place where Rama worshipped Lord Shiva to cleanse away the sin of killing Ravana. Rameswaram along with Dwarka, Puri and Badrinath form the four Char Dhams. Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple, Agnitheertham, Gandamadana Parvatham, Dhanushkodi , Kothandaraswamy Temple and Erwadi are some of the most visited attractions of Rameshwaram. Sri Ramanatha Swamy Temple is renowned for its magnificent corridors and massive sculptured pillars. The third corridor of Ramanathaswamy temple is the longest one in the world.

6. Pondicherry

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At a distance of 170 km from Chennai, 204 km from Trichy, 233 km from Tirupati, 335 km from Madurai, 639 km from Trivandrum, 578 km from Kanyakumari, 96 km from Mahabalipuram , 368 km from Bangalore and 564 km from Kochi, Pondicherry or Puducherry is a city and capital of the Union Territory of Pondicherry and is one of the most popular tourist destinations you must include in honeymoon packages . It is among top 2 day trip from Bangalore and Chennai. Pondicherry is located along the Coromandel Coast of Bay of Bengal. The Union Territory of Puducherry comprises of four coastal regions namely Puducherry, Karaikal , Mahe and Yanam. Puducherry and Karaikal are situated on the East Coast of Tamil Nadu, Yanam in Andhra Pradesh and Mahe on the West Coast in Kerala . According to legend, Pondicherry was known by the name Vedapuri and this place is also believed to be the abode of the revered sage, Saint Agasthya. Pondicherry had trade relations with Rome during 1st century AD. Roman pottery excavated from Arikamedu near Pondicherry dates back to 1st century AD. Pondicherry was ruled by the Pallava dynasty in 4th century AD followed by different southern dynasties ...

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Mysore, the erstwhile capital of the Mysore Maharajas, is one of the popular destinations in Karnataka and among the must visit places as part of 2 day trip near Bangalore . It is about 139 km from Bangalore. With its dazzling royal heritage, intricate architecture, its famed silk sarees, yoga, and sandalwood, Mysore is one of the top Heritage sites in India in India. Often called as the City of Palaces, Mysore still retains its old world charm with its palaces, heritage buildings, traditions and temples. Mysore Palace is among the must include places in your Mysore Tour Packages . Apart from the Mysore Palace , Chamundi Hill Temple, Mysore Zoo, Srirangapatna and Brindavan Gardens are the most famous places to visit in Mysore. The royal city of Mysore Dussehra is known for its grand Dussehra celebrations. The month long Dussehra celebrations, with its colorful processions, fireworks and the beautifully lighted palace, gives an enchanting look to the city. Explore our Mysore Travel Guide for complete details on the heritage city. Mysore can also be visited as part of Coorg tour packages .

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Hampi is a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site situated on the banks of Tungabhadra River in northern Karnataka. Situated about 340 km from Bangalore & 377 km from Hyderabad, Hampi is one of the best heritage sites in India and among the must include places in your Karnataka tour packages . Hampi is an extremely significant place in terms of history and architecture as it stands within the ruins of the city of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. It is an open-museum of architecture, religion, and history dotted with innumerable gems that were hewed from stones. Virupaksha Temple , Vittala Temple, and Hampi Bazaar are among the must include places in your Hampi tour packages . The ruins of Vijayanagara Empire in and around the village of Hampi are spread over an area of more than 26 Sq.km. The famous Vittala Temple is located 2 km east of the Hampi Bazaar. Explore our Hampi Travel Guide for complete details on the stunning heritage city. Hampi can also be visited along with Badami tour packages .

9. Kumarakom

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Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake in Kerala. Also known as the Queen of Vembanad, Kumarakom is the most famous Kerala backwaters destination for traditional houseboat ride, and among the must include places in Kerala tour packages . It is about 56 km from Kochi, 36 km from Alleppey, and 164 km from Trivandrum. Kumarakom is a special tourism zone in Kerala due to the special ecology of the place. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Kumaramangalam Temple, Vaikom, Pathiramanal Island, Aranmula, and Erumeli are the popular places to visit as part of Kumarakom tour packages . The major sightseeing option at Kumarakom is a boat cruise in backwaters of Vembanad and is an amazing experience for every traveler to Kumarakom. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a noted bird sanctuary where one can see many species of migratory birds. It is an unbelievably beautiful paradise of mangrove forests, emerald green paddy fields, and coconut groves. It is also famous for Ayurvedic massage, yoga, meditation, boating, fishing, and swimming. Kumarakom is the venue for Sree Narayana Jayanthi Boat Race held in September during Onam festival.

10. Madurai

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Situated on the banks of the River Vaigai, Madurai is the third-largest city in Tamilnadu and one of the most famous places of pilgrimage in India . The city is situated about 209 km from Coimbatore and 464 km from Chennai. Also referred to as Athens of the East, Madhurai is the oldest continually inhabited city in the Indian peninsula, with a history dating back to the Sangam period of the pre-Christian era. Madurai was the seat of power of the Pandyan Empire. Often considered the cultural capital of Tamilnadu, Madurai is one of the top places to visit in tamilnadu . The city is very well known for Madurai Meenakshi Temple, among the most visited temple in South India tour packages . Meenakshi Temple, also known as Madurai Meenakshi, is the biggest landmark of Madurai and is one of the largest temples in India. The temple has stunning architecture and a significant testimony for Vishwakarma Brahmins for their master architecture in sculpting this temple. Along with Meenakshi Temple, Thirumalai Nayak Mahal & Koodal Alagar Temple are other important places to visit as part of Madurai tour packages .

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Fondly called as the Scotland of India, Coorg is one of the top hill stations in South India and among the most popular attraction not to miss in your Karnataka holiday packages . Coorg (or Kodagu) is about 265 km from Bangalore city and takes about 6 hrs drive. Coorg is the largest producer of Coffee in India. Also, it is one of the places with highest rainfall in India. Places like Raja's seat, Abbey Falls, Iruppu Falls, Omkareshwara Temple, Bylakuppe, Talacauvery and Dubare are the major attractions to be included in Coorg Tour Packages . The famous Cauvery River is originated in the hills of Coorg at Talacauvery . Explore our Coorg Travel Guide for complete details on the hill station of Coorg. Being a part of the Western Ghats, Coorg is home to three wildlife sanctuaries - the Talacauvery, Pushpagiri and Brahmagiri Sanctuaries, and one national park, the Nagarhole National Park. Coorg is also famous for trekking activities with peaks like Thandiyandamole, Brahmagiri and Pushpagiri. Besides, Coorg can also be visited along with Ooty tour packages .

12. Kanchipuram

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Kanchipuram or Kanchi is one of the most famous places of pilgrimage in Tamilnadu . It is situated at a distance of 75 km from Chennai. It is one of the most popular weekend getaways from Chennai . Located on the bank of Palar River, Kanchipuram is one of the oldest cities in India and was served as the capital of Pallava Dynasty. Kanchi is known for its temples and silk sarees which are woven manually. Kamakshi Amman Temple is the landmark of Kanchipuram, and is believed to be existing even before Aadi Sankaracharya's period (788-820 AD). Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Kailasanathar Temple, Karchapeshwarar Temple, Sri Ekambarnathar Temple are the other prominent temples to visit as part of Kanchipuram tour packages . The temples of Kanchipuram are known for their grandeur and great architecture. Kanchipuram is a traditional centre of silk weaving and handloom industries for producing Kanchipuram Sarees. In 2005, 'Kanchipuram Silk Sarees' received the Geographical Indication tag, the first product in India to carry this label.

13. Hyderabad

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Hyderabad (also known as Bhagya Nagaram) is the fifth largest metropolis of India and the capital of the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. It is known for its rich history and culture with monuments, mosques, temples, a rich and varied heritage in arts, crafts and dance. Also known as The City of Nizams and The City of Pearls, Hyderabad is today one of the fast developing cities in the country and a modern hub of IT, ITES, and Biotechnology. Hyderabad is often referred to the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad together which are commonly referred as a single city. Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, a ruler of the Qutb Shahi dynasty (the ruling family of the Golconda - previously a feudatory of Bahmani sultanate that declared independence in 1512) founded the city of Hyderabad on the banks of the Musi River in 1591. The Mughal emperor Aurangzeb captured Hyderabad in 1687, but the Mughal-appointed governors of the city soon gained autonomy. In 1724, Asaf Jah I, who was granted the title Nizam-ul-Mulk ('Governor of the country') by the Mughal emperor, defeated a rival official to establish control over Hyderabad. Asaf Jah's successors ruled as the Nizams of Hyderabad. The rule of the seven Nizams saw the growth of Hyderabad both culturally and economically. Hyderabad is the financial and economic capital of the state of Andhra Pradesh. Hyderabad is known as the city of pearls, lakes and, lately, for its IT companies.

14. Kovalam

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Kovalam is a coastal town on the shores of the Arabian Sea in Kerala. About13 km from Trivandrum, and 212 km from Kochi, it is one of the most famous places to visit in Kerala as part of Kerala Tour Packages . Often called the 'Paradise of the South', Kovalam is one of the wonderful Kerala beach destinations . Kovalam means 'A grove of coconut trees and the whole area beyond the shores around Kovalam is filled with the endless sight of coconut trees offering magnificent views while approaching the beach. Light House Beach, Vizhinjam Mosque, Samudra Beach, Eve's Beach are the must include places in Kovalam tour packages . There are several activities for tourists like sunbathing, swimming, catamaran cruising, herbal body massage, and cultural programs. Kovalam is also famous for its Ayurvedic massages and many yoga resorts.

15. Kodaikanal

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Often referred to as the Princess of Hill stations, Kodaikanal or Kodai is one of the top tourist destinations in Tamilnadu tour packages and among the best hill stations in South India . It is located at a distance of about 469 km from Bangalore & 528 km from Chennai. At an altitude of about 7000 feet (2133 m) amidst the rolling slopes of the Palani Hills, Kodai has several scenic places that are enjoyed by its visitors as part of Kodaikanal tour packages . Kodaikanal is not extensively commercialized like Ooty and it offers a pleasant experience to tourists with relatively less crowd. Kodai Lake, Bryant Park, Coaker's Walk, Bear Shola Falls, Silver Cascade, and Pillar Rocks are the top tourist places in Kodaikanal . Kodaikanal is a place you can go to take a break from the rigours of daily city life, and this hill station lets you sit back and connect with nature as you head out on biking or trekking trails or take a stroll through the vast forests surrounding the town. Dolphin's Nose, and Vattakanal are some of the top trekking places in Kodaikanal.

16. Thekkady

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Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the top wildlife sanctuaries in India , especially for wildlife enthusiasts. Situated about 82 km from Munnar, 143 km from Kochi, and 211 km from Trivandrum, it is one of the must include places in Kerala tour packages , Established in the year 1950, the sanctuary is spread across 777 sq. km, of which 360 sq. km is a thick evergreen forest. The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar River adds to the charm of the park. Among the top kerala tourist places , Thekkady is famous for Asian Elephants, Tigers, Gaurs, Sambars, Lion-tailed Macaques, Nilgiri Langurs, Wild Boars, Spotted Deer, Nilgiri Tahr, etc. This is the only sanctuary in India where you can watch wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat from the lake. The main attraction of the sanctuary is a group of wild elephants that come to play in the lake. Thekkady offers elephant rides, jeep safari, boating in the lake, tiger trails and forest treks. Murikkady, Chellar Kovil, Anakkara, Mangala Devi Temple, Suruli Falls, and Pullumedu are the popular places to visit as part of Thekkady tour packages .

17. Chikmagalur

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Chikmagalur or Chikkamagaluru is a scenic hill town situated at the foothills of Mulliyangiri range with an altitude of 3,400 feet. It is one of the best hill stations in Karnataka and also among the most famous tourist places near Bangalore . Chikmagalur is famous for its serene environment, lush green forests and tall mountains. Baba Budangiri, Hirekolale Lake, Mulliyangiri , Ayyanakere Lake, Manikyadhara Falls, Horanadu and Kemmanagundi are among the must include places in Chikmagalur Tour Packages . Chikkamagaluru is also famous for coffee and is known as the Coffee Land of Karnataka. It is the place where coffee was cultivated for the first time in India. The climate of Chikmagalur is pleasant all year round but the best time to visit the place is from the months of September till March. Explore our Chikmagalur Travel Guide for complete details on the mighty hill station. Chikmagalur can also be visited along with Coorg tour packages .

18. Sabarimala

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Sabarimala is the most famous places of pilgrimage in Kerala , and one of the most visited pilgrim centers in India. Situated about 70 km from Pathanamthitta, this temple is one of the oldest temples in India, with history of more than 5000 years old, and among the popular places to visit in Kerala . Sabarimala temple is dedicated to Lord Ayyappan and is believed that Lord Parasurama installed the idol of Ayyappa here. The pilgrimage season begins in the month of November and ends in January (the temple remains closed during the rest of the year except for the first five days of each Malayalam month). The devotees following Ayyappa Vratam (Ayyappa Maala - a 41 days Vratam with strict restrictions) carry Irumudi Kettu containing traditional offerings to the Lord. Mandalapooja (Nov17th) and Makaravilakku (Jan 14th) are the important events of the temple. Makara Jyothi (a celestial star) appeared on Jan 14th is the most crowded occasion of this temple. Sabarimala temple has no restrictions of caste and religion. The temple is open to males of all age groups, but women between 10-50 years age group are NOT allowed into the temple. Sabarimala can be reached by an 8 km trek from Pamba, which is the nearest road point to the temple.

19. Mahabalipuram

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Mahabalipuram, also called Mamallapuram is one of the must-visit weekend getaways from Chennai for one day trip. About 57 km from Chennai, it is one of the UNESCO heritage site in Tamil Nadu and one of the best places to experience Tamilnadu Tourism . Famous for its Shore Temple built in 7th century, Mahabalipuram was the second capital of the Pallava kings of Kanchipuram . It is known for its historical monuments, sculptures, scenic beauty, culture and tradition. The famous Arjuna's Penance, the Krishna Mandapa, Thirukadalmallai temple, Cholamadal Artist's Village, Mahabalipuram Beach, Tiger Cave and Crocodile Bank are the must include places in Mahabalipuram tour packages . One of the prominent festivals celebrated here is the Mamallapuram Dance Festival, which is organized by the Department of Tourism every year from December - January. Mahabalipuram is one of the best places to include in your Pondicherry tour packages .

20. Athirapally Waterfalls

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Athirapally Waterfall is one of the best waterfalls in India and one of the must include places in Kerala tour packages . It is situated about 73 km from Kochi, 100 km from Munnar, and 269 km from Trivandrum. This is the biggest waterfall in Kerala and one of the popular weekend getaways from Kochi , Coimbatore & Munnar. Formed over Chalakudy River, Athirapally is one of the scenic waterfalls in Kerala that drops down from a height of 80 feet through several parallel streams offering a great scenic beauty. In the monsoon season, the water gets strength and all the streams join together and appear like Niagara Falls. The Vazhachal Waterfalls, Charpa Falls, Anakkayam, Sholayar Dam, Valparai, and Malayattur Wildlife Sanctuary are the nearby places to visit during your Athirapally trip . It also offers adventure activities like river rafting, trekking, etc. The forest that surrounds Athirapally falls is also the natural habitat of different species like the great hornbill, Malabar pied hornbill, Malabar grey hornbill, Indian grey hornbill, Asiatic elephant, tiger, leopard, and bison. The falls can be visited as part of Munnar packages .

21. Wayanad

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Wayanad is one of the popular hill stations near Bangalore and one of the top Kerala tourist places to visit. It is about 118 km from Ooty, 246 km from Kochi, and 442 km from Trivandrum. Wayanad is a picturesque plateau nestled among the mountains of the Western Ghats on the borders of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Banasura Sagar Dam, Edakkal Caves, Meenmutty Falls, Soochipara Waterfalls, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary are among the must include places in your Wayanad Tour Packages . Wayanad is one of the biggest foreign exchange earners of the State with its production of cash crops like pepper, cardamom, coffee, tea, spices, and other condiments. Wayanad is also famous for Tea and Coffee plantations. It has a pleasant weather throughout the year and is one of the best 2 day trip from Bangalore . The famous tribal events and folk dance performances are hosted between February and May.

22. Nagarhole National Park

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Nagarhole National Park is one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in India . Also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park, the park is situated about 218 km from Bangalore, and is among the must include places in Karnataka Tour Packages . Spread across Mysore and Kodagu districts of Karnataka, Nagarhole got National Park status in 1988 and declared as 37th Project Tiger Reserve in 1999. The Western Ghats Nilgiri sub-cluster of 6,000 Sq. km, including all of Nagarhole National Park, is under consideration by the UNESCO World Heritage Site status. It is one of the top attractions you must include in Coorg tour packages . It is situated to the north-west of Bandipur National Park which are separated by Kabini reservoir. The park has rich forest cover, small streams, hills, valleys, and waterfalls. The important animals in Nagarhole are tiger, leopard, wild dog, sloth bear, the hyena, spotted deer, sambar, barking deer, wild boar and elephant. Bus & Jeep Safari available in the park run by forest dept from Kutta & Dhammanakatte (kabini side). Explore our Nagarhole Travel Guide for complete details on the beautiful sanctuary.

23. Kanyakumari

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Located at the southernmost tip of the Indian Peninsula, Kanyakumari is one of the famous pilgrimage places to visit as part of Tamilnadu tour . It is about 242 km from Madurai and 707 km from Chennai. A place of great natural beauty, Kanyakumari is one of the popular href='/tamilnadu/best' target='_blank'>Tamilnadu Tourist Places . Swami Vivekananda is said to have been lived here for a while and meditated. Situated at the confluence of the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea, and the Indian Ocean, this is the only place in India where one can enjoy the unique spectacle of Sunset and Moonrise simultaneously on full moon days. One of the main attractions in Kanyakumari is the Kumariamman Temple . Thiruvalluvar Statue, Vivekananda Rock Memorial , Gandhi Memorial, Padmanabhapuram Palace, Suchindram, Pechiparai Reservoir, Vattakottai Fort, St Xavier's Church and Udayagiri Fort are some of the top places to visit as part of Kanyakumari tour packages . Kanyakumari is also known for its spectacular beaches. Thengapattinam Beach, Sanguthurai Beach, and Chothavilai Beach are the important beaches near Kanyakumari.

24. Thanjavur

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Thanjavur, also known as Tanjore, is one of the popular places of href='/tamilnadu/heritage' target='_blank'>heritage in Tamilnadu as it has a rich historical heritage and is a prism of ancient as well as the modern south Indian civilizations. It is situated about 170 km from Madurai, and 326 km from Chennai. Situated on the banks of River Cauvery, it is one of the top places to visit as part of Madurai tour packages . The city was once the stronghold of the historic Cholas. Since then, Thanjavur has been one of the chief political, cultural and religious centers of South India. Thanjavur is famous for the Brihadeeswarar Temple built by Rajaraja Chola in the year 1010 AD. Also known as the Big Temple, Brihadeeswarar Temple is one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and among the most important heritage sites in India. The temple is considered to be one of the best specimens of South Indian temple architecture and among the must-visit places as part of Thanjavur tour packages . Apart from Brihadeeswarar Temple, Thanjavur and the surrounding areas have several important tourist attractions like Thanjavur Palace, Kumbakonam , Darasuram, Gangaikonda Cholapuram, Thiruvaiyaru, Thirubuvanam, etc.

25. Bandipur National Park

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Bandipur National Park is one of the well preserved national parks in Karnataka , and among the top places of wildlife in India . Located between Mysore & Ooty, it is about 80 km from Mysore and 215 km from Bangalore. Spread across 874 sq.km, Bandipur is a part of the famous Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve along with Nagarhole National Park, Mudumalai National Park and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. It is one of the must include places in Mysore Tour Packages as it is one of the 15 sanctuaries belonging to the Project Tiger Scheme. It is home to around 70 tigers and over 3000 Asian elephants, as well as other animals like leopards, dhole, gaur, sloth bears, and a variety of birdlife. Jeep Safaris and Mini Bus Safaris are arranged by the forest department. The entry point & interpretation center of the park is located in Bandipur village on Highway after Melkamanahalli Village. Private vehicles are NOT allowed inside the park. The best time to visit Bandipur is from June to October. Explore our Bandipur Travel Guide for complete details on the famous national park. Bandipur can also be visited along with Ooty tour packages .

26. Hogenakkal

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Hogenakkal Falls is one of the best waterfalls in India , and among the best places to visit in Tamil Nadu. It is about 146 km from Bangalore and 345 km from Chennai. Also, it is one of the major waterfalls near Bangalore . Often referred to as the 'Niagara of India', Hogenakkal is one of the wonderful places to visit near Bangalore & Chennai. When the River Kaveri enters the Tamil Nadu border after winding its way through the state of Karnataka, it descends down the lofty landscape forming the Hogenakkal Waterfalls. The Carbonatite rocks found near the waterfall are one of the oldest in the world. The falls has about 14 channels with drops varying between 15 & 65 ft. It can be visited as part of Yercaud tour packages . Coracle riding is one of the main attractions here which is allowed during the monsoon and winter season. Boating is usually stopped in peak monsoons. Hogenakkal is also the good place to try out your swimming skills. Tourists can also go for trekking on the nearby surrounding hills. The water from the fall flows towards the Mettur Dam which is also known as the Stanley Reservoir. Yercaud, MM Hills, and Yelagiri Hills are some of the major tourist destinations near Hogenakkal Falls.

27. Bangalore

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Nicknamed as the Garden City of India, Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka, is the 5th largest city in India, and among the top places to visit in Karnataka . It is one of the fastest growing industrial and commercial centers in India. It is often referred as Silicon Valley of India due to large number of software companies established in the city. Bangalore is one of the ideal places for those planning to visit south India with many attractions in the form of heritage palaces, gardens, museums, temples, etc. Lalbagh Garden, Cubbon Park, Tipu Sultan's Palace, Bangalore Palace , Bannerghatta National Park, and Vishveswaraiah Museum, are the some of the must include places in Bangalore tour packages . Explore our Bangalore Travel Guide for complete details on the capital city of Karnataka. Bangalore is the perfect stopover point, because this city is the gateway to a plethora of South Indian tourist destinations - you can choose from ancient temples, jungles, historic sites to even scenic countrysides for a quick weekend getaways. Coorg, Mysore , Chikmagalur, Wayanad and Ooty are the top weekend getaways from Bangalore .

28. Tiruchirappalli

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Situated on the banks of the Cauvery River, Tiruchirappalli or Trichy is the 4th largest city in Tamilnadu and among the must include places in Tamilnadu tour packages . It is located about 133 km from Madurai and 334 km from Chennai. Tiruchirappalli is home to numerous historical monuments and temples that attract tourists and pilgrims from all parts of the country throughout the year. The city played a critical role in the Carnatic Wars (1746-1763) between the British and the French East India companies. Ranganathaswamy Temple at Srirangam, one of the most famous pilgrimage centers in South India is situated near Trichy. Rockfort Temple, Jambukeshwar Temple , Uraiyur, Mariamman Temple, Government Museum and the St John's Church are some of the top places to visit as part of Trichy tour packages . Tiruchirappalli is internationally known for a brand of cheroot known as the Trichinopoly cigar. The city is very popular for its cigars, handloom saris and stone-studded jewelry, Pith models, and cheroots. According to the National Urban Sanitation Policy (2010), Tiruchirappalli was one of the ten cleanest cities in India.

29. Gokarna

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Gokarna is a famous places of pilgrimage in Karnataka , and among the top Karnataka Tourist Places . It is about 514 km from Bangalore. Sri Mahabaleshwar Temple which houses the Atmalinga is the must-visit places as part of Gokarna tour packages . Gokarna is considered to be the Mukti Stala, where Hindus perform funeral rites. Gokarna is also home to some of the best beaches in Karnataka including Om Beach, Kudle Beach, Gokarna Beach. Among the beaches in Gokarna, the Om Beach is extremely popular among surfers. The beach gets its name due to the natural formation of the holy Om symbol. Explore our Gokarna Travel Guide for complete details on Gokarna. Gokarna can also be visited along with Dandeli tour packages .

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Often referred to as 'The Queen of the Arabian Sea', Kochi or Cochin is the financial capital of Kerala and one of the prime tourist places to visit in Kerala . It is situated about 190 km from Coimbatore, and 204 km from Trivandrum. The tourism in Kochi is admired for its scenic beauty, traditional architecture, and cultural diversity. Attracting tourists from all around the world, Fort Kochi, Bolghatty Palace, Marine Drive, Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary, St. George Ferona Church - Edappally, Matancherry Palace, Chinese Fishing Nets , and Fort Kochi Beach are the must include places in Kochi tour packages . Kochi is one of the finest natural harbors in the world. It is one of the major places you must visit in Kerala tour packages . This city is home to Cochin Jewish Synagogue , the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth, as well as numerous old churches and temples.

31. Shivanasamudra Falls

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Shivanasamudra is one of the best waterfalls near Bangalore and also among popular one day trip from Bangalore . It is about 130 km from Bangalore. Shivanasamudra is a segmented waterfall with several parallel stream formed adjacent to each other. Situated on River Kaveri, Shivanasamudra is among the popular Tourist places in Karnataka . The island of Shivanasamudra divides Kaveri River into two parts that form two waterfalls, one is Gaganachukki and the other is Bharachukki. Gaganachukki includes a huge horsetail shaped waterfall dropping from a height of 90 m and two large parallel streams that cascade down through a rocky bed from a height of over 320 feet. Asia's first hydroelectric power station was set up in the downstream of the falls in the year 1905. Barachukki is a cascading fall with a height of 70 m forming several streams through the wide rocky formations establishing superb natural beauty. This place offers breathtaking sight in the peak monsoons. Shivanasamudra is among the must include place in your Mysore tour packages . An interesting way to watch the beauty of the waterfall is to take a coracle ride to the mouth of the magnificent waterfall.

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At a distance of 602 km from Hyderabad, 355 km from Vijayawada, 168 km from Kakinada, 203 km from Rajahmundry and 444 km from Bhubaneswar, Visakhapatnam (also called Vizag) is a coastal & port city in the state of Andhra Pradesh, located on the shores of Bay of Bengal. It is the headquarters of Visakhapatnam district and is the base for Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy. Vizag is also one of the top places to experience Andhra Pradesh tourism . The city of Vizag , as Visakhapatnam is popularly called, derives its name from the Hindu God of valour, Visakha. The city is located beautifully among the hills of the Eastern Ghats with facing towards the Bay of Bengal. According to the Archaeological records, Visakhapatnam was built by Kulotunga Chola between the 11th and 12th centuries AD. Kailasagiri, Rama Krishna Beach and Rishikonda Beach are among the must include places in your Vizag tour packages . The religious Hindu texts mention that the region of Visakhapatnam in the 5th century BC was part of the vast Kalinga territory which extended up to River Godavari. The relics found in the area also prove the existence of a Buddhist empire in the region. Kalinga later lost the territory to King Ashoka in the bloodiest battle of the time which prompted him to embrace Buddhism. The city was also under the rulers of Chalukya, Pallava,Vengi, ...

33. Dandeli

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Situated on the banks of the River Kali, the picturesque town of Dandeli is one of the top Karnataka tourist places . It is located about 130 km from Goa, and 462 km from Bangalore. Dandeli is quite famous for its gorgeous natural backdrop, wildlife, and adventure activities, that can be experienced as part of Dandeli tour packages . Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka . Dandeli is one of the top white Water Rafting destinations in India. Kayaking, water rafting, and canoeing trips on the Kali River are some of the things one can indulge in Dandeli. Sathodi Falls, Syntheri Rocks, and Kavala Caves are the other important places to visit in Dandeli . Explore our Dandeli Travel Guide for complete details on the stunning scenic place. Dandeli can also be visited along with Goa tour packages and Gokarna Packages.

34. Chidambaram

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Chidambaram is a pilgrimage town in Tamil Nadu. Well known for Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram temple is one of the most celebrated shrines in South India and also one of the famous Tamilnadu places to visit . It is about 66 km from Pondicherry, and 217 km from Chennai. Also known as Thillai, the town is known for the Thillai Nataraja Temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Built during the 11th century, Chidambaram Nataraja Temple has a great religious as well as historic and cultural significance. This is one of the Panchabhoota Stalas signifying the five elements of wind (Kalahasti), water (Tiruvanaikka), fire (Tiruvannamalai), earth (Kanchipuram) and space (Chidambaram). Thillai Kaali Amman Temple, Pichavaram , Sattanathar Temple, Bhuvanagiri, Parangipettai, Annamalai University, Kollidam (river) and Poompuhar are the other prominent places to visit as part of Chidambaram tour packages . Brahmotsavam, Ani Thirumanjanam, Thai Poosam and Arudra Dharshan are some of the Nataraja Temple festivals that attract large crowds from far and nearby places. Natyanjali Dance Festival is a major festival held in February. Many eminent dancers give their performances during this festival.

35. Shravanabelagola

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Shravanabelagola is one of the most popular Jain places of pilgrimage in Karnataka . About 83 km from Mysore, and 140 km from Bangalore, it is one of the popular places to visit near Bangalore . Shravanabelagola is famous for the Bahubali Statue, among the must include places in Shravanabelagola tour packages . With a height of 58 feet carved out of a single block of granite, the statue is supposed to be the tallest monolithic stone statue in the world. Gomateswara temple, Odegal Basadi, Tyagada Kamba, Siddhara Basadi, Chennanna Basadi, Akhanda Bagilu, Chamundaraya Basadi, Chandragupta Basadi, Chandraprabha Basadi, Kattale Basadi, and Parshwanatha Basadi are important places to visit in Shravanabelagola . Once in 12 years, Shravanabelagola celebrates the Mahamastakabhisheka festival which attracts thousands of devotees and tourists from all over India. Shravanabelagola can also be visited along with Mysore tour packages .

36. Srisailam

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At a distance of 160 km from Nandyal, 181 km from Kurnool, 229 km from Hyderabad, 263 km from Vijayawada and 527 km from Bangalore, Srisailam is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva situated on the banks of River Krishna in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. It is one of the most important pilgrimage centers of Lord Shiva in India and also one of the top Places to visit in Andhra . Srisailam is also one of the most popular weekend getaways from Hyderabad. Srisailam is famous for Srisailam Dam & Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna Temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The sanctum enshrines Lord Mallikarjuna in the form of a linga protected by a three-hooded cobra. This ancient temple built in the Dravidian style with lofty towers and sprawling courtyards is one of the finest specimens of Vijayanagara architecture. Though the exact origins of the temple are not available, the Satavahanas of the 2nd century AD have referred to it. The Kakatiyas and the Vijayanagara kings have made several endowments here. The unique feature of this kshetram is the combination of Jyothirlingam and Mahasakthi (in the form of Bhramarambika) in one campus, which is very rare and only one of its kind. The great religious leader Aadi Sankara is said to have visited this shrine and composed his immortal Sivananda Lahiri here. Srisailam is ...

37. Murudeshwar

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Murudeshwar is one of the most famous places to visit in Karnataka and among the popular places of Pilgrimage in India . It is about 162 km from Mangalore & 497 km from Bangalore. Murudeshwar is the abode of Lord Shiva. The temple town is famous for the world's second tallest Shiva statue (123 ft) & tallest temple tower (249 feet). The sea on three sides surrounds the Murudeshwar Temple towering on the small hill called Kanduka Giri. This is a great place to watch the sunset. Murdeshwar Beach, Kollur Temple are popular sites to visit as part of Murudeshwar tour packages . Gokarna, Karwar, Kollur, Udupi, Jog Falls, Sirsi & Sringeri are the nearby attractions. Maha Shivaratri during February is the important festival celebrated here with much devotion and religious rituals. The best time to visit Murudeshwar is from November to February. Explore our Murudeshwar Travel Guide for complete details on the beautiful and sacred placce. Murudeshwar can also be visited along with Gokarna tour packages .

38. Trivandrum

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Also known as Trivandrum, Thiruvananthapuram is the capital city of Kerala. About 85 km from Kanyakumari, and 204 km from Kochi, it is one of the must include places in Kerala tour packages . The city derives its name from the deity of Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple . Located on the west coast of India, Trivandrum is famous for its enchanting tourist spots including internationally renowned beaches like Kovalam , historic monuments with Gothic architecture, lakes / backwaters, unexplored mountain ranges, etc. Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Napier Museum, Kanakakkunnu Palace, Science, and Technology Museum, Kowdiar Palace, St. Joseph's Cathedral, Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, Happyland Amusement Park, etc. are some of the tourist attractions one can visit as part of Trivandrum tour packages . Also, Trivandrum is a popular medical tourism destination as there are more than a hundred recognized Ayurveda centers in and around the city. It is also considered as one of the cleanest cities in India.

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Udupi is one of the most famous Pilgrimage Sites in Karnataka and well known for it's beautiful beaches. Located between the verdant mountains of the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea, Udupi is the land of breathtaking beauty. It is about 403 km from the city of Bangalore. Udupi is famous for Sri Krishna Temple which attracts pilgrims from all over India. This temple has a fascinating idol of Lord Krishna that is richly adorned with jewels. Apart from the temple, Malpe Beach , Kaup Beach & St Mary's Island are the top places to visit as part of Udupi tour packages . It is also the source of renowned Udupi cuisine, which is served all over India in the efficiently-run Udupi restaurants, famous for dosas, idlis and other snacks. The tradition of this cuisine started in the great kitchens of the Krishna Temple which serve meals in the form of prasad to the thousands of devotees who come to pray at the holy shrine. Explore our Udupi Travel Guide for complete details on the holy shrine. Udupi can also be visited along with Murudeshwar tour packages .

40. Kumbakonam

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Kumbakonam is an ancient temple town located amidst the two rivers Cauvery and Arasalar in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu. About 235 km from Madurai, and 282 km from Chennai, it is one of the famous places of pilgrimage in Tamilnadu , and among the popular places to visit near Chennai . Kumbakonam is known for its temples and mutts (monasteries). There are around 188 Hindu temples within the municipal limits of Kumbakonam. Adi Kumbeswarar Temple , Nageswaraswamy temple and Kasi Viswanathar temple are the prominent temples to visit as part of Kumbakonam tour packages . Sarangapani temple is the largest Vaishnava shrine present in Kumbakonam. Patteeswaram, the Oppiliappan Kovil, the Swamimalai Murugan temple and the Airavateeswarar Temple are the other temples located in the vicinity of Kumbakonam. The town is well - known for its prestigious educational institutions and carved Panchaloha idols, silk products, brass, and metal wares. The important festival of Kumbakonam is the Mahamaham festival. It takes place once in 12 years during the Tamil Month of Masi (February/March) and lakhs of pilgrims visit Kumbakonam and takes a holy bath in the sacred Mahamaham Tank.

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Prepare to explore South India's ages old shrines and structures, immerse yourself in its colorful culture and gastronomy, and get lost in its scenic coastlines.

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A surefire amalgam of rich heritage, lush landscapes, glorious food culture and vibrant modern cities, it is not difficult to see why South India should be the destination for your next India trip. The heartbeat of the country, South India sits in clear contrast to the country’s north. Prepare to explore age-old shrines and structures, immerse yourself in colorful culture and gastronomy, and get lost in scenic coastlines, palm-fringed backwaters and rolling hills. Here is a guide to discovering all that the region has to offer, including recommended places, South India tour packages, suggested itineraries and more.

Top 5 South India Tour Packages

There are so many South India tour packages available online that you'd be spoilt for choices. Here are some of our finest picks to help make your decision easier:

1. Best of South India: Hill Stations, Wildlife & Kerala

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Kick off this 13-day tour with a city tour of Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka. After exploring its art and technology scene, take off for a tour of Southern India through a wildlife safari ride at Bandipur National Park and see the layers upon layers of tea plantations in Munnar. Before it’s over, make sure to jump on top of an elephant in Mysore. Put a cap on this South India tour package with a mandatory Kathakali dance show in Cochin. This unique blend of tourist gems and hidden places is ideal for travellers of all kinds.

2. Southern India

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Take this 15-day tour across South India beginning and ending in Cochin. Known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, Cochin is a stunning reflection of influences from Dutch, Portuguese, Chinese and English cultures. Traverse through the deep waterfalls, tea plantations and spice markets that have put South India on the map. Explore the Western Ghats and tropics of India’s southern region. Retreat to the quiet wildlife of the many sanctuaries, notably Periyar National Park for the perfect tour of India’s most diverse area.

3. South India & East Coast by Rail

This tour starts in Cochin and ends in Kolkata . Enjoy an express two-week trip around some of India’s best-kept secrets. From discovering the village life through the Kerala backwaters and running along the tip of Kanyakumari and throughout the temples, to exploring palaces that dot the eastern shoreline, this South India tour will take you on an adventure of a lifetime. This tour is perfect for those who want to take the road less travelled, visiting smaller cities while hitting the hotspots in between. 

4. South India Revealed

Starting in Trivandrum, this 16-day tour takes you through the beaches and backwaters of southern India. From the religiously enshrined temples to coconut groves, fishing villages and ancient ruins — this tour will reveal all of South India’s greatest. Find time to munch on some special South Indian cuisine like chutney, seafood curry, and dosas before resting on the serene beaches of Goa where you’ll end your trip.

5. Classic South India – Premium

Ooty is a wonderful place to visit in India

Take the classic route down India’s south, visiting the old town of Chennai onwards to the spice region of Cochin into the temples of Kanchipuram and hill stations of Nigiri Hills. This premium tour takes festivals and events into account, where you’ll celebrate with locals along the Malabar coast, catch a houseboat down Kerala and visit some of India’s most legendary corners of the south. A trip is never left without local cuisine as well as visiting the vibrant towns of Ooty and Coonoor before returning to Chennai to end the tour.

5 Recommended places to visit in South India

South India is filled with amazing destinations — some popular and touristy, some very off-the-beaten-path and local. If you are venturing into South India for the first time, we recommend the following 5 places to start off your journey. 

1. Karnataka

Hampi is a must visit when on a trip to India

A beautiful collision between urban hip, exquisite ancient ruins, quaint villages, and emerald landscape, Karnataka is a hidden gem that many tourists overlook in favour of its popular neighbours but really should not. Home to a myriad of attractions, Karnataka is the place to be for explorers. Spot tigers in Bandipur National Park, take a step back in time at Hampi, marvel at the impressive royal palaces in Mysore and get inspired along the winding trails of spice and coffee plantations in Coorg. This is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in South India.

2. Tamil Nadu

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Whether you are in need of a relaxing holiday or a mystical one, Tamil Nadu is the go-to-destination in South India. Featuring stunning coastlines, lush hill stations, cultural abundance and some of the finest stonework, there is no lack of activities to indulge in — from hikes to cultural exploration or water activities. Journey through the well-kept gardens, ancient temples and villages that make up the southern state and immerse yourself in the dance, language and poetry of its people.

3. Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Andaman Nicobar Islands are less known but beautiful destinations in Asia

Floating on the Bay of Bengal, around 966 km away from India’s mainland, is Andaman and its neighbour, Nicobar. The two are peaks of a mountain range that runs from Myanmar to Indonesia, which once stood tall and is now submerged in water. Known for its rare biodiversity and home to six indigenous tribes, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are famous for their distinct flavour and make a perfect Indian escape. Boasting serene blue waters, white sand beaches and emerald green jungles, the islands sets the desired milieu for a relaxing getaway. 

4. Lakshadweep

A cluster of 36 white-sand-beached, palm-lined islands makes Lakshadweep a rewarding destination in South India. Situated on the Arabian Sea, Lakshadweep flaunts unspoiled coral reefs and underwater lagoons that are a big attraction amongst scuba divers and snorkelers. If you are aching for beautiful waters, isolation, and an island experience like none other, the hidden gem of Lakshadweep is the place to be.

5. Kerala 

Kochi is one of the must-visit places in Kerala

The narrow coastal strip of Kerala in South India is your escape from the boisterous madness of the rest of India. Boasting a network of glistening backwaters, a stretch of beaches lined with palm trees, and green hill stations covered with tea and spice plantations, Kerala is a different world in its own. Allow yourself to strip away from the bustling city life and dive deep into the villages of Kerala to experience a slower way of life. Top it all off with a boat ride through the shaded backwaters of Cochin , Karasagod, and Kollam. 

7-day South India Itinerary

If a pre-designed tour to South India is not your cup of coffee, you can always create your own itinerary with places you want to visit and activities that scream at you the most. Here is an example of a customized itinerary to help you plan your own.

Day 1: Start at Chennai Start in Chennai, the capital of South India. Known for its diverse neighborhoods and urban villages, Chennai is the heart of South India’s artistic, religious and culinary communities. Walk through the museums and temples that give Chennai its beautiful history. Spend your morning at St. Thomas Church or Fort St. George and make your way to the Government Museum and Art Gallery. Spare your afternoon to exploring the hipster cafes, styling boutiques and end off at one of the many bars in the city. Spend the night at one the luxe hotels at the heart of the city,

Day 2: Explore Kanchiparum and Mahabalipurum

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Start early and take the short hour-and-a-half train trip to Kanchipuram, also known as the “Golden City of a Thousand Temples”. Enjoy the morning exploring the many temples that encompass the city, namely Kamakshi Amman, Kailashnath, Vaikuntha and Ekambareswarar. When the temples get overwhelming, try puttu , a rice dish layered with coconut and served with luscious spicy curry. In the afternoon visit the silk market and learn about the fabrics that make up saris and perhaps try wearing one too. Take one home for souvenir sake! Head back to Chennai to stay the night.

Day 3: Chennai to Madurai Board an early hour-long flight to Madurai, India’s version of Athens. One of the oldest cities in India, Madurai’s many attractions include the world famous Meenakshi Amman Temple. Marvel at the intricately carved, colourful structure in the morning and pay respects to the deity that is believed to reside there. Spend the rest of the day exploring the medieval remnants in the city. Be sure to check out the Thirumalai Nayakkar Palace and learn more about Gandhi at the local Gandhi Museum. Before calling it a night, visit the Meenakshi temple again in the evening to witness a larger-than-life Aarti ceremony — a special ritual that involves lighting oil lamps to illuminate the entire temple premise.

Day 4: Madurai to Periyar National Park

Periyar National Park in Kerala is a must-visit

Prepare for a 3-hour long road trip to Periyar National Park. An elephant and tiger reserve, Periyar National Park is popular amongst tourists. Spread over 777 square kilometres, the reserve is also home to wild boars, sambars, bison, and several species of birds. Spend most of the morning and afternoon journeying through its rolling hills to spot all the wildlife to your heart’s content. Then, in the evening, spend some time visiting the spice plantations around. Grab some cinnamon and cardamom to take home. If you’ve booked accommodation in a hotel inside the park, stay the night there. If not, there are plenty of nice spots outside the park as well for the night.

Day 5: Periyar to Kumarakom

Alleppey in Kerala Backwaters

Embark on a four-hour long train journey to Kumarakom. Located in the region of Kerala this vintage town is famed for its calm demeanour and quieter waters compared to its sister Alleppey. Made of a cluster of small islands on the Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom is also known for its 14-acre bird sanctuary. Spend the morning exploring the sanctuary of migratory birds such as the famous Siberian Stork, heron and local species such as the waterfowl. But the best part of a trip to Kumarakom is definitely a houseboat tour of its enchanting backwaters. Grab dinner at a local eatery before you retire for the night.

Day 6: Kumarakom to Cochin An hour and a half’s drive away from Kumarakom, Cochin is known for its diverse mix of heritage. A medieval melting pot, Cochin flaunts its influences from Chinese, Dutch, and Portuguese culture with Islamic undertones. Spend the morning immersed in the multi-cultural communities and local architecture. For lunch, indulge in local dishes where fresh seafood plays the main hero. Head down to the many beautiful beaches that surround the port city. Be sure to make a stop to Cherai Beach. Dip your feet into the shallow waters and clean sand, with rolling rocks and knolls that overlook the waves.

Day 7: End in Goa

Palolem beach in Goa

End your trip on a two-hour flight to Goa from Cochin, a place known for its uninterrupted golden beaches that stretch along the Arabian coastline. Find hidden coves, crabs, palm trees and markets along the many beaches of Goa . Unwind at Cavelossim beach to enjoy the end of the trip or take a scooter around Old Goa, soaking in the history of the region that once served as the capital of Portuguese India. Spend your afternoon eating away at the many stalls that line the main street, perusing through flea markets until your feet are done. End your night exploring an old school Goa party and the birthplace of psychedelic trance. Make sure you try the Goan fish curry, a local specialty made of your preferred seafood and coconut and red chilli sauce.

Contact us to create your perfect, customized trip itinerary to South India.

Good to know

  • While beef is sacred meat in India and not easily available, Kerala is one of two states that is licensed to serve beef. So, make sure to get your share when you’re there.
  • Only go swimming off the beaches from November to May. Times outside of those months can see currents rise up and it may become dangerous to dive in.
  • The best time to visit South India is during winter (December to February) when the weather is not scorching hot.
  • Pack a lot of breathable, cotton clothes, as South India is hot and humid even on its best days.
  • Take at least one item of local clothing with you, or buy something on arrival. Some temples in South India won’t allow you in if you are not wearing traditional clothes.

A trip to South India — from lush green hills to sandy coastlines, enchanting backwaters, architectural marvels and historic grandeurs — will be an unforgettable experience. Jump on one of our South India tour packages or create your own, unique South India itinerary; whatever you do, do not procrastinate on traveling to this amazing destination.

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South India represents the five famous Tourism States namely Tamil Nadu ,Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Goa . Discover its themes of tour like Hill Stations, beaches, backwaters, monuments, majestic temples pilgrimage and spiritual sites, cultural shows, wildlife activities, day to day life, marvellous festivals, and more with South India Tour Packages . Feel the essence of the architecture and spirituality of temples with Tamil Nadu tour packages, beauty of nature with tour packages in Kerala , the God's Own Country and the famous honeymoon spot. This tiny strip of land is home to ayurveda of infinite time, alluring backwaters, hazy hill stations, cultural festivals. Next is Karnataka , a state you can find all kinds of themes here a traveler look for ! From UNESCO’s heritage monuments in Hampi,Pattadakal to Bandipur and Nagarhole National Parks, you can adore its beauty with South India Tour Packages from Chennai.

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  • Fort St. George
  • St. Mary''s Church
  • Kapaleeswarar Temple
  • St. Thomas Church
  • Government Museum
  • Marina Beach
  • Pitchavaram
  • Gingee Fort
  • Ekambareswarar Temple
  • Kamakshi Amman Temple
  • Kailasanathar Temple
  • Sri Varadharaja Temple
  • Sri Vaikunda Perumal Temple
  • Mahatma Gandhi Memorial
  • Kumari Amman Temple
  • Vivekananda Rock Memorial
  • Thiruvalluvar Statue
  • Thingaloor "Chandran" Temple
  • Alangudi "Guru" Temple
  • Thirunageswaram "Raaghu" Temple
  • Thirunallaru "Sani" Temple
  • Suriyanar Kovil "Sun" Temple
  • Kanjanoor "Sukran" Temple
  • Vaitheeswaran Kovil "Sevvai" Temple
  • Thiruvenkadu "Budhan" Temple
  • Keezhaperumpallam "Kethu" Temple
  • Mahamaham Tank
  • Kumbeshwara Temple
  • Ramaswamy Temple
  • Sarangapani Temple
  • Swamimalai Murugan Temple
  • Navagraha Temples
  • Meenakshi Amman Temple
  • Thirumalai Nayaka Palace
  • Pazhamudhirsolai
  • Azhagar Koil
  • Gandhi Museum
  • Sea Shore Temple
  • Arjuna''s Penance
  • Five Chariots
  • Botanical Garden
  • Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Dolphin's Nose
  • St. Stephen's Church
  • Sri Aurobindo Ashram
  • Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple
  • Tirumayam Fort
  • Sittanavasal
  • Narthamalai
  • Kudimiyanmalai
  • Ilankudipatti Iyyanar
  • Rameshwaram
  • Brihadeeswara Temple
  • Thanjavur Art Gallery
  • Tiruvannamalai
  • Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
  • Rockfort Uchchipillayar Temple
  • Thiruvanaikovil Sri Jambukeswara Temple
  • Vellore Golden Temple

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  • Cherai Beach
  • Jewish Synagogue
  • Mattancherry Palace
  • Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica
  • St. Francis Church
  • Kovalam Beach
  • Thiruvananthapuram
  • Varkala Beach

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  • Bandipur National Park
  • Bull Temple
  • ISKCON Temple
  • Lal Bagh Gardens
  • Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace
  • Vidhan Soudha
  • Chitradurga Fort
  • Elephant Stables
  • Hazara Rama Temple
  • Kadalekalu Ganesha Statue
  • Krishna Temple
  • Ugra Narasimha Statue
  • Lotus Mahal
  • Mahanavami Dibba
  • Queen''s Bath
  • Sasivekalu Ganesha Statue
  • Virupaksha Temple
  • Vittala Temple
  • Mysore Maharaja Palace
  • Brindavan Garden
  • Chamundi Hills
  • Daria Daulat Bagh
  • Ranganathaswamy Temple Srirangapatna
  • Srirangapatna
  • St. Philomena''s Church
  • Nagarhole National Park
  • Ranganathittu
  • Shravanabelagola

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  • Basilica of Bom Jesus
  • Calangute Beach
  • Colva Beach
  • Miramar Beach
  • Se Cathedral Church
  • St. Francis of Assisi Church
  • Vagator Beach

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12 Best Road Trips from South India

Road Trips are an excellent way of enjoying a journey on the road, travelling with friends and family and halting at beautiful locations and exploring local cuisine with your own leisurely routine.  South India is full of some interesting road trip tours where you can, explore the unexplored territory, enjoying your music and make it a unique experience.

List of 12 Best Road Trips From South India in April Month:

  • Hyderabad to Araku Valley
  • Chennai to Munnar
  • Pamban Bridge
  • Bangalore to Ooty
  • Mangalore to Goa
  • Kochi to Kanyakumari
  • Bandipur to Periyar
  • Bangalore to Goa
  • Bangalore to Coorg
  • Vizag to Araku
  • Chikmagalur to Kudremukh
  • Chennai to Yelagiri

1. Hyderabad to Araku Valley

  • Distance: 732 Km
  • Travel Time from Hyderabad: 12-15 Hours

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Amongst the road trips from South India, this trip is considered a complete trip, as you get to see plains, beaches and hill stations. A road trip from Hyderabad to Araku covers your trip from Hyderabad to Vishakhapatnam and then from Vizag to Araku. The total distance is 732 kms and it will take you around 12-15 hours to complete the entire trip.

2. Chennai to Munnar

  • Distance: 591 Km
  • Travel Time from Chennai: 11-13 Hours

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Wind along the beautiful hilly roads and alternate sea beaches in one of the best road trips in South India, which is from Chennai to Munnar. The beautiful roads, amazing beaches and the acres of tea plantations make this a road trip to remember. You can travel to Munnar through Pondicherry which is also a very relaxing beach retreat and you can make a halt or overnight stay there to enjoy its beautiful culture and beaches.

3. Pamban Bridge

  • Distance: 592 Km
  • Travel Time from Bangalore: 10 -12 Hours

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One of the best road trips in from Bangalore or any other part in South India will be a trip to Pamban Bridge. It is a 13.5 Km stretch in Rameshwaram with water all around you. A drive on the Pamnban is a must do in South India. This bridge interlinks Pamban on the island of Rameshwaram to Tamil Nadu.

4. Bangalore to Ooty

  • Distance: 265 Km
  • Travel Time from: 6 Hour (approx)

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Mostly college goers take this trip from Bangalore to the Queen of Hills, Ooty. One of the top destinations in South India, this is a 265 km journey where you can halt at Mysore, and explore the ancient history and architecture of Mysore. Ooty is a beautiful hill station with rolling hills, beautiful resorts and acres of plantations.

5. Mangalore to Goa

  • Distance: 364 Km
  • Travel Time from: 7.30 Hours

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Every south India road trip planner tries to include the Mangalore to Goa trip, an ideal trip for the beach lover. Explore the stunning views of the Arabian Sea. You can spend some time on pristine beaches and drink coconut water. Visit the serene beaches of Gokarna for a glimpse into paradise also take a halt at Murudeshwar to try scuba diving.

6. Kochi to Kanyakumari

  • Distance: 300 Km
  • Travel Time from: 6.30 Hour (approx)

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Covered across 300 km, Kochi to Kanyakumari is sea lover’s road trip. Explore the gorgeous beaches, fishing villages and backwaters on the way from Kochi to Kanyakumari. Kochi has some of the most important historical and political destinations as well as Kanyakumari. Explore the busy ports of Kochi and old Jewish settlements.

7. Bandipur to Periyar

  • Distance: 368 Km
  • Travel Time from Bandipur: 10 Hour (approx)

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For wildlife lovers this trip from Bandipur and Periyar, both being major tiger hotspots makes it a major tourist attraction. Lined with lush green forests the route gives you a chance to explore the wildlife. The area is rich in elephant population and you can see acres of coffee plantations. The road trip is 531 Kms long.

8. Bangalore to Goa

  • Distance: 587 Km
  • Travel Time from: 11.30 Hours (apporx)

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Covered across a distance of 566 km this is a road taken mostly by youngsters and it’s a much loved weekend getaway for college students and IT people travelling from Bangalore. Enjoy the serene roads and the mesmerizing beauty of the nature on this road trip. On the way you can try out some local Punjabi Dhaba cuisine or South Indian food.

9. Bangalore to Coorg

  • Distance: 248.5 km
  • Travel Time from Bangalore: 5 Hour (approx)

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The road distance between Coorg and Bangalore is about 267.9 km which takes around 5 hours 20 minutes to cover. You can find the route map of the same right. On the way you can explore the beauty of the Brahmagiri Peak. You can take a small halt to hike on the Talacauvery Hills. Coorg has several sightseeing and trekking options. It has luxurious homestays where you relax and unwind with lip smacking Kodava cuisine.

10. Vizag to Araku

  • Distance: 114 km
  • Travel Time from Vizag: 4 Hours (approx)

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From Vizag to Araku valley it is a 4 hours drive and you can travel along the winding valleys and rolling hills of Eastern Ghats on the way. Spanned across a distance of 114 Km from NAD Kotha this goes through Pendurthi junction, Kothavalasa, S- Kota and other small hamlets.

11. Chikmagalur to Kudremukh

  • Distance: 110 km
  • Travel Time from Chikmagalur: 3 Hours (approx)

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Spanned across 110 kms from Chikmagalur to Kudremukh this is a beautiful road where you can keep driving and keep playing some retro Bollywood numbers. The rolling hills and misty surrounding make this a wonderful drive. You can get a glimpse of the acres of coffee plantations on the way.

12. Chennai to Yelagiri

  • Distance: 228.5 km
  • Travel Time from Chennai: 4.30 Hours (approx)

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You can take a road trip from Chennai via Sriperumbudur across Vellore and Vaniyambadi to reach the beautiful hill station of Yelagiri. The roads are in fantastic condition and you can view the beauty of the eastern Ghats on this beautiful journey. From the Vaniyambadi, the road is a state highway and after that about 6 kms into the highway you can enjoy the twists of the Eastern Ghats.

For these beautiful road trips you need a car best suited for long drives. Try to explore the options available with Revv which offers self drive car rental services round the clock. So pick your favorite car and take a trip down South India and its beautiful locations. These road trips can help you make memories of a life time worth sharing in years to come.

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