12 days in South India

12 days in South India

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Madurai
— 2 nights
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Kodaikanal
— 2 nights
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Coimbatore
— 4 nights
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Kalpetta
— 3 nights
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Madurai — 2 nights

Athens of the East

One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Madurai sits on the banks of the River Vaigai and serves as a center of Tamil culture.
Spend the 4th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, gain a rich perspective with a tour of cultural highlights, browse the different shops at Majesty Cine Mall, and stop by Kishkintha Garments.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Madurai holiday maker app.

Chennai to Madurai is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Kodaikanal.
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Kodaikanal — 2 nights

Princess of Hill Stations

A cool and relaxing hill station, Kodaikanal has long attracted visitors up to its privileged position in the Western Ghats.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in the pleasant sights at Coakers Walk, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kodaikanal Lake, and then explore the ancient world of Dolmen Circle. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Danish Display, take a peaceful walk through Pine Forest, then get great views at Pillar Rocks, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kuzhanthai Velappar Temple.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kodaikanal trip planner.

Traveling by car from Madurai to Kodaikanal takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Kodaikanal can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Coimbatore.
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Coimbatore — 4 nights

Manchester of India

Known throughout the country as a major industrial city, Coimbatore possesses a welcoming atmosphere and a growing cosmopolitanism.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Coimbatore: Ooty (Udhagamandalam) (Avalanche Lake & Pykara Lake) and Kodanadu View Point (in Kodanad). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Marudamalai Temple, get great views at Dharmalingeshwarar Temple, get out on two wheels at Triumph Expeditions Private Limited, and appreciate the history behind Adiyogi Shiva.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Coimbatore online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kodaikanal to Coimbatore in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in October, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kalpetta.
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Kalpetta — 3 nights

One of the district's main tourist hubs, Kalpetta offers easy access to a number of man-made and natural attractions.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kalpetta: Fun Fantasy (in Padinjarathara), Arya Ayurveda & Wellness (in Sulthan Bathery) and Banasurasagar Dam (in Vythiri). There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Edakkal Caves, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Chembra, take in the dramatic scenery at Soochippara Falls (Sentinel Rock Waterfall), and explore the activities along Pookot Lake.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kalpetta trip planner.

You can drive from Coimbatore to Kalpetta in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Kalpetta, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.
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Wayanad District travel guide

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Caves · Dams · Bodies of Water
Wayanad District tourism sector relies heavily on visitors from the neighboring states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, as well as a growing number of international tourists. Boasting solitary pine forest in Kerala, as well as an abundance of paddy fields and picturesque mountain landscapes, the district is known first and foremost for its scenic nature. A Wayanad District holiday offers you a chance to spot some of the most majestic land animals still thriving in the wild--the region shelters more Asian elephants than any other place in the world.
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