13 days in South India Itinerary

13 days in South India Itinerary

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Madurai
— 3 nights
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Coimbatore
— 3 nights
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 4 nights
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Kozhikode
— 1 night
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Madurai — 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tirupparankunram and Pazhamudhir Solai. Kids will enjoy Koodal Azhagar Temple and Kalamegaperumal Temple. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Samanar Hills, look for gifts at Prema Vilas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple, and contemplate the long history of Pazhamudhircholai Murugan Temple.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Madurai trip planner.

Chennai to Madurai is an approximately 7-hour travel. You can also fly; or drive; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Madurai can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Coimbatore.
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Coimbatore — 3 nights

Manchester of India

Known throughout the country as a major industrial city, Coimbatore possesses a welcoming atmosphere and a growing cosmopolitanism.
Get outdoors at Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park and Meenvallam Waterfalls. Kids will enjoy Marudamalai Temple and Siruvani Falls and Dam. Explore Coimbatore's surroundings by going to Palakkad (Malampuzha Dam & Sree Viswanatha Swamy Temple). There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Masaniamman Temple.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Coimbatore journey builder.

Getting from Madurai to Coimbatore by train takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam) — 4 nights

Queen of Hill Stations

Tea gardens and eucalyptus trees scent the air of the fields surrounding Ooty, a popular summer tourism destination up in the hills.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Upper Bhavani Lake and Wenlock Downs 9th Mile Shooting Point. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Elk Hill Murugan Temple and Sanctuary Avalanche. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the views at Ketti Valley View, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Ayyappan Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Government Botanical Garden, and contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Lake.

To find photos and tourist information, go to the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) road trip tool.

Traveling by bus from Coimbatore to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Coimbatore in September, expect Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to be little chillier, temps between 31°C and 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kozhikode.
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Kozhikode — 1 night

City of Spices

Famous as the landing place of Vasco da Gama, the large industrial city of Kozhikode today acts as staging post for adventures around the state, while also boasting some particularly popular beaches.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Valayanad Devi Temple. On the 10th (Thu), stroll through Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary, walk around Mavoor Wetlands, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Beypore Beach. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Arippara Waterfalls, then take in the awesome beauty at Vayalada, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Valayanad Devi Temple, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Sarovaram Biopark.

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Getting from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Kozhikode by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in September, things will get a bit warmer in Kozhikode: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
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