36 days in South India, Goa & Mumbai Itinerary

36 days in South India, Goa & Mumbai Itinerary

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1
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 2 nights
2
Kottayam
— 2 nights
3
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
4
Madurai
— 2 nights
5
Bengaluru
— 3 nights
6
Mysuru (Mysore)
— 2 nights
7
Kannur
— 3 nights
8
Kasaragod
— 2 nights
9
Gokarna
— 1 night
10
Goa
— 4 nights
11
Hampi
— 3 nights
12
Pattadakal
— 1 night
13
Badami
— 2 nights
14
Mumbai
— 4 nights

2
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Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) ©
Situated among a collection of low hills that lead up to the coastline, state capital Thiruvananthapuram acts as a base for exploration of the southern tip of the country.
Take a break from the city and head to Poovar Island and Varkala Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Vizhinjam Lighthouse and Spas. When in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), make a side trip to see Kovalam Beach in Kovalam, approximately Kovalam away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Shri Chitra Art Gallery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, and don't miss a visit to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) holiday planner.

Stockholm, Sweden to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a 4.5 hour difference. Traveling from Stockholm in November, expect Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to be much hotter, temps between °C and °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Kottayam.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kovalam Beach, Varkala Beach
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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Vizhinjam Lighthouse ©
Vizhinjam Lighthouse
Spas

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Kottayam

Kottayam ©
The first Indian city to achieve a 100 percent literacy rate among its citizens, Kottayam has as much of a reputation for its educational standards as for its massive rubber industry.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Forane Church, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam, thenpause for some serene contemplation at St Mary's Jacobite Syrian Cathedral, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. George Orthodox Church. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Thrikodithanam Temple, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paliakkara Church, pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Orthodox Syrian Church, thenpause for some serene contemplation at St Mary's Orthodox Syrian Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Kottayam road trip website.

Drive from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Kottayam in 4 hours. In November, daytime highs in Kottayam are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kottayam

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Thiruvalla, Cherthala, St. George Orthodox Church, Thrikodithanam Temple, St Mary's Jacobite Syrian Cathedral
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St. George Orthodox Church ©
St. George Orthodox Church
St. Mary's Forane Church ©
St. Mary's Forane Church

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Kochi (Cochin)

Kochi (Cochin) ©
A flourishing port city and magnet for the spice trade since the 15th century, Kochi (Cochin) proudly bears its distinct international influence and local Keralan culture.
Visit Chottanikkara Devi Temple and Paradesi Synagogue for their historical value. Visit Marari Beach and Cherai Beach for some beach relaxation. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shiva Temple, explore the world behind art at Kerala Folklore Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. George Syro-Malabar Catholic Church of Forane, and steep yourself in history at Edappally Church Complex.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kochi (Cochin) online attractions planner.

Getting from Kottayam to Kochi (Cochin) by car takes about 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Kochi (Cochin) can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Madurai.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Marari Beach
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Chottanikkara Devi Temple ©
Chottanikkara Devi Temple
Edappally Church Complex ©
Edappally Church Complex
Shiva Temple ©
Shiva Temple

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Madurai

Madurai ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine, admire the striking features of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koodal Azhagar Temple, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pazhamudhir Solai. On the next day, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Madurai trip planner.

You can fly from Kochi (Cochin) to Madurai in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Madurai are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Bengaluru.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Tours
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Koodal Azhagar Temple ©
Koodal Azhagar Temple
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine ©
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine
Aayiram Kaal Mandapam ©
Aayiram Kaal Mandapam

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Bengaluru

Bengaluru ©
Flourishing development and a bustling IT industry transformed Bangalore into a vibrant metropolis, but the city preserves its numerous historic and cultural sights.
Get some historical perspective at Ragigudda Sri Prasanna Anjaneyaswamy Temple and Sree Surya Narayana Swamy Temple. Discover out-of-the-way places like Dodda Ganapathi Temple and Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple. The adventure continues: cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, visit Malleswaram, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Cathedral, and admire the striking features of Pyramid Valley International.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Bengaluru online route maker.

Fly from Madurai to Bengaluru in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Madurai in November since evenings lows in Bengaluru dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Mysuru (Mysore).

Things to do in Bengaluru

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
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Ragigudda Sri Prasanna Anjaneyaswamy Temple ©
Sree Surya Narayana Swamy Temple ©
Sree Surya Narayana Swamy Temple
Dodda Ganapathi Temple ©
Dodda Ganapathi Temple

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Mysuru (Mysore)

Mysuru (Mysore) ©
A historic and culturally distinctive city, Mysuru (Mysore) has all the stories, artworks, and architecture you'd hope to find in the former capital city of a rich kingdom.
On the 25th (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Mysuru Palace, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Saint Philomena Church, thensteep yourself in history at Somnathpura Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Srikanteshwara Temple Mysuru . On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Melkote Kalyani, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Karanji Lake, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Nandi Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Avadhoota Datta Peetham.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Mysuru (Mysore) sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Bengaluru to Mysuru (Mysore) takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in Mysuru (Mysore) sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kannur.

Things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Avadhoota Datta Peetham ©
Avadhoota Datta Peetham
Somnathpura Temple ©
Somnathpura Temple
Melkote Kalyani
Melkote Kalyani

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Kannur

Kannur ©
A cultural capital on the state's relatively quiet northern coast, Kannur has long been associated with textile production and temple rituals, earning it the nickname, the "Land of Looms and Lores." Most Kannur itineraries will include observing theyyam rituals performed at the temples, where the traditions have origins dating back thousands of years.
Get outdoors at Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach and Ezhara Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fort St. Angelos and Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple. When in Kannur, make a side trip to see Azhikkal Beach in Azhikode, approximately Azhikode away. There's much more to do: stroll through Thottada Beach, stroll around Chal Beach Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at KIzhunna Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kannur trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Mysuru (Mysore) to Kannur takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kasaragod.

Things to do in Kannur

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Azhikode, Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple
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Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach ©
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach
Thottada Beach ©
Thottada Beach
Fort St. Angelos ©
Fort St. Angelos

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Kasaragod

Kasaragod ©
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Bekal Beach, thenexpand your understanding of the military at Bekal Fort, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Anandashram, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Swami Nithyanand Ashram. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ananthapura Lake Temple, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Madhur Temple, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Malik Deenar Mosque, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kappil Beach.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kasaragod online road trip planner.

Getting from Kannur to Kasaragod by car takes about 2.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Gokarna.

Things to do in Kasaragod

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Bekal, Anandashram
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Anandashram ©
Anandashram
Bekal Fort ©
Bekal Fort
Bekal Beach ©
Bekal Beach

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Gokarna

Gokarna ©
The small temple town of Gokarna has changed drastically in recent years.
On the 2nd (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahabaleswara Temple, kick back and relax at Kudle Beach, and then stroll through Om Beach.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Gokarna trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Kasaragod to Gokarna takes 6 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Goa.

Things to do in Gokarna

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Om Beach ©
Om Beach
Mahabaleswara Temple ©
Mahabaleswara Temple

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Goa

Goa ©
On India's western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Utorda Beach and Sinquerim Beach. Get some cultural insight at Church of St. Francis of Assissi and Shri Mahalasa Narayani Prasanna. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Mobor Beach, tour or see a game at Milsim Goa Paintball, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mangeshi Temple, and steep yourself in history at Reis Magos Fort.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Goa journey planner.

Drive from Gokarna to Goa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Hampi.

Things to do in Goa

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Utorda Beach ©
Utorda Beach
Majorda Beach ©
Majorda Beach
Mobor Beach ©
Mobor Beach

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Hampi

Hampi ©
The temple town of Hampi sits on the site where one of the richest and biggest cities on the planet once stood, with the ruins of the old city protected as a World Heritage Site.
Step off the beaten path and head to Group of Monuments at Hampi and Vitthala Temple. Popular historic sites such as Monkey Temple and Shivlinga are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hazara Rama Temple, appreciate the history behind Statue of Ugra Narsimha, admire the landmark architecture of Lotus Mahal, and don't miss a visit to Stepped Tank.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hampi travel route planning tool.

You can drive from Goa to Hampi in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Goa in December: highs in Hampi hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Pattadakal.

Things to do in Hampi

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Monkey Temple ©
Monkey Temple
Group of Monuments at Hampi ©
Group of Monuments at Hampi
Vitthala Temple ©
Vitthala Temple

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Pattadakal

Pattadakal ©
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Galganatha Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Virupaksha Temple, steep yourself in history at Mallikarjuna Temple, thencontemplate the long history of Group of Monuments in Pattadakal, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sangameshvara Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaina Temple Pattadakal.

To plan Pattadakal vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Hampi to Pattadakal in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Hampi in December, Pattadakal is little chillier at night with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Badami.

Things to do in Pattadakal

Historic Sites
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Group of Monuments in Pattadakal ©
Group of Monuments in Pattadakal
Virupaksha Temple ©
Virupaksha Temple
Sangameshvara Temple ©
Sangameshvara Temple

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Badami

Badami ©
Famous for its cave temples, Badami served as the capital of the Badami Chalukyas from 540 to 757 CE--and this rich history has left plenty of things to do for visitors today.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Malegitti Shivalaya Fort and Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bhuthanatha Temple, explore the ancient world of Badami Fort, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Agastya Lake, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Badami Cave Temples. On the next day, explore the ancient world of Ravana pahad, take in the spiritual surroundings of Lad Khan Temple, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Sangameshwara Temple, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Mahakuteshwara Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Banashankari Temple.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Badami trip planner.

Badami is just a stone's throw from Pattadakal. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Mumbai.

Things to do in Badami

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Badami Cave Temples ©
Badami Cave Temples
Bhuthanatha Temple ©
Bhuthanatha Temple
Sangameshwara Temple ©
Sangameshwara Temple

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Mumbai

Mumbai ©
Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Explore hidden gems such as Nariman Point and Mount Mary Basilica. Visiting Kanheri Caves and Marine Drive will get you outdoors. Take a break from Mumbai with a short trip to Nerul Balaji Temple in Navi Mumbai, about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahalakshmi Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, take an in-depth tour of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, and kick back and relax at Juhu Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Mumbai online sightseeing planner.

Explore your travel options from Badami to Mumbai with the Route module. December in Mumbai sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mumbai

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Nerul Balaji Temple
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Mount Mary Basilica ©
Mount Mary Basilica
Mahalakshmi Temple ©
Mahalakshmi Temple
Nariman Point
Nariman Point

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