36 days in South India, Goa & Mumbai Itinerary

36 days in South India, Goa & Mumbai Itinerary

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36 days in South India, Goa & Mumbai Itinerary

Start: Stockholm
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Kottayam
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Madurai
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 15​min
5
Bengaluru
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Mysuru (Mysore)
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Kannur
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Kasaragod
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
9
Gokarna
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Goa
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
11
Hampi
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
12
Pattadakal
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
13
Badami
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
14
Mumbai
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Stockholm

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Vizhinjam Lighthouse and Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple. Take a break from the city and head to Kovalam Beach and Varkala Beach. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, don't miss a visit to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, admire the masterpieces at Shri Chitra Art Gallery, and head off the coast to Poovar Island.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) road trip planner .

Stockholm, Sweden to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Stockholm to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is 4 hours. Traveling from Stockholm in November, things will get much warmer in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Kottayam.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Forane Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary's Jacobite Syrian Cathedral, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. George Orthodox Church. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thrikodithanam Temple, pause for some serene contemplation at Paliakkara Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Orthodox Syrian Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary's Orthodox Syrian Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple.

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Traveling by car from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Kottayam takes 4 hours. November in Kottayam sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kottayam

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Thiruvalla, Cherthala, Thrikodithanam Temple, St. George Orthodox Church, St Mary's Jacobite Syrian Cathedral
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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 Shiva Temple for their historical value. Visiting Marari Beach and Cherai Beach will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Edappally Church Complex, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. George Syro-Malabar Catholic Church of Forane, and explore the world behind art at Kerala Folklore Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kochi (Cochin) trip planner .

Getting from Kottayam to Kochi (Cochin) by car takes about 2 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Madurai.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

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): take in the spiritual surroundings of Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koodal Azhagar Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pazhamudhir Solai. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): savor the flavors at Food & Drink and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Madurai holiday planner .

Fly from Kochi (Cochin) to Madurai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In November in Madurai, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Bengaluru.

Things to do in Madurai

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

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ragigudda Sri Prasanna Anjaneyaswamy Temple and Infant Jesus Shrine. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dodda Ganapathi Temple and Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Surayanarayana Temple, wander the streets of Commercial Street, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Basilica, and don't miss a visit to Panchamukhi Ganesha Temple.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Bengaluru trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Madurai to Bengaluru takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Madurai in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in Bengaluru, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Mysuru (Mysore).

Things to do in Bengaluru

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Outdoors
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas), then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Philomena Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of 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: steep yourself in history at Melkote Kalyani, contemplate the waterfront views at Karanji Lake, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Nandi Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Avadhoota Datta Peetham.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Mysuru (Mysore) trip planner .

Getting from Bengaluru to Mysuru (Mysore) by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. November in Mysuru (Mysore) sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°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 Nature Parks
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Somnathpura Temple ©
Somnathpura Temple
Avadhoota Datta Peetham ©
Avadhoota Datta Peetham
Srikanteshwara Temple Mysuru ©
Srikanteshwara Temple Mysuru

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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 some historical perspective at Fort St. Angelos and Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple. Explore hidden gems such as Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach and Thottada Beach. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Azhikkal Beach, kick back and relax at Ezhara Beach, and stroll around Chal Beach Park.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kannur trip planner .

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

Things to do in Kannur

Outdoors Beaches 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 ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Bekal Beach, then deepen your knowledge of military history at Bekal Fort, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Anandashram, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Swami Nithyanand Ashram. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ananthapura Lake Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Madhur Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Malik Deenar Mosque, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kappil Beach.

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Traveling by car from Kannur to Kasaragod takes 2.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Gokarna.

Things to do in Kasaragod

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

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Gokarna

Gokarna ©
The small temple town of Gokarna has changed drastically in recent years.
On the 2nd (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahabaleswara Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Kudle Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Om Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Gokarna online holiday planner .

Drive from Kasaragod to Gokarna in 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Goa.

Things to do in Gokarna

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

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Sinquerim Beach and Majorda Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Utorda Beach and Patnem-Colomb Beach. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Arossim Beach, kick back and relax at Mobor Beach, contemplate the long history of Reis Magos Fort, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Mahalasa Narayani Prasanna.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Goa journey builder site .

You can drive from Gokarna to Goa in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. December in Goa sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hampi.

Things to do in Goa

Outdoors Beaches 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Group of Monuments at Hampi and Hazara Rama Temple. Popular historic sites such as Vitthala Temple and Shivlinga are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monkey Temple, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Ugra Narsimha, admire the landmark architecture of Lotus Mahal, and contemplate the waterfront views at Tungabhadra River.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hampi travel planner .

Traveling by car from Goa to Hampi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Goa in December, expect nights in Hampi to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 35°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Pattadakal.

Things to do in Hampi

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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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): take in the spiritual surroundings of Galganatha Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Virupaksha Temple, steep yourself in history at Mallikarjuna Temple, contemplate the long history of Group of Monuments in Pattadakal, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sangameshvara Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaina Temple Pattadakal.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Pattadakal online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Hampi to Pattadakal in 3.5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Hampi in December since evenings lows in Pattadakal dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Badami.

Things to do in Pattadakal

Historic Sites
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Virupaksha Temple ©
Virupaksha Temple
Group of Monuments in Pattadakal ©
Group of Monuments in Pattadakal
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Malegitti Shivalaya Fort and Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bhuthanatha Temple, then make a trip to Badami Fort, then explore the activities along Agastya Lake, and finally stroll through Badami Cave Temples. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Ravana pahad, take in the spiritual surroundings of Lad Khan Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sangameshwara Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahakuteshwara Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Banashankari Temple.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Badami journey maker website .

Badami is just a short distance from Pattadakal. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mumbai.

Things to do in Badami

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

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Mumbai

Mumbai ©
Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Take a break from the city and head to Kanheri Caves and Marine Drive. Your inner history buff will appreciate Mount Mary Basilica and Mahalakshmi Temple. Go for a jaunt from Mumbai to Navi Mumbai to see Nerul Balaji Temple about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Nariman Point, get engrossed in the history at Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Babu Amichand Panalal Jain Temple.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Mumbai route planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Badami to Mumbai. In December, daytime highs in Mumbai are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. On the 16th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mumbai

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

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

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