53 days in South India Itinerary

53 days in South India Itinerary

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53 days in South India Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
Kochi (Cochin)
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 5 nights
Train + Bus:  2 h
3
Kanyakumari
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
4
Rameswaram
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
5
Thekkady
— 6 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Munnar
— 5 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5 h
7
Tirupati
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
8
Hampi
— 4 nights
Drive:  5 h
9
Gokarna
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
10
Udupi
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
11
Mangalore
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
12
Mysuru (Mysore)
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
13
Bengaluru
— 5 nights
Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: London

5
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica. Change things up with these side-trips from Kochi (Cochin): Marari Beach (in Mararikulam) and Kayaking & Canoeing (in Alappuzha). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and stop by Jew Town.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kochi (Cochin) trip builder.

London, UK to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to India Standard Time (IST) is 5 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from London in February: high temperatures in Kochi (Cochin) hover around 38°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Marari Beach, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Walking tours

5
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Spas and Varkala Cliff. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): Kovalam (Kovalam Beach & Lighthouse Beach) and Varkala Town (Janardhana Swami Temple & Varkala Beach). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple, explore the engaging exhibits at Chacha Nehru Children’s Museum, and enjoy the sea views from Vizhinjam Lighthouse.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip builder app .

Traveling by flight from Kochi (Cochin) to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. February in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Varkala Town, Kovalam
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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Spas
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple

2
nights
Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari ©
Located at the most southerly point of mainland India, Kanyakumari has long attracted pilgrims and those keen to see the end of the road.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, don't miss a visit to Thiruvalluvar Statue, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bhagavathy Amman Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Bharath Matha Temple. On your second day here, admire the striking features of Padmanabhapuram Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Marungoor Murugan Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kanyakumari travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Kanyakumari takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Kanyakumari can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Padmanabhapuram Palace
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Thiruvalluvar Statue ©
Thiruvalluvar Statue
Padmanabhapuram Palace ©
Padmanabhapuram Palace

2
nights
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
On the 23rd (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhanushkodi Beach, take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, then snap pictures at Pamban bridge, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House and then take in the dramatic natural features at Adam's Bridge.

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You can drive from Kanyakumari to Rameswaram in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Adam's Bridge ©
Adam's Bridge
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge ©
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge
Pamban bridge ©
Pamban bridge

6
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation and Periyar National Park. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mangala Devi Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Abraham's Spice Garden, and examine the collection at Angadipetty -Kerala Ayurveda Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Thekkady itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Rameswaram to Thekkady takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake

5
nights
Munnar

Munnar ©
Sitting at the point where three mountain rivers meet, the hill station of Munnar has become known as a tea-growing center in the south of the country.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Climbing Tours and Off-Road Tours. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens, explore the striking landscape of Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park, admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam, and take a peaceful walk through Photo Point.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Munnar vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Munnar takes 3 hours. In March in Munnar, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tirupati.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Climbing Tours
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam

3
nights
Tirupati

Tirupati ©
Being a major pilgrimage spot at the foot of the Seshachalam hills, Tirupati tourism revolves around Hindu temples and vast nature reserves.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple and Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple. Step out of Tirupati to go to Srikalahasti and see Sri Kalahasteeswara Swami Temple, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Varahaswami Temple, steep yourself in history at Sri Venkateswara Swamy Vaari Temple, and don't miss a visit to Srinivasa Mangapuram Temple.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tirupati day trip website .

Getting from Munnar to Tirupati by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Hampi.

Things to do in Tirupati

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sri Kalahasteeswara Swami Temple
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Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple ©
Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple
Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple ©
Sri Kalahasteeswara Swami Temple ©
Sri Kalahasteeswara Swami Temple

4
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Group of Monuments at Hampi and Monkey Temple. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Matanga Hill, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hazara Rama Temple, admire the striking features of Lotus Mahal, and don't miss a visit to Elephant Stables.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hampi day trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Tirupati to Hampi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. March in Hampi sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Gokarna.

Things to do in Hampi

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

4
nights
Gokarna

Gokarna ©
The small temple town of Gokarna has changed drastically in recent years.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kudle Beach and Yana Rocks. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gokarna: Karwar (Devbagh Beach & Ravindranath Tagore Beach). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Half Moon Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shree Mahaganapathi Temple, and stroll through Paradise Beach.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Gokarna vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Hampi to Gokarna in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Udupi.

Things to do in Gokarna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Karwar, Yana Rocks
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Kudle Beach ©
Kudle Beach
Half Moon Beach ©
Half Moon Beach
Yana Rocks ©
Yana Rocks

3
nights
Udupi

Udupi ©
Though its cuisine has spread throughout the country and beyond, Udupi retains a small-town charm.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sri Krishna Temple and Kethapayya Narayan Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Udupi: Papanashini River (in Kalpetta) and Maravanthe Beach (in Kundapur). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Kapu Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Anegudde Ganapathi Temple, pause for some photo ops at Bahubali Monolith, and look for all kinds of wild species at End Point.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Udupi online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Gokarna to Udupi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Udupi can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Mangalore.

Things to do in Udupi

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Papanashini River, End Point, Maravanthe Beach, Kethapayya Narayan Temple, Bahubali Monolith
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Kapu Beach ©
Kapu Beach
Sri Krishna Temple ©
Sri Krishna Temple
Kethapayya Narayan Temple ©
Kethapayya Narayan Temple

4
nights
Mangalore

Mangalore ©
A gateway to the coastal region, Mangalore has long served as a stop-off point on maritime trade routes, and remains a major port city today.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kudroli Gokarnath Temple and Someshwara Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Kasaragod (Pilavalapp, Bekal Fort, &more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kadri Manjunath Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Tannirbhavi Beach, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Aloysius Chapel.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Mangalore trip maker site .

Getting from Udupi to Mangalore by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Mangalore can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Mysuru (Mysore).

Things to do in Mangalore

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kasaragod, Someshwara Temple
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Kudroli Gokarnath Temple ©
Kudroli Gokarnath Temple
Kadri Manjunath Temple ©
Kadri Manjunath Temple
Someshwara Temple ©
Someshwara Temple

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nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Somnathpura Temple and Avadhoota Datta Peetham. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas), meet the residents at Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, admire the natural beauty at Brindavan Garden, and contemplate the waterfront views at Karanji Lake.

To find maps, traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, read Mysuru (Mysore) trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Mangalore to Mysuru (Mysore) in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Mangalore in March, expect Mysuru (Mysore) to be little chillier, temps between 34°C and 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bengaluru.

Things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
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Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas) ©
Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas)
Somnathpura Temple ©
Somnathpura Temple
Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary ©
Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Commercial Street and Dodda Ganapathi Temple. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ragigudda Sri Prasanna Anjaneyaswamy Temple, take a stroll through Malleswaram, get in on the family fun at Wonderla Amusement Park, and admire the striking features of Vidhana Soudha and Attara Kacheri.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Bengaluru travel planner.

Getting from Mysuru (Mysore) to Bengaluru by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mysuru (Mysore) in March: highs in Bengaluru hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 24°C. On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bengaluru

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks
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Lalbagh Botanical Garden ©
Lalbagh Botanical Garden
Commercial Street ©
Commercial Street

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