8 days in South India Itinerary

8 days in South India Itinerary

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8 days in South India Itinerary

Chennai (Madras)
train:  7​h
Mysuru (Mysore)
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
Hampi
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Gokarna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Udupi
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
Chennai (Madras)

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Mysore Maharajah's Palace (Amba Vilas), then stroll through Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kukkarahalli Lake.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Mysuru (Mysore) trip tool .

Chennai (Madras) to Mysuru (Mysore) is an approximately 7-hour train ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hampi.

Things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

#Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums, #Outdoors
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Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens ©
Mysore Maharajah's Palace (Amba Vilas) ©
Kukkarahalli Lake ©
Kukkarahalli Lake

2
days
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.
On the 28th (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Akka Tangi Gudda, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monkey Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vitthala Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Queen's Bath. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Balakrishna Temple, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sanapur Lake, then delve into the distant past at Group of Monuments at Hampi, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Matanga Hill.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hampi road trip app .

Drive from Mysuru (Mysore) to Hampi in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. On the 2nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Gokarna.

Things to do in Hampi

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Royal Enclosure
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Vitthala Temple ©
Vitthala Temple
Queen's Bath ©
Queen's Bath
Elephant Stables ©
Elephant Stables

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Gokarna

Gokarna
The small temple town of Gokarna has changed drastically in recent years.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shree Mahaganapathi Temple and then stroll through Half Moon Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Gokarna trip planner .

Drive from Hampi to Gokarna in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Udupi.

Things to do in Gokarna

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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2
days
Udupi

Udupi ©
Though its cuisine has spread throughout the country and beyond, Udupi retains a small-town charm.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): kick back and relax at Panambur Beach, stroll through Kapu Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Krishna Temple. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kateel Shri Durgaparameshwari Temple, then enjoy the sand and surf at St. Mary's Island, and then kick back and relax at Malpe Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Udupi day trip site .

Drive from Gokarna to Udupi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Udupi

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Mangalore, Malpe Beach
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Malpe Beach ©
Malpe Beach
Kapu Beach ©
Kapu Beach
Kateel Shri Durgaparameshwari Temple ©

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