12 days in South India & Goa Itinerary

12 days in South India & Goa Itinerary

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12 days in South India & Goa Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Bengaluru
— Few hours
bus + Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Kovalam
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
3
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Mararikulam
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
6
Kodaikanal
— 1 night
Drive:  10​h
7
Kasaragod
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Kodagu (Coorg)
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Mysore District
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
10
Goa
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): walk around Cubbon Park and then admire the natural beauty at Lalbagh Botanical Garden.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Bengaluru online journey builder .

Kolkata (Calcutta) to Bengaluru is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in July: high temperatures in Bengaluru hover around 35°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in Bengaluru

Parks
Highlights from your plan
Lalbagh Botanical Garden ©
Lalbagh Botanical Garden

1
night
Kovalam

Kovalam ©
Famous for the groves of coconut trees from which it takes its name, Kovalam offers a long, white sandy beach on the Arabian Sea.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Adimalathura Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kovalam trip builder .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Bengaluru to Kovalam in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Kovalam when traveling from Bengaluru in July, with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kovalam

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Adimalathura Beach ©
Adimalathura Beach

2
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, then identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Periyar Tiger Reserve forest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Junction.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Thekkady driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kovalam to Thekkady takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Thekkady

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Kochi (Cochin) takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Kochi (Cochin), expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Mararikulam.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Mararikulam

Mararikulam ©
If you're looking for soft sand and warm water, plan a vacation in Mararikulam.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mararikulam Mahadeva Temple, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mararikulam Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Marari Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Mararikulam road trip site .

You can drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Mararikulam in 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Mararikulam

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Mararikulam Beach ©
Mararikulam Beach
Mararikulam Mahadeva Temple ©
Mararikulam Mahadeva Temple

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night
Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal ©
A cool and relaxing hill station, Kodaikanal has long attracted visitors up to its privileged position in the Western Ghats.
On the 23rd (Tue), take a peaceful walk through Pine Forest and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kodaikanal Lake.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kodaikanal online travel planner .

You can drive from Mararikulam to Kodaikanal in 8 hours. When traveling from Mararikulam in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kodaikanal: temperatures range from 40°C by day to 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Kasaragod.

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kodaikanal Lake ©
Kodaikanal Lake
Pine Forest ©
Pine Forest

1
day
Kasaragod

Kasaragod ©
On the 24th (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Elephent Fall Charladka, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kottancheri Hills, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bekal Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kasaragod attractions planner.

Getting from Kodaikanal to Kasaragod by car takes about 12.5 hours. Other options: fly. Traveling from Kodaikanal in July, expect Kasaragod to be little chillier, temps between 33°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kodagu (Coorg).

Things to do in Kasaragod

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Bekal Beach
Highlights from your plan
Bekal Beach ©
Bekal Beach

1
night
Kodagu (Coorg)

Kodagu (Coorg) ©
The hill station of Kodagu consists of a number of small towns amid a vast landscape of forested hills, rocky outcrops, and waterfalls.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): head outdoors with Mandalpatti and then take in the dramatic scenery at Abbi Falls.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kodagu (Coorg) travel route builder app .

You can drive from Kasaragod to Kodagu (Coorg) in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Mysore District.

Things to do in Kodagu (Coorg)

Outdoors Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Mandalpatti ©
Mandalpatti
Abbi Falls ©
Abbi Falls

1
night
Mysore District

Mysore District ©
Mysore District is an administrative district located in the southern part of the state of Karnataka, India. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Chamundeshwari Temple, then get to know the resident critters at Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, and then step into the grandiose world of Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas).

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Mysore District day trip planning app .

Drive from Kodagu (Coorg) to Mysore District in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July in Mysore District, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Goa.

Things to do in Mysore District

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas) ©
Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas)
Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens ©
Sri Chamundeshwari Temple ©
Sri Chamundeshwari Temple

2
nights
Goa

Goa ©
On India's western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of Bom Jesus, then admire the landmark architecture of Se Cathedral, and then kick back and relax at Baga Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Palolem Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Goa online attractions planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Mysore District to Goa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Mysore District in July, with highs in Goa at 35°C and lows at 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Goa

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Baga Beach ©
Baga Beach
Palolem Beach ©
Palolem Beach
Basilica of Bom Jesus ©
Basilica of Bom Jesus

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