12 days in South India Itinerary

12 days in South India Itinerary

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12 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly + Drive:  12​h
1
Gokarna
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Udupi
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Mysuru (Mysore)
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Bengaluru
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  2​h
5
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
6
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

1
night
Gokarna

Gokarna ©
The small temple town of Gokarna has changed drastically in recent years.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kudle Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Half Moon Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Om Beach and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahabaleswara Temple.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Gokarna itinerary planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Gokarna is an approximately 12-hour flight. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Gokarna, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Udupi.

Things to do in Gokarna

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Kudle Beach ©
Kudle Beach
Half Moon Beach ©
Half Moon Beach
Om Beach ©
Om Beach

2
nights
Udupi

Udupi ©
Though its cuisine has spread throughout the country and beyond, Udupi retains a small-town charm.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Mount Rosary church, enjoy the sand and surf at St. Mary's Island, and then stroll through Malpe Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Udupi trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Gokarna to Udupi in 4 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Tue) before leaving for Mysuru (Mysore).

Things to do in Udupi

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

St. Mary's Island, Malpe Beach
Highlights from your plan
Sri Krishna Temple ©
Sri Krishna Temple
St. Mary's Island ©
St. Mary's Island
Malpe Beach ©
Malpe Beach

1
night
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 8th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Srirangapatna, explore the world behind art at Mysore Sand Sculpture Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Mysore Maharajah's Palace (Amba Vilas).

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Mysuru (Mysore) holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Udupi to Mysuru (Mysore) takes 6.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bengaluru.

Things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas) ©
Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas)
Mysore Sand Sculpture Museum ©
Mysore Sand Sculpture Museum

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): engage your brain at The Heritage Centre & Aerospace Museum, browse the different shops at Phoenix Marketcity, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Orion Mall. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Bull Temple, then wander the streets of Basavanagudi, then shop like a local with UB City, and finally take a stroll through Commercial Street.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Bengaluru travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Mysuru (Mysore) to Bengaluru in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Bengaluru can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Bengaluru

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Phoenix Marketcity ©
Phoenix Marketcity
Commercial Street ©
Commercial Street

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, then examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, and then kick back and relax at Hawa Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lighthouse Beach and then kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Bengaluru to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bengaluru in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 29°C in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Kovalam
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach
Hawa Beach ©
Hawa Beach

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): admire the striking features of Santa Cruz Basilica, then enjoy the sand and surf at Marari Beach, and then browse the different shops at LuLu Mall. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Kerala Folklore Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Kashi Art Gallery, then look for gifts at Waltons Boutique, then make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, and finally stop by Kochi Books.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, read Kochi (Cochin) online itinerary creator.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Kochi (Cochin) in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or drive. November in Kochi (Cochin) sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Shopping Museums Beaches

Side Trip

Marari Beach
Highlights from your plan
LuLu Mall ©
LuLu Mall
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Kerala Folklore Museum ©
Kerala Folklore Museum

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