13 days in South India Itinerary

13 days in South India Itinerary

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13 days in South India Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  7 h 15 min
1
Gokarna
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
2
Hampi
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h
3
Mysuru (Mysore)
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Kannur
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
5
Kovalam
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
End: New Delhi

3
nights
Gokarna

Gokarna ©
The small temple town of Gokarna has changed drastically in recent years.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shree Mahaganapathi Temple. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Majali Beach Village, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Maruti Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Durga Temple.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Gokarna trip planner.

New Delhi to Gokarna is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hampi.

Things to do in Gokarna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Karwar
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Om Beach ©
Om Beach
Mahabaleswara Temple ©
Mahabaleswara Temple
Shree Mahaganapathi Temple ©
Shree Mahaganapathi Temple

2
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.
On the 1st (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Sanapur Lake, contemplate the long history of Monolith Bull, and then delve into the distant past at Group of Monuments at Hampi. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Elephant Stables, then contemplate the long history of Vitthala Temple, and then identify plant and animal life at Daroji Bear Sanctuary.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hampi tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Gokarna to Hampi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 29°C. On the 3rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Mysuru (Mysore).

Things to do in Hampi

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Sanapur Lake ©
Sanapur Lake
Matanga Hill ©
Matanga Hill
Vitthala Temple ©
Vitthala Temple

3
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.
On the 4th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Avadhoota Datta Peetham, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Chamundeshwari Temple, and then identify plant and animal life at Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Mysore Maharajah's Palace (Amba Vilas), tour the pleasant surroundings at Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, and then explore the activities along Kukkarahalli Lake.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Mysuru (Mysore) planner .

Getting from Hampi to Mysuru (Mysore) by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kannur.

Things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas) ©
Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas)
Avadhoota Datta Peetham ©
Avadhoota Datta Peetham
Sri Chamundeshwari Temple ©
Sri Chamundeshwari Temple

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Fort St. Angelos, tour the pleasant surroundings at Payyambalam Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kottiyoor Mahadeva Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sundareswara Temple, then enjoy the sand and surf at Thottada Beach, and then kick back and relax at Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kannur road trip app .

You can drive from Mysuru (Mysore) to Kannur in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in Kannur

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Thottada Beach ©
Thottada Beach
Fort St. Angelos ©
Fort St. Angelos
Payyambalam Beach ©
Payyambalam Beach

2
nights
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.
On the 8th (Fri), kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach, look for gifts at Keralashopee, and then admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Janardhana Swami Temple, contemplate the long history of Sivagiri, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hawa Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Kovalam day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train, taxi, and flight from Kannur to Kovalam takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kovalam

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Varkala Town
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach
Vizhinjam Lighthouse ©
Vizhinjam Lighthouse

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