16 days in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu & Kerala Itinerary

16 days in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu & Kerala Itinerary

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Mangalore
— 1 night
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Udupi
— 1 night
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Gokarna
— 1 night
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Hampi
— 5 nights
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Tiruchirappalli
— 1 night
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Rameswaram
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Kochi (Cochin)
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Mangalore

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Most Holy Redeemer Church, then kick back and relax at Tannirbhavi Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kadri Manjunath Temple. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Someshwara Temple, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Aloysius Chapel, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudroli Gokarnath Temple.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Mangalore online road trip planner.

New Delhi to Mangalore is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from New Delhi in December, expect nights in Mangalore to be much warmer, around 25°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 38°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Udupi.

Things to do in Mangalore

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Udupi

— 1 night
Though its cuisine has spread throughout the country and beyond, Udupi retains a small-town charm.
On the 17th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Padubidri Beach, then kick back and relax at Kapu Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Krishna Temple.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Udupi attractions planning app.

You can drive from Mangalore to Udupi in 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Udupi are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Gokarna.

Things to do in Udupi

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Gokarna

— 1 night
The small temple town of Gokarna has changed drastically in recent years.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiva Cave, then kick back and relax at Kudle Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahabaleswara Temple.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Gokarna trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Udupi to Gokarna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Hampi.

Things to do in Gokarna

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Hampi

— 5 nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hazara Rama Temple and Tungabhadra River. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Stepped Tank, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monkey Temple, delve into the distant past at Octagonal Bath, and admire the landmark architecture of Lotus Mahal.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Hampi route builder site.

Traveling by car from Gokarna to Hampi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Hampi are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Tiruchirappalli.

Things to do in Hampi

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Tiruchirappalli

— 1 night

Rockfort City

Located in the center of the state, the ancient city of Tiruchirappalli--or Trichy/Tiruchi as it is more commonly known--remains rich in Tamil culture.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jambukeswarar Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tiruchirappalli itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Hampi to Tiruchirappalli takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and flight; or do a combination of taxi, train, and flight. In December, daytime highs in Tiruchirappalli are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Tiruchirappalli

Historic Sites

Rameswaram

— 2 nights
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
On the 25th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Villoondi Tirtham, snap pictures at Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, take in the views from Pamban bridge, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kalam National Memorial, and finally don't miss a visit to Burial Place of APJ Abdul Kalam. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House, stop by Kalam Sea Shell Mart, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hanuman Temple.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rameswaram trip site.

Getting from Tiruchirappalli to Rameswaram by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Rameswaram

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Kochi (Cochin)

— 4 nights

Queen of the Arabian Sea

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 Edappally Church Complex and Buddha Gallery. Pack the 27th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Wonderla Amusement Park. Spend the 28th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chottanikkara Devi Temple, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, look for gifts at ViaKerala Shop, and take an in-depth tour of Kerala Folklore Museum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kochi (Cochin) trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Rameswaram to Kochi (Cochin) takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Theme Parks

Karnataka travel guide

4.1
Sacred & Religious Sites · Castles · Gardens
Although most know it for its giant capital, Karnataka encompasses many different land features, from sandy beaches in the coastal east to the wild mountains and thriving farmlands deep in the interior. Home to nearly 9 million people, the city of Bangalore makes a great starting point of a Karnataka tour, packed with temples, churches, shopping malls, and thousands of fast food eateries and restaurants. If you prefer to see the less hectic side of Karnataka, head to Hampi, where you can discover the remains of the once-powerful Vijayanagara Empire scattered across a sprawling World Heritage Site.

Tamil Nadu travel guide

3.9
Sacred & Religious Sites · Bodies of Water · Beaches
Land of Tamils
Home to a Tamil population that speaks one of the world's oldest languages, the state of Tamil Nadu appeals to tourists with its many Hindu temples, beach resorts, charming hill stations, and World Heritage Sites. Several major civilizations have thrived in this area over the last 2,000 years, including the famous Chola, Chera, Pallava, and Pandya. Today, a trip to Tamil Nadu reveals its unique heritage blending elements of all the cultures that lived and died here, leaving their mark on the area's cuisine, music, religious traditions, and literature. In an ancient land steeped in history, state capital Chennai serves as a modern and convenient tourist base, providing great shopping, dining, and entertainment options.

Kerala travel guide

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Beaches · Bodies of Water · Sacred & Religious Sites
God's Own Country
The south Indian state of Kerala stretches in a narrow sliver of land along the coast, rich in cultural heritage and natural attractions. A trip to Kerala takes you to a tropical paradise of sandy beaches and swathes of coconut groves. Considered one of the most literate states in India, Kerala is also a religiously diverse region, where Hindu temples stand next to Islamic mosques, and Christian churches rub shoulders with Jewish synagogues. Numerous wilderness areas dot this relatively small region, ensuring plenty of opportunities to spot rare birds, wild elephants, and the occasional tiger.