30 days in South India Itinerary

30 days in South India Itinerary

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30 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Makassar, Indonesia
Fly + Drive:  22 h 45 min
1
Udupi
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
2
Gokarna
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 45 min
3
Hampi
— 4 nights
Drive:  6 h
4
Mysuru (Mysore)
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Bengaluru
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  3 h 30 min
6
Munnar
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Kochi (Cochin)
— 5 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
8
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 3 nights
Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: Makassar, Indonesia

3
nights
Udupi

Udupi ©
Though its cuisine has spread throughout the country and beyond, Udupi retains a small-town charm.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Kapu Beach, stroll through Kodi Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Krishna Temple. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at St. Mary's Island and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Malpe Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Udupi vacation trip planner.

Makassar, Indonesia to Udupi is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Indonesia Time to India Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Gokarna.

Things to do in Udupi

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Gokarna

Gokarna ©
The small temple town of Gokarna has changed drastically in recent years.
On the 1st (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Shree Mahaganapathi Temple and then kick back and relax at Kudle Beach. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahabaleswara Temple, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Om Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Gokarna travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Udupi to Gokarna in 4 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Hampi.

Things to do in Gokarna

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Kudle Beach ©
Kudle Beach
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Mahabaleswara Temple ©
Mahabaleswara Temple

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Vitthala Temple and Monkey Temple. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind Statue of Ugra Narsimha, make a trip to Zanana Enclosure, admire the striking features of Hemakuta Hill Temple Complex, and explore the ancient world of Octagonal Bath.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hampi itinerary planner.

You can drive from Gokarna to Hampi in 6.5 hours. In May in Hampi, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Mysuru (Mysore).

Things to do in Hampi

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Vitthala Temple ©
Vitthala Temple
Group of Monuments at Hampi ©
Group of Monuments at Hampi
Matanga Hill ©
Matanga Hill

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chennakesava Temple and Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary. Change things up with a short trip to Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangapatna (about 32 minutes away). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Mysore Maharajah's Palace (Amba Vilas), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Srirangapatna, explore the activities along Karanji Lake, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, use the Mysuru (Mysore) online itinerary creator.

You can drive from Hampi to Mysuru (Mysore) in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bengaluru.

Things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife

Side Trips

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Adiranga, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas) ©
Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas)
Somnathpura Temple ©
Somnathpura Temple
Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary ©
Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Art of Living International Center and M Chinnaswamy Stadium. Go for a jaunt from Bengaluru to Chikkaballapur to see Nandi Hills about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Lalbagh Botanical Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Bangalore, Sri Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, steep yourself in history at Tipu Sultan Fort and Palace - Bangalore KR Market, and take a stroll through Basavanagudi.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Bengaluru trip planner.

Getting from Mysuru (Mysore) to Bengaluru by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Bengaluru are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Munnar.

Things to do in Bengaluru

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Nandi Hills
Highlights from your plan
Lalbagh Botanical Garden ©
Lalbagh Botanical Garden
M Chinnaswamy Stadium ©
M Chinnaswamy Stadium
Malleswaram ©
Malleswaram

3
nights
Munnar

Munnar ©
Sitting at the point where three mountain rivers meet, the hill station of Munnar has become known as a tea-growing center in the south of the country.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kolukkumalai Tea Estate and Pothamedu Viewpoint. Take a break from Munnar with a short trip to Chinnakanal Waterfalls in Chinnakanal, about 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam, take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens, see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, and explore the activities along Kundala Dam Lake.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Munnar holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Bengaluru to Munnar takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Munnar can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Kolukkumalai Tea Estate
Highlights from your plan
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Kolukkumalai Tea Estate ©
Kolukkumalai Tea Estate
Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like LuLu Mall and Marari Beach. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, admire the landmark architecture of Santa Cruz Basilica, get in on the family fun at Wonderla Amusement Park, and admire all the interesting features of Kerala Kathakali Centre.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kochi (Cochin) trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Munnar to Kochi (Cochin) in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daytime highs in Kochi (Cochin) are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Theme Parks Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Marari Beach
Highlights from your plan
Wonderla Amusement Park ©
Wonderla Amusement Park
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Kerala Folklore Museum ©
Kerala Folklore Museum

3
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Spas & Wellness and Valiyathura Pier. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): Varkala Beach (in Varkala) and Kovalam (Kovalam Beach & Lighthouse Beach). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, don't miss a visit to Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kochi (Cochin) to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or drive. May in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Varkala Town, Kovalam
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Attukal Bhagavathy Temple ©
Attukal Bhagavathy Temple
Spas & Wellness

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