31 days in Goa & South India Itinerary

31 days in Goa & South India Itinerary

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Goa
— 2 nights
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Gokarna
— 1 night
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Murdeshwar
— 1 night
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Chikmagalur
— 2 nights
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Madikeri
— 2 nights
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights
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Coonoor
— 1 night
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Kodaikanal
— 2 nights
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Munnar
— 2 nights
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Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
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Alappuzha
— 3 nights
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Kanyakumari
— 2 nights
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Pondicherry
— 3 nights
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Visakhapatnam
— 3 nights
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Araku Valley
— 1 night
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Goa

— 2 nights
On India's western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Explore Water Sports and Sunset Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museum of Goa and Mahalaxmi Temple. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Betalbatim Beach, browse the exhibits of Chaku crafts emporium, explore the fascinating underground world of Pandava Caves, and soothe aching muscles at Cyril Yoga Ayurveda Centre.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Goa trip itinerary maker website.

Hyderabad to Goa is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Gokarna.

Things to do in Goa

Outdoors · Parks · Adventure · Wildlife

Gokarna

— 1 night
The small temple town of Gokarna has changed drastically in recent years.
On the 4th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Shree Mahaganapathi Temple, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kudle Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Om Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Shiva Cave.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Gokarna trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Goa to Gokarna takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Murdeshwar.

Things to do in Gokarna

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Murdeshwar

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shirali Maha Ganapathi Mahammaya Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kethapayya Narayan Temple, then stroll through Murudeshwar, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Murdeshwar Temple.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Murdeshwar trip site.

Traveling by car from Gokarna to Murdeshwar takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Chikmagalur.

Things to do in Murdeshwar

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Chikmagalur

— 2 nights

Coffee Land

Located at the foot of the highest mountain range in the state, the city of Chikamagalur features a number of natural and man-made attractions of rich variety.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hoysaleswara Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basadi Halli, and then wander the streets of Belavadi. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sharada Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shantaleswara Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chennakesava Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Chennakeshava Temple.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Chikmagalur tour builder.

Traveling by car from Murdeshwar to Chikmagalur takes 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Madikeri.

Things to do in Chikmagalur

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Madikeri

— 2 nights
Madikeri is a hill station town in Karnataka state, India. Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): relax in the rural setting at Mercara Gold Estate Coffee Plantation, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Bhagandeshwara Temple, and then explore the activities along Cauvery River. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Kote Betta, play a few rounds at Mercara Downs Golf Club, and then head outdoors with Kote Abbey waterfalls.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Madikeri trip tool.

Traveling by car from Chikmagalur to Madikeri takes 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Madikeri

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

— 2 nights

Queen of Hill Stations

Tea gardens and eucalyptus trees scent the air of the fields surrounding Ooty, a popular summer tourism destination up in the hills.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): hunt for treasures at Main Bazaar, take in the spiritual surroundings of Elk Hill Murugan Temple, examine the collection at Mini Car Museum, then look for gifts at Moddy's Chocolates, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Church. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Ooty Lake, then play a few rounds at Ootacamund Gymkhana Golf Club, then admire the verdant scenery at Ketti Valley View, and finally examine the collection at Tea Museum.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) online trip builder.

Drive from Madikeri to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. July in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Coonoor.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Coonoor

— 1 night
A small town up in the hills, Coonoor has a wealth of scenic sights and pleasant urban places of interest.
On the 12th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at All Saints Church, then stop by The Shop, then take in nature's colorful creations at Sim`s Park, and finally play a few rounds at Wellington Gymkhana Club Golf Course.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Coonoor route maker.

Take a bus from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Coonoor in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in July: highs in Coonoor hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Coonoor

Outdoors · Golf · Parks · Historic Sites

Kodaikanal

— 2 nights

Princess of Hill Stations

A cool and relaxing hill station, Kodaikanal has long attracted visitors up to its privileged position in the Western Ghats.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dolphin's Nose and Spas. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Christ the King Church and Kuzhanthai Velappar Temple. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Kodaikanal Lake, admire the sheer force of Bear Shola Falls, delve into the distant past at Dolmen Circle, and delve into the lush surroundings at Pine Forest.

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Drive from Coonoor to Kodaikanal in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Kodaikanal when traveling from Coonoor in July, with lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Munnar.

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Spas

Munnar

— 2 nights

Southern Spice

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get into the urban bustle at Kalari Kshethra, then take in the exciting artwork at Mistletoe art Gallery, and finally look for gifts at Tata Tea Outlet. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park and then admire the natural beauty at Green Field Spices and Herbal Garden.

Plan my day in Munnar using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Kodaikanal to Munnar in 5 hours. When traveling from Kodaikanal in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Munnar, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Munnar

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Kochi (Cochin)

— 2 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.
On the 18th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Kerala Museum, then buy something for everyone on your list at LuLu Mall, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Edappally Church Complex. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Cherai Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Kuzhupilly Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiva Temple.

Plan my day in Kochi (Cochin) using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Munnar to Kochi (Cochin) in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Alappuzha

— 3 nights

Venice of the East

Affectionately known as Alleppey to locals and tourists alike, Alappuzha acts as a major transport and cultural hub on the Kerala backwaters.
Step out of the city life by going to Marari Beach and Kayaking & Canoeing. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Vaikom Mahadeva Temple and Vishnu Temple. Step out of Alappuzha with an excursion to Bay Island Driftwood Museum in Kottayam--about 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at International Coir Museum, stop by Pulickattil The Handicraft Shop, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Alappuzha Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Alappuzha itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Alappuzha in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Alappuzha

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Kanyakumari

— 2 nights

Cape Comorin

Located at the most southerly point of mainland India, Kanyakumari has long attracted pilgrims and those keen to see the end of the road.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Padmanabhapuram Palace, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Muttom Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sanguthurai Beach. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagaraja Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shirdhi Sai Baba Temple, Kanyakumari, then enjoy breathtaking views from Observation Tower, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jain Temple Kanyakumari.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kanyakumari trip planner.

You can drive from Alappuzha to Kanyakumari in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Kanyakumari can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Pondicherry

— 3 nights

Europe of India

South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
You'll get in some beach time at Rock Beach and Paradise Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Auro Beach and Serenity Beach. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Varadaraja Perumal Temple, visit a coastal fixture at Pondicherry Lighthouse, take in the exciting artwork at Kalinka Art Gallery, and stop by Sund'art.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Pondicherry vacation builder tool.

You can fly from Kanyakumari to Pondicherry in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Visakhapatnam.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Shopping

Visakhapatnam

— 3 nights

Jewel of the East Coast

The coastal port city of Visakhapatnam looks both outwards to the sea and inland to the mountains of the Eastern Ghats.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yarada Beach and Spas. INS Kurusura Submarine Museum and Sri Kanaka Mahalakshmi Ammavari Devasthanam are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Bhadrakali Sametha Veereswara swamy Devasthanam, kick back and relax at Rama Krishna Beach, look for gifts at Rushikonda, and get engrossed in the history at Visakha Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Visakhapatnam online tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Pondicherry to Visakhapatnam takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Araku Valley.

Things to do in Visakhapatnam

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Parks

Araku Valley

— 1 night
Araku Valley is a region surrounded by the thick forests of the Eastern Ghats.
For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Araku Valley online trip maker.

You can drive from Visakhapatnam to Araku Valley in 6.5 hours. July in Araku Valley sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 31st (Sat).

Kodagu (Coorg) travel guide

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Waterfalls · Wildlife Areas · Gardens
The hill station of Kodagu consists of a number of small towns amid a vast landscape of forested hills, rocky outcrops, and waterfalls. As a result of the natural scenery, Kodagu holidays tend to focus on the outdoors, including hikes through scenic spice and coffee plantations. Round out your visit by exploring the indigenous Kodava culture through restaurants, temples, and shrines--all of which detail the history, language, beliefs, and festivals of this people.