31 days in South India Itinerary

31 days in South India Itinerary

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31 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
1
Bengaluru
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Hampi
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Gokarna
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Kannur
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Kochi (Cochin)
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Thekkady
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Kovalam
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
8
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Visakhapatnam
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Bengaluru

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Phoenix Marketcity and Basavanagudi. Head to Orion Mall and ak The Seasonsfor some retail therapy. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Malleswaram, take in nature's colorful creations at Lalbagh Botanical Garden, gain insight at Art of Living International Center, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ragigudda Sri Prasanna Anjaneyaswamy Temple.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Bengaluru online trip builder .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Bengaluru. In July in Bengaluru, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Hampi.

Things to do in Bengaluru

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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ISKCON Temple Bangalore ©
ISKCON Temple Bangalore
Malleswaram ©
Malleswaram
Basavanagudi ©
Basavanagudi

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 5th (Fri), admire the striking features of Elephant Stables, don't miss a visit to Stepped Tank, then steep yourself in history at Vitthala Temple, then admire the landmark architecture of Lotus Mahal, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Monkey Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Statue of Ugra Narsimha, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Matanga Hill, then delve into the distant past at Group of Monuments at Hampi, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Tungabhadra River.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hampi trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Bengaluru to Hampi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Bengaluru in July since evenings lows in Hampi dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Gokarna.

Things to do in Hampi

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Matanga Hill ©
Matanga Hill
Group of Monuments at Hampi ©
Group of Monuments at Hampi
Statue of Ugra Narsimha ©
Statue of Ugra Narsimha

2
nights
Gokarna

Gokarna ©
The small temple town of Gokarna has changed drastically in recent years.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahabaleswara Temple, kick back and relax at Kudle Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Om Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Half Moon Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Gokarna trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Hampi to Gokarna takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kannur.

Things to do in Gokarna

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

5
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.
Relax by the water at Thottada Beach and Azhikkal Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Lokamalayar Kavil Ambalam @ Lokanarkavu temple (in Vadakara) and Payyoli Beach (in Kozhikode). The adventure continues: stroll through Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at KIzhunna Beach, steep yourself in history at Mridanga Saileswari Temple, and stroll around Chal Beach Park.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kannur road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Gokarna to Kannur takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kannur

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Azhikode, Payyoli Beach, Lokamalayar Kavil Ambalam @ Lokanarkavu temple
Highlights from your plan
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach ©
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach
Thottada Beach ©
Thottada Beach
Azhikkal Beach ©
Azhikkal Beach

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.
Head to LuLu Mall and Waltons Boutiquefor some retail therapy. You'll get in some beach time at Marari Beach and Cherai Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Kochi (Cochin): Andhakaranazhy Beach (in Andhakaranazhy), Kodungallur (Kaddipuram Beach & Azhikode Munakkal Beach) and Mararikulam Beach (in Mararikulam). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Njarackal Arattuvazhi Beach, explore the world behind art at Kerala Folklore Museum, make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, and gain insight at Kerala Kathakali Centre.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) driving holiday site .

You can drive from Kannur to Kochi (Cochin) in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mararikulam, Kodungallur, Andhakaranazhy Beach
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Mararikulam Beach ©
Mararikulam Beach

5
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vagamon and Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation. Take a break from Thekkady with a short trip to Kolukkumalai Tea Estate in Kottagudi, about 2 hours away. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mangladevi Temple, and take in nature's colorful creations at Green land spice garden.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Thekkady trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Kochi (Cochin) to Thekkady by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games

Side Trips

Kolukkumalai Tea Estate, Vagamon
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Vagamon ©
Vagamon

3
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Kovalam Beach and Chowara Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sarwaa and Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple. When in Kovalam, make a side trip to see Poovar Island in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), approximately 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach, admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, stroll through Adimalathura Beach, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kovalam trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Thekkady to Kovalam by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Kovalam can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Kovalam

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Chowara Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach
Hawa Beach ©
Hawa Beach

2
nights
Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram ©
Once an important sea port city in the ancient Pallava kingdom, Mahabalipuram today draws in visitors with UNESCO-listed monuments and temples carved out of rock during the 7th and 8th centuries CE.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sea Shore Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monuments at Mahabalipuram. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Descent Of The Ganges, make a trip to Krishna's Butter Ball, make a trip to Arjuna's Penance, then admire the striking features of Pancha Rathas, and finally see the interesting displays at India Seashell Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Mahabalipuram day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kovalam to Mahabalipuram takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Kovalam, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Mahabalipuram, ranging from highs of 42°C to lows of 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Visakhapatnam.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram
Descent Of The Ganges ©
Descent Of The Ganges

3
nights
Visakhapatnam

Visakhapatnam ©
The coastal port city of Visakhapatnam looks both outwards to the sea and inland to the mountains of the Eastern Ghats.
We've included these beaches for you: Yarada Beach and Rishikonda Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Dolphin's Nose and Sri Lakshmi Narsimhaswamyvari Devastham. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at INS Kurusura Submarine Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Simhachalam Temple, explore the fascinating underground world of Borra Caves, and stroll around Kailasagiri.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Visakhapatnam tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Mahabalipuram to Visakhapatnam takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Visakhapatnam

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Borra Caves ©
Borra Caves
Yarada Beach ©
Yarada Beach
Rishikonda Beach ©
Rishikonda Beach

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