34 days in South India & Goa Itinerary

34 days in South India & Goa Itinerary

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34 days in South India & Goa Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly + Drive:  16​h 45​min
1
Kasaragod
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Kannur
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h 30​min
3
Goa
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Hampi
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Thrissur
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
6
Kochi (Cochin)
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Kottayam
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
8
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 5 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Tel Aviv

3
nights
Kasaragod

Kasaragod ©
Bekal Fort and Ananthapura Lake Temple will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Madhur Temple and Anandashram. When in Kasaragod, make a side trip to see Madiyan Koolom in Kanhangad, approximately 1h 15 min away.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kasaragod travel route builder site .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Kasaragod is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to Kasaragod is 3 hours. While traveling from Tel Aviv, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kasaragod, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kannur.

Things to do in Kasaragod

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Bekal, Kanhangad
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Bekal Fort ©
Bekal Fort
Madhur Temple ©
Madhur Temple
Bekal Beach ©
Bekal 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Thottada Beach and Fort St. Angelos. We've included these beaches for you: Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach and KIzhunna Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kannur: Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple (in Parassinikadavu), Thalassery Fort (in Thalassery) and Madayi Kavu (in Pazhayangadi). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Azhikkal Beach, don't miss a visit to Annapoorneswary Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Trichambaram Sree Krishna Temple, and admire the landmark architecture of Lokamalayar Kavil Ambalam @ Lokanarkavu temple.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kannur road trip tool .

Getting from Kasaragod to Kannur by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Goa.

Things to do in Kannur

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Thalassery Fort, Lokamalayar Kavil Ambalam @ Lokanarkavu temple, Madayi Kavu, Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple, Shri Gopalakrishna Temple
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KIzhunna Beach ©
KIzhunna Beach
Thottada Beach ©
Thottada Beach
Fort St. Angelos ©
Fort St. Angelos

2
nights
Goa

Goa ©
On India's western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of Bom Jesus, contemplate the long history of Reis Magos Fort, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Majorda Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Palacio do Deao, enjoy the sand and surf at Betalbatim Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shanta Durga Temple.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Goa trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Kannur to Goa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. In October, daytime highs in Goa are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hampi.

Things to do in Goa

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Majorda Beach ©
Majorda Beach
Betalbatim Beach ©
Betalbatim Beach
Palacio do Deao ©
Palacio do Deao

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 13th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Malyavanta Raghunathaswamy Temple - Fatik Shilla, steep yourself in history at Elephant Stables, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodanda Rama Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Balakrishna Temple, then delve into the distant past at Group of Monuments at Hampi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Achyutaraya Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, contemplate the long history of Vitthala Temple, contemplate the long history of Purandaradasa Mantapa, then make a trip to Dasara Dibba, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Royal Enclosure, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of ಪಟ್ಟಾಭಿರಾಮ ದೇವಸ್ಥಾನ Pattabhirama Temple.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Hampi trip planning app .

Getting from Goa to Hampi by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Goa in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 25°C in Hampi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Thrissur.

Things to do in Hampi

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bellary
Highlights from your plan
Group of Monuments at Hampi ©
Group of Monuments at Hampi
Achyutaraya Temple ©
Achyutaraya Temple
Vitthala Temple ©
Vitthala Temple

5
nights
Thrissur

Thrissur ©
One of the oldest and largest cities in the center of the state, Thrissur hosts a wealth of festivals throughout the year.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram and Thiruvambadi Krishna Shrine. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Vadakkunnathan Temple and Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta). Get out of town with these interesting Thrissur side-trips: Kodungallur (Marthoma Pontifical Shrine - Cradle of Christianity India, Kodungallur Bhagavathi Temple, & more), Guruvayur (Chowallurpady Siva Temple, Guruvayur Temple, & more) and Olappamanna Mana (in Vellinezhi). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Vilwadrinatha Temple.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Thrissur driving holiday planning site .

Getting from Hampi to Thrissur by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Thrissur are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Thrissur

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Guruvayur, Kodungallur, Malappuram, Vilwadrinatha Temple, Olappamanna Mana
Highlights from your plan
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram ©
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram
Vadakkunnathan Temple ©
Vadakkunnathan Temple
Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta) ©
Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta)

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.
Edappally Church Complex and Vallarpadam Church will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chottanikkara Devi Temple and Shiva Temple Ernakulam . Venture out of the city with trips to Mararikulam (Mararikulam Beach & Marari Beach) and International Coir Museum (in Alappuzha). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiva Temple, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Antony's Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Mattancherry Palace, and don't miss a visit to Thrikkakara Vamana Moorthy Temple.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kochi (Cochin) online day trip planner .

Getting from Thrissur to Kochi (Cochin) by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kottayam.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Mararikulam, International Coir Museum, Shiva Temple Ernakulam
Highlights from your plan
Edappally Church Complex ©
Edappally Church Complex
Chottanikkara Devi Temple ©
Chottanikkara Devi Temple
Shiva Temple ©
Shiva Temple

4
nights
Kottayam

Kottayam ©
The first Indian city to achieve a 100 percent literacy rate among its citizens, Kottayam has as much of a reputation for its educational standards as for its massive rubber industry.
Visit Vaikom Mahadeva Temple and St. George Orthodox Church for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam and Paliakkara Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kottayam: St Mary's Jacobite Syrian Cathedral (in Manarcaud), Thrikodithanam Temple (in Changanacherry) and Thiruvizha Sree Mahadeva Temple (in Cherthala). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Valiyakoikal Temple, pause for some serene contemplation at Kottayam Cheriapally, and don't miss a visit to Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kottayam trip planner .

You can drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Kottayam in 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Kottayam

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cherthala, Valiyakoikal Temple, St Mary's Jacobite Syrian Cathedral, Thrikodithanam Temple, Paliakkara Church
Highlights from your plan
Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple ©
Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple ©
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple
St. George Orthodox Church ©
St. George Orthodox Church

5
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Vizhinjam Lighthouse and Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Janardhana Swami Temple and Ponmudi Hill Station. Change things up with these side-trips from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): Kovalam (Hawa Beach, Kovalam Beach, & more) and Varkala (Varkala Beach, Varkala Light House, & more). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Shri Chitra Art Gallery, examine the collection at Priyadarshini Planetarium, take in the spiritual surroundings of Neeramankara Shiva Temple, and make a trip to Attukal Bhagavathy Temple.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kottayam to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) takes 4 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Varkala, Kovalam, Ponmudi Hill Station
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Vizhinjam Lighthouse ©
Vizhinjam Lighthouse
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach

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