57 days in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu & Kerala Itinerary

57 days in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu & Kerala Itinerary

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57 days in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu & Kerala Itinerary

Start: Goa
Drive:  2​h 30​min
1
Gokarna
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Hampi
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
3
Mysore District
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Bengaluru
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Mahabalipuram
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Kovalam
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
7
Thekkady
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Kottayam
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Kochi (Cochin)
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Guruvayur
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
11
Kozhikode
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
12
Kannur
— 5 nights
train:  2​h
13
Mangalore
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Mumbai

3
nights
Gokarna

Gokarna ©
The small temple town of Gokarna has changed drastically in recent years.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kudle Beach and Paradise Beach. Murdeshwar Temple and Shree Mahaganapathi Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gokarna: Idagunji Maha Ganapathi Temple (in Idagunji) and Kasarkod Beach (in Kasarkod). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Half Moon Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahabaleswara Temple, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Om Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Gokarna attractions website .

Mumbai to Gokarna is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hampi.

Things to do in Gokarna

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Murdeshwar Temple, Idagunji Maha Ganapathi Temple, Kasarkod Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kudle Beach ©
Kudle Beach
Half Moon Beach ©
Half Moon Beach
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Group of Monuments at Hampi and Monkey Temple. Get some cultural insight at Elephant Stables and Akash Art Gallery & Bookshop. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vitthala Temple, explore the ancient world of Rock Painting 1500 BC, contemplate the long history of Purandaradasa Mantapa, and take in the awesome beauty at Matanga Hill.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hampi trip itinerary website .

Getting from Gokarna to Hampi by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. May in Hampi sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Mysore District.

Things to do in Hampi

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Bellary
Highlights from your plan
Group of Monuments at Hampi ©
Group of Monuments at Hampi
Monkey Temple ©
Monkey Temple
Hazara Rama Temple ©
Hazara Rama Temple

4
nights
Mysore District

Mysore District ©
Mysore District is an administrative district located in the southern part of the state of Karnataka, India. Do some cultural sightseeing at Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas) and Ramsons House. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Hobby Place and Devaraja Market. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, take in the spiritual surroundings of Maruleshwara Temple, stop by Adil & Azam, and pause for some photo ops at Sri Nandi Temple.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Mysore District trip planner.

You can drive from Hampi to Mysore District in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of train and taxi. In May, Mysore District is a bit cooler than Hampi - with highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Bengaluru.

Things to do in Mysore District

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas) ©
Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas)
Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary ©
Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
Sri Nandi Temple ©
Sri Nandi Temple

5
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 Phoenix Marketcity and Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Heritage Centre & Aerospace Museum and Kynkyny Art. The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at Orion Mall, take a stroll through Basavanagudi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dodda Ganapathi Temple, and look for gifts at Badsha Stores.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Bengaluru itinerary planner .

Getting from Mysore District to Bengaluru by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mysore District in May: highs in Bengaluru hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Bengaluru

Shopping Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Phoenix Marketcity ©
Phoenix Marketcity
Dodda Ganapathi Temple ©
Dodda Ganapathi Temple

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at India Seashell Museum and Maritime Heritage Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Apollo Books and Descent Of The Ganges. Explore Mahabalipuram's surroundings by going to Kanchipuram (Kanchi Kudhil, Ekambareshvara Temple, & more). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at DakshinaChitra Museum, identify plant and animal life at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, make a trip to Krishna's Butter Ball, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Varaha Cave Temple.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Mahabalipuram tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Bengaluru to Mahabalipuram takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Bengaluru in May, things will get a bit warmer in Mahabalipuram: highs are around 43°C and lows about 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Kanchipuram, DakshinaChitra Museum
Highlights from your plan
Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Ekambareswarar Temple ©
Ekambareswarar Temple
Ganesh Ratha Temple ©
Ganesh Ratha Temple

5
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace and Priyadarshini Planetarium. Popular historic sites such as Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple and Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kovalam: Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) (Natural History Museum, Kerala Science and Technology Museum, & more) and Varkala (Moon Stone Arts, Asparagus, & more). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Neeramankara Shiva Temple, stroll through Lighthouse Beach, and examine the collection at Kuthira Malika.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kovalam journey planning app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Mahabalipuram to Kovalam takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Mahabalipuram in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Kovalam, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kovalam

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Varkala Town
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Spas
Vizhinjam Lighthouse ©
Vizhinjam Lighthouse

5
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Angadipetty -Kerala Ayurveda Museum and Green land spice garden will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Periyar Interpretation Centre and Our Lady of Lourde's Roman Catholic Latin Church. Spend the 13th (Thu) exploring nature at Periyar National Park. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, look for gifts at Kerala Crafts, and explore the activities along Periyar Lake.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Thekkady day trip app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kovalam to Thekkady in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kottayam.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mozart Art Gallery and Kerala Album Art Gallery. Do your shopping at Clay Art Cafe and Kumarakom Craft Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kottayam: Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary (in Kumarakom), St. George Orthodox Church (in Puthuppally) and St Mary's Jacobite Syrian Cathedral (in Manarcaud). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Bay Island Driftwood Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Kannadipara, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kottayam Cheriapally, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Pallippurathu Kavu Temple.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kottayam online travel planner .

You can drive from Thekkady to Kottayam in 3.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Kottayam are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kottayam

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kumarakom, St Mary's Jacobite Syrian Cathedral, St. George Orthodox Church
Highlights from your plan
Mozart Art Gallery ©
Mozart Art Gallery
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary ©
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
St. George Orthodox Church ©
St. George Orthodox Church

6
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Kashi Art Gallery and Antique Museum Kochi. Your inner history buff will appreciate Chottanikkara Devi Temple and Paradesi Synagogue. Step out of Kochi (Cochin) with an excursion to Marari Beach in Mararikulam--about 1h 20 min away. Treat yourself to a day of pampering on the 21st (Fri) at some of the best spas. Spend the 22nd (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Kerala Folklore Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at LuLu Mall, view the masterpieces at Durbar Hall Art Gallery, and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Indian Industries.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kochi (Cochin) visit planner.

You can drive from Kottayam to Kochi (Cochin) in 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Kochi (Cochin) can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Guruvayur.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Outdoors Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Marari Beach
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Chottanikkara Devi Temple ©
Chottanikkara Devi Temple
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach

4
nights
Guruvayur

Guruvayur ©
Guruvayur stands as one of the holiest and most important pilgrimage centers in the state, with its Sri Krishna Temple among the most frequented temples in the country.
Popular historic sites such as Guruvayur Temple and Triprayar Sri Rama Temple are in your itinerary. Vaidyaratnam Ayurveda Museum and Devaswom Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Guruvayur's surroundings by going to Sobha City Mall (in Thrissur), Thirunavaya Nava Mukunda Temple (in Malappuram) and Thunchan (in Tirur). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram, identify plant and animal life at Elephant Camp Sanctuary, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Palayur Church.

To plan Guruvayur vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Kochi (Cochin) to Guruvayur takes 2.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kozhikode.

Things to do in Guruvayur

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Thrissur, Thunchan, Triprayar Sri Rama Temple, Thirunavaya Nava Mukunda Temple
Highlights from your plan
Guruvayur Temple ©
Guruvayur Temple
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram ©
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram
Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta) ©
Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta)

3
nights
Kozhikode

Kozhikode ©
Famous as the landing place of Vasco da Gama, the large industrial city of Kozhikode today acts as staging post for adventures around the state, while also boasting some particularly popular beaches.
Deepanjali lamp museum and Krishna Menon Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Do your shopping at S.M. Street and HiLite Mall. There's still lots to do: stop by Bolmay Cocoa, kick back and relax at Kappad Beach, see the interesting displays at Pazhassiraja Museum and Art Gallery, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tali Temple.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kozhikode day trip planner.

You can drive from Guruvayur to Kozhikode in 3 hours. June in Kozhikode sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kannur.

Things to do in Kozhikode

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Deepanjali lamp museum ©
Deepanjali lamp museum
Tali Temple ©
Tali Temple
Kappad Beach ©
Kappad 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.
Visit Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach and Thottada Beach for some beach relaxation. Escape the urban bustle at Paithalmala Hill Station and Uchatthu Kayam- Riverside Picnic, Rafting and Kayaking Tourism. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Azhikkal Beach, head outdoors with Asokam Beach Side Health Centre, stroll through KIzhunna Beach, and take an in-depth tour of Arakkal Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kannur online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Kozhikode to Kannur in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Mangalore.

Things to do in Kannur

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ezharakund Waterfalls, Paithalmala Hill Station, Azhikkal Beach
Highlights from your plan
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach ©
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach
Thottada Beach ©
Thottada Beach
Azhikkal Beach ©
Azhikkal Beach

5
nights
Mangalore

Mangalore ©
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Tannirbhavi Beach and Panambur Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Sri Krishna Temple and Madhur Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Museum of Anatomy & Pathology (in Manipal), Malpe Beach (in Malpe) and Udupi (Shree Durga Devi Temple, Ananteshwar Temple, & more). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudroli Gokarnath Temple, visit a coastal fixture at NITK Lighthouse, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Infant Jesus Shrine, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kottancheri Hills.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mangalore trip builder .

Traveling by train from Kannur to Mangalore takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Mangalore sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mangalore

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Udupi, Kasaragod, Malpe Beach, Museum of Anatomy & Pathology
Highlights from your plan
Sri Krishna Temple ©
Sri Krishna Temple
Kudroli Gokarnath Temple ©
Kudroli Gokarnath Temple
Kadri Manjunath Temple ©
Kadri Manjunath Temple

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