59 days in South India Itinerary

59 days in South India Itinerary

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Hyderabad
— 4 nights
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Hampi
— 2 nights
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Gokarna
— 5 nights
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Mysuru (Mysore)
— 5 nights
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Chennai
— 5 nights
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Mahabalipuram
— 3 nights
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Pondicherry
— 3 nights
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Thanjavur
— 4 nights
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Madurai
— 4 nights
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Thekkady
— 4 nights
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Munnar
— 3 nights
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Kochi (Cochin)
— 6 nights
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Varkala Town
— 2 nights
Train to Thiruvananthapuram Central, Taxi to Kovalam
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Kovalam
— 2 nights
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Bengaluru
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Hyderabad

— 4 nights

City of Pearls

Teeming with history and heritage, Hyderabad draws visitors from all over the world with its old Indo-Islamic buildings, forts, and museums.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Salar Jung Museum and Birla Mandir. Do your shopping at Laad Bazaar and Krishna Jewellers Pearls & Gems. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Golconda Fort, view the masterpieces at Vishwakarma Arts Gallery, browse the exhibits of Muse Art Gallery, and take an in-depth tour of Village museum, Shilparamam.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hyderabad trip itinerary builder website.

Vijayawada to Hyderabad is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. In February, daytime highs in Hyderabad are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Hampi.

Things to do in Hyderabad

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trip

Hampi

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Purandaradasa Mantapa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vitthala Temple, pause for some photo ops at Yantrodharak Hanuman Temple, then delve into the distant past at Group of Monuments at Hampi, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Matanga Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodanda Rama Temple, steep yourself in history at Elephant Stables, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Royal Enclosure, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hazara Rama Temple, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Akash Art Gallery & Bookshop.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Hampi itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Hyderabad to Hampi in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Hyderabad in February, expect nights in Hampi to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are little chillier, around 35°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Gokarna.

Things to do in Hampi

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Gokarna

— 5 nights
The small temple town of Gokarna has changed drastically in recent years.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Durga Temple and Shantika Parameshwari Temple. We've included these beaches for you: Om Beach and Kasarkod Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Karwar (Oyster Rock Lighthouse, Devbagh Beach, &more), Scuba & Snorkeling (in Murdeshwar) and Statue of Lord Shiva (in Bhatkal). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Kudle Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shree Mahaganapathi Temple, and relax and rejuvenate at Shree Hari Yoga India.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Gokarna trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Hampi to Gokarna takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Mysuru (Mysore).

Things to do in Gokarna

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mysuru (Mysore)

— 5 nights

Cultural Capital of Karnataka

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.
Mysuru Palace and The Hobby Place are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Namdroling Monastery and Sri Chamundeshwari Temple. Step out of Mysuru (Mysore) to go to Somnathpur and see Keshava Temple, which is approximately 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Somnathpura Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Nandi Temple, examine the collection at Chamundeshwari Celebrity Wax Museum, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Devaraja Market.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Mysuru (Mysore) online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Gokarna to Mysuru (Mysore) in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. In February, daytime highs in Mysuru (Mysore) are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to fly to Chennai.

Things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Chennai

— 5 nights

Detroit of South Asia

Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Marina Beach and Besant Nagar Beach. Popular historic sites such as Kapaleeshwarar Temple and San Thome Church are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chennai: Kanchipuram (Adhi Kamakshi Amman Temple & Ekambareswarar Temple). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Cane and Bamboo, browse the different shops at Express Avenue Mall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jain Temple, and get a taste of the local shopping with Pondy Bazaar.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Chennai day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Mysuru (Mysore) to Chennai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Mysuru (Mysore) in February, with highs in Chennai at 37°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Chennai

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Mahabalipuram

— 3 nights
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. The structures showcase the decoration and form of early Dravidian architecture, and their distinctive designs, striking coloration, and scale still create an evocative atmosphere when studied closely and when seen as a whole.
Head to Apollo Books and Little Art Galleryfor some retail therapy. Visit Shore Temple and Vedagiriswarar Temple for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from Mahabalipuram to Muttukadu to see DakshinaChitra Museum about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at India Seashell Museum, explore the ancient world of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, meet the residents at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, and admire the landmark architecture of Pancha Rathas.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Mahabalipuram online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Chennai to Mahabalipuram in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In February, daily temperatures in Mahabalipuram can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Svaram and Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple. Tasmai, a Centre for Art & Culture and Police museum Pondicherry will appeal to museum buffs. Take a break from Pondicherry with a short trip to Mailam Murugan Temple in Mailam, about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Sadhana Forest, kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges, and take a leisurely stroll along Seaside Promenade.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Pondicherry travel route builder.

Drive from Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Thanjavur

— 4 nights

Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu

A bastion of South Indian culture and heritage, Thanjavur entrances visitors from all over the world with its architecture, distinct art style, and the Great Living Chola Temples, landmarks of the city and a World Heritage Site.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery and Brihadeeswara Temple. Popular historic sites such as Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple and Sarangapani Temple are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Thanjavur: Uppiliappan Temple (in Thirunageswaram), Tiruchirappalli (Sri Rangam Ranga Nathar Temple & Grand Anaicut - Kallanai) and Kumbakonam (Kampaheswarar Temple, Dhenupureeswarar Temple, &more). There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Garbarakshambigai Temple.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Thanjavur vacation planner.

Drive from Pondicherry to Thanjavur in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Thanjavur can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Madurai.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Madurai

— 4 nights

Athens of the East

One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Madurai sits on the banks of the River Vaigai and serves as a center of Tamil culture.
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple and Yoga Narasimhar Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kannathal Temple and Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple. Step out of Madurai to go to Sivaganga and see Kalaiyar Kovil Temple, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Gandhi Memorial Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koodal Azhagar Temple, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Idaikattur Church, and steep yourself in history at Sri Ramana Mandiram.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Madurai online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Thanjavur to Madurai takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Thanjavur in March, expect nights in Madurai to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are little chillier, around 38°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites · Shopping · Spas · Museums

Side Trips

Thekkady

— 4 nights
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Mangladevi Temple and Our Lady of Lourde's Roman Catholic Latin Church will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Angadipetty -Kerala Ayurveda Museum and The Periyar Interpretation Centre. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, head outdoors with Persian Paradise Elephant Ride, take in nature's colorful creations at Abraham's Spice Garden, and contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Thekkady travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Madurai to Thekkady in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Munnar

— 3 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park and Lakkam Waterfalls. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Tea Museum, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, pedal to the sights with The Grape Adventures & Holidays, and take a stroll around Kalari Kshethra.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Munnar trip tool.

Drive from Thekkady to Munnar in 3 hours. March in Munnar sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Munnar

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Kochi (Cochin)

— 6 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.
Appreciate the collections at Kashi Art Gallery and David Hall Gallery & Cafe. Relax by the water at Marari Beach and Kuzhupilly Beach. Explore Kochi (Cochin)'s surroundings by going to Alappuzha (International Coir Museum & Alappuzha Beach). The adventure continues: browse the different shops at LuLu Mall, revel in the low prices at Craft Tree, don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, and explore the galleries of Mellow Art Gallery.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kochi (Cochin) online travel route planner.

You can drive from Munnar to Kochi (Cochin) in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to fly to Varkala Town.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Varkala Town

— 2 nights
A calm and quiet town offering long sandy beaches on the Arabian Sea, Varkala features a variety of beach activities.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): look for gifts at Moon Stone Arts, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, enjoy the sand and surf at Varkala Beach, then revel in the low prices at Asparagus, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Janardhana Swami Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Sivagiri, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarkara Devi Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Vishnu Temple, and finally take some stellar pictures from Varkala Cliff.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Varkala Town online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Kochi (Cochin) to Varkala Town in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. March in Varkala Town sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in Varkala Town

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Kovalam

— 2 nights
Famous for the groves of coconut trees from which it takes its name, Kovalam offers a long, white sandy beach on the Arabian Sea.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Adimalathura Beach, kick back and relax at Hawa Beach, then stroll through Kovalam Beach, then kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Samudra Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Thu): admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, see the interesting displays at Sunil's Wax Museum, then see the interesting displays at Napier Museum, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kovalam online tour itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Varkala Town to Kovalam in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In March, daily temperatures in Kovalam can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Bengaluru.

Things to do in Kovalam

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Bengaluru

— 6 nights

Silicon Valley of India

Flourishing development and a bustling IT industry transformed Bangalore into a vibrant metropolis, but the city preserves its numerous historic and cultural sights.
Let the collections at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat and Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum capture your imagination. ISKCON Temple Bangalore and Cauvery Handicrafts are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: shop like a local with UB City, browse the different shops at VR Bengaluru, take in nature's colorful creations at Lalbagh Botanical Garden, and take in the exciting artwork at Kynkyny Art.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Bengaluru online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Kovalam to Bengaluru in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Kovalam in March, expect a bit cooler with lows of 24°C in Bengaluru. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Bengaluru

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks