60 days in South India Itinerary

60 days in South India Itinerary

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60 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Mexico City
Fly:  28​h
1
Bengaluru
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Hampi
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Mysuru (Mysore)
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Kasaragod
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Kannur
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Kozhikode
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h
7
Kochi (Cochin)
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Kottayam
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Thekkady
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
10
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 10 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Mexico City

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.
Ragigudda Sri Prasanna Anjaneyaswamy Temple and Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Commercial Street and Basavanagudi. There's much more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Orion Mall, shop like a local with UB City, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dodda Ganapathi Temple, and wander the streets of Malleswaram.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Bengaluru road trip planning website .

Mexico City, Mexico to Bengaluru is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 11 hours traveling from Mexico City to Bengaluru. Traveling from Mexico City in November, expect Bengaluru to be a bit warmer, temps between 33°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hampi.

Things to do in Bengaluru

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Lalbagh Botanical Garden ©
Lalbagh Botanical Garden
Dodda Ganapathi Temple ©
Dodda Ganapathi Temple

4
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.
Head to Hampi Arts & Old Coins and Akash Art Gallery & Bookshopfor some retail therapy. Step off the beaten path and head to Group of Monuments at Hampi and Monkey Temple. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hazara Rama Temple, steep yourself in history at Vitthala Temple, admire the striking features of Elephant Stables, and explore the ancient world of Rock Painting 1500 BC.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hampi route planner .

Getting from Bengaluru to Hampi by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or take a train. Traveling from Bengaluru in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Hampi, with lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Mysuru (Mysore).

Things to do in Hampi

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Monkey Temple ©
Monkey Temple
Group of Monuments at Hampi ©
Group of Monuments at Hampi
Hazara Rama Temple ©
Hazara Rama Temple

4
nights
Mysuru (Mysore)

Mysuru (Mysore) ©
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.
Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas) and Sri Chamundeshwari Temple will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Somnathpura Temple and Namdroling Monastery. Step out of Mysuru (Mysore) with an excursion to Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Adiranga in Srirangapatna--about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Nandi Temple, view the masterpieces at The Hobby Place, identify plant and animal life at Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Devaraja Market.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Mysuru (Mysore) online visit planner .

Getting from Hampi to Mysuru (Mysore) by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Hampi in December, with highs in Mysuru (Mysore) at 30°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kasaragod.

Things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

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

5
nights
Kasaragod

Kasaragod ©
Step off the beaten path and head to Bekal Fort and Bekal Beach. Visit Someshwara Temple and Swami Nithyanand Ashram for their historical value. Explore Kasaragod's surroundings by going to Shri Gopalakrishna Temple (in Nileshwar) and Anandashram (in Kanhangad).

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kasaragod trip planner .

Traveling by car from Mysuru (Mysore) to Kasaragod takes 5.5 hours. In December, Kasaragod is somewhat warmer than Mysuru (Mysore) - with highs of 38°C and lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kannur.

Things to do in Kasaragod

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Bekal, Anandashram, Shri Gopalakrishna Temple, Someshwara Temple
Highlights from your plan
Bekal Fort ©
Bekal Fort
Bekal Beach ©
Bekal Beach
Kappil Beach ©
Kappil Beach

6
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 Fort St. Angelos and Mridanga Saileswari Temple for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple and Thalassery Fort. There's more to do: stroll through Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach and enjoy the sand and surf at Chal Beach Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Kannur day trip planning website .

You can drive from Kasaragod to Kannur in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kozhikode.

Things to do in Kannur

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Azhikode, Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple, Thalassery Fort
Highlights from your plan
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach ©
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach
Thottada Beach ©
Thottada Beach
Fort St. Angelos ©
Fort St. Angelos

5
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.
Kappad Beach and S.M. Street are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Kozhikode Beach and Payyoli Beach. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Beypore Beach, don't miss a visit to Science Centre and Planetarium Kozhikode/Calicut, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and browse the different shops at Focus Mall.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kozhikode sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Kannur to Kozhikode takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in December, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kozhikode

Shopping Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
HiLite Mall ©
HiLite Mall
Kappad Beach ©
Kappad Beach
Kozhikode Beach ©
Kozhikode Beach

7
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chottanikkara Devi Temple and Spas. Escape the urban bustle at Marari Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Step out of Kochi (Cochin) with an excursion to Pulickattil The Handicraft Shop in Alappuzha--about 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: view the masterpieces at Kashi Art Gallery, browse the different shops at LuLu Mall, get engrossed in the history at Kerala Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue.

For where to stay and tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) travel planner.

Drive from Kozhikode to Kochi (Cochin) in 5 hours. December in Kochi (Cochin) sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kottayam.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Shopping Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Pulickattil The Handicraft Shop, Marari Beach
Highlights from your plan
Chottanikkara Devi Temple ©
Chottanikkara Devi Temple
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach

5
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.
Shop till you drop at Trove and Kumarakom Craft Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam and Kottayam Cheriapally. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kottayam: Parumala Church (in Thiruvalla), St. George Orthodox Church (in Puthuppally) and Kumarakom (Kerala Album Art Gallery & Sree Kumaramangalam Subramanyaswamy Temple). Spend the 8th (Wed) exploring at Kerala Backwaters. The adventure continues: view the masterpieces at Mozart Art Gallery, browse the exhibits of Clay Art Cafe, pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary's Knanaya Church, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Vallyachan mala.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kottayam itinerary planner.

Drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Kottayam in 2 hours. In January in Kottayam, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kottayam

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kumarakom, Trove, St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam, St. George Orthodox Church, Kerala Backwaters
Highlights from your plan
Trove ©
Trove
St. George Orthodox Church ©
St. George Orthodox Church

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 Abraham's Spice Garden and Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Our Lady of Lourde's Roman Catholic Latin Church and Mistletoe art Gallery. Step out of Thekkady with an excursion to Climbing Tours in Munnar--about 1h 45 min away. Spend the 14th (Tue) exploring nature at Periyar National Park. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, and take some stellar pictures from Chellarcovil View Point.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Thekkady trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Kottayam to Thekkady takes 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Munnar
Highlights from your plan
Abraham's Spice Garden ©
Abraham's Spice Garden
Climbing Tours

10
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 Padmanabhapuram Palace and Bhagavathy Amman Temple. We've included these beaches for you: Kovalam Beach and Samudra Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): Kovalam (Kovalam Avaduthura Devi Temple, Lighthouse Beach, & more), Varkala Town (Moon Stone Arts, Varkala Beach, & more) and Kanyakumari (Jain Temple Kanyakumari, Bharath Matha Temple, & more). There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, browse the different shops at Saphalyam Shopping Complex, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ananthankadu Nagaraja Temple, and admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) driving holiday planner.

Getting from Thekkady to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Kovalam, Kanyakumari, Varkala Town, Padmanabhapuram Palace
Highlights from your plan
Padmanabhapuram Palace ©
Padmanabhapuram Palace
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Spas

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