8 days in South India Itinerary

8 days in South India Itinerary

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8 days in South India Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + train:  7​h
2
Gokarna
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Hampi
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Mysuru (Mysore)
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 night
+2
subway + taxi + Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: New York City

1
night
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.
On the 2nd (Tue), examine the collection at Napier Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip app .

New York City, USA to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is 10 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in October, with highs in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) at 87°F and lows at 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Gokarna.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Kovalam
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Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace ©
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

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Gokarna

Gokarna ©
The small temple town of Gokarna has changed drastically in recent years.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahabaleswara Temple, kick back and relax at Kudle Beach, and then kick back and relax at Om Beach.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Gokarna trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Gokarna by combination of flight and train takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hampi.

Things to do in Gokarna

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Om Beach ©
Om Beach
Kudle Beach ©
Kudle Beach

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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Vitthala Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monkey Temple, admire the striking features of Elephant Stables, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hazara Rama Temple, and finally explore the ancient world of Group of Monuments at Hampi.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Hampi attractions planning site .

Getting from Gokarna to Hampi by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Mysuru (Mysore).

Things to do in Hampi

Historic Sites
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Monkey Temple ©
Monkey Temple
Hazara Rama Temple ©
Hazara Rama Temple
Vitthala Temple ©
Vitthala Temple

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Mysore Maharajah's Palace (Amba Vilas), then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, then admire the masterpieces at Mysore Sand Sculpture Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Philomena Church.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mysuru (Mysore) sightseeing app .

Traveling by car from Hampi to Mysuru (Mysore) takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Hampi in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Mysuru (Mysore): temperatures range from 80°F by day to 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens ©
Mysore Sand Sculpture Museum ©
Mysore Sand Sculpture Museum

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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.
On the 7th (Sun), explore the galleries of Kerala Folklore Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Kashi Art Gallery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Saint Francis, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue, and finally take an in-depth tour of Antique Museum Kochi.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Mysuru (Mysore) to Kochi (Cochin) in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Mysuru (Mysore) in October, expect Kochi (Cochin) to be somewhat warmer, temps between 88°F and 75°F. On the 8th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Kerala Folklore Museum ©
Kerala Folklore Museum
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Church of Saint Francis ©
Church of Saint Francis

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