8 days in South India Itinerary

8 days in South India Itinerary

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8 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Gaya
Fly + Drive:  11​h 15​min
1
Tirupati
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h
2
Mysuru (Mysore)
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Mangalore
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
4
Thekkady
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Gaya

1
day
Tirupati

Tirupati ©
Being a major pilgrimage spot at the foot of the Seshachalam hills, Tirupati tourism revolves around Hindu temples and vast nature reserves.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tirumala Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Varahaswami Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON - Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Govindarajaswami Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tirupati trip tool .

Gaya to Tirupati is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Mysuru (Mysore).

Things to do in Tirupati

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sri Varahaswami Temple ©
Sri Varahaswami Temple
Sri Govindarajaswami Temple ©
Sri Govindarajaswami Temple
ISKCON - Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir ©

1
day
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 16th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas), take in the spiritual surroundings of Avadhoota Datta Peetham, then appreciate the history behind Sri Nandi Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Chamundeshwari Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Somnathpura Temple.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Mysuru (Mysore) travel route planner.

You can drive from Tirupati to Mysuru (Mysore) in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Mangalore.

Things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas) ©
Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas)
Avadhoota Datta Peetham ©
Avadhoota Datta Peetham
Sri Chamundeshwari Temple ©
Sri Chamundeshwari Temple

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Tannirbhavi Beach, look for gifts at City Center Mall, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudroli Gokarnath Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kadri Manjunath Temple.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mangalore vacation builder app .

Drive from Mysuru (Mysore) to Mangalore in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Mangalore can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Thekkady.

Things to do in Mangalore

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tannirbhavi Beach ©
Tannirbhavi Beach
Kudroli Gokarnath Temple ©
Kudroli Gokarnath Temple
Kadri Manjunath Temple ©
Kadri Manjunath Temple

1
day
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
On the 18th (Tue), stop by Abraham's Spice Garden, then identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Thekkady online itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Mangalore to Thekkady takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Abraham's Spice Garden ©
Abraham's Spice Garden

3
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.
For shopping fun, head to LuLu Mall or Kashi Art Gallery. Paradesi Synagogue and Church of Saint Francis will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Kochi (Cochin) to go to Mararikulam and see Marari Beach, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the exciting artwork at David Hall Gallery & Cafe, enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Kochi Beach, look for gifts at Kochi Books, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) online journey planner .

You can drive from Thekkady to Kochi (Cochin) in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. June in Kochi (Cochin) sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Shopping Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Marari Beach
Highlights from your plan
LuLu Mall ©
LuLu Mall
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Fort Kochi Beach ©
Fort Kochi Beach

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