32 days in South India Itinerary

32 days in South India Itinerary

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32 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Pondicherry
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
1
Bengaluru
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h 30​min
2
Gokarna
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Udupi
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Kannur
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Kochi (Cochin)
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Kottayam
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Thekkady
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h
9
Rameswaram
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
End: Pondicherry

4
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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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Phoenix Marketcity and Mantri Square. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Orion Mall and The Forum Koramangala Mall. When in Bengaluru, make a side trip to see Nandi Hills in Chikkaballapur, approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with UB City, take a stroll through Commercial Street, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Temple Bangalore, and admire the natural beauty at Lalbagh Botanical Garden.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Bengaluru online journey planner .

Pondicherry to Bengaluru is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Bengaluru are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Gokarna.

Things to do in Bengaluru

Shopping Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nandi Hills
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ISKCON Temple Bangalore ©
ISKCON Temple Bangalore
Phoenix Marketcity ©
Phoenix Marketcity
Orion Mall ©
Orion Mall

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Gokarna

Gokarna ©
The small temple town of Gokarna has changed drastically in recent years.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahabaleswara Temple, stroll through Kudle Beach, and then stroll through Om Beach. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Paradise Beach and then kick back and relax at Half Moon Beach.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Gokarna trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Bengaluru to Gokarna takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Udupi.

Things to do in Gokarna

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Om Beach ©
Om Beach
Half Moon Beach ©
Half Moon Beach
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

2
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Udupi

Udupi ©
Though its cuisine has spread throughout the country and beyond, Udupi retains a small-town charm.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Kapu Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Padubidri Beach, and then stroll through St. Mary's Island. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Krishna Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Indrani Panchadurga Parameshwari Temple, then take some stellar pictures from End Point, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Malpe Beach.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Udupi trip maker tool .

You can drive from Gokarna to Udupi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Udupi can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kannur.

Things to do in Udupi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Malpe Beach, St. Mary's Island, End Point
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Malpe Beach ©
Malpe Beach
Kapu Beach ©
Kapu Beach
St. Mary's Island ©
St. Mary's Island

4
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 Chal Beach Park for some beach relaxation. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Payyambalam Beach and Fort St. Angelos. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Azhikkal Beach, don't miss a visit to Sri Rajarajeswara Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sundareswara Temple, and identify plant and animal life at Paithalmala.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kannur online trip maker .

You can drive from Udupi to Kannur in 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kannur

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Azhikode, Paithalmala Hill Station
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Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach ©
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach
Payyambalam Beach ©
Payyambalam Beach
Azhikkal Beach ©
Azhikkal Beach

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kochi Books and Princess Street. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at LuLu Mall and Idiom Book Sellers. Change things up with these side-trips from Kochi (Cochin): Thattekad Bird Sanctuary (in Kothamangalam) and Kodanand Elephant Training Centre (in Kodanad). The adventure continues: look for gifts at Collage, take in the pleasant sights at Queen's Walkway, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica, Ernakulam.

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You can drive from Kannur to Kochi (Cochin) in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Kochi (Cochin) can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kottayam.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Shopping Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Kodanand Elephant Training Centre, Thattekad Bird Sanctuary
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LuLu Mall ©
LuLu Mall
Kodanand Elephant Training Centre ©
Kodanand Elephant Training Centre
Thattekad Bird Sanctuary ©
Thattekad Bird Sanctuary

3
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kottayam: Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary (in Kumarakom), Trove (in Kanjirappally) and Marari Beach (in Mararikulam). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Vagamon, don't miss a visit to Kumaranalloor, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. George Orthodox Church.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kottayam day trip planner .

Getting from Kochi (Cochin) to Kottayam by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kottayam

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Marari Beach, Trove, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, St. George Orthodox Church
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Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Vagamon ©
Vagamon
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary ©
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

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Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
For shopping fun, head to Kerala Crafts or Hindustan Spices and Herbals. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Abraham's Spice Garden, and get great views at Chellarkovil Viewpoint.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Thekkady trip maker website .

Getting from Kottayam to Thekkady by car takes about 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Thekkady

Wildlife Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Idukki
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Abraham's Spice Garden ©
Abraham's Spice Garden
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

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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.
You'll get in some beach time at Kovalam Beach and Lighthouse Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Art of India and Ramachandran. Change things up with these side-trips from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): Varkala (Moon Stone Arts, Varkala Beach, & more). There's still lots to do: stroll through Shanghumukham Beach, hunt for treasures at Chalai Bazaar, buy something for everyone on your list at Parthas, and look for gifts at Keralashopee.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Varkala, Kovalam
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The Art of India ©
The Art of India
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach

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Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Water Bird Sanctuary and Pamban bridge. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram and Ariyaman Beach. There's much more to do: stop by Kalam Sea Shell Mart, examine the collection at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Agnitheertham, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Rameswaram road trip app .

Getting from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Rameswaram by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
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Water Bird Sanctuary ©
Water Bird Sanctuary
Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach
Kalam Sea Shell Mart ©
Kalam Sea Shell Mart

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