13 days in South India Itinerary

13 days in South India Itinerary

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13 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  32​h
Gokarna
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Udupi
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
Mysuru (Mysore)
— Few hours
Drive:  8​h 45​min
Rameswaram
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Kochi (Cochin)
— 4 nights
+4
subway + taxi + Fly + foot + tram:  25​h
End: Dallas

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Gokarna

Gokarna ©
The small temple town of Gokarna has changed drastically in recent years.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Om Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kudle Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Half Moon Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Gokarna trip maker .

Dallas, USA to Gokarna is an approximately 32-hour flight. You'll lose 11 hours traveling from Dallas to Gokarna due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Udupi.

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Kudle Beach ©
Kudle Beach
Half Moon Beach ©
Half Moon Beach
Om Beach ©
Om Beach

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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 25th (Tue): kick back and relax at Malpe Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at St. Mary's Island, then look for all kinds of wild species at End Point, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Krishna Temple.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Udupi trip planner .

Traveling by car from Gokarna to Udupi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Udupi can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mysuru (Mysore).

Things to do in Udupi

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End Point, Malpe Beach
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Malpe Beach ©
Malpe Beach
End Point ©
End Point
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Sri Krishna 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 26th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Srirangapatna, then explore the activities along Karanji Lake, then meet the residents at Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, and finally steep yourself in history at Mysore Maharajah's Palace (Amba Vilas).

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Mysuru (Mysore) trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Udupi to Mysuru (Mysore) takes 7 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Udupi in December; daily highs in Mysuru (Mysore) reach 79°F and lows reach 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Rameswaram.

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Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens ©
Karanji Lake ©
Karanji Lake
Srirangapatna ©
Srirangapatna

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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.
On the 27th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Agnitheertham, see the interesting displays at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House, look for gifts at Kalam Sea Shell Mart, snap pictures at Pamban bridge, then snap pictures at Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hanuman Temple.

To find out how to plan a trip to Rameswaram, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Mysuru (Mysore) to Rameswaram by car takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Rameswaram

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Nature
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Agnitheertham ©
Agnitheertham
Hanuman Temple ©
Hanuman Temple

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Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari ©
Located at the most southerly point of mainland India, Kanyakumari has long attracted pilgrims and those keen to see the end of the road.
On the 28th (Fri), make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bhagavathy Amman Temple, then appreciate the history behind Thiruvalluvar Statue, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kanyakumari Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kanyakumari online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in December, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

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Vivekananda Rock Memorial ©
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Bhagavathy Amman Temple ©
Bhagavathy Amman Temple

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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.
On the 29th (Sat), make a trip to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, don't miss a visit to Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach, then kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach, and finally look for gifts at Keralashopee. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, examine the collection at Napier Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Shanghumukham Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Kanyakumari to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Kovalam
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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse 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.
Family-friendly places like Marari Beach and Mararikulam Beach will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, kick back and relax at Cherai Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue.

To see maps and tourist information, go to the Kochi (Cochin) holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Kochi (Cochin) takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December in Kochi (Cochin), expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 75°F at night. On the 3rd (Thu), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

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Mararikulam
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Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Mararikulam Beach ©
Mararikulam Beach

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