14 days in South India Itinerary

14 days in South India Itinerary

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14 days in South India Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
+2
Fly + taxi + train:  30​h
1
Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 45​min
2
Mysuru (Mysore)
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Hampi
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Tirupati
— 1 day
5
Mangalore
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: San Francisco

1
night
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): explore the different monuments and memorials at Kalam National Memorial, take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Water Bird Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hanuman Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ramanathaswamy Temple, then explore the activities along Agnitheertham, and finally examine the collection at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House.

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San Francisco, USA to Rameswaram is an approximately 30-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 13 hours traveling from San Francisco to Rameswaram. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Mysuru (Mysore).

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
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Water Bird Sanctuary ©
Water Bird Sanctuary
Kalam National Memorial ©
Kalam National Memorial
Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi ©

1
night
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 (Wed): steep yourself in history at Srirangapatna and then identify plant and animal life at Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Philomena Church, admire the masterpieces at Mysore Sand Sculpture Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Chennakesava Temple.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Mysuru (Mysore) online route builder .

Getting from Rameswaram to Mysuru (Mysore) by car takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In January in Mysuru (Mysore), expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hampi.

Things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
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Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary ©
Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
Mysore Sand Sculpture Museum ©
Mysore Sand Sculpture Museum
Somnathpura Temple ©
Somnathpura Temple

1
night
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 18th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hazara Rama Temple, admire the striking features of Elephant Stables, steep yourself in history at Queen's Bath, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monkey Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Stepped Tank. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Shivlinga, appreciate the history behind Statue of Ugra Narsimha, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Matanga Hill, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Achyutaraya Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Group of Monuments at Hampi.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hampi online trip planner .

Drive from Mysuru (Mysore) to Hampi in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Mysuru (Mysore) in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Hampi, with lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tirupati.

Things to do in Hampi

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Hazara Rama Temple ©
Hazara Rama Temple
Achyutaraya Temple ©
Achyutaraya Temple
Shivlinga ©
Shivlinga

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Govindarajaswami Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON - Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Varahaswami Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Kapileswaraswami Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tirupati trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Hampi to Tirupati in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Mangalore.

Things to do in Tirupati

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sri Kapileswaraswami Temple
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Sri Govindarajaswami Temple ©
Sri Govindarajaswami Temple
Sri Varahaswami Temple ©
Sri Varahaswami Temple
ISKCON - Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir ©

2
nights
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.
On the 21st (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Aloysius Chapel, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Milagres Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mangaladevi Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Masjid Zeenath Baksh(Jumma Masjid), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudroli Gokarnath Temple, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Francis Xavier Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kateel Shri Durgaparameshwari Temple, see the sky in a new way at Pilikula Nisargadhama, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Lawrence Church, Bondel, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kadri Manjunath Temple.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Mangalore journey planner.

Getting from Tirupati to Mangalore by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Mangalore can reach 92°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Mangalore

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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St. Aloysius Chapel ©
St. Aloysius Chapel
Kadri Manjunath Temple ©
Kadri Manjunath Temple
Kateel Shri Durgaparameshwari Temple ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Chottanikkara Devi Temple and then identify plant and animal life at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Mattancherry Palace, view the masterpieces at Kashi Art Gallery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Saint Francis, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kochi (Cochin) trip builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Mangalore to Kochi (Cochin) takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 73°F. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trip

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
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Chottanikkara Devi Temple ©
Chottanikkara Devi Temple
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary ©
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Kerala Folklore Museum ©
Kerala Folklore Museum

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