15 days in South India Itinerary

15 days in South India Itinerary

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15 days in South India Itinerary

San Francisco
Fly + train + taxi:  25​h
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + taxi + train:  5​h 30​min
Gokarna
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Hampi
— 3 nights
Drive:  13​h 30​min
Rameswaram
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
San Francisco

1
day
Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram ©
Once an important sea port city in the ancient Pallava kingdom, Mahabalipuram today draws in visitors with UNESCO-listed monuments and temples carved out of rock during the 7th and 8th centuries CE.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Pancha Rathas, visit a coastal fixture at Mamallapuram Lighthouse, then steep yourself in history at Descent Of The Ganges, then don't miss a visit to Arjuna's Penance, and finally make a trip to Krishna's Butter Ball.

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San Francisco, USA to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight, train, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to India Standard Time (IST) is 13 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in January: high temperatures in Mahabalipuram hover around 85°F and lows are around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Gokarna.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

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Mamallapuram Lighthouse
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Descent Of The Ganges ©
Descent Of The Ganges
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Arjuna's Penance
Pancha Rathas ©
Pancha Rathas

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Gokarna

Gokarna
The small temple town of Gokarna has changed drastically in recent years.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Beach.

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You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Mahabalipuram to Gokarna in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hampi.

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Kudle Beach
Kudle Beach
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Om Beach
Om Beach

3
days
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tungabhadra River and Hazara Rama Temple. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Stepped Tank, contemplate the long history of Group of Monuments at Hampi, appreciate the history behind Statue of Ugra Narsimha, and admire the landmark architecture of Lotus Mahal.

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Drive from Gokarna to Hampi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Hampi

Parks Historic Sites Nature

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Tungabhadra Dam
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Matanga Hill ©
Matanga Hill
Tungabhadra River ©
Tungabhadra River
Hazara Rama Temple ©
Hazara Rama Temple

2
days
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
On the 18th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Water Bird Sanctuary, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi, examine the collection at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House, then snap pictures at Pamban bridge, and finally snap pictures at Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Agnitheertham, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ramanathaswamy Temple, then kick back and relax at Dhanushkodi Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hanuman Temple.

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Traveling by car from Hampi to Rameswaram takes 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kochi (Cochin).

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Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge ©
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge
Ramanathaswamy Temple ©
Ramanathaswamy Temple

3
days
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.
Step out of Kochi (Cochin) with an excursion to Marari Beach in Mararikulam--about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Vallarpadam Church, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, stop by Kochi Books, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue.

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Getting from Rameswaram to Kochi (Cochin) by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. In January, daily temperatures in Kochi (Cochin) can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

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Marari Beach
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Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Vallarpadam Church ©
Vallarpadam Church
Santa Cruz Basilica ©
Santa Cruz Basilica

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