16 days in South India Itinerary

16 days in South India Itinerary

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16 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly:  31​h
Gokarna
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
Hampi
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
Mysuru (Mysore)
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 45​min
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 2 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Ottawa

2
nights
Gokarna

Gokarna ©
The small temple town of Gokarna has changed drastically in recent years.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): kick back and relax at Om Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahabaleswara Temple, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kudle Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Half Moon Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Gokarna holiday planner.

Ottawa, Canada to Gokarna is an approximately 31-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Ottawa to Gokarna is 10 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hampi.

Things to do in Gokarna

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Kudle Beach ©
Kudle Beach
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Half Moon Beach ©
Half Moon Beach

3
nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Group of Monuments at Hampi and Elephant Stables. Step off the beaten path and head to Matanga Hill and Queen's Bath. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hazara Rama Temple, contemplate the long history of Gejjala Mantapa, don't miss a visit to Dasara Dibba, and explore the activities along Tungabhadra River.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hampi vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Gokarna to Hampi takes 6.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Hampi are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. On the 8th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Mysuru (Mysore).

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Elephant Stables ©
Elephant Stables
Hazara Rama Temple ©
Hazara Rama Temple
Vitthala Temple ©
Vitthala Temple

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Mysore Sand Sculpture Museum, then contemplate the long history of Chennakesava Temple, then steep yourself in history at Srirangapatna, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Philomena Church.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Mysuru (Mysore) sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Hampi to Mysuru (Mysore) takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kochi (Cochin).

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Mysore Maharajah's Palace (Amba Vilas) ©
Sri Chamundeshwari Temple ©
Sri Chamundeshwari Temple
Chennakesava Temple ©
Chennakesava 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chottanikkara Devi Temple and Hill Palace of Tripunithura. Paradesi Synagogue and St. Marys Jacobite Syrian Church will appeal to history buffs. When in Kochi (Cochin), make a side trip to see Marari Beach in Mararikulam, approximately 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Kerala Folklore Museum, view the masterpieces at Kashi Art Gallery, don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, and pause for some serene contemplation at Little Flower Church.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) tour planner.

You can drive from Mysuru (Mysore) to Kochi (Cochin) in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. December in Kochi (Cochin) sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Marari Beach
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Kerala Folklore Museum ©
Kerala Folklore Museum
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Chottanikkara Devi Temple ©
Chottanikkara Devi Temple

2
nights
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 14th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Napier Museum, then examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach, and finally admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Beemapally Mosque, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Chowara Beach, and then kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) custom trip planner.

Getting from Kochi (Cochin) to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trips

Kovalam, Chowara Beach
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Napier Museum ©
Napier Museum
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

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