27 days in South India Itinerary

27 days in South India Itinerary

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27 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Guruvayur
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Thekkady
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
4
Mysuru (Mysore)
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Mangalore
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Kasaragod
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Kollur
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
8
Badami
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Hampi
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
10
Tirupati
— 2 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Ottawa

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.
Get outdoors at Marari Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Chottanikkara Devi Temple and St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam will appeal to history buffs. When in Kochi (Cochin), make a side trip to see Malayattoor Church in Malayattoor, approximately 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St.Philomenas Church Koonammavu, admire the striking features of Kerala Folklore Museum, and stop by Leens Export.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) online holiday maker .

Ottawa, Canada to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus, car, and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Traveling from Ottawa in December, expect Kochi (Cochin) to be much warmer, temps between 37°C and 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Guruvayur.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Marari Beach, St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam, Malayattoor Church
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Chottanikkara Devi Temple ©
Chottanikkara Devi Temple
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Guruvayur

Guruvayur ©
Guruvayur stands as one of the holiest and most important pilgrimage centers in the state, with its Sri Krishna Temple among the most frequented temples in the country.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vadakkunnathan Temple and Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram. Get some cultural insight at Triprayar Sri Rama Temple and Parthasarathy Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Guruvayur: Thrissur (Kurumbakavu Temple, Shatrughna Temple, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Palayur Church, and admire the landmark architecture of Guruvayur Temple.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Guruvayur trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Guruvayur in 2.5 hours. In January in Guruvayur, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Thekkady.

Things to do in Guruvayur

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Thrissur, Triprayar Sri Rama Temple
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Triprayar Sri Rama Temple ©
Triprayar Sri Rama Temple
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram ©
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram
Vadakkunnathan Temple ©
Vadakkunnathan Temple

3
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Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mangala Devi Temple and Our Lady of Lourde's Roman Catholic Latin Church. Get in touch with nature at Periyar Tiger Reserve and Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Periyar Lake, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Periyar National Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Junction, and admire the sheer force of Pandikuzhi Waterfalls.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Thekkady trip itinerary site .

Drive from Guruvayur to Thekkady in 6.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mysuru (Mysore).

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Somnathpura Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Chamundeshwari Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Nandi Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Avadhoota Datta Peetham, and finally explore the historical opulence of Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Namdroling Monastery and then steep yourself in history at Melkote Kalyani.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Mysuru (Mysore) trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Thekkady to Mysuru (Mysore) in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. In January, daytime highs in Mysuru (Mysore) are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Mangalore.

Things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

Historic Sites
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Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas) ©
Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas)
Avadhoota Datta Peetham ©
Avadhoota Datta Peetham
Melkote Kalyani ©
Melkote Kalyani

3
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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.
Visit Kadri Manjunath Temple and Kateel Shri Durgaparameshwari Temple for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to St. Aloysius Chapel and Mangaladevi Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Udupi (Kapu Beach & Sri Krishna Temple), Someshwara Temple (in Someshwar) and Shree Durgaparameshwari Temple (in Mulki). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Milagres Church, walk around Sammilan Shetty’s Butterfly Park, take some stellar pictures from End Point, and enjoy the sand and surf at Tannirbhavi Beach.

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Traveling by car from Mysuru (Mysore) to Mangalore takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Mysuru (Mysore) in January; daily highs in Mangalore reach 39°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kasaragod.

Things to do in Mangalore

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Udupi, Shree Durgaparameshwari Temple, End Point, Someshwara Temple
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Kateel Shri Durgaparameshwari Temple ©
Kudroli Gokarnath Temple ©
Kudroli Gokarnath Temple
Someshwara Temple ©
Someshwara Temple

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Kasaragod

Kasaragod ©
On the 15th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Swami Nithyanand Ashram, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Anandashram, then steep yourself in history at Bekal Fort, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ananthapura Lake Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Malik Deenar Mosque, take in the spiritual surroundings of Trikkannad Tryambakeshwara Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Malla Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Madhur Temple.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kasaragod trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Mangalore to Kasaragod takes 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Kasaragod are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Kollur.

Things to do in Kasaragod

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Anandashram
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Bekal Fort ©
Bekal Fort
Madhur Temple ©
Madhur Temple
Ananthapura Lake Temple ©
Ananthapura Lake Temple

2
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Kollur

Kollur ©
On the 17th (Fri), take in the awesome beauty at Kudajadri Hills, take in the awesome beauty at Kodachadri, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saraswati Mantap, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Mookambika Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Balamuri Ganapati Temple. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Siddi Vinayak Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Veerabhadra Swamy Shrine.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kollur trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Kasaragod to Kollur in 4.5 hours. In January in Kollur, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 24°C at night. On the 18th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Badami.

Things to do in Kollur

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shimoga, Siddi Vinayak Temple
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Sri Mookambika Temple ©
Sri Mookambika Temple
Kodachadri ©
Kodachadri
Balamuri Ganapati Temple ©
Balamuri Ganapati Temple

1
night
Badami

Badami ©
Famous for its cave temples, Badami served as the capital of the Badami Chalukyas from 540 to 757 CE--and this rich history has left plenty of things to do for visitors today.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Agastya Lake, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bhuthanatha Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Badami Cave Temples. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Virupaksha Temple, contemplate the long history of Group of Monuments in Pattadakal, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sangameshvara Temple, then explore the ancient world of Aihole, and finally delve into the distant past at Ravana pahad.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Badami trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Kollur to Badami takes 7.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hampi.

Things to do in Badami

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Pattadakal, Aihole
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Bhuthanatha Temple ©
Bhuthanatha Temple
Group of Monuments in Pattadakal ©
Group of Monuments in Pattadakal
Virupaksha Temple ©
Virupaksha Temple

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): steep yourself in history at Vitthala Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monkey Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sasivekalu Ganesha Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Group of Monuments at Hampi. On the next day, take in the awesome beauty at Matanga Hill, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Achyutaraya Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hazara Rama Temple, then don't miss a visit to Elephant Stables, and finally make a trip to Shivlinga.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hampi online visit planner .

Drive from Badami to Hampi in 3.5 hours. In January in Hampi, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Tirupati.

Things to do in Hampi

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Monkey Temple ©
Monkey Temple
Group of Monuments at Hampi ©
Group of Monuments at Hampi
Hazara Rama Temple ©
Hazara Rama Temple

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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 23rd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Govindarajaswami Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Annapurna Sameta Kasi Visweswaraswami Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Sri Venkateswara Swamy Vaari Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapila Theertham , take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Varahaswami Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sitamma Theertham, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON - Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tirupati road trip tool .

You can fly from Hampi to Tirupati in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tirupati

Historic Sites
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Sri Govindarajaswami Temple ©
Sri Govindarajaswami Temple
Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple ©
Sri Varahaswami Temple ©
Sri Varahaswami Temple

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