30 days in South India Itinerary

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Fly
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Bengaluru
— 4 nights
Fly to Madurai, Train to Rameswaram
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Rameswaram
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Kochi (Cochin)
— 4 nights
Fly
5
Kannur
— 2 nights
Train
6
Mangalore
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Udupi
— 3 nights
Train to Kumta, Taxi to Gokarna
8
Gokarna
— 2 nights
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Train to Madgaon, Taxi to Goa, Fly to Mysuru (Mysore)
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Mysuru (Mysore)
— 3 nights
Fly
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Visakhapatnam
— 2 nights
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Bengaluru — 4 nights

Silicon Valley of India

Flourishing development and a bustling IT industry transformed Bangalore into a vibrant metropolis, but the city preserves its numerous historic and cultural sights.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nandi Hills and Skydiving. Family-friendly places like Wonderla Amusement Park and Phoenix Marketcity will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, admire the landmark architecture of Bull Temple, wander the streets of Malleswaram, and take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Temple Bangalore.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Bengaluru online trip maker.

Cincinnati, USA to Bengaluru is an approximately 25.5-hour flight. Traveling from Cincinnati to Bengaluru, you'll lose 10.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Cincinnati in December, with highs in Bengaluru at 81°F and lows at 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rameswaram.
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Rameswaram — 2 nights

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 20th (Tue): examine the collection at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House, make a trip to Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Memorial, then snap pictures at Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Villoondi Tirtham. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Dhanushkodi Beach Point and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Adam's Bridge.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Rameswaram online road trip planner.

Getting from Bengaluru to Rameswaram by combination of flight and train takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Thekkady.
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Thekkady — 2 nights

Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Green Park Spices Thekkady, take in nature's colorful creations at Abraham's Spice Garden, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Periyar Tiger Reserve, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of Lourde's Roman Catholic Latin Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): see the interesting displays at The Periyar Interpretation Centre, then explore the activities along Periyar Lake, and then examine the collection at Angadipetty -Kerala Ayurveda Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Thekkady trip planning app.

Getting from Rameswaram to Thekkady by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kochi (Cochin).
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Kochi (Cochin) — 4 nights

Queen of the Arabian Sea

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Marari Beach and Alappuzha Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Wonderla Amusement Park and Kerala Folklore Museum. Spend the 25th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, browse the different shops at LuLu Mall, and make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kochi (Cochin) holiday planner.

You can drive from Thekkady to Kochi (Cochin) in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kochi (Cochin) can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to fly to Kannur.
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Kannur — 2 nights

Land of Looms and Lores

A cultural capital on the state's relatively quiet northern coast, Kannur has long been associated with textile production and temple rituals, earning it the nickname, the "Land of Looms and Lores." Most Kannur itineraries will include observing theyyam rituals performed at the temples, where the traditions have origins dating back thousands of years.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Ezhara Beach and then steep yourself in history at Fort St. Angelos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Thottada Beach, then kick back and relax at Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at KIzhunna Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kannur trip builder.

Getting from Kochi (Cochin) to Kannur by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Mangalore.
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Mangalore — 3 nights

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Tannirbhavi Beach and St. Aloysius Chapel. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Surathkal Beach and Sasihithlu Beach. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kateel Shri Durgaparameshwari Temple, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Francis Xavier Church, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mangalore Beach.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Mangalore road trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Kannur to Mangalore in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In December in Mangalore, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 71°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Udupi.
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Udupi — 3 nights

Though its cuisine has spread throughout the country and beyond, Udupi retains a small-town charm.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sri Krishna Temple and Malpe Beach. Visit Kapu Beach and Mattu Beach for some beach relaxation. Change things up with a short trip to Maravanthe Beach in Kundapur (about 1h 5 min away). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Anegudde Ganapathi Temple, pause for some serene contemplation at Stella Maris Church, and admire the landmark architecture of Venugopal Temple.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Udupi trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Mangalore to Udupi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. January in Udupi sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Gokarna.
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Gokarna — 2 nights

The small temple town of Gokarna has changed drastically in recent years.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): kick back and relax at Paradise Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kudle Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Half Moon Beach and then stroll through Om Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Gokarna attractions planner.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Udupi to Gokarna in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mysuru (Mysore).
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Mysuru (Mysore) — 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Karnataka

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.
Kids will enjoy Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary and Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Saint Philomena Church and Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Adiranga. Change things up with a short trip to Brindavan Garden in Krishnarajasagara (about 38 minutes away). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Mysuru Palace, explore the activities along Karanji Lake, examine the collection at R K Narayan House, and view the masterpieces at The Hobby Place.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Mysuru (Mysore) day trip app.

Traveling by combination of train, taxi, and flight from Gokarna to Mysuru (Mysore) takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in January, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Visakhapatnam.
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Visakhapatnam — 2 nights

Jewel of the East Coast

The coastal port city of Visakhapatnam looks both outwards to the sea and inland to the mountains of the Eastern Ghats.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Yarada Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, and then examine the collection at INS Kurusura Submarine Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Kailasagiri, kick back and relax at Rishikonda Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Rama Krishna Beach.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Visakhapatnam online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Mysuru (Mysore) to Visakhapatnam takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or fly; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.
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