43 days in South India Itinerary

43 days in South India Itinerary

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43 days in South India Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
2
Badami
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Hampi
— 5 nights
4
Gokarna
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Kollur
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Mangalore
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Mysore District
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Bengaluru
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h 15​min
9
Tirupati
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Mahabalipuram
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: London

1
night
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 13th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, view the masterpieces at David Hall Gallery & Cafe, then take in the exciting artwork at Kashi Art Gallery, then admire the masterpieces at Kerala Folklore Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chottanikkara Devi Temple. On your second day here, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kochi (Cochin) day trip planning app .

London, UK to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Kochi (Cochin) is 5 hours. In January, Kochi (Cochin) is much warmer than London - with highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Badami.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Spas Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 14:
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Kashi Art Gallery ©
Kashi Art Gallery
Chottanikkara Devi Temple ©
Chottanikkara Devi Temple
Kerala Folklore Museum ©
Kerala Folklore Museum

2
nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Badami Cave Temples and Bhuthanatha Temple. Step off the beaten path and head to Group of Monuments in Pattadakal and Papanatha Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Badami: Pattadakal (Galganatha Temple, Virupaksha Temple, & more) and Bagalkot (Gaudaragudi Temple & Jyotirlinga Temple Group). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sangameshwara Temple, explore the ancient world of Aihole, don't miss a visit to Ravana pahad, and contemplate the long history of Malegitti Shivalaya Fort and Temple.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Badami trip simple and quick.

Explore your travel options from Kochi (Cochin) to Badami with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hampi.

Things to do in Badami

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Pattadakal, Bagalkot, Aihole
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 17:
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Badami Cave Temples ©
Badami Cave Temples
Group of Monuments in Pattadakal ©
Group of Monuments in Pattadakal
Virupaksha Temple ©
Virupaksha Temple

5
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.
Popular historic sites such as Group of Monuments at Hampi and Shivlinga are in your itinerary. You'll explore and learn at Akash Art Gallery & Bookshop and Archaeological Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Hampi side-trips: Tungabhadra Dam (in Hospet) and Huligemma Temple (in Koppal). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Monkey Temple, take in the awesome beauty at Matanga Hill, appreciate the history behind Statue of Ugra Narsimha, and admire the striking features of Elephant Stables.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hampi travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Badami to Hampi in 3.5 hours. January in Hampi sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Gokarna.

Things to do in Hampi

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Tungabhadra Dam, Royal Enclosure, Huligemma Temple
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 22:
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Hazara Rama Temple ©
Hazara Rama Temple
Group of Monuments at Hampi ©
Group of Monuments at Hampi
Monkey Temple ©
Monkey Temple

4
nights
Gokarna

Gokarna ©
The small temple town of Gokarna has changed drastically in recent years.
Explore hidden gems such as Kudle Beach and Paradise Beach. Visiting Half Moon Beach and Devbagh Beach will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gokarna: Ravindranath Tagore Beach (in Karwar), Eco Beach (in Honnavar) and Shri Aryadurga Temple (in Ankola). There's lots more to do: stroll through Kasarkod Beach, Head underground at Shiva Cave, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahabaleswara Temple.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Gokarna road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Hampi to Gokarna takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kollur.

Things to do in Gokarna

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Karwar, Kasarkod Beach, Shri Aryadurga Temple, Eco Beach
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 26:
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Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Kudle Beach ©
Kudle Beach
Half Moon Beach ©
Half Moon Beach

4
nights
Kollur

Kollur ©
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sri Mookambika Temple and Kethapayya Narayan Temple. Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Murudeshwar. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kollur: Maravanthe Beach (in Kundapur) and Someshwara Beach (in Byndoor).

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kollur trip builder website .

You can drive from Gokarna to Kollur in 3.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Mangalore.

Things to do in Kollur

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Karnataka, Shimoga, Murdeshwar, Maravanthe Beach, Someshwara Beach
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 30:
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Kethapayya Narayan Temple ©
Kethapayya Narayan Temple
Sri Mookambika Temple ©
Sri Mookambika Temple
Maravanthe Beach ©
Maravanthe Beach

5
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Kapu Beach and Tannirbhavi Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Sri Krishna Temple and Kudroli Gokarnath Temple. Explore Mangalore's surroundings by going to Coin Museum Corp Bank (in Udupi), Narahari Parvata (in Bantwal) and End Point (in Manipal). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kadri Manjunath Temple, stop by City Center Mall, enjoy the sea views from NITK Lighthouse, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Aloysius Chapel.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Mangalore trip maker website .

You can drive from Kollur to Mangalore in 3 hours. In January in Mangalore, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Mysore District.

Things to do in Mangalore

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Udupi, End Point, Someshwara Temple, Narahari Parvata, Shri Kshetra Dharmasthala
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 4:
Highlights from your plan
Kadri Manjunath Temple ©
Kadri Manjunath Temple
Sri Krishna Temple ©
Sri Krishna Temple
Kapu Beach ©
Kapu Beach

5
nights
Mysore District

Mysore District ©
Mysore District is an administrative district located in the southern part of the state of Karnataka, India. The Hobby Place and Ramsons House will appeal to museum buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary and Melkote Kalyani. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mysore District: Mandya (Basaralu Temple & Melkote Temple Wildlife Sanctuary). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Nandi Temple, see the interesting displays at Sea Shell Museum, hunt for treasures at Devaraja Market, and explore the activities along Karanji Lake.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Mysore District vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Mangalore to Mysore District takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Mangalore in February, with highs in Mysore District at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bengaluru.

Things to do in Mysore District

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Mandya, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 9:
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Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary ©
Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
Sri Nandi Temple ©
Sri Nandi Temple
Melkote Kalyani ©
Melkote Kalyani

5
nights
Bengaluru

Bengaluru ©
Flourishing development and a bustling IT industry transformed Bangalore into a vibrant metropolis, but the city preserves its numerous historic and cultural sights.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Phoenix Marketcity and Kynkyny Art. Let the collections at The Heritage Centre & Aerospace Museum and Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat capture your imagination. And it doesn't end there: browse the different shops at Orion Mall, hunt for treasures at Jayanagar 4th Block Shopping Complex, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Infant Jesus Shrine, and wander the streets of Malleswaram.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Bengaluru travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Mysore District to Bengaluru by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. When traveling from Mysore District in February, plan for a bit warmer days in Bengaluru, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Tirupati.

Things to do in Bengaluru

Shopping Historic Sites Tours
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 14:
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Phoenix Marketcity ©
Phoenix Marketcity
Dodda Ganapathi Temple ©
Dodda Ganapathi Temple

4
nights
Tirupati

Tirupati ©
Being a major pilgrimage spot at the foot of the Seshachalam hills, Tirupati tourism revolves around Hindu temples and vast nature reserves.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple and Sri Varahaswami Temple. Museum-lovers will appreciate Sri Venkatesvara Museum and Regional Science Centre. Explore Tirupati's surroundings by going to Srikalahasti (Sri Kalahasteeswara Swami Temple, Srikalahasti, & more). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Govindarajaswami Temple, stroll through Japali Teertham, explore the activities along Vaikuntha Teertham, and explore the world behind art at Sri Vari Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tirupati road trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Bengaluru to Tirupati takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Tirupati

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Srikalahasti
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 18:
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Sri Kalahasteeswara Swami Temple ©
Sri Kalahasteeswara Swami Temple
Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple ©
Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple
Sri Varahaswami Temple ©
Sri Varahaswami Temple

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nights
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.
Ekambareshvara Temple and Krishna Mandapam will appeal to history buffs. Get in touch with nature at Covelong Beach and Trimurti Cave. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mahabalipuram: Kanchipuram (Kanchi Mahaswami Satabdhi Mani Mandapam & Varadharaja Perumal Temple). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at India Seashell Museum, take an in-depth tour of Maritime Heritage Museum, appreciate the history behind Descent Of The Ganges, and make a trip to Arjuna's Penance.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Mahabalipuram day trip app .

You can drive from Tirupati to Mahabalipuram in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In February, daily temperatures in Mahabalipuram can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Kanchipuram, Thirukalukundram, Covelong Beach
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 23:
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Ekambareshvara Temple ©
Ekambareshvara Temple
Ganesh Ratha Temple ©
Ganesh Ratha Temple
Descent Of The Ganges ©
Descent Of The Ganges

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