Hello Everyone,

We just completed our 5300 kms road trip covering South India in our XUV 700 and we will soon post the episodes on our YouTube channel.

Link to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/@ExploreWithSher

Route Map:

Here’s something you can look forward to:

A series of episodes on YouTube covering our South India Road Trip 2023.

We started our road trip on 28th April 2023 and came back on 13th May 2023. This makes it 16 days and 15 nights.

Here are the states we passed through:

Maharashtra -> Karnataka -> Tamil Nadu -> Kerala -> Andhra Pradesh -> Telangana.

Currently we are editing and working on our raw videos and as and when we are done, we will post them one by one i.e. episode by episode. The whole series will be published on YouTube as 4K videos. If you have a smart TV, I suggest you to watch and enjoy the whole series on it.

Hope you enjoy the series as much as we enjoyed living through it.

Click the following link to view the entire series, episode wise:

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We will try to cover every possible place that we visited and all the activities that we enjoyed.

Here’s our travel spec:

Total Distance: 5300 kms

Total number of driving hours: 109 hrs.

Fuel (Diesel) consumed: 440.4 ltrs (Rs. 41744.44)

Toll charges: Rs. 4337

Highest number of kms driven in a day: 1000 kms on the last day from Andhra Pradesh to Mumbai – a non stop 17 hrs drive.

Apps used: AirBnB and Booking.com

Vehicle used: XUV 700

Here’s our day wise travel itinerary:

Day 1

  • Mumbai
  • Stayed in Gokarna
  • Enjoyed Sunset and Dinner in Gokarna Main Beach Shack (2 hours)

Day 2

  • Checked out from Gokarna
  • Did darshan in Shri Mahableshwara Swami Temple (35 minutes)
  • Murdeshwar
  • Did Darshan in Shri Murudeshwara Shivana Temple (1 hour)
  • Kullur
  • Did Darshan in Sree Mookambika Temple (2 hours)
  • Stayed in Udupi
  • Did darshan in Shri Krishna Temple/Sri Krishna Math (30 minutes)
  • Spend some time at Malpe Beach (45 minutes)

Day 3

  • Checked out from Gokarna
  • Mangaluru
  • Saw New Mangalore Port on the way to Coorg
  • Stayed in Coorg

Day 4

  • Stayed in Coorg
  • Darshan at Thalacauvery (1½ hours)
  • Namdroling Monastery/Golden Temple (1½ hours)

Day 5

  • Checked out from Coorg
  • Mysuru
  • Enjoyed filter coffee at Cothas Coffee while waiting for Mysore Palace to open (1 hour)
  • Explored Mysore Palace…the iconic structure of the Wadiyar dynasty (1½ hours)
  • Nanjangud
  • Did darshan in Nanjangud Shri Srikanteshwara Swami Temple (30 minutes)
  • Explored Lord Shiva Statue (15 minutes)
  • Passed through Bandipur National Park (45 minutes)
    Tamil Nadu
  • Passed through Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (45 minutes)
  • Crossed 39+27 Hairpin Bends (1 hour)
  • Stayed in Kotagiri, which is 1½ hours further from Ooty to avoid Ooty crowd

Day 6
Tamil Nadu

  • Stayed in Kotagiri
  • Kodanad View Point (1 hour)
  • Coonoor
  • Explored the Tea factory, Oil making factory and Chocolate making factory at High Field Estate (45 minutes)
  • Passed through 9th Mile/Wenlock Down while going to High Field Estate (10 minutes)

Day 7
Tamil Nadu

  • Checked out from Kotagiri
  • Crossing 7 Hairpin Bends (30 minutes)
  • Stayed in Coimbatore
  • Visited Adiyogi Statue (30 minutes)
  • Explored Isha Yoga Centre (45 minutes)
  • Experienced the Light Show at the Adiyogi Statue (15 minutes)

Day 8
Tamil Nadu

  • Checked out from Coimbatore
  • Madurai
  • Did darshan in Arulmigu Meenakshi Sundaraswara Temple (Shakti Peeth) (1½-2 hour)
  • Stayed in Thiruvananthapuram (formerly known as Trivandrum)

Day 9

  • Stayed in Thiruvananthapuram
  • Did darshan in Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, the richest temple in the world (3 hours)
  • Had lunch (Dominos pizza) at Lulu Mall on the way to Jatayu’s Earth Centre
  • Chadayamangalam
  • Explored the world’s largest Jatayu’s sculpture at Jatayu Earth’s Centre (4 hours)
  • Travelled through Cable Car/Udaan Katola to view the largest sculpture closely
  • Did darshan in ISKON Jatayu Hare Rama Temple
  • Saw the Footprint of Lord Rama which were imprinted on the rock while giving moksha to Jatayu

Day 10

  • Stayed in Thiruvananthapuram
    Tamil Nadu
  • Went to the Land’s End that is Kanyakumari (half day)
  • Vivekananda Rock Memorial
  • Took Boat Ride to go to the rock where Swami Vivekananda meditated
  • Saw the Foot print of the Goddess at Shripada Parai
  • Saw Tiruvalluvar Statue from the Vivekananda Rock Memorial
  • Saw the confluence of three water bodies – Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea & Bay Of Bengal at Triveni Sangam
  • Kovalam (1 hour)
  • Did Darshan in Azhimala Shiva Temple (1 hour)
  • Explored the Gangadhareshwara Shiva Statue
  • Enjoyed the kite flying and the cool breeze in Kovalam Beach

Day 11

  • Checked out from Thiruvananthapuram
    Tamil Nadu
  • While going towards Rameswaram got a glimpse of 100-year-old railway bridge Pamban Bridge
  • Travelled to Rameswaram by car on the Anna Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, which is parallel to Pamban Bridge
  • Stayed in Rameshwaram
  • Did darshan in Arulmigu Ramanathaswamy Temple, which is a jyotirlinga as well as Char Dham (45 minutes)

Day 12
Tamil Nadu

  • Checkout from Rameshwaram
  • Went to Dhanushkodi, the ghost town (2 hours)
  • Got a glimpse of Ram Setu
  • Saw the confluence of two water bodies – Bay of Bengal & Indian Ocean at Arichal Munai (30 minutes)
  • XUV 700 had to rescue Hyundai i10, which was stuck between stone and sand (30 minutes)
  • While on the way to Vellore
  • Did darshan in Panchmukhi Hanuman Temple, the only temple which has the Floating Stone (15 minutes)
  • Stayed in Vellore
  • Did darshan in Sri Lakshmi Narayani Golden Temple (1 hour)

Day 13
Tamil Nadu

  • Checkout from Vellore
    Andhra Pradesh
  • Stayed in Tirupati
  • Did darshan and enjoyed the peaceful tranquillity in ISKON Temple (45 minutes)

Day 14
Andhra Pradesh

  • Stayed in Tirupati
  • Went to Tirumala Hills
  • Did darshan in Sri Venkateshwara Temple/Tirupati Balaji, the richest temple of India (12 hours)

Day 15
Andhra Pradesh

  • Checked out from Tirupati
  • Passed through the Nagarjunasagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve (1 hour)
  • Stayed in Srisailam
  • Did darshan in Sri Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna Swamy Ammavarula Devasthanam
  • Darshan of Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga, a Jyotirlinga
  • Darshan of Goddess Bhramaramba Devi, one of the 18 most powerful Shakti Peeth (45 minutes)

Day 16
Andhra Pradesh

  • Checkout from Srisailam
  • Did darshan in Sakshi Ganapati Temple on the way to Hyderabad (30 minutes)
  • Passed through Amrabad Tiger Reserve (1½ hours)
  • On the go visited Hyderabad
  • Passed through Airport Road (30 minutes)
  • Had Brunch in Aerospace Plaza (45 minutes)
  • Passed through Nehru Outer Ring Road (4 lanes) on the way to Mumbai (1 hour)
  • Passed through Pune (2 hours, that also due to heavy traffic)
  • Reached Mumbai after driving non-stop for 17 hrs from Andhra Pradesh – 1000 kms in a day (highest kms per day in this trip)


  • Crossed around 120 Hairpin Bends on the ghats
  • Managed rescuing a Hyundai i10 stuck in sand using a towing clamp
  • Visited 5 states in a single trip
    ☆ Karnataka
    ☆ Kerala
    ☆ Tamil Nadu
    ☆ Andhra Pradesh
    ☆ Telangana
  • Travelled 5000+ kms in a single trip of 16 days
  • Managed to book hotels or home stay on the fly…no pre booking done
  • Covered 2 more Jyotirlingas, 1 Chardham and 1 Shakti Peeth
  • Did Tirupati Balaji’s Darshan barefoot – 12 hrs on foot
  • Covered 1000 kms in one single day – solo drive for 17 hrs – non-stop
  • Ooty Ghats using Automatic Gear – a new experience

☆ Never leave footwear outside temples instead leave in car or hotel rooms or homestay
☆ Always ask locals for details and routes before following Google Maps
☆ Always try to order the food speciality local to that place
☆ Stay hydrated always

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