19 days in India Itinerary

19 days in India Itinerary

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19 days in India Itinerary

Chennai (Madras)
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Pondicherry
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
Madurai
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Alappuzha
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
Udaipur
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
Rishikesh
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 30​min
New Delhi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Agra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Jaipur
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Chennai (Madras)

2
days
Pondicherry

South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): stroll through Paradise Beach, then don't miss a visit to Chunnambar Boat House, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Seaside Promenade. On your second day here, admire the landmark architecture of Matrimandir, enjoy the sand and surf at Serenity Beach, then stop by Kriti Eco Boutique, and finally make a trip to Sri Aurobindo Ashram.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Pondicherry holiday planner.

Chennai (Madras) to Pondicherry is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Madurai.

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Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Matrimandir
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Paradise Beach
Seaside Promenade

2
days
Madurai

One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Madurai sits on the banks of the River Vaigai and serves as a center of Tamil culture.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Pazhamudhir Solai, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Meenakshi Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sat): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, contemplate the long history of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam, and finally examine the collection at Gandhi Memorial Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Madurai vacation builder.

You can drive from Pondicherry to Madurai in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Thekkady.

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Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine
Sri Meenakshi Temple
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal

2
days
Thekkady

Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
On the 31st (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve and then take in nature's colorful creations at Abraham's Spice Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Periyar Spice & Ayurvedic Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Thekkady vacation trip planner.

Traveling by car from Madurai to Thekkady takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Alappuzha.

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Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

2
days
Alappuzha

Affectionately known as Alleppey to locals and tourists alike, Alappuzha acts as a major transport and cultural hub on the Kerala backwaters.
On the 2nd (Tue), enjoy the sea views from Alappuzha Lighthouse, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alappuzha Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Marari Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Kerala Backwaters.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Alappuzha custom trip planner.

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Alappuzha takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Alappuzha

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kerala Backwaters, Marari Beach
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Marari Beach
Kerala Backwaters
Alappuzha Beach

2
days
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 4th (Thu), kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach, and then admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Keralashopee and then meet the residents at Thiruvananthapuram Zoo.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip planner.

Traveling by car from Alappuzha to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Udaipur.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Kovalam
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Kovalam Beach
Lighthouse Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple

1
day
Udaipur

Tourism in Udaipur, a picturesque city known for its lake system, thrives due to the area's numerous historic and cultural relics.
On the 6th (Sat), explore the activities along Lake Fatehsagar Udaipur, then take an in-depth tour of City Palace of Udaipur, and then explore the activities along Lake Pichola.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Udaipur trip planner.

Fly from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Udaipur in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rishikesh.

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Nature Parks Museums
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Lake Pichola
Lake Fatehsagar Udaipur
City Palace of Udaipur

2
days
Rishikesh

Rishikesh draws in visitors of all creeds with its wealth of ashrams and yoga and meditation teaching centers.
On the 7th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Har ki Pauri, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ganga Aarti at Haridwar, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mansa Devi Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ganga Aarti at Triveni Ghat. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ram Jhula, take in the views from Lakshman Jhula, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and finally steep yourself in history at The Beatles Ashram.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Rishikesh trip generator.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Udaipur to Rishikesh in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to New Delhi.

Things to do in Rishikesh

Sightseeing Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Haridwar
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Ganga Aarti at Haridwar
River Rafting & Tubing
Har ki Pauri

2
days
New Delhi

Designed by notable English architects and proclaimed India's capital in 1931, New Delhi sits in the middle of a sprawling metropolitan area with a population of over 25 million.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then make a trip to India Gate, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Humayun's Tomb. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): get in on the family fun at Worlds of Wonder - Amusement Park.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the New Delhi tour planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Rishikesh to New Delhi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Agra.

Things to do in New Delhi

Theme Parks Tours Adventure

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Worlds of Wonder - Amusement Park
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Worlds of Wonder - Amusement Park
Humayun's Tomb

1
day
Agra

Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jama Masjid and then admire the striking features of Taj Mahal.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Agra travel planner.

Traveling by car from New Delhi to Agra takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. January in Agra sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Jaipur.

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Sightseeing Historic Sites
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Taj Mahal
Jama Masjid

2
days
Jaipur

Known as the "Pink City" because of the color of the stone used for many of its notable structures, Jaipur draws visitors with its chaotic street life and a slew of colorful bazaars selling everything from handmade pottery to tie-dye scarves.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): look and learn at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur, get engrossed in the history at City Palace of Jaipur, then step into the grandiose world of Amber Fort, and finally look for gifts at Royal Spices And Tea. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Jaipur travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Agra to Jaipur in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. When traveling from Agra in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Jaipur: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 9°C at night. On the 14th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jaipur

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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Amber Fort
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur

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