10 days in India Itinerary

10 days in India Itinerary

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10 days in India Itinerary

Start: Surat
1
Surat
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Tirupati
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Pondicherry
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
Taxi + Bus:  1​h
5
Chennai
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Surat

2
nights
Surat

Surat ©
Off the map for most international tourists heading to India, the major industrial city of Surat has a long heritage in diamond-cutting and textile manufacturing.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Shirdi Sai Temple, stroll through Dumas Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at VR Surat, then don't miss a visit to Chintamani Jain Temple, and finally make a trip to Siddhi Vinayak Mandir. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Pal Lake, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Althan National Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Modi Atash Bahram.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Surat route tool .

In December, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Tirupati.

Things to do in Surat

Parks Nature Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Dumas Beach ©
Dumas Beach
VR Surat ©
VR Surat
Siddhi Vinayak Mandir ©
Siddhi Vinayak Mandir

1
night
Tirupati

Tirupati ©
Being a major pilgrimage spot at the foot of the Seshachalam hills, Tirupati tourism revolves around Hindu temples and vast nature reserves.
On the 7th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Tirumala Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Varahaswami Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Govindarajaswami Temple.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tirupati planning site .

Traveling by flight from Surat to Tirupati takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Tirupati

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sri Venkateswara Swamy Vaari Temple ©
Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple ©
Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple
Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple ©

2
nights
Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Matrimandir, take in the waterfront activity at Seaside Promenade, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, then don't miss a visit to Sri Aurobindo Ashram, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges, enjoy the sand and surf at Rock Beach, then kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Pondicherry Lighthouse.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Pondicherry trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Tirupati to Pondicherry in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Matrimandir
Highlights from your plan
Seaside Promenade ©
Seaside Promenade
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple ©

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sea Shore Temple, then look for all kinds of wild species at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, and finally delve into the distant past at Mahishasura Rock. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Krishna's Butter Ball, make a trip to Arjuna's Penance, then admire the landmark architecture of Pancha Rathas, then explore the fascinating underground world of Mahishasuramardini Cave, and finally enjoy the sea views from Mahabalipuram Lighthouse.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Mahabalipuram journey planner.

Traveling by car from Pondicherry to Mahabalipuram takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December in Mahabalipuram, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Chennai.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Pancha Rathas ©
Pancha Rathas
Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram

2
nights
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Chennai is known for historic sites, beaches, shopping, nightlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Marina Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at Express Avenue Mall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapaleeshwarar Temple, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Chennai holiday planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Mahabalipuram to Chennai in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December, daily temperatures in Chennai can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Chennai

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Besant Nagar Beach ©
Besant Nagar Beach
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach
Walking tours

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