10 days in India Itinerary

10 days in India Itinerary

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10 days in India Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  5​h
1
Madurai
— 1 day
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Rameswaram
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h 30​min
3
Pondicherry
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Mahabalipuram
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: New Delhi

1
day
Madurai

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple, then don't miss a visit to Kalamegaperumal Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoga Narasimhar Temple.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Madurai online visit planner .

New Delhi to Madurai is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from New Delhi in December: highs in Madurai hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple
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Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple ©
Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple
Kalamegaperumal Temple ©
Kalamegaperumal Temple

3
nights
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
You've added Gandhamadhana Parvatham, Dhanushkodi Beach, Adam's Bridge, and other attractions to your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Ariyaman Beach and Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram. Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Kalam National Memorial, look for all kinds of wild species at Water Bird Sanctuary, look for gifts at Kalam Sea Shell Mart, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Nambunayaki amman temple.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Rameswaram using our trip planner.

Traveling by train from Madurai to Rameswaram takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Adam's Bridge ©
Adam's Bridge
Kalam National Memorial ©
Kalam National Memorial
Burial Place of APJ Abdul Kalam ©
Burial Place of APJ Abdul Kalam

2
nights
Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pichavaram and Spas. Next up on the itinerary: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Immaculate Conception Cathedral, admire the striking features of Raj Niwas, and identify plant and animal life at Sadhana Forest.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Pondicherry trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Rameswaram to Pondicherry in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trips

Sadhana Forest, Pichavaram
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Pichavaram ©
Pichavaram
Walking tours
Immaculate Conception Cathedral ©
Immaculate Conception Cathedral

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes India Seashell Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Descent Of The Ganges and Covelong Beach. Take a break from Mahabalipuram with a short trip to DakshinaChitra Museum in Muttukadu, about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ganesh Ratha Temple, explore the fascinating underground world of Trimurti Cave, admire the landmark architecture of Mahishasuramardhini Mandapa, and explore the ancient world of Tiger Cave.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Mahabalipuram online route planner .

Getting from Pondicherry to Mahabalipuram by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. December in Mahabalipuram sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

DakshinaChitra Museum, Covelong Beach
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Covelong Beach ©
Covelong Beach
India Seashell Museum ©
India Seashell Museum
Descent Of The Ganges ©
Descent Of The Ganges

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