12 days in India Itinerary

12 days in India Itinerary

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12 days in India Itinerary

Start: Dehradun
Fly:  2​h 45​min
1
New Delhi
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
2
Tirumala
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Madurai
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Kanyakumari
— 2 nights
bus + train:  2​h
6
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Dehradun

2
nights
New Delhi

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.
New Delhi is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Humayun's Tomb, make a trip to India Gate, take in the spiritual surroundings of Birla Mandir Temple (Lakshmi Narayan), and take in nature's colorful creations at Akshardham.

To see where to stay and tourist information, go to the New Delhi travel itinerary planner .

Dehradun to New Delhi is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. January in New Delhi sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Tirumala.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
Qutub Minar ©
Qutub Minar
Akshardham ©
Akshardham

1
day
Tirumala

Tirumala ©
On the 15th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Vekateswara Swamy Temple.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Tirumala trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from New Delhi to Tirumala. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Madurai.

Things to do in Tirumala

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sri Vekateswara Swamy Temple ©
Sri Vekateswara Swamy Temple

2
nights
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.
On the 16th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tirupparankunram, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple. Keep things going the next day: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoga Narasimhar Temple.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Madurai trip itinerary builder app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tirumala to Madurai. In January, daytime highs in Madurai are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Madurai

Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Food Tours

1
night
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
On the 18th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, then enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach, then take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, and finally snap pictures at Pamban bridge.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Rameswaram trip planning website .

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

Things to do in Rameswaram

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple
Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge ©
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge

2
nights
Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari ©
Located at the most southerly point of mainland India, Kanyakumari has long attracted pilgrims and those keen to see the end of the road.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): make a trip to Thiruvalluvar Statue, then make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jain Temple Kanyakumari, and finally kick back and relax at Kanyakumari Beach. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shirdhi Sai Baba Temple, Kanyakumari, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Marungoor Murugan Temple, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Xavier Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ayya Vaikundar Nizhal Thangal.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanyakumari trip planner .

You can drive from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In January in Kanyakumari, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Jain Temple Kanyakumari ©
Jain Temple Kanyakumari
Vivekananda Rock Memorial ©
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Kanyakumari Beach ©
Kanyakumari Beach

3
nights
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

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.
Explore Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)'s surroundings by going to Kovalam Beach (in Kovalam) and Varkala Town (Asparagus, Spas & Wellness, & more). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, examine the collection at Napier Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple, and head off the coast to Poovar Island.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip itinerary planning website .

You can do a combination of bus and train from Kanyakumari to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. January in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Varkala Town, Kovalam Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach

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