15 days in India Itinerary

15 days in India Itinerary

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15 days in India Itinerary

Start: Konni
Drive:  2​h
1
Alappuzha
— 1 night
train:  1​h
2
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Chennai
— 1 night
bus + taxi:  1​h
4
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Pondicherry
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Thanjavur
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Karaikudi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
8
Madurai
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Munnar
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
End: Konni

1
night
Alappuzha

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 16th (Fri), add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then don't miss a visit to Kuttikattu Sree Bhadra Kali Devi Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jain Temple, Alleppey. On the next day, make a trip to Golden Flower Hall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Edathua Church, then kick back and relax at Alappuzha Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Marari Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Alappuzha trip planner.

Konni to Alappuzha is an approximately 2-hour car ride. In August in Alappuzha, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Alappuzha

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Marari Beach
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Alappuzha Beach ©
Alappuzha Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
Kochi (Cochin)

Kochi (Cochin) ©
A flourishing port city and magnet for the spice trade since the 15th century, Kochi (Cochin) proudly bears its distinct international influence and local Keralan culture.
Kochi (Cochin) is known for historic sites, shopping, beaches, museums, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, browse the different shops at LuLu Mall, admire the striking features of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Alappuzha to Kochi (Cochin) by train takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Chennai.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Theme Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Mattancherry Palace ©
Mattancherry Palace
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue

1
night
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Krishnapuram Anchaneyar Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Beach, then take in nature's colorful creations at The Theosophical Society, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapaleeshwarar Temple.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Chennai trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by flight from Kochi (Cochin) to Chennai takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kochi (Cochin) in August, you will find days in Chennai are a bit warmer (41°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Chennai

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Krishnapuram Anchaneyar Temple
Highlights from your plan
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach
Kapaleeshwarar Temple ©
Kapaleeshwarar Temple
The Theosophical Society ©
The Theosophical Society

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 22nd (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sea Shore Temple, and then admire the landmark architecture of Pancha Rathas. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave, delve into the distant past at Monuments at Mahabalipuram, delve into the distant past at Krishna Mandapam, don't miss a visit to Arjuna's Penance, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Varaha Cave Temple, and finally pause for some photo ops at Descent Of The Ganges.

To find ratings and tourist information, refer to the Mahabalipuram online travel route planner .

Do a combination of bus and taxi from Chennai to Mahabalipuram in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In August in Mahabalipuram, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Pondicherry.

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

1
night
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 24th (Sat): enjoy the sea views from Old Lighthouse, go for a stroll along the water at Seaside Promenade, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, then don't miss a visit to Sri Aurobindo Ashram, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Pondicherry trip planner .

Getting from Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Seaside Promenade ©
Seaside Promenade
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple ©
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

1
night
Thanjavur

Thanjavur ©
A bastion of South Indian culture and heritage, Thanjavur entrances visitors from all over the world with its architecture, distinct art style, and the Great Living Chola Temples, landmarks of the city and a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, appreciate the history behind Thenkudi Thittai Sree Vashisteswarar Temple- Guru Stalam, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pratyangara Devi temple, then make a trip to Thanjai Mamani Koil, and finally admire the striking features of Brihadeeshwara Temple.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Thanjavur trip tool .

Drive from Pondicherry to Thanjavur in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 42°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Karaikudi.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Brihadeeshwara Temple ©
Brihadeeshwara Temple
Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery ©

1
night
Karaikudi

Karaikudi ©
Karaikudi is a municipality in Sivaganga district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. On the 26th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kundrakkudi Murugan Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Karpagavinayagar Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shri Koteeswara Kottaiyur Temple, make a trip to Koppudai Nayaki Amman Temple, then take a stroll through Sri Muthumari Amman Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Koviloor Aadheenam.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Karaikudi itinerary planner .

Getting from Thanjavur to Karaikudi by car takes about 2 hours. August in Karaikudi sees daily highs of 42°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Madurai.

Things to do in Karaikudi

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Karpagavinayagar Temple ©
Karpagavinayagar Temple
Kundrakkudi Murugan Temple ©
Kundrakkudi Murugan Temple

1
night
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.
On the 27th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoga Narasimhar Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Madurai vacation maker site .

Getting from Karaikudi to Madurai by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Karaikudi in August, you will find days in Madurai are little chillier (38°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine ©
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine

3
nights
Munnar

Munnar ©
Sitting at the point where three mountain rivers meet, the hill station of Munnar has become known as a tea-growing center in the south of the country.
Take a break from Munnar with a short trip to Meesapulimala in Idukki, about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens, look for gifts at Tata Tea Outlet, admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Munnar trip builder tool .

You can drive from Madurai to Munnar in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Madurai in August, expect nights in Munnar to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are slightly colder, around 35°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Meesapulimala
Highlights from your plan
Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park ©

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