17 days in India Itinerary

17 days in India Itinerary

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17 days in India Itinerary

Start: Chennai
train:  3​h 30​min
1
Tirupati
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Kanchipuram
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
4
Pondicherry
— 2 nights
bus:  8​h
5
Rameswaram
— 2 nights
bus:  7​h
6
Kanyakumari
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h 15​min
7
Bengaluru
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Ahmedabad

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Suryanarayana Swamy Vari Temple, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Talakona Waterfall. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tirumala Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Varahaswami Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Govindarajaswami Temple.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tirupati trip tool .

Chennai to Tirupati is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kanchipuram.

Things to do in Tirupati

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tirumala Temple ©
Tirumala Temple
Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple ©
Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple
Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple ©

2
nights
Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram ©
The busy town of Kanchipuram enjoys a reputation for its Hindu temples and handwoven silk saris.
On the 19th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ekambareshvara Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kailasanathar Temple.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kanchipuram tour planning website .

Getting from Tirupati to Kanchipuram by car takes about 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Kanchipuram can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Kanchipuram

Wildlife Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary ©
Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary
Ekambareshvara Temple ©
Ekambareshvara Temple
Kailasanathar Temple ©
Kailasanathar 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.
Get some historical perspective at Sea Shore Temple and Tiger Cave. Let the collections at DakshinaChitra Museum and Maritime Heritage Museum capture your imagination. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, make a trip to Pancha Rathas, explore the fascinating underground world of Mahishasuramardini Cave, and look for all kinds of wild species at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Mahabalipuram trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Kanchipuram to Mahabalipuram takes 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Mahabalipuram can reach 42°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

DakshinaChitra Museum, Covelong Beach
Highlights from your plan
Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram
DakshinaChitra Museum ©
DakshinaChitra Museum

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 23rd (Tue): stroll through Serenity Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Kalinka Art Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the exhibits of Svaram, then stroll through Rock Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Pondicherry journey planning site .

Traveling by car from Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Svaram
Highlights from your plan
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple ©

2
nights
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Get outdoors at Dhanushkodi Beach and Villoondi Tirtham. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple and Kalam National Memorial. Change things up with a short trip to Five-Faced Hanuman Temple in Ramanathapuram (about 1h 10 min away). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House, snap pictures at Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hanuman Temple, and make a trip to Burial Place of APJ Abdul Kalam.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rameswaram road trip site .

You can drive from Pondicherry to Rameswaram in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Five-Faced Hanuman Temple
Highlights from your plan
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple
Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach
Hanuman Temple ©
Hanuman Temple

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Padmanabhapuram Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kanyakumari Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of Ransom Church. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Gandhi Memorial, appreciate the history behind Thiruvalluvar Statue, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bhagavathy Amman Temple, then don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, then examine the collection at Kanyakumari Wax Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Jain Temple Kanyakumari.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanyakumari trip planning tool .

Drive from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in Kanyakumari sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bengaluru.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Padmanabhapuram Palace, Chitharal Hill Temple
Highlights from your plan
Padmanabhapuram Palace ©
Padmanabhapuram Palace
Kanyakumari Beach ©
Kanyakumari Beach

2
nights
Bengaluru

Bengaluru ©
Flourishing development and a bustling IT industry transformed Bangalore into a vibrant metropolis, but the city preserves its numerous historic and cultural sights.
On the 31st (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Bannerghatta National Park and then wander the streets of Malleswaram. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Commercial Street, get curious at Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Temple Bangalore.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Bengaluru planner .

Getting from Kanyakumari to Bengaluru by combination of train and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Kanyakumari in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Bengaluru, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bengaluru

Wildlife Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
ISKCON Temple Bangalore ©
ISKCON Temple Bangalore
Bannerghatta National Park ©
Bannerghatta National Park

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