17 days in India Itinerary

17 days in India Itinerary

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17 days in India Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Tirupati
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Kanchipuram
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Vellore
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Thiruvannamalai
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
5
Rameswaram
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Kanyakumari
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): don't miss a visit to Sri Vekateswara Swamy Temple and then steep yourself in history at Tirumala Temple.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tirupati travel planner.

Kolkata (Calcutta) to Tirupati is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in December: high temperatures in Tirupati hover around 34°C and lows are around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kanchipuram.

Things to do in Tirupati

#Historic Sites, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trip

Sri Vekateswara Swamy Temple
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Tirumala Temple ©
Tirumala Temple
Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple ©
Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple
Sri Govindarajaswami Temple ©
Sri Govindarajaswami Temple

1
night
Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram ©
The busy town of Kanchipuram enjoys a reputation for its Hindu temples and handwoven silk saris.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kailasanathar Temple, don't miss a visit to Jain Temple, don't miss a visit to Sri Subramaniya Swami Temple, then don't miss a visit to Sri Prasanna Venkatesa Perumaal, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Devarajaswami Temple.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanchipuram itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Tirupati to Kanchipuram takes 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Kanchipuram are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Vellore.

Things to do in Kanchipuram

#Historic Sites
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Kailasanathar Temple ©
Kailasanathar Temple
Jain Temple ©
Jain Temple
Sri Prasanna Venkatesa Perumaal ©
Sri Prasanna Venkatesa Perumaal

1
night
Vellore

Vellore ©
An assortment of temples and a large historic fort generate a good deal of Vellore's tourism--as do the top hospitals of this dry, sunny city.
On the 4th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jalakandeswarar Temple and then make a trip to Sripuram Golden Temple.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Vellore visit planner .

Getting from Kanchipuram to Vellore by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Thiruvannamalai.

Things to do in Vellore

#Historic Sites
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Jalakandeswarar Temple ©
Jalakandeswarar Temple
Sripuram Golden Temple ©
Sripuram Golden Temple

2
nights
Thiruvannamalai

Thiruvannamalai ©
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Girivalam, Arunachaleswarar Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arunachaleshwara Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Agini Lingam, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ramana Ashram, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Arunachala Mountain.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Thiruvannamalai online trip maker .

Drive from Vellore to Thiruvannamalai in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Thiruvannamalai

#Historic Sites, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trips

Tiruvannamalai, Arunachala Mountain
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Girivalam, Arunachaleswarar Temple ©
Sri Ramana Ashram ©
Sri Ramana Ashram
Arunachaleshwara Temple ©
Arunachaleshwara 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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): make a trip to Burial Place of APJ Abdul Kalam.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Rameswaram trip builder .

Traveling by car from Thiruvannamalai to Rameswaram takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Rameswaram

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach
Ramanathaswamy Temple ©
Ramanathaswamy Temple
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge ©
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge

3
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.
Get some historical perspective at Vattakottai Fort and Bhagavathy Amman Temple. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, head outdoors with Marunthuval Malai, appreciate the history behind Thiruvalluvar Statue, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Thengapattinam Beach.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanyakumari trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Kanyakumari

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Vivekananda Rock Memorial ©
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Kanyakumari Beach ©
Kanyakumari Beach
Thiruvalluvar Statue ©
Thiruvalluvar Statue

6
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple and Sivagiri. Explore Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)'s surroundings by going to Varkala (Janardhana Swami Temple & Varkala Beach) and Kovalam (Samudra Beach, Hawa Beach, & more). There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Poovar Island, meet the residents at Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, step into the grandiose world of Padmanabhapuram Palace, and don't miss a visit to Attukal Bhagavathy Temple.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Kanyakumari to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Kovalam, Varkala
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Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach

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