18 days in India Itinerary

18 days in India Itinerary

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18 days in India Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + taxi:  15​h 30​min
1
Kodagu (Coorg)
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Mysuru (Mysore)
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + taxi + train:  7​h 30​min
4
Kanyakumari
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Rameswaram
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Madurai
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Pondicherry
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Chennai
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: London

1
night
Kodagu (Coorg)

Kodagu (Coorg) ©
The hill station of Kodagu consists of a number of small towns amid a vast landscape of forested hills, rocky outcrops, and waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Madikeri Fort, then explore the striking landscape of Nagarhole National Park, and then admire the sheer force of Abbi Falls. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golden Temple - Namdroling Monastery and then identify plant and animal life at Dubare Elephant Camp.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kodagu (Coorg) trip maker tool .

London, UK to Kodagu (Coorg) is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, train, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from London to Kodagu (Coorg). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Mysuru (Mysore).

Things to do in Kodagu (Coorg)

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Nagarhole National Park
Highlights from your plan
Abbi Falls ©
Abbi Falls
Dubare Elephant Camp ©
Dubare Elephant Camp
Nagarhole National Park ©
Nagarhole National Park

3
nights
Mysuru (Mysore)

Mysuru (Mysore) ©
A historic and culturally distinctive city, Mysuru (Mysore) has all the stories, artworks, and architecture you'd hope to find in the former capital city of a rich kingdom.
Get a sense of the local culture at Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas) and Sri Chamundeshwari Temple. Attractions like Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens and Brindavan Garden make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Mysore Sand Sculpture Museum, stop by Adil & Azam, see the interesting displays at Sea Shell Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Sri Nandi Temple.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Mysuru (Mysore) trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Kodagu (Coorg) to Mysuru (Mysore) in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Mysuru (Mysore), expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas) ©
Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas)
Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens ©
Sri Chamundeshwari Temple ©
Sri Chamundeshwari Temple

2
nights
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Ooty (Udhagamandalam) ©
Tea gardens and eucalyptus trees scent the air of the fields surrounding Ooty, a popular summer tourism destination up in the hills.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at MacIvor's Bund, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and then explore the activities along Ooty Lake. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Murugan Temple, examine the collection at Tea Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Doddabetta Peak, then look for gifts at Higginbotham's Bookstore, and finally admire the engineering at Mukurthi Dam.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Mysuru (Mysore) to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
Doddabetta Peak ©
Doddabetta Peak
Mukurthi Dam ©
Mukurthi Dam

1
day
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 18th (Wed): make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bhagavathy Amman Temple, then make a trip to Thiruvalluvar Statue, then stroll through Kanyakumari Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil.

Make your Kanyakumari itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Kanyakumari in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in December, expect Kanyakumari to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kanyakumari Beach ©
Kanyakumari Beach
Vivekananda Rock Memorial ©
Vivekananda Rock Memorial

2
nights
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Water Bird Sanctuary, stroll the grounds of Kalam National Memorial, then stroll through Dhanushkodi Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House, enjoy the sand and surf at Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram, snap pictures at Pamban bridge, then take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Rameswaram travel route planner.

You can drive from Kanyakumari to Rameswaram in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Madurai.

Things to do in Rameswaram

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

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, see the interesting displays at Gandhi Memorial Museum, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoga Narasimhar Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koodal Azhagar Temple, stop by Prema Vilas, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Pazhamudhir Solai, and finally explore the historical opulence of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Madurai journey planning app .

You can take a train from Rameswaram to Madurai in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. December in Madurai sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Pazhamudhir Solai ©
Pazhamudhir Solai
Koodal Azhagar Temple ©
Koodal Azhagar Temple

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 (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, then admire the masterpieces at Svaram, and finally kick back and relax at Paradise Beach. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Sund'art, then take a leisurely stroll along Seaside Promenade, then stroll through Rock Beach, and finally view the masterpieces at Tasmai, a Centre for Art & Culture.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Pondicherry journey maker website .

You can fly from Madurai to Pondicherry in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Chennai.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Marina Beach and Besant Nagar Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at DakshinaChitra Museum and Kapaleeshwarar Temple. Step out of Chennai to go to Mahabalipuram and see The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Vivekananda House- Multimedia Cultural Museum, stop by Poompuhar, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Audikesava Perumal Peyalvar Temple.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Chennai road trip tool .

Drive from Pondicherry to Chennai in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Chennai can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chennai

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, DakshinaChitra Museum
Highlights from your plan
DakshinaChitra Museum ©
DakshinaChitra Museum
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach

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