19 days in India Itinerary

19 days in India Itinerary

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19 days in India Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  6​h
1
Tirupati
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
2
Chennai
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Pondicherry
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Madurai
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Rameswaram
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Kanyakumari
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Alappuzha
— 4 nights
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: New Delhi

2
nights
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 13th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Tumbhuru Teertham. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Srivari Mettu, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tirupati vacation planner .

New Delhi to Tirupati is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Chennai.

Things to do in Tirupati

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Sri Vekateswara Swamy Temple
Highlights from your plan
Tirumala Temple ©
Tirumala Temple
Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple ©
Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple
Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple ©

4
nights
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Explore Chennai's surroundings by going to DakshinaChitra Museum (in Muttukadu) and Mahabalipuram (Sea Shore Temple, Pancha Rathas, & more). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Marina Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Thome Church, identify plant and animal life at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, and pause for some serene contemplation at St George's Cathedral.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Chennai trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Tirupati to Chennai by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In May in Chennai, expect temperatures between 43°C during the day and 32°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mahabalipuram, DakshinaChitra Museum
Highlights from your plan
Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Pancha Rathas ©
Pancha Rathas
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach

2
nights
Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, take a leisurely stroll along Seaside Promenade, make a trip to Sri Aurobindo Ashram, then look for gifts at Senteurs-Fleurs en Flacon, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: take in breathtaking views at Sadhana Forest - Auroville, then admire the landmark architecture of Matrimandir, then take in the exciting artwork at Tasmai, a Centre for Art & Culture, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Pondicherry online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Chennai to Pondicherry takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Madurai.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Auroville
Highlights from your plan
Seaside Promenade ©
Seaside Promenade
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple ©
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Meenakshi Temple, then examine the collection at Gandhi Memorial Museum, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pazhamudhir Solai, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoga Narasimhar Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koodal Azhagar Temple.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Madurai travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Pondicherry to Madurai takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Madurai can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can take a train to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Walking tours
Gandhi Memorial Museum
Gandhi Memorial Museum

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 24th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram, take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, then snap pictures at Pamban bridge, then stroll the grounds of Kalam National Memorial, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nambunayaki amman temple, identify plant and animal life at Water Bird Sanctuary, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Rameswaram trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by train from Madurai to Rameswaram takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kanyakumari.

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
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.
On the 26th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Kanyakumari Beach, appreciate the history behind Thiruvalluvar Statue, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bhagavathy Amman Temple, then make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ayya Vaikundar Nizhal Thangal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Xavier Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Marungoor Murugan Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumara Koil Murugan Temple, and finally make a trip to Adi Keshava Perumal Temple.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kanyakumari holiday planner .

Drive from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May in Kanyakumari, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

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

4
nights
Alappuzha

Alappuzha ©
Affectionately known as Alleppey to locals and tourists alike, Alappuzha acts as a major transport and cultural hub on the Kerala backwaters.
Spend the 28th (Tue) exploring at Kerala Backwaters. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Marari Beach, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kidangamparambu Sree Bhuvaneswari Temple, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kayamkulam Lake.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Alappuzha trip maker .

Getting from Kanyakumari to Alappuzha by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Alappuzha

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kerala, Marari Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kerala Backwaters ©
Kerala Backwaters
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Alappuzha Beach ©
Alappuzha Beach

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