23 days in India Itinerary

23 days in India Itinerary

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23 days in India Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  24​h
1
Chennai
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Pondicherry
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Chidambaram
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Tiruchirappalli
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Coimbatore
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Munnar
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Thekkady
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
8
Alappuzha
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Kochi (Cochin)
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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 8th (Wed): kick back and relax at Breezy Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Sri Muppathamman Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Aarupadai Veedu Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Little Mount Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sringeri Saradha Peetam Temple. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Guruvayurappan Temple, identify plant and animal life at Chennai Turtle Walk, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Krishnapuram Anchaneyar Temple.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Chennai vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Sydney, Australia to Chennai is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Sydney to Chennai. In January in Chennai, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Chennai

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Krishnapuram Anchaneyar Temple
Highlights from your plan
Aarupadai Veedu Temple ©
Aarupadai Veedu Temple
Krishnapuram Anchaneyar Temple ©
Krishnapuram Anchaneyar Temple

3
nights
Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Varadaraja Perumal Temple and Veerampattinam Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Silver Beach and Sadhana Forest. Venture out of the city with trips to Padaleeswarar Temple (in Cuddalore), Panchavati Panchamukha Anjaneyar Temple (in Villupuram) and Mailam Murugan Temple (in Mailam). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Ma Pondy Cherie, view the masterpieces at Kalinka Art Gallery, and explore the galleries of Tasmai, a Centre for Art & Culture.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Pondicherry trip tool .

You can drive from Chennai to Pondicherry in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Chidambaram.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Cuddalore, Sadhana Forest, Panchavati Panchamukha Anjaneyar Temple, Mailam Murugan Temple
Highlights from your plan
Silver Beach ©
Silver Beach
Sadhana Forest ©
Sadhana Forest
Varadaraja Perumal Temple ©
Varadaraja Perumal Temple

1
night
Chidambaram

Chidambaram
Chidambaram is a town and municipality in Cuddalore district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Chidambaram trip planning site .

You can drive from Pondicherry to Chidambaram in 2 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Tiruchirappalli.

Things to do in Chidambaram

Historic Sites Parks Nature

1
night
Tiruchirappalli

Tiruchirappalli ©
Located in the center of the state, the ancient city of Tiruchirappalli--or Trichy/Tiruchi as it is more commonly known--remains rich in Tamil culture.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): head outdoors with Grand Anaicut - Kallanai, take in the spiritual surroundings of Raahu Navagrahasthalam, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naganathaswamy Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thiruvalanchuzhi. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Railway Heritage Centre cum Railway Museum, then don't miss a visit to Malayadipatti Perumal Temple, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tiruchirapalli Rock Fort, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph's Church.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tiruchirappalli itinerary builder site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chidambaram to Tiruchirappalli. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Coimbatore.

Things to do in Tiruchirappalli

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Thanjavur
Highlights from your plan
Tiruchirapalli Rock Fort ©
Tiruchirapalli Rock Fort

2
nights
Coimbatore

Coimbatore ©
Known throughout the country as a major industrial city, Coimbatore possesses a welcoming atmosphere and a growing cosmopolitanism.
For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Coimbatore visit planner.

Traveling by car from Tiruchirappalli to Coimbatore takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 23°C. On the 16th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Coimbatore

Historic Sites Spas Museums
Highlights from your plan
Palamalai Ranganathar Temple ©
Palamalai Ranganathar Temple
Ramar Temple ©
Ramar Temple
Mundhi Vinayagur Temple ©
Mundhi Vinayagur Temple

3
nights
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.
Tea Museum has been added to your itinerary. Popular historic sites such as Muniyara - Anakottapara park and Mount Carmel Church &Mount Carmel Pilgrim Centre are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Climbing Tours and Lakkam Waterfalls. There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at Mistletoe art Gallery and admire the sheer force of Keezharkuthu Falls.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Munnar travel planning website .

Traveling by car from Coimbatore to Munnar takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trip

Lakkam Waterfalls
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours
Muniyara - Anakottapara park ©
Muniyara - Anakottapara park

1
night
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, go to the Thekkady trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Munnar to Thekkady in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Thekkady

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pattumala Matha Church
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Pattumala Matha Church ©
Pattumala Matha Church

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Alleppey Backwaters. Step off the beaten path and head to Vaikom Mahadeva Temple and Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple. Get in touch with nature at Andhakaranazhi Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Alappuzha: Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple (in Pathanamthitta) and Parumala Church (in Thiruvalla). The adventure continues: examine the collection at International Coir Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Edathua Church, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Jain Temple, Alleppey.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Alappuzha trip maker app .

You can drive from Thekkady to Alappuzha in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Alappuzha

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple, Vaikom Mahadeva Temple, Parumala Church
Highlights from your plan
Andhakaranazhi Beach ©
Andhakaranazhi Beach
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple ©
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple
Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple ©
Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple

4
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Edappally Church Complex and Vallarpadam Church. Get a sense of the local culture at Kashi Art Gallery and Shiva Temple Ernakulam . The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, take in the exciting artwork at David Hall Gallery & Cafe, stop by Waltons Boutique, and browse the exhibits of Durbar Hall Art Gallery.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kochi (Cochin) visit app .

Traveling by train from Alappuzha to Kochi (Cochin) takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Shiva Temple Ernakulam
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Edappally Church Complex ©
Edappally Church Complex
Vallarpadam Church ©
Vallarpadam Church

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