25 days in India Itinerary

25 days in India Itinerary

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25 days in India Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Chennai
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
2
Mahabalipuram
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
3
Pondicherry
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Madurai
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
bus + train:  2​h
6
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
7
Alappuzha
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
9
Kodaikanal
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
10
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
Mudumalai
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
12
Mysuru (Mysore)
— 2 nights
+4
train + foot + bus + Fly + taxi:  8​h 45​min
13
Goa
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
14
Port Blair
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Paris

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Chennai

Chennai
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Chennai trip planner .

Paris, France to Chennai is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to Chennai is 4 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Paris in July: high temperatures in Chennai hover around 42°C and lows are around 30°C. You will leave for Mahabalipuram on the 25th (Sat).

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Shopping Nightlife

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): make a trip to Tiger Cave, then delve into the distant past at Monuments at Mahabalipuram, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sea Shore Temple.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Mahabalipuram journey planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Chennai to Mahabalipuram takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. July in Mahabalipuram sees daily highs of 42°C and lows of 30°C at night. On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram
Tiger Cave ©
Tiger Cave

2
nights
Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
You've now added Matrimandir to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Matrimandir.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Pondicherry road trip app .

You can drive from Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Madurai.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

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

1
night
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 28th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, and then explore the historical opulence of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Madurai online visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Pondicherry to Madurai takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine ©
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal ©
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil, enjoy the sand and surf at Kanyakumari Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bhagavathy Amman Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gandhi Memorial, and finally get great views at Sunset View Point.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanyakumari online attractions planner .

Drive from Madurai to Kanyakumari in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Madurai, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Kanyakumari, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kanyakumari Beach ©
Kanyakumari Beach
Bhagavathy Amman Temple ©
Bhagavathy Amman Temple

2
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.
On the 30th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach, and finally admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Elephant Rehabilitation Centre and then look for all kinds of wild species at Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and train from Kanyakumari to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to take a train to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Kovalam
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple

2
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.
On the 1st (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Marari Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Alappuzha Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Alappuzha Lighthouse, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Forane Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Subramanya Swami Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Alappuzha day trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Alappuzha in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Alappuzha are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Alappuzha

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam, Marari Beach
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Alappuzha Beach ©
Alappuzha Beach

2
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mangala Devi Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): head outdoors with Persian Paradise Elephant Ride, steep yourself in history at Shiny Tours & Travals, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mangladevi Temple.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Thekkady road trip planner.

You can drive from Alappuzha to Thekkady in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Thekkady

Outdoors Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Persian Paradise Elephant Ride ©
Persian Paradise Elephant Ride
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Mangala Devi Temple ©
Mangala Devi Temple

1
night
Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal ©
A cool and relaxing hill station, Kodaikanal has long attracted visitors up to its privileged position in the Western Ghats.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kuzhanthai Velappar temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kurinji Andavar Temple, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kodaikanal Lake, and finally take a peaceful walk through Pine Forest.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kodaikanal trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Kodaikanal takes 4 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Kodaikanal can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Pine Forest ©
Pine Forest
Kodaikanal Lake ©
Kodaikanal Lake
Kurinji Andavar Temple ©
Kurinji Andavar Temple

1
night
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 6th (Thu): explore the activities along Ooty Lake, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kandal Cross Roman Catholic Church, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Doddabetta Peak, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Church.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Kodaikanal to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mudumalai.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Doddabetta Peak ©
Doddabetta Peak
Ooty Lake ©
Ooty Lake
St. Stephen's Church
St. Stephen's Church

1
night
Mudumalai

Mudumalai ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Moyar River.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Mudumalai vacation planning tool .

You can drive from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Mudumalai in 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Mudumalai can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. On the 7th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mysuru (Mysore).

Things to do in Mudumalai

Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Moyar River ©
Moyar River

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Namdroling Monastery, explore the historical opulence of Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas), and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Nandi Temple. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Chamundeshwari Temple, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Philomena Church, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Mysuru (Mysore) using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mudumalai to Mysuru (Mysore) takes 2 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Mudumalai in August: high temperatures in Mysuru (Mysore) hover around 30°C and lows are around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Goa.

Things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas) ©
Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas)
Namdroling Monastery ©
Namdroling Monastery
Sri Chamundeshwari Temple ©
Sri Chamundeshwari Temple

5
nights
Goa

Goa ©
On India's western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India.
Take a break from the city and head to Baga Beach and Palolem Beach. Old Goa and Basilica of Bom Jesus are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Agonda Beach, delve into the distant past at Fort Aguada, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Damodar Temple, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Calangute Beach.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Goa trip itinerary website .

Getting from Mysuru (Mysore) to Goa by car takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Traveling from Mysuru (Mysore) in August, expect Goa to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 29°C. On the 15th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Port Blair.

Things to do in Goa

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Palolem Beach ©
Palolem Beach
Agonda Beach ©
Agonda Beach
Baga Beach ©
Baga Beach

1
night
Port Blair

Port Blair ©
The capital and largest city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair acts as a gateway to the landmasses that lie in the Bay of Bengal.
On the 16th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Corbyn's Cove, head off the coast to Ross Island, then don't miss a visit to Cellular Jail, and finally appreciate the history behind Rajiv Gandhi's Statue.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Port Blair trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Goa to Port Blair takes 8.5 hours. Traveling from Goa in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 35°C in Port Blair. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Port Blair

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cellular Jail ©
Cellular Jail
Corbyn's Cove ©
Corbyn's Cove
Ross Island ©
Ross Island

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