28 days in India Itinerary

28 days in India Itinerary

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Hyderabad
— 2 nights
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Goa
— 1 night
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Hampi
— 1 night
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Bengaluru
— 2 nights
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Mysuru (Mysore)
— 3 nights
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Madikeri
— 1 day
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Thalassery
— 2 nights
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 1 night
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Chennai
— 1 night
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Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
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Pondicherry
— 1 night
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Thanjavur
— 2 nights
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Madurai
Drive
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Rameswaram
— 5 nights
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Hyderabad

— 2 nights

City of Pearls

Teeming with history and heritage, Hyderabad draws visitors from all over the world with its old Indo-Islamic buildings, forts, and museums.
On the 6th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Birla Mandir, admire the masterpieces at Salar Jung Museum, then appreciate the history behind Charminar, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tadbund Sri Veeranjaneya Swamy Temple. On the next day, hunt for treasures at Laad Bazaar, admire the landmark architecture of Chowmahalla Palace, then steep yourself in history at Golconda Fort, and finally don't miss a visit to Hatiyan Jhad Baobab Tree.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Hyderabad route planning site.

Sydney, Australia to Hyderabad is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from Sydney to Hyderabad due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in April, you will find days in Hyderabad are much warmer (45°C), and nights are a bit warmer (29°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Goa.

Things to do in Hyderabad

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Goa

— 1 night
On India's western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Agonda Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Basilica of Bom Jesus and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Baga Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Goa trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Hyderabad to Goa takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Hyderabad in April, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Goa: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 34°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Hampi.

Things to do in Goa

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Hampi

— 1 night
The temple town of Hampi sits on the site where one of the richest and biggest cities on the planet once stood, with the ruins of the old city protected as a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Vitthala Temple, then don't miss a visit to Dasara Dibba, then admire the striking features of Elephant Stables, and finally contemplate the long history of Group of Monuments at Hampi.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hampi trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Goa to Hampi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Goa in April, expect nights in Hampi to be little chillier, around 30°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 41°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Bengaluru.

Things to do in Hampi

Historic Sites

Bengaluru

— 2 nights

Silicon Valley of India

Flourishing development and a bustling IT industry transformed Bangalore into a vibrant metropolis, but the city preserves its numerous historic and cultural sights.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Lalbagh Botanical Garden, look for gifts at Varnam Store, steep yourself in history at Bangalore Palace, then take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Temple Bangalore, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Orion Mall. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple, don't miss a visit to Temple Of Miracles, then shop like a local with UB City, and finally walk around Cubbon Park.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Bengaluru trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Hampi to Bengaluru takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Bengaluru when traveling from Hampi in April, with lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to catch the bus to Mysuru (Mysore).

Things to do in Bengaluru

Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks

Mysuru (Mysore)

— 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Karnataka

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.
Mysuru (Mysore) is known for historic sites, zoos & aquariums, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Mysuru Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Himada Gopalswamy Temple, meet the residents at Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, and stop by Adil & Azam.

Planning Mysuru (Mysore) trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Getting from Bengaluru to Mysuru (Mysore) by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train; or drive. While traveling from Bengaluru, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Mysuru (Mysore), ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Madikeri.

Things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Madikeri

— 1 day
Madikeri is a hill station town in Karnataka state, India. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Abbi Falls, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nagarhole National Park, and then admire the natural beauty at Raja's Seat.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Madikeri trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Mysuru (Mysore) to Madikeri in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Thalassery.

Things to do in Madikeri

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Thalassery

— 2 nights
Take a break from Thalassery with a short trip to Lokamalayar Kavil Ambalam @ Lokanarkavu temple in Vadakara, about 48 minutes away.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Thalassery road trip planning site.

You can drive from Madikeri to Thalassery in 3.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Thalassery

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

— 1 night

Queen of Hill Stations

Tea gardens and eucalyptus trees scent the air of the fields surrounding Ooty, a popular summer tourism destination up in the hills.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Doddabetta Peak, see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Government Botanical Garden, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Ooty Lake.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Ooty (Udhagamandalam) tour planning app.

You can drive from Thalassery to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 6.5 hours. Traveling from Thalassery in April, things will get a bit cooler in Ooty (Udhagamandalam): highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Chennai.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Chennai

— 1 night

Detroit of South Asia

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 21st (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Marina Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Parthasarathy Temple, then pause for some serene contemplation at San Thome Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapaleeshwarar Temple.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Chennai online route planner.

Traveling by flight from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Chennai takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Chennai: highs are around 42°C and lows about 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Mahabalipuram

— 2 nights
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. The structures showcase the decoration and form of early Dravidian architecture, and their distinctive designs, striking coloration, and scale still create an evocative atmosphere when studied closely and when seen as a whole.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Pancha Rathas, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shore Temple. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sea views from Mahabalipuram Lighthouse, explore the fascinating underground world of Mahishasuramardini Cave, then explore the ancient world of Raya Gopura, and finally delve into the distant past at Monuments at Mahabalipuram.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Mahabalipuram vacation planner.

You can drive from Chennai to Mahabalipuram in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In April in Mahabalipuram, expect temperatures between 42°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Pondicherry

— 1 night

Europe of India

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 24th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, then make a trip to Sri Aurobindo Ashram, and finally stop by Kriti Eco Boutique.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Pondicherry sightseeing planning app.

You can drive from Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Beaches · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Thanjavur

— 2 nights

Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu

A bastion of South Indian culture and heritage, Thanjavur entrances visitors from all over the world with its architecture, distinct art style, and the Great Living Chola Temples, landmarks of the city and a World Heritage Site.
On the 25th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Swami Malai Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Swaminatha Swami Temple, Swamimalai, and then don't miss a visit to Punnainallur Mariamman Koil. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Moolai Anjaneya Temple, and then admire the landmark architecture of Brihadeeswara Temple.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Thanjavur road trip app.

Getting from Pondicherry to Thanjavur by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Thanjavur can reach 46°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Madurai.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Madurai

Athens of the East

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.
To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Madurai trip builder website.

Getting from Thanjavur to Madurai by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. While traveling from Thanjavur, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Madurai, ranging from highs of 41°C to lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping · Transportation

Rameswaram

— 5 nights
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rameswaram: Navagraha Temple (in Devipattinam) and Ramanathapuram (Five-Faced Hanuman Temple & Ramakrishna Math, Ramanathapuram). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach Point, look for all kinds of wild species at Water Bird Sanctuary, and stop by Kalam Sea Shell Mart.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Rameswaram vacation planning app.

You can drive from Madurai to Rameswaram in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

India travel guide

4.6
Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings · Beaches
It may very well be fair to call India "incredible," given its mind-boggling diversity of landscapes, climates, cultures, and languages. The world's largest democracy, and second only to China in terms of population, India contains majestic peaks dusted with glistening snow, sun-drenched beaches, ancient hand-carved temples, and sprawling cities jam-packed with people, vehicles, and animals. Many tour India during the country's devotional festivals, which range from immense parades that convert cities into giant performance stages, to simple farming fairs dedicated to relatively obscure local deities. Whenever you choose to vacation in India, make sure you see some of the country's World Heritage Sites, which include the legendary Taj Mahal and Chilika Lake, the planet's second-largest lagoon.

Kodagu (Coorg) travel guide

3.6
Waterfalls · Wildlife Areas · Gardens
The hill station of Kodagu consists of a number of small towns amid a vast landscape of forested hills, rocky outcrops, and waterfalls. As a result of the natural scenery, Kodagu holidays tend to focus on the outdoors, including hikes through scenic spice and coffee plantations. Round out your visit by exploring the indigenous Kodava culture through restaurants, temples, and shrines--all of which detail the history, language, beliefs, and festivals of this people.

The Nilgiris District travel guide

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Gardens · Bodies of Water · Mountains
The Nilgiris District is in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Nilgiri (Blue Mountains) is the name given to a range of mountains spread across the borders among the states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala. The Nilgiri Hills are part of a larger mountain chain known as the Western Ghats. Their highest point is the mountain of Doddabetta, height 2,637 m. The small district is contained mainly within this mountain range; the administrative headquarters is located at Ooty (Ootacamund or Udhagamandalam).Nilgiris District ranked first in a comprehensive Economic Environment index ranking districts in Tamil Nadu (not including Chennai) prepared by the Institute for Financial Management and Research in August 2009. Tea and coffee plantations have been important to its economy. As of 2011, the Nilgiris district had a population of 735,394, with a sex-ratio of 1,042 females for every 1,000 males.HistoryThe history of peoples settled in the Nilgiri hills has been recorded for several centuries. The Blue Mountains were likely named for the widespread blue Strobilanthes flower or the smoky haze enveloping the area.This area was long occupied by the indigenous tribal peoples of the Toda, Kota, Kurumba and Irula. The lower Wynaad plateau in the west of the district had a different tribal population. The Todas and Kota, who are similar in culture, language and genetic ancestry, were settled across much of the Nilgiri plateau. In addition, the Badaga, though officially recognised by the British in their Gazetteer as primitive tribes (for reasons unknown) are a major non-tribal group, and the largest indigenous group in the Nilgiris District. The Badagas were the agriculturists in the district, cultivating traditional crops such as samai, batha, ragi. Under British influence they cultivated English vegetables and later moved on to tea.

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