29 days in India Itinerary

29 days in India Itinerary

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29 days in India Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  16​h
1
Hyderabad
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h
2
Vijayawada
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
3
Nellore
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
4
Chennai
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Pondicherry
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Bengaluru
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Coimbatore
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Madurai
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
9
Rameswaram
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
10
Madurai
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
11
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
12
Kovalam
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
13
Kumarakom
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
14
Alappuzha
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
15
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Johannesburg

2
nights
Hyderabad

Hyderabad ©
Teeming with history and heritage, Hyderabad draws visitors from all over the world with its old Indo-Islamic buildings, forts, and museums.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): find something for the whole family at Ramoji Film City. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Salar Jung Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Golconda Fort, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Shrine of Our Lady of Health, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Birla Mandir.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hyderabad road trip planning site .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Hyderabad is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Hyderabad due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Hyderabad are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Vijayawada.

Things to do in Hyderabad

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Ramoji Film City ©
Ramoji Film City
Birla Mandir ©
Birla Mandir
Golconda Fort ©
Golconda Fort

1
night
Vijayawada

Vijayawada ©
A commercial hub in the state of Andhra Pradesh, the bustling city of Vijayawada lies on the banks of the Krishna River, surrounded by green hills and quaint villages.
On the 17th (Tue), explore the fascinating underground world of Undavalli Caves and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kanakadurga Temple.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Vijayawada trip builder tool .

You can drive from Hyderabad to Vijayawada in 5 hours. Traveling from Hyderabad in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Vijayawada, with lows around 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Nellore.

Things to do in Vijayawada

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kanakadurga Temple ©
Kanakadurga Temple
Undavalli Caves ©
Undavalli Caves
Prakasam Barrage ©
Prakasam Barrage

1
night
Nellore

Nellore
Nellore is a city and district headquarters of Nellore district in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nellore trip planner.

Traveling by car from Vijayawada to Nellore takes 4.5 hours. You will leave for Chennai on the 19th (Thu).

Things to do in Nellore

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

3
nights
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Bring the kids along to Marina Beach and Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams. Kapaleeshwarar Temple and San Thome Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Chennai side-trips: DakshinaChitra Museum (in Muttukadu) and The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology (in Mahabalipuram). It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Besant Nagar Beach and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Parthasarathy Temple.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Chennai trip builder app .

Getting from Nellore to Chennai by car takes about 4 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, DakshinaChitra Museum
Highlights from your plan
Kapaleeshwarar Temple ©
Kapaleeshwarar Temple
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach
Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams ©
Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams

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 22nd (Sun): kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, then kick back and relax at Serenity Beach, and then don't miss a visit to Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Rock Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Pondicherry trip planner .

Traveling by car from Chennai to Pondicherry takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Bengaluru.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple ©

3
nights
Bengaluru

Bengaluru ©
Flourishing development and a bustling IT industry transformed Bangalore into a vibrant metropolis, but the city preserves its numerous historic and cultural sights.
Your inner history buff will appreciate ISKCON Temple Bangalore and Bull Temple. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Dodda Ganapathi Temple and Commercial Street. Treat yourself to a day of pampering on the 25th (Wed) at some of the best spas. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Bannerghatta National Park and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mark's Cathedral.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Bengaluru itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Pondicherry to Bengaluru takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Coimbatore.

Things to do in Bengaluru

Spas Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
ISKCON Temple Bangalore ©
ISKCON Temple Bangalore
Bannerghatta National Park ©
Bannerghatta National Park
Dodda Ganapathi Temple ©
Dodda Ganapathi Temple

1
night
Coimbatore

Coimbatore ©
Known throughout the country as a major industrial city, Coimbatore possesses a welcoming atmosphere and a growing cosmopolitanism.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Patteeswarar Swamy Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dhyanalinga Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Marudamalai Temple.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Coimbatore trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Bengaluru to Coimbatore takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Bengaluru in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Coimbatore, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Madurai.

Things to do in Coimbatore

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Marudamalai Temple ©
Marudamalai Temple
Dhyanalinga ©
Dhyanalinga
Arulmigu Patteeswarar Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Patteeswarar Swamy Temple

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 (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tirupparankunram, take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Madurai trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Coimbatore to Madurai takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Madurai, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Rameswaram.

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
Tirupparankunram ©
Tirupparankunram

few
hours
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 29th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple and then kick back and relax at Dhanushkodi Beach.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rameswaram trip planner .

Traveling by train from Madurai to Rameswaram takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow 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

1
night
Madurai

Madurai
To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Madurai online holiday maker .

Traveling by train from Rameswaram to Madurai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 30th (Mon), you're off toKanyakumari.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Tours Parks

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bhagavathy Amman Temple, then pause for some photo ops at Thiruvalluvar Statue, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kanyakumari Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kanyakumari trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Madurai to Kanyakumari in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December in Kanyakumari, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

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

5
nights
Kovalam

Kovalam ©
Famous for the groves of coconut trees from which it takes its name, Kovalam offers a long, white sandy beach on the Arabian Sea.
Visit Rock cut temple and Kovalam Avaduthura Devi Temple for their historical value. Bring the kids along to Kovalam Beach and Adimalathura Beach. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach, explore the activities along Vellayani Lake, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hawa Beach, and see human ingenuity at work at Neyyar Dam.

Before you visit Kovalam, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Take a train from Kanyakumari to Kovalam in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Kovalam sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kumarakom.

Things to do in Kovalam

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Chowara Beach, Rock cut temple
Highlights from your plan
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Hawa Beach ©
Hawa Beach

3
nights
Kumarakom

Kumarakom ©
Kumarakom features one of Kerala's most scenic lakes as the backdrop and serves as a gateway to the area's famous backwaters.
Family-friendly places like Vaikom Mahadeva Temple and Shiva Temple Ernakulam will thrill your kids. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam and Bay Island Driftwood Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Cherthala (St. Mary's Forane Church & Thiruvizha Sree Mahadeva Temple). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Kumaramangalam Subramanyaswamy Temple and kick back and relax at Kumarakom Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kumarakom trip planner .

You can drive from Kovalam to Kumarakom in 4.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Kumarakom can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Kumarakom

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cherthala, Kottayam
Highlights from your plan
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple ©
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple
St. Mary's Forane Church ©
St. Mary's Forane Church

1
night
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 8th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple, then visit a coastal fixture at Alappuzha Lighthouse, and finally kick back and relax at Marari Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Alappuzha trip planner .

Drive from Kumarakom to Alappuzha in an hour. January in Alappuzha sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can take a train to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Alappuzha

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Marari Beach
Highlights from your plan
Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple ©
Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple ©
Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple

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Kochi (Cochin)

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mattancherry Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Saint Francis, and then kick back and relax at Cherai Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Kerala Folklore Museum, wander the streets of Jew Town, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue, then stop by ViaKerala Shop, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chottanikkara Devi Temple.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kochi (Cochin) planning app .

Getting from Alappuzha to Kochi (Cochin) by train takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In January in Kochi (Cochin), expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Chottanikkara Devi Temple ©
Chottanikkara Devi Temple

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