43 days in India Itinerary

43 days in India Itinerary

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Mahabalipuram
— 6 nights
Drive
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Chidambaram
— 5 nights
Drive
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Thanjavur
— 6 nights
Drive
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Rameswaram
— 5 nights
Drive
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Madurai
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tiruchirappalli
— 6 nights
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Villupuram
— 2 nights
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Mahabalipuram

— 6 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.
Visiting Mahishasuramardini Cave and Trimurti Cave will get you outdoors. Appreciate the collections at DakshinaChitra Museum and India Seashell Museum. Step out of Mahabalipuram with an excursion to Covelong Beach in Covelong--about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shore Temple, kick back and relax at Wide Beach, delve into the distant past at Monuments at Mahabalipuram, and admire the striking features of Pancha Rathas.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Mahabalipuram trip site.

Kolkata (Calcutta) to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 26°C in Mahabalipuram. On the 26th (Fri), you'll travel to Chidambaram.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Chidambaram

— 5 nights
Chidambaram is a town and municipality in Cuddalore district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Get outdoors at Pichavaram Mangrove Forest and Pichavaram. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chidambaram Nataraja Temple and Swetharanyeswarar Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Sattainathar Temple (in Nagapattinam), Veeranam Lake (in Cuddalore) and Poompuhar Light House (in Poompuhar). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Pitchavaram Backwater and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kathiramangalam Vana Durga Temple.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Chidambaram online itinerary planner.

Drive from Mahabalipuram to Chidambaram in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Chidambaram

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Thanjavur

— 6 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Brihadeeswara Temple and Arulmigu Swaminatha Swami Temple, Swamimalai. Explore Thanjavur's surroundings by going to Kumbakonam (Airavatesvara Temple, Kampaheswarar Temple, &more) and Uppiliappan Temple (in Thirunageswaram). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ramaswamy Temple, and contemplate the long history of Thenkudi Thittai Sree Vashisteswarar Temple- Guru Stalam.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Thanjavur day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Chidambaram to Thanjavur takes 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Rameswaram

— 5 nights
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Dhanushkodi Beach Point and Ariyaman Beach. Popular historic sites such as Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple and Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram, examine the collection at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House, snap pictures at Pamban bridge, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kothandaramar Temple.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Rameswaram trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Thanjavur to Rameswaram in 4 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Madurai.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Beaches

Madurai

— 5 nights

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Aayiram Kaal Mandapam and Koodal Azhagar Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Madurai: Palani Murugan Temple (in Palani) and Anjaneyar Temple (in Dindigul). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Gandhi Memorial Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and admire the landmark architecture of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Madurai driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Rameswaram to Madurai in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In December in Madurai, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tiruchirappalli.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites · Tours · Spas · Museums

Side Trips

Tiruchirappalli

— 6 nights

Rockfort City

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.
Visit Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple and Jambukeswarar Temple for their historical value. Get outdoors at Puliyancholai Falls and Moksha Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Sri Ranganatha Swamy temple (in Thiruvarangam) and Karur (Pasupathieswarer Temple & Sadasiva Brahmendra Samadhi). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Grand Anaicut - Kallanai, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph's Church, examine the collection at Railway Heritage Centre cum Railway Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Azhagia Manavalar Perumal.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tiruchirappalli day trip planning tool.

Getting from Madurai to Tiruchirappalli by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Villupuram.

Things to do in Tiruchirappalli

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Villupuram

— 2 nights
Viluppuram is a municipality and the administrative headquarters of Viluppuram district, the largest district in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Panchavati Panchamukha Anjaneyar Temple, then make a trip to Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ulagalantha Perumal Temple.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Villupuram day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Tiruchirappalli to Villupuram takes 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Kolkata (Calcutta).

Things to do in Villupuram

Historic Sites
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Kolkata (Calcutta)

— 7 nights

City of Joy

Nestled on the banks of the Hooghly River, Kolkata is a booming metropolis, India's second largest city, and the country's cultural hub, known for being the birthplace of major artistic and literary movements.
You'll explore and learn at Victoria Memorial Hall and Vivekananda Museum. Visit Belur Math and Dakshineswar Kali Temple for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Indian Museum (Jadu Ghar), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kalighat Kali Temple, and snap pictures at Howrah Bridge.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Kolkata (Calcutta) trip simple and quick.

Explore your travel options from Villupuram to Kolkata (Calcutta) with the Route module. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

India travel guide

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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.