48 days in India Itinerary

48 days in India Itinerary

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48 days in India Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
1
Bengaluru
— 8 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Chennai
— 11 nights
Bus + Taxi:  1​h
3
Mahabalipuram
— 10 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Pondicherry
— 9 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Hampi
— 9 nights
Drive:  5​h
End: Bengaluru

8
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.
Kids will enjoy Bannerghatta National Park and Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at ISKCON Temple Bangalore and Ragigudda Sri Prasanna Anjaneyaswamy Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Bengaluru side-trips: Tumkur (Narasimha Swamy Temple & Yediyur Siddhalingeshwara Temple), Hosur (Shree Venkateshwara Swamy temple, Dakshina Tirupati & Chandira Choodeswarar Temple) and Nandi Hills (in Chikkaballapur). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Lalbagh Botanical Garden, make a trip to Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace, step into the grandiose world of Bangalore Palace, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ulsoor Subramanya Temple.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Bengaluru trip itinerary builder website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Bengaluru. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Chennai.

Things to do in Bengaluru

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Hosur, Tumkur, Nandi Hills
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ISKCON Temple Bangalore ©
ISKCON Temple Bangalore
Bannerghatta National Park ©
Bannerghatta National Park

11
nights
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kapaleeshwarar Temple and Ananthaa Padmanabha Swaamy Temple. Kids will appreciate attractions like Marina Beach and Arulmigu Aadhi Vyadhi Hara Bhaktha Anjaneyar Temple. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Besant Nagar Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Chennai, Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple, and admire the landmark architecture of San Thome Church.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Chennai trip tool .

Getting from Bengaluru to Chennai by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Bengaluru in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 25°C in Chennai. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Krishnapuram Anchaneyar Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kapaleeshwarar Temple ©
Kapaleeshwarar Temple
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach
San Thome Church ©
San Thome Church

10
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sea Shore Temple and Monuments at Mahabalipuram. Kids will enjoy The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology and Kamakshi Amman Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mahabalipuram: DakshinaChitra Museum (in Muttukadu), Eri Katha Ramar Temple (in Madurantakam) and Kanchipuram (Shri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham, Ekambareswarar Temple, & more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Krishna Mandapam, don't miss a visit to Arjuna's Penance, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pulikundram Sri Lakshmi Narayan Temple, and appreciate the history behind Descent Of The Ganges.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Mahabalipuram online tour itinerary builder .

Getting from Chennai to Mahabalipuram by combination of bus and taxi takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In January, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kanchipuram, Thirukalukundram, Bhairava Temple, DakshinaChitra Museum, Eri Katha Ramar Temple
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Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram

9
nights
Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
Visit Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple and Panchavati Panchamukha Anjaneyar Temple for their historical value. You'll get in some beach time at Paradise Beach and Rock Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pondicherry: Matrimandir (in Auroville), Cuddalore (Padaleeswarar Temple, Bhuvaraha Swami Temple, & more) and Villupuram (Sri Thiruvikrama Swamy Temple, Parikkal Sri Lakshmi Narashimamurthy Temple, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront at Seaside Promenade, tour the pleasant surroundings at Serenity Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Immaculate Conception Cathedral, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mailam Murugan Temple.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Pondicherry route website .

Traveling by car from Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Hampi.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Villupuram, Cuddalore, Auroville, Gingee Fort, New Church of our Lady of Lourdes
Highlights from your plan
Seaside Promenade ©
Seaside Promenade
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple ©
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple

9
nights
Hampi

Hampi ©
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.
Family-friendly places like Hampi and Tungabhadra Dam will thrill your kids. Get some cultural insight at Vitthala Temple and Group of Monuments at Hampi. Go for a jaunt from Hampi to Bellary to see Sri Guru Kottureshwara Temple about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Elephant Stables, delve into the distant past at Rock Painting 1500 BC, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Shivlinga.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hampi day trip planning website .

Getting from Pondicherry to Hampi by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Hampi

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Bellary, Tungabhadra Dam
Highlights from your plan
Vitthala Temple ©
Vitthala Temple
Group of Monuments at Hampi ©
Group of Monuments at Hampi
Elephant Stables ©
Elephant Stables

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