5 days in India Itinerary

5 days in India Itinerary

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5 days in India Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Madurai
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Rameswaram
— 1 night
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  7​h
3
Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Pondicherry
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Mumbai

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 10th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Gandhi Memorial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aayiram Kaal Mandapam.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Madurai trip planner .

Mumbai to Madurai is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In August in Madurai, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Museums
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Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal ©
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine ©
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine

1
night
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
On the 12th (Mon), take in the views from Pamban bridge, then see the interesting displays at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhanushkodi Beach.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Rameswaram visit website .

Take a train from Madurai to Rameswaram in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple
Pamban bridge ©
Pamban bridge

1
night
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 13th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, admire the striking features of Mahishasuramardhini Mandapa, then explore the ancient world of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sea Shore Temple.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Mahabalipuram day trip site .

Getting from Rameswaram to Mahabalipuram by combination of train and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Mahabalipuram are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) 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
Mahishasuramardhini Mandapa ©
Mahishasuramardhini Mandapa

1
night
Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
On the 14th (Wed), kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, take in the waterfront activity at Seaside Promenade, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, and finally make a trip to Sri Aurobindo Ashram.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Pondicherry online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Seaside Promenade ©
Seaside Promenade
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple ©
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

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