24 days in India Itinerary

24 days in India Itinerary

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24 days in India Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Bengaluru
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Chennai
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Pondicherry
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
4
Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 45 min
5
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 45 min
6
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  3 h 45 min
7
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 3 nights
Drive:  7 h 45 min
8
Hampi
— 4 nights
+2
Train + Taxi + Fly:  22 h 15 min
End: Sydney

4
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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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Heritage Centre & Aerospace Museum and Cauvery Handicrafts. Devarayana Durga and Sree Surya Narayana Swamy Temple will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Bengaluru side-trips: Chandira Choodeswarar Temple (in Hosur), Goravanahalli Maha Lakshmi Temple (in Tumkur) and Lord Someshwara Temple (in Kolar). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Basilica, and make a trip to Anjaneya Swamy Temple.

For more things to do and more tourist information, you can read our Bengaluru online trip builder .

Sydney, Australia to Bengaluru is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Bengaluru, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Sydney in November, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Bengaluru: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Chennai.

Things to do in Bengaluru

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Tumkur, Chandira Choodeswarar Temple, Lord Someshwara Temple, Huchchimalli Temple
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Devarayana Durga ©
Devarayana Durga
Sree Surya Narayana Swamy Temple ©
Sree Surya Narayana Swamy Temple
Infant Jesus Shrine ©
Infant Jesus Shrine

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Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
On the 1st (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kalikambal Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parthasarathy Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ananthaa Padmanabha Swaamy Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ramakrishna Math. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ashtalakshmi Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Marundeeswarar Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Aadhi Vyadhi Hara Bhaktha Anjaneyar Temple.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Chennai trip app .

You can fly from Bengaluru to Chennai in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Bengaluru in November since evenings lows in Chennai dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites
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Kalikambal Temple ©
Kalikambal Temple
Parthasarathy Temple ©
Parthasarathy Temple

3
nights
Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
Step out of the city life by going to Serenity Beach and Pichavaram. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gingee Fort and Panchavati Panchamukha Anjaneyar Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pondicherry: Villupuram (Ulagalantha Perumal Temple & Sri Thiruvikrama Swamy Temple) and Mailam Murugan Temple (in Mailam). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Varadaraja Perumal Temple, take in the exciting artwork at Kalinka Art Gallery, buy something for everyone on your list at Anokhi, and enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Pondicherry trip planner .

Drive from Chennai to Pondicherry in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Villupuram, Gingee Fort, New Church of our Lady of Lourdes, Pichavaram, Mailam Murugan Temple
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Gingee Fort ©
Gingee Fort
Varadaraja Perumal Temple ©
Varadaraja Perumal Temple
Serenity Beach ©
Serenity Beach

1
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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 7th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nambunayaki amman temple, take in the views from Pamban bridge, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kalam National Memorial, then kick back and relax at Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram, and finally see the interesting displays at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Rameswaram trip maker tool .

Drive from Pondicherry to Rameswaram in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Beaches Outdoors Historic Sites
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Kalam National Memorial ©
Kalam National Memorial
Nambunayaki amman temple ©
Nambunayaki amman temple

1
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): examine the collection at Kanyakumari Wax Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Marungoor Murugan Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagaraja Temple. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jain Temple Kanyakumari, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shirdhi Sai Baba Temple, Kanyakumari, and then stroll through Muttom Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kanyakumari road trip planning website .

Drive from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Kanyakumari are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Nagaraja Temple, Muttom Beach
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Nagaraja Temple ©
Nagaraja Temple
Muttom Beach ©
Muttom Beach
Kanyakumari Wax Museum ©
Kanyakumari Wax Museum

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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.
On the 10th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiva Temple, kick back and relax at Cherai Beach, and then steep yourself in history at Edappally Church Complex. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Vallarpadam Church, then brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum Kochi, and then examine the collection at Celebrity Wax Museum.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) visit site .

Traveling by car from Kanyakumari to Kochi (Cochin) takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Kochi (Cochin), expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Museums Beaches
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Shiva Temple ©
Shiva Temple
Edappally Church Complex ©
Edappally Church Complex
Vallarpadam Church ©
Vallarpadam Church

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Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Ooty (Udhagamandalam) ©
Tea gardens and eucalyptus trees scent the air of the fields surrounding Ooty, a popular summer tourism destination up in the hills.
On the 12th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Sanctuary Avalanche, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Elk Hill Murugan Temple, then see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Upper Bhavani Lake, pause for some serene contemplation at CSI St Thomas Church, and then admire the verdant scenery at Ketti Valley View.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip builder app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kochi (Cochin) to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Kochi (Cochin) in December, with highs in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) at 30°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Hampi.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ketti Valley View
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Sanctuary Avalanche ©
Sanctuary Avalanche
St. Stephen's Church
St. Stephen's Church
Elk Hill Murugan Temple ©
Elk Hill Murugan Temple

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Group of Monuments at Hampi and Hampi. Do some cultural sightseeing at Achyutaraya Temple and Vitthala Temple. Change things up with a short trip to Bellary Fort in Bellary (about 1h 50 min away). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Archaeological Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Akash Art Gallery & Bookshop, take in the spiritual surroundings of Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, and admire the striking features of Elephant Stables.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hampi tour planner .

Drive from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Hampi in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. Traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Hampi: highs are around 35°C and lows about 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hampi

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Bellary
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Hampi ©
Hampi
Group of Monuments at Hampi ©
Group of Monuments at Hampi
Achyutaraya Temple ©
Achyutaraya Temple

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