23 days in India Itinerary

23 days in India Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
Fly:  24 h
1
Chennai
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Pondicherry
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Chidambaram
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Tiruchirappalli
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Coimbatore
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
6
Munnar
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
7
Thekkady
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
8
Alappuzha
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
9
Kochi (Cochin)
— 4 nights
Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: Sydney

1
night
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
On the 8th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Breezy Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Sri Muppathamman Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aarupadai Veedu Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Little Mount Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sringeri Saradha Peetam Temple. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Guruvayurappan Temple, then identify plant and animal life at Chennai Turtle Walk, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Krishnapuram Anchaneyar Temple.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Chennai day trip website.

Sydney, Australia to Chennai is an approximately 16- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to India Standard Time (IST) is minus 4.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Chennai are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Chennai

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Krishnapuram Anchaneyar Temple
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Aarupadai Veedu Temple ©
Aarupadai Veedu Temple
Krishnapuram Anchaneyar Temple ©
Krishnapuram Anchaneyar Temple
Guruvayurappan Temple
Guruvayurappan Temple

3
nights
Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
Visit Silver Beach and Veerampattinam Beach for some beach relaxation. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sadhana Forest and Panchavati Panchamukha Anjaneyar Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Pondicherry side-trips: Mailam Murugan Temple (in Mailam) and Padaleeswarar Temple (in Cuddalore). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Varadaraja Perumal Temple, stop by Ma Pondy Cherie, take in the exciting artwork at Kalinka Art Gallery, and browse the exhibits of Tasmai, a Centre for Art & Culture.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Pondicherry trip maker website.

You can drive from Chennai to Pondicherry in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Chidambaram.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Cuddalore, Mailam Murugan Temple, Panchavati Panchamukha Anjaneyar Temple, Sadhana Forest
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Sadhana Forest ©
Sadhana Forest
Varadaraja Perumal Temple ©
Varadaraja Perumal Temple
Mailam Murugan Temple ©
Mailam Murugan Temple

1
night
Chidambaram

Chidambaram
Chidambaram is a town and municipality in Cuddalore district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Chidambaram trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Pondicherry to Chidambaram in 2 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Tiruchirappalli.

Things to do in Chidambaram

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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1
night
Tiruchirappalli

Tiruchirappalli ©
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.
On the 13th (Mon), head outdoors with Grand Anaicut - Kallanai, take in the spiritual surroundings of Raahu Navagrahasthalam, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Naganathaswamy Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thiruvalanchuzhi. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Railway Heritage Centre cum Railway Museum, then admire the striking features of Malayadipatti Perumal Temple, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tiruchirapalli Rock Fort, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph's Church.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tiruchirappalli sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Chidambaram to Tiruchirappalli takes 3.5 hours. January in Tiruchirappalli sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Coimbatore.

Things to do in Tiruchirappalli

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Thanjavur
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Naganathaswamy Temple ©
Naganathaswamy Temple
Tiruchirapalli Rock Fort ©
Tiruchirapalli Rock Fort

2
nights
Coimbatore

Coimbatore ©
Known throughout the country as a major industrial city, Coimbatore possesses a welcoming atmosphere and a growing cosmopolitanism.
To find ratings and more tourist information, read our Coimbatore planning website.

You can drive from Tiruchirappalli to Coimbatore in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. In January, daytime highs in Coimbatore are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Coimbatore

Historic Sites Spas Museums
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Palamalai Ranganathar Temple ©
Palamalai Ranganathar Temple
Spas
Ramar Temple ©
Ramar Temple

3
nights
Munnar

Sitting at the point where three mountain rivers meet, the hill station of Munnar has become known as a tea-growing center in the south of the country.
Tea Museum has been added to your itinerary. Popular historic sites such as Muniyara - Anakottapara park and Mount Carmel Church &Mount Carmel Pilgrim Centre are in your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Climbing Tours and Lakkam Waterfalls. The adventure continues: view the masterpieces at Mistletoe art Gallery and admire the sheer force of Keezharkuthu Falls.

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

You can drive from Coimbatore to Munnar in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in January, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Lakkam Waterfalls
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Climbing Tours
Muniyara - Anakottapara park ©
Muniyara - Anakottapara park
Mount Carmel Church &Mount Carmel Pilgrim Centre ©

1
night
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary has been added to your itinerary.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Thekkady trip planning app.

Getting from Munnar to Thekkady by car takes about 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pattumala Matha Church
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Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Pattumala Matha Church ©
Pattumala Matha Church
Pattumalay tea factory ©
Pattumalay tea factory

4
nights
Alappuzha

Alappuzha ©
Affectionately known as Alleppey to locals and tourists alike, Alappuzha acts as a major transport and cultural hub on the Kerala backwaters.
You've now added Alleppey Backwaters to your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sree Subramanya Swami Temple and Vaikom Mahadeva Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple and Edathua Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple (in Pathanamthitta) and Parumala Church (in Thiruvalla). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at International Coir Museum, kick back and relax at Andhakaranazhi Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Vishnu Temple.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Alappuzha day trip website.

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Alappuzha takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Alappuzha sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Alappuzha

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Vaikom Mahadeva Temple, Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple, Parumala Church
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Andhakaranazhi Beach ©
Andhakaranazhi Beach
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple ©
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple
Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple ©
Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple

4
nights
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.
Kashi Art Gallery and Shiva Temple Ernakulam are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Edappally Church Complex and David Hall Gallery & Cafe. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Vallarpadam Church, browse the exhibits of Durbar Hall Art Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Kerala Museum, and stop by Waltons Boutique.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kochi (Cochin) online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Alappuzha to Kochi (Cochin) by train takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Kochi (Cochin) are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Shiva Temple Ernakulam
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Edappally Church Complex ©
Edappally Church Complex
Vallarpadam Church ©
Vallarpadam Church
Shiva Temple Ernakulam	©
Shiva Temple Ernakulam

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