22 days in South India Itinerary

22 days in South India Itinerary

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Fly
1
Hyderabad
— 4 nights
Fly
2
Chennai
— 4 nights
Fly
3
Madurai
— 3 nights
Fly
4
Pondicherry
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Rameswaram
— 2 nights
Drive to Madurai Airport, Fly to Atlanta

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Hyderabad — 4 nights

Teeming with history and heritage, Hyderabad draws visitors from all over the world with its old Indo-Islamic buildings, forts, and museums.
Pack the 6th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Ramoji Film City. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Golconda Fort, take in the spiritual surroundings of Charminar, browse the eclectic array of goods at Laad Bazaar, and admire the striking features of Taj Falaknuma Palace.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hyderabad trip planning site.

Atlanta, USA to Hyderabad is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You'll lose 10.5 hours traveling from Atlanta to Hyderabad due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Atlanta in January, expect Hyderabad to be warmer, temps between 86°F and 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow time for the flight to Chennai.
Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 9:

Chennai — 4 nights

Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Explore Chennai's surroundings by going to Mahabalipuram (Pancha Rathas, The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, &more). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Marina Beach, see the interesting displays at Government Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at San Thome Church, and admire the landmark architecture of University of Madras.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Chennai journey maker site.

You can fly from Hyderabad to Chennai in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Hyderabad in January since evenings lows in Chennai dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can fly to Madurai.
Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Beaches
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 13:

Madurai — 3 nights

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.
Madurai is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Gandhi Memorial Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoga Narasimhar Temple, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Madurai road trip planning site.

You can fly from Chennai to Madurai in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Pondicherry.
Historic Sites · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 16:

Pondicherry — 3 nights

South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
Change things up with a short trip to Matrimandir in Auroville (about 30 minutes away). The adventure continues: take in the waterfront activity at Seaside Promenade, kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, don't miss a visit to Sri Aurobindo Ashram, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Pondicherry route tool.

Traveling by flight from Madurai to Pondicherry takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 19:

Ooty (Udhagamandalam) — 3 nights

Tea gardens and eucalyptus trees scent the air of the fields surrounding Ooty, a popular summer tourism destination up in the hills.
Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Government Botanical Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Pykara Lake, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Doddabetta Peak, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Church.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Pondicherry to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In January in Ooty (Udhagamandalam), expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Rameswaram.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 22:

Rameswaram — 2 nights

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 23rd (Mon): take in the views from Pamban bridge, snap pictures at Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, and then don't miss a visit to Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Memorial. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhanushkodi Beach Point and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Water Bird Sanctuary.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Rameswaram trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Rameswaram takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of taxi and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.
Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 24: