17 days in Australia, Tamil Nadu & Ravangla Itinerary

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Fly
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Albany, Australia
— 1 night
Drive
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Margaret River, Australia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Perth, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly to Tiruchirappalli International Airport, Drive to Thanjavur
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Thanjavur, India
Drive
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Madurai, India
— 1 night
Drive
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Kodaikanal, India
— 1 night
Drive
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam), India
— 1 night
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Drive to Coimbatore International Airport, Fly to Bagdogra Airport, Drive to Ravangla
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Ravangla, India
— 3 nights
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Drive to Bagdogra Airport, Fly to Chennai International Airport, Drive to Mahabalipuram
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Mahabalipuram, India
— 2 nights
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Albany, Australia — 1 night

Founded as a military outpost in 1826, Albany is the oldest town in Western Australia, just barely gaining this title by being settled two years earlier than Fremantle and Perth.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): examine the collection at National Anzac Centre, take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge, and then kick back and relax at Greens Pool. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Albany's Historic Whaling Station, then get great views at Rotary Lookout Albany, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Little Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Albany sightseeing planning app.

Chennai, India to Albany is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Chennai to Albany, you'll lose 2.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Chennai in December; daily highs in Albany reach 26°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Margaret River.
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Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:

Margaret River, Australia — 2 nights

A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): Head underground at Lake Cave, then learn about winemaking at Redgate Wines, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink. Keep things going the next day: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Margaret River travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Albany to Margaret River in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Perth.
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Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

Perth, Australia — 3 nights

City of Light

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 31st (Mon), explore the activities along Swan River, then steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, and then stroll around Kings Park and Botanic Garden. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind State War Memorial, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cottesloe Beach, then steep yourself in history at Fremantle Prison, and finally snap pictures at Elizabeth Quay.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Perth tour itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Margaret River to Perth takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Thanjavur.
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Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:

Thanjavur, India

Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu

A bastion of South Indian culture and heritage, Thanjavur entrances visitors from all over the world with its architecture, distinct art style, and the Great Living Chola Temples, landmarks of the city and a World Heritage Site.
On the 2nd (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Moolai Anjaneya Temple, and then admire the landmark architecture of Brihadeeswara Temple.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Thanjavur trip builder website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Perth to Thanjavur. You'll gain 2.5 hours traveling from Perth to Thanjavur due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Perth in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 24°C in Thanjavur. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Madurai.
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Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:

Madurai, India — 1 night

Athens of the East

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 3rd (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, then examine the collection at Gandhi Memorial Museum, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

You can plan Madurai trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Getting from Thanjavur to Madurai by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. January in Madurai sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Kodaikanal.
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Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:

Kodaikanal, India — 1 night

Princess of Hill Stations

A cool and relaxing hill station, Kodaikanal has long attracted visitors up to its privileged position in the Western Ghats.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Kodaikanal Lake, walk around Bryant Park, and then take in the pleasant sights at Coakers Walk.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kodaikanal trip planning website.

You can drive from Madurai to Kodaikanal in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Kodaikanal can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).
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Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:

Ooty (Udhagamandalam), India — 1 night

Queen of Hill Stations

Tea gardens and eucalyptus trees scent the air of the fields surrounding Ooty, a popular summer tourism destination up in the hills.
On the 5th (Sat), explore the activities along Ooty Lake, then take in the awesome beauty at Doddabetta Peak, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Government Botanical Garden.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Kodaikanal to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is little chillier than Kodaikanal - with highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Ravangla.
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Find places to stay Jan 4 — 5:

Ravangla, India — 3 nights

Ravangla remains one of Sikkim's must-see destinations, offering unobstructed views of the snowy peaks of the Greater Himalayas.
On the 7th (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of Doling Gompa, take in the awesome beauty at Maenam Hill, and then stroll through Buddha Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Temi Tea Garden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tashiding Monastery, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ralong Monastery.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Ravangla driving holiday planning website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Ravangla. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in January, with highs in Ravangla at 26°C and lows at 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mahabalipuram.
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Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9:

Mahabalipuram, India — 2 nights

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. The structures showcase the decoration and form of early Dravidian architecture, and their distinctive designs, striking coloration, and scale still create an evocative atmosphere when studied closely and when seen as a whole.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Pancha Rathas, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shore Temple. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave, don't miss a visit to Krishna's Butter Ball, appreciate the history behind Descent Of The Ganges, then delve into the distant past at Krishna Mandapam, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Varaha Cave Temple, and finally make a trip to Arjuna's Penance.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mahabalipuram trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ravangla to Mahabalipuram. Traveling from Ravangla in January, you will find days in Mahabalipuram are somewhat warmer (35°C), and nights are much hotter (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive back home.
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Find places to stay Jan 9 — 11:

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Gardens
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.
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Tamil Nadu travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Bodies of Water · Beaches
Land of Tamils
Home to a Tamil population that speaks one of the world's oldest languages, the state of Tamil Nadu appeals to tourists with its many Hindu temples, beach resorts, charming hill stations, and World Heritage Sites. Several major civilizations have thrived in this area over the last 2,000 years, including the famous Chola, Chera, Pallava, and Pandya. Today, a trip to Tamil Nadu reveals its unique heritage blending elements of all the cultures that lived and died here, leaving their mark on the area's cuisine, music, religious traditions, and literature. In an ancient land steeped in history, state capital Chennai serves as a modern and convenient tourist base, providing great shopping, dining, and entertainment options.
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South Sikkim travel guide

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Parks · Mountains · Sacred & Religious Sites