20 days in India & United Kingdom Itinerary

20 days in India & United Kingdom Itinerary

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Mahabalipuram, India
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rameswaram, India
— 2 nights
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Rameswaram, India
— 2 nights
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Rameswaram, India
— 3 nights
Train to Madurai Jn, Fly to London
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London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Train
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Bath, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly
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Chennai, India
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Varaha Cave Temple, Krishna Mandapam and Krishna's Butter Ball. On the 1st (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Varaha Cave Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Raya Gopura, then delve into the distant past at Monuments at Mahabalipuram, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Shore Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue): contemplate the long history of Krishna Mandapam, don't miss a visit to Krishna's Butter Ball, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, admire the landmark architecture of Pancha Rathas, then Head underground at Mahishasuramardini Cave, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Mahabalipuram Lighthouse.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Mahabalipuram attractions planning tool.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Mahabalipuram. February in Mahabalipuram sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rameswaram.
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Rameswaram, India — 2 nights

A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram, then make a trip to Vivekananda Memorial, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Lakshmana Teertham.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Rameswaram tour planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Mahabalipuram to Rameswaram in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Rameswaram.
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Rameswaram, India — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): look for gifts at Kalam Sea Shell Mart. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rama Tirtham (Gandamadana), explore the activities along Villoondi Tirtham, and then stroll through Ariyaman Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Rameswaram tour itinerary planning site.

Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rameswaram.
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Rameswaram, India — 3 nights

Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): examine the collection at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jada Tirtham, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhanushkodi Beach Point, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rameswaram vacation planner.

Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to London.
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London, United Kingdom — 2 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): make a trip to Trafalgar Square, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, then admire the masterpieces at The British Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at National Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): enjoy breathtaking views from Tower Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, make a trip to Big Ben, then admire the striking features of Houses of Parliament, and finally don't miss a visit to Coca-Cola London Eye.

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

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Rameswaram to London takes 19.5 hours. Traveling from Rameswaram to London, you'll gain 5.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In February, daily temperatures in London can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Bath.
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Bath, United Kingdom — 2 nights

Queen of English Cities

A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Bath Abbey, get engrossed in the history at The Roman Baths, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Castle Combe Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Gloucester Docks, then admire the landmark architecture of Gloucester Cathedral, and then identify plant and animal life at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Bath online trip builder.

Traveling by train from London to Bath takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Edinburgh.
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom — 2 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, then see the interesting displays at National Museum of Scotland, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Scotch Whisky Experience, and finally explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Edinburgh driving holiday website.

Fly from Bath to Edinburgh in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In February, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can fly to Chennai.
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Chennai, India — 3 nights

Detroit of South Asia

Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Your day by day itinerary now includes San Thome Church, Besant Nagar Beach, Marina Beach, and other attractions you added. And it doesn't end there: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Thomas English Church, kick back and relax at Elliot's Beach, and shop like a local with T Nagar, Ranganathan Street.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Chennai trip itinerary maker site.

Fly from Edinburgh to Chennai in 15.5 hours. You'll lose 5.5 hours traveling from Edinburgh to Chennai due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Edinburgh in February; daily highs in Chennai reach 37°C and lows reach 24°C.
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India travel guide

4.6
Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings · Beaches
It may very well be fair to call India "incredible," given its mind-boggling diversity of landscapes, climates, cultures, and languages. The world's largest democracy, and second only to China in terms of population, India contains majestic peaks dusted with glistening snow, sun-drenched beaches, ancient hand-carved temples, and sprawling cities jam-packed with people, vehicles, and animals. Many tour India during the country's devotional festivals, which range from immense parades that convert cities into giant performance stages, to simple farming fairs dedicated to relatively obscure local deities. Whenever you choose to vacation in India, make sure you see some of the country's World Heritage Sites, which include the legendary Taj Mahal and Chilika Lake, the planet's second-largest lagoon.
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United Kingdom travel guide

4.3
Nightlife · Specialty Museums · Castles
Home to an impressive 25 World Heritage sites, the United Kingdom, which includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, has hundreds of museums to explore, thousands of parks and gardens to stroll through, and tens of thousands of communities to discover. From Land’s End in the south to John O’Groats in the north, the country is packed with tourist attractions that can fill a range of itineraries. With nearly 30 million tourists visiting every year, the UK is ranked among the top ten holiday destinations in the world. Known for its royalty, this country also represents a diverse patchwork of native and immigrant cultures. Although Britannia no longer rules the waves, it possesses a captivating history and a dynamic modern culture, both of which remain hugely influential on the rest of the world.
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