8 days in India Itinerary

8 days in India Itinerary

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8 days in India Itinerary

Chandigarh
Fly:  6​h 45​min
Tirupati
— 1 night
train + taxi + Fly:  6​h
Madurai
— 1 night
train:  3​h
Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
Chandigarh

1
day
Tirupati

Being a major pilgrimage spot at the foot of the Seshachalam hills, Tirupati tourism revolves around Hindu temples and vast nature reserves.
On the 6th (Fri), examine the collection at Sri Venkatesvara Museum.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tirupati holiday planner.

Chandigarh to Tirupati is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Madurai.

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Tirumala Temple

1
day
Madurai

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Meenakshi Temple.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Madurai vacation planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Tirupati to Madurai in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rameswaram.

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Sri Meenakshi Temple
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal

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hours
Rameswaram

A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Rameswaram vacation builder.

Take a train from Madurai to Rameswaram in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kanyakumari.

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Historic Sites
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Ramanathaswamy Temple
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge

1
day
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.
On the 10th (Tue), kick back and relax at Kanyakumari Beach, pause for some photo ops at Thiruvalluvar Statue, and then don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanyakumari travel planner.

Traveling by car from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Kanyakumari, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

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Kanyakumari Beach
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Thiruvalluvar Statue

3
days
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Situated among a collection of low hills that lead up to the coastline, state capital Thiruvananthapuram acts as a base for exploration of the southern tip of the country.
Change things up with these side-trips from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): Varkala Beach (in Varkala) and Kovalam (Lighthouse Beach, Kovalam Beach, & more). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, don't miss a visit to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, and examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) travel planner.

Getting from Kanyakumari to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. In October in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kovalam, Varkala Beach
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Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Varkala Beach

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