8 days in South India Itinerary

8 days in South India Itinerary

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8 days in South India Itinerary

Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
Kovalam
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Madurai
— 1 night
train:  3​h
Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
Pondicherry
— 1 night
+3
bus + subway + taxi + Fly:  8​h
Kolkata (Calcutta)

3
days
Kovalam

Famous for the groves of coconut trees from which it takes its name, Kovalam offers a long, white sandy beach on the Arabian Sea.
Kovalam is known for beaches, sightseeing, spas, nature, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach, enjoy the sea views from Vizhinjam Lighthouse, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lighthouse Beach, and examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kovalam sightseeing planner.

Kolkata (Calcutta) to Kovalam is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in December: high temperatures in Kovalam hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Kovalam

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
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Kovalam Beach
Lighthouse Beach
Hawa Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): kick back and relax at Kanyakumari Beach, then don't miss a visit to Thiruvalluvar Statue, and then make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanyakumari vacation trip planner.

Getting from Kovalam to Kanyakumari by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train. December in Kanyakumari sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Madurai.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Kanyakumari Beach
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Thiruvalluvar Statue

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.
On the 1st (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Meenakshi Temple.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Madurai custom trip planner.

You can drive from Kanyakumari to Madurai in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Rameswaram.

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Sightseeing Historic Sites
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Sri Meenakshi Temple

1
day
Rameswaram

A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhanushkodi Beach and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ramanathaswamy Temple.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Rameswaram trip builder.

You can take a train from Madurai to Rameswaram in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Dhanushkodi Beach
Ramanathaswamy Temple

1
day
Pondicherry

South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Pondicherry custom trip planner.

Drive from Rameswaram to Pondicherry in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Paradise Beach
Seaside Promenade

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