12 days in India Itinerary

12 days in India Itinerary

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12 days in India Itinerary

Mumbai (Bombay)
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Madurai
— 1 night
train:  3​h
Rameswaram
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
Kanyakumari
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
Mumbai (Bombay)

1
day
Madurai

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Meenakshi Temple.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Madurai trip planning site

Mumbai (Bombay) to Madurai is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Rameswaram.

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Sri Meenakshi Temple ©
Sri Meenakshi Temple
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal ©
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal
Gandhi Memorial Museum ©
Gandhi Memorial Museum

1
day
Rameswaram

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 22nd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi, kick back and relax at Dhanushkodi Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ramanathaswamy Temple, then snap pictures at Pamban bridge, and finally snap pictures at Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge.

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Take a train from Madurai to Rameswaram in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Kanyakumari.

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Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach
Ramanathaswamy Temple ©
Ramanathaswamy Temple
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge ©
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge

2
days
Kanyakumari

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 23rd (Tue), don't miss a visit to Thiruvalluvar Statue, then make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bhagavathy Amman Temple. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Vattakottai Fort, then enjoy the sand and surf at Thengapattinam Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kanyakumari Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kanyakumari holiday planning website

Traveling by car from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. January in Kanyakumari sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

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Kanyakumari Beach ©
Kanyakumari Beach
Vivekananda Rock Memorial ©
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Thiruvalluvar Statue ©
Thiruvalluvar Statue

7
days
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): Varkala (Janardhana Swami Temple, Varkala Beach, & more) and Kovalam (Lighthouse Beach, Kovalam Beach, & more). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, make a trip to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, and head outdoors with Vizhinjam Lighthouse.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip itinerary planning website

Drive from Kanyakumari to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

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Varkala, Kovalam
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Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach

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