8 days in India Itinerary

8 days in India Itinerary

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8 days in India Itinerary

Lucknow
Fly:  5​h 30​min
Madurai
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
Lucknow

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.
On the 19th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral Church.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Madurai day trip planning website .

Lucknow to Madurai is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lucknow in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Madurai, with lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Madurai

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Sri Meenakshi Temple ©
Sri Meenakshi Temple
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal ©
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal
St. Mary's Cathedral Church ©
St. Mary's Cathedral Church

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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 21st (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kalam National Memorial, snap pictures at Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, then take in the views from Pamban bridge, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ramanathaswamy Temple.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Rameswaram day trip site .

Traveling by car from Madurai to Rameswaram takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Rameswaram

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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bhagavathy Amman Temple, pause for some photo ops at Thiruvalluvar Statue, then kick back and relax at Kanyakumari Beach, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Xavier Church.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kanyakumari visit planner .

You can drive from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Kanyakumari, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

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

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) side-trips: Kovalam (Lighthouse Beach & Kovalam Beach), Chowara Beach (in Chowara) and Varkala Beach (in Varkala). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, don't miss a visit to Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Shanghumukham Beach.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Kanyakumari to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

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Side Trips

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

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