11 days in India Itinerary

11 days in India Itinerary

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11 days in India Itinerary

Start: Gaya
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Madurai
— 1 day
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Rameswaram
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
bus + train:  1​h 45​min
4
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Chennai
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Gaya

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 28th (Sat), gain insight with a tour of cultural highlights, then explore the historical opulence of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Meenakshi Temple.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Madurai vacation tool .

Gaya to Madurai is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Walking tours
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal ©
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal

2
nights
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): kick back and relax at Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram, take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, snap pictures at Pamban bridge, then examine the collection at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi, then look for all kinds of wild species at Water Bird Sanctuary, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Rameswaram trip app .

You can take a train from Madurai to Rameswaram in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge ©
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Bhagavathy Amman Temple, pause for some photo ops at Thiruvalluvar Statue, then don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kanyakumari Beach, and finally make a trip to Adi Keshava Perumal Temple.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanyakumari trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Kanyakumari are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Vivekananda Rock Memorial ©
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Kanyakumari Beach ©
Kanyakumari Beach
Thiruvalluvar Statue ©
Thiruvalluvar Statue

3
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): Varkala Beach (in Varkala) and Kovalam (Lighthouse Beach & Kovalam Beach). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, make a trip to Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, and examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Kanyakumari to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Chennai.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kovalam, Varkala Beach
Highlights from your plan
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach

3
nights
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Chennai is known for historic sites, beaches, shopping, nightlife, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Marina Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Thome Church, and identify plant and animal life at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Chennai holiday planner .

Fly from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Chennai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Chennai can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology
Highlights from your plan
Kapaleeshwarar Temple ©
Kapaleeshwarar Temple
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach

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