6 days in India Itinerary

6 days in India Itinerary

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6 days in India Itinerary

Start: Palakkad
Drive:  7​h
1
Madurai
— 1 day
Train:  2​h 45​min
2
Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Thanjavur
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Chidambaram
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Pondicherry
— Few hours
Drive:  7​h 30​min
End: Palakkad

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.
You've added Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, Jute Cottage, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tirupparankunram, explore the striking landscape at Samanar Hills, take in the spiritual surroundings of Inmaiyil Nanmai Tharuvar Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, and finally step into the grandiose world of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Madurai day trip planner .

Palakkad to Madurai is an approximately 5-hour car ride. In October in Madurai, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Aayiram Kaal Mandapam ©
Aayiram Kaal Mandapam
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Tirupparankunram ©
Tirupparankunram

1
night
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 6th (Sun): kick back and relax at Ariyaman Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Villoondi Tirtham, then stroll the grounds of Kalam National Memorial, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram, and finally see the interesting displays at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rameswaram online holiday planner .

Getting from Madurai to Rameswaram by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Villoondi Tirtham ©
Villoondi Tirtham
Kalam National Memorial ©
Kalam National Memorial

1
night
Thanjavur

Thanjavur ©
A bastion of South Indian culture and heritage, Thanjavur entrances visitors from all over the world with its architecture, distinct art style, and the Great Living Chola Temples, landmarks of the city and a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Thiruvalanchuzhi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Naganathaswamy Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mercury Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vellai Puliar Temple.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Thanjavur itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rameswaram to Thanjavur takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. October in Thanjavur sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Chidambaram.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Naganathaswamy Temple ©
Naganathaswamy Temple

1
night
Chidambaram

Chidambaram ©
Chidambaram is a town and municipality in Cuddalore district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Chidambaram trip planner.

Traveling by car from Thanjavur to Chidambaram takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Chidambaram

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chidambaram Nataraja Temple
Highlights from your plan
Pichavaram Mangrove Forest ©
Pichavaram Mangrove Forest
Chidambaram Nataraja Temple ©
Chidambaram Nataraja Temple

few
hours
Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
On the 8th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Serenity Beach, then stop by Ma Pondy Cherie, and then identify plant and animal life at Sadhana Forest.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Pondicherry travel planner .

You can drive from Chidambaram to Pondicherry in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Sadhana Forest
Highlights from your plan
Serenity Beach ©
Serenity Beach
Sadhana Forest ©
Sadhana Forest
Ma Pondy Cherie ©
Ma Pondy Cherie

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