7 days in India Itinerary

7 days in India Itinerary

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7 days in India Itinerary

Start: Varanasi
1
Varanasi
— Few hours
Fly:  6​h
2
Kovalam
— 1 day
Drive:  45​min
3
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 2 nights
train + bus:  2​h
4
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Rameswaram
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Madurai
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Varanasi

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Varanasi

Varanasi
A sacred city for Hindus and thought by many to be the place where Buddhism formed as a religion, Varanasi leaves an imprint on the hearts and minds of visitors regardless of their creed, race, or religion.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): make a trip to Dasaswamedh Ghat, don't miss a visit to Banaras Ghats, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Ganges River.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Varanasi trip planner .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Varanasi. June in Varanasi sees daily highs of 45°C and lows of 33°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in Varanasi

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ganges River
Ganges River
Banaras Ghats ©
Banaras Ghats
Dasaswamedh Ghat ©
Dasaswamedh Ghat

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day
Kovalam

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach, kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Adimalathura Beach.

To find photos and other tourist information, you can read our Kovalam trip planner .

You can fly from Varanasi to Kovalam in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Varanasi in June; daily highs in Kovalam reach 36°C and lows reach 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Kovalam

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach
Adimalathura Beach ©
Adimalathura Beach

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): examine the collection at Napier Museum, then examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, then have fun and explore at Chacha Nehru Children’s Museum, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Neyyar Wild Life Sanctuary, get engrossed in the history at Keralam - Museum of History and Heritage, and then see the interesting displays at Priyadarshini Planetarium.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) road trip site .

You can drive from Kovalam to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in an hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Wildlife Museums
Highlights from your plan
Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace ©
Napier Museum ©
Napier Museum
Priyadarshini Planetarium ©
Priyadarshini Planetarium

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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.
On the 20th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Kanyakumari Beach, then don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kaalikesam Waterfalls, and finally take some stellar pictures from Sunset View Point.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kanyakumari travel route tool .

You can do a combination of train and bus from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Kanyakumari in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June in Kanyakumari, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Sunset View Point ©
Sunset View Point
Vivekananda Rock Memorial ©
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Kanyakumari Beach ©
Kanyakumari Beach

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night
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 21st (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Water Bird Sanctuary, then enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, and finally examine the collection at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rameswaram road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kanyakumari to Rameswaram takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Madurai.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Water Bird Sanctuary ©
Water Bird Sanctuary
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple
Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): see the interesting displays at Gandhi Memorial Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Madurai trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by train from Rameswaram to Madurai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine ©
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine
Gandhi Memorial Museum
Gandhi Memorial Museum

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