7 days in South India Itinerary

7 days in South India Itinerary

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7 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Chennai
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Pondicherry
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Velankanni
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Mumbai

1
night
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Marina Beach and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Thome Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwarar Temple, then kick back and relax at Besant Nagar Beach, then don't miss a visit to Arjuna's Penance, and finally don't miss a visit to Krishna's Butter Ball.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Chennai trip itinerary planner.

Mumbai to Chennai is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Mumbai in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Chennai, with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Chennai

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Mahabalipuram
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Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach
Arjuna's Penance ©
Arjuna's Penance
Kapaleeshwarar Temple ©
Kapaleeshwarar Temple

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Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, then make a trip to Sri Aurobindo Ashram, then go for a stroll along the water at Seaside Promenade, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Pondicherry travel route builder tool .

Getting from Chennai to Pondicherry by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Velankanni.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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Seaside Promenade ©
Seaside Promenade
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple ©
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

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Velankanni

Velankanni ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): kick back and relax at Velankanni Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Morning Star Church for Our Lady of Vailankanni, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of our Lady of Velankanni.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Velankanni trip planner .

Drive from Pondicherry to Velankanni in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Velankanni

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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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 20th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, see the interesting displays at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House, take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, then snap pictures at Pamban bridge, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kalam National Memorial, and finally stroll through Dhanushkodi Beach.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Rameswaram trip planning site .

Drive from Velankanni to Rameswaram in 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy 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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): get great views at Sunset View Point, make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bhagavathy Amman Temple, make a trip to Thiruvalluvar Statue, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kanyakumari Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kanyakumari journey planner .

Traveling by car from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. January in Kanyakumari sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kanyakumari

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

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Kochi (Cochin)

Kochi (Cochin) ©
A flourishing port city and magnet for the spice trade since the 15th century, Kochi (Cochin) proudly bears its distinct international influence and local Keralan culture.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): admire the striking features of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, gain insight at Kerala Kathakali Centre, make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, then stop by ViaKerala Shop, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue, and finally wander the streets of Jew Town.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) vacation builder site .

Traveling by car from Kanyakumari to Kochi (Cochin) takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Kochi (Cochin) can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Spas
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Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Kerala Kathakali Centre ©
Kerala Kathakali Centre

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