8 days in South India Itinerary

8 days in South India Itinerary

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8 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Pondicherry
Drive:  6​h 30​min
1
Thekkady
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Alappuzha
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Courtallam
— Few hours
4
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
5
Madurai
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Tiruchirappalli
— Few hours
7
Thanjavur
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
8
Chennai
— 2 nights
End: Chennai

1
night
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
On the 26th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Abraham's Spice Garden.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Thekkady route planning tool .

Pondicherry to Thekkady is an approximately 6.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train, taxi, flight, and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake
Abraham's Spice Garden ©
Abraham's Spice Garden

1
night
Alappuzha

Alappuzha ©
Affectionately known as Alleppey to locals and tourists alike, Alappuzha acts as a major transport and cultural hub on the Kerala backwaters.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): kick back and relax at Alappuzha Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Alappuzha planning website .

You can drive from Thekkady to Alappuzha in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Alappuzha can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Courtallam.

Things to do in Alappuzha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Alappuzha Beach ©
Alappuzha Beach

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hours
Courtallam

Courtallam
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Drive from Alappuzha to Courtallam in 4.5 hours. In January in Courtallam, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. You'll set off for Kanyakumari on the 28th (Mon).

Things to do in Courtallam

Nature Parks Historic Sites

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.
To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kanyakumari trip tool .

You can drive from Courtallam to Kanyakumari in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. You will leave for Madurai on the 29th (Tue).

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Meenakshi Temple, see the interesting displays at Gandhi Memorial Museum, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Madurai trip itinerary builder app .

Drive from Kanyakumari to Madurai in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tiruchirappalli.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Sri Meenakshi Temple ©
Sri Meenakshi Temple
Walking tours
Gandhi Memorial Museum ©
Gandhi Memorial Museum

few
hours
Tiruchirappalli

Tiruchirappalli
Located in the center of the state, the ancient city of Tiruchirappalli--or Trichy/Tiruchi as it is more commonly known--remains rich in Tamil culture.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Rangam Ranga Nathar Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tiruchirappalli online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Madurai to Tiruchirappalli takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Tiruchirappalli

Historic Sites

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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.
On the 30th (Wed), browse the collection at The Serfoji Sarasvati Mahal Library.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Thanjavur sightseeing planning tool .

Traveling by train from Tiruchirappalli to Thanjavur takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Chennai.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites Museums
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Brihadeeshwara Temple ©
Brihadeeshwara Temple

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nights
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 1st (Fri): steep yourself in history at Kapaleeshwarar Temple, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Thome Church, then enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Parthasarathy Temple.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Chennai online road trip planner .

Getting from Thanjavur to Chennai by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In January in Chennai, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 24°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Thome Church ©
San Thome Church
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach
Kapaleeshwarar Temple ©
Kapaleeshwarar Temple

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