8 days in India Itinerary

8 days in India Itinerary

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8 days in India Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly:  2​h 45​min
1
Madurai
— Few hours
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Rameswaram
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
4
Kodaikanal
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Tiruchirappalli
— 1 night
train:  45​min
6
Thanjavur
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Chennai
— 1 night
End: Chennai

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hours
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 24th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Meenakshi Temple and then step into the grandiose world of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Madurai trip planner.

Chennai to Madurai is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Madurai can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can take a train to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
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 25th (Sun): stroll through Dhanushkodi Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi, 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 don't miss a visit to Burial Place of APJ Abdul Kalam. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Agnitheertham, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hanuman Temple, and finally explore the activities along Villoondi Tirtham.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Rameswaram road trip tool .

Traveling by train from Madurai to Rameswaram takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks Historic Sites Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple
Kalam National Memorial ©
Kalam National Memorial

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 27th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bhagavathy Amman Temple, make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, then pause for some photo ops at Thiruvalluvar Statue, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kanyakumari Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Kanyakumari tour itinerary tool .

You can drive from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In August in Kanyakumari, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kanyakumari Beach ©
Kanyakumari Beach
Bhagavathy Amman Temple ©
Bhagavathy Amman Temple

1
day
Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal ©
A cool and relaxing hill station, Kodaikanal has long attracted visitors up to its privileged position in the Western Ghats.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Pillar Rocks, then go for a walk through Coakers Walk, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kurinji Andavar Temple, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kodaikanal Lake.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kodaikanal trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Kanyakumari to Kodaikanal in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tiruchirappalli.

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kodaikanal Lake ©
Kodaikanal Lake
Kurinji Andavar Temple ©
Kurinji Andavar Temple
Pillar Rocks ©
Pillar Rocks

1
night
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 29th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Jambukeswarar Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Rangam Ranga Nathar Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Mariamman Temple.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tiruchirappalli trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Kodaikanal to Tiruchirappalli in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kodaikanal in August, expect nights in Tiruchirappalli to be about the same, around 30°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 42°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Tiruchirappalli

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple ©
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
Jambukeswarar Temple ©
Jambukeswarar Temple
Arulmigu Mariamman Temple ©
Arulmigu Mariamman Temple

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.
On the 29th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Moolai Anjaneya Temple.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Thanjavur road trip planning app .

Take a train from Tiruchirappalli to Thanjavur in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. August in Thanjavur sees daily highs of 42°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Chennai.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Brihadeeshwara Temple ©
Brihadeeshwara Temple
Sree Moolai Anjaneya Temple ©
Sree Moolai Anjaneya Temple

1
night
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): contemplate the long history of Kapaleeshwarar Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Thome Church, then stroll through Marina Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Parthasarathy Temple.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Chennai journey app .

Getting from Thanjavur to Chennai by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Kapaleeshwarar Temple ©
Kapaleeshwarar Temple
San Thome Church ©
San Thome Church
Sri Parthasarathy Temple ©
Sri Parthasarathy Temple

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