8 days in India Itinerary

8 days in India Itinerary

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8 days in India Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Bus + Taxi:  1​h
1
Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  5​h
2
Thekkady
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Idukki
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Kottayam
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Chennai

1
night
Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram ©
Once an important sea port city in the ancient Pallava kingdom, Mahabalipuram today draws in visitors with UNESCO-listed monuments and temples carved out of rock during the 7th and 8th centuries CE.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pancha Rathas, Monuments at Mahabalipuram and Sea Shore Temple. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Mahishasuramardhini Mandapa, then delve into the distant past at Monuments at Mahabalipuram, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sea Shore Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): get to know the resident critters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, explore the fascinating underground world of Mahishasuramardini Cave, then don't miss a visit to Pancha Rathas, and finally get engrossed in the history at Maritime Heritage Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Mahabalipuram trip planning tool .

Chennai to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 1-hour combination of bus and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In November, daytime highs in Mahabalipuram are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Thekkady.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Pancha Rathas ©
Pancha Rathas
Mahishasuramardini Cave ©
Mahishasuramardini Cave

1
night
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Junction, and then take some stellar pictures from Chellarcovil View Point.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Thekkady trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Mahabalipuram to Thekkady takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Idukki.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction
Chellarcovil View Point ©
Chellarcovil View Point

3
nights
Idukki

Idukki ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kalvari Mount, Cheeyappara Waterfalls and Sita Devi Lake.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Idukki trip maker .

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Idukki takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kottayam.

Things to do in Idukki

Parks Nature
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Kalvari Mount ©
Kalvari Mount
Cheeyappara Waterfalls ©
Cheeyappara Waterfalls
Meenuliyan Para ©
Meenuliyan Para

2
nights
Kottayam

Kottayam ©
The first Indian city to achieve a 100 percent literacy rate among its citizens, Kottayam has as much of a reputation for its educational standards as for its massive rubber industry.
Kattikkayam Waterfalls has been added to your itinerary. On the 7th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Kottayam Cheriapally and then take in the dramatic scenery at Kattikkayam Waterfalls. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Vaikom Mahadeva Temple, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Thangal Hill, and then make a trip to Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kottayam road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Idukki to Kottayam takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in November, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kottayam

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Thangal Hill
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Kattikkayam Waterfalls ©
Kattikkayam Waterfalls
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple ©
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple
Kottayam Cheriapally ©
Kottayam Cheriapally

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