8 days in India Itinerary

8 days in India Itinerary

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8 days in India Itinerary

Start: Madurai
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Madurai
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
2
Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
3
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Kovalam
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Alappuzha
— 1 night
bus:  3​h
6
Munnar
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Kochi (Cochin)
— Few hours
End: Kochi (Cochin)

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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 18th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pazhamudhir Solai.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Madurai trip maker tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Madurai. In September, daily temperatures in Madurai can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Pazhamudhir Solai ©
Pazhamudhir Solai

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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 19th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, snap pictures at Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, snap pictures at Pamban bridge, then examine the collection at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House, and finally kick back and relax at Dhanushkodi Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Rameswaram online tour planner .

You can take a train from Madurai to Rameswaram in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
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.
On the 20th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bhagavathy Amman Temple, make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, appreciate the history behind Thiruvalluvar Statue, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kanyakumari Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kanyakumari trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September in Kanyakumari, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): don't miss a visit to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lighthouse Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kovalam trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Kanyakumari to Kovalam takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Kovalam are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Kovalam

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

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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 22nd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andrew's Basilica Arthunkal, enjoy the sand and surf at Marari Beach, and then kick back and relax at Alappuzha Beach.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Alappuzha trip planning site .

Getting from Kovalam to Alappuzha by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Munnar.

Things to do in Alappuzha

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Marari Beach
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Alappuzha Beach ©
Alappuzha Beach
St. Andrew's Basilica Arthunkal ©
St. Andrew's Basilica Arthunkal

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Munnar

Munnar ©
Sitting at the point where three mountain rivers meet, the hill station of Munnar has become known as a tea-growing center in the south of the country.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam, take in the architecture and atmosphere at C.S.I Christ Church, then admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens, and finally admire the sheer force of Chinnakanel Water Falls.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Munnar journey maker website .

You can take a bus from Alappuzha to Munnar in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. In September, daily temperatures in Munnar can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Chinnakanel Water Falls ©
Chinnakanel Water Falls
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam

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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.
On the 25th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Cherai Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) trip maker tool .

Drive from Munnar to Kochi (Cochin) in 4 hours. In September, daytime highs in Kochi (Cochin) are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach

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