8 days in Rameswaram, Kodaikanal & Madurai Itinerary

8 days in Rameswaram, Kodaikanal & Madurai Itinerary

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8 days in Rameswaram, Kodaikanal & Madurai Itinerary

Start: Chennai
+2
Fly + taxi + train:  7​h 30​min
1
Rameswaram
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Kodaikanal
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Madurai
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 15​min
End: Bengaluru

3
nights
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Kalam National Memorial and Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Ariyaman Beach and Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi. Get out of town with these interesting Rameswaram side-trips: Mangalanatha Swamy Temple (in Ramanathapuram) and Navagraha Temple (in Devipattinam). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House, enjoy the sand and surf at Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rama Tirtham (Gandamadana), and look for all kinds of wild species at Water Bird Sanctuary.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rameswaram trip itinerary maker site .

Chennai to Rameswaram is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Navagraha Temple, Mangalanatha Swamy Temple
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Kalam National Memorial ©
Kalam National Memorial
Pamban bridge ©
Pamban bridge
Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi ©

2
nights
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 9th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Mannavanur Lake, explore the activities along Kodaikanal Lake, and then see the interesting displays at Shembaganur Museum of Natural History. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Poombarai Village View, get great views at Dolphin's Nose, then take in the awesome beauty at Palani Hills, and finally see the sky in a new way at Astrophysical Observatory.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kodaikanal trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Rameswaram to Kodaikanal by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi. In October, daily temperatures in Kodaikanal can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Madurai.

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Palani Hills
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Kodaikanal Lake ©
Kodaikanal Lake
Palani Hills ©
Palani Hills
Dolphin's Nose ©
Dolphin's Nose

2
nights
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 11th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aayiram Kaal Mandapam. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Madurai Government Museum, see the interesting displays at Gandhi Memorial Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tirupparankunram, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koodal Azhagar Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pazhamudhir Solai.

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Traveling by car from Kodaikanal to Madurai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Museums
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Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine ©
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Koodal Azhagar Temple ©
Koodal Azhagar Temple

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