8 days in South India Itinerary

8 days in South India Itinerary

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8 days in South India Itinerary

Start: Madurai
1
Madurai
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Rameswaram
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Kanyakumari
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
4
Kovalam
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Alappuzha
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h
6
Kochi (Cochin)
— Few hours
End: Kochi (Cochin)

1
night
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.
On the 19th (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pazhamudhir Solai, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Madurai itinerary maker tool .

Singapore, Singapore to Madurai is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Madurai is minus 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine ©
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine
Pazhamudhir Solai ©
Pazhamudhir Solai

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 21st (Thu): snap pictures at Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ramanathaswamy Temple, then kick back and relax at Dhanushkodi Beach, and finally examine the collection at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House. Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at Pamban bridge and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ariyaman Beach.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Rameswaram trip planner .

You can take a train from Madurai to Rameswaram in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Dhanushkodi Beach Point ©
Dhanushkodi Beach Point
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge ©
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge

2
nights
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 23rd (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil, enjoy the sand and surf at Kanyakumari Beach, then don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Bhagavathy Amman Temple.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Kanyakumari online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kovalam.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

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

few
hours
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 24th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach and then admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kovalam online travel route planner .

You can drive from Kanyakumari to Kovalam in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. In December in Kovalam, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Kovalam

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple

2
nights
Alappuzha

Alappuzha ©
Affectionately known as Alleppey to locals and tourists alike, Alappuzha acts as a major transport and cultural hub on the Kerala backwaters.
On the 25th (Mon), stroll through Mararikulam Beach, enjoy the sea views from Alappuzha Lighthouse, and then kick back and relax at Alappuzha Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Subramanya Swami Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Alappuzha itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Kovalam to Alappuzha in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. December in Alappuzha sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. On the 26th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Alappuzha

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Mararikulam Beach
Highlights from your plan
Mararikulam Beach ©
Mararikulam Beach
Alappuzha Beach ©
Alappuzha Beach
Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple ©
Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple

few
hours
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.
Before you visit Kochi (Cochin), use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Alappuzha to Kochi (Cochin) in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December in Kochi (Cochin), expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Jew Town ©
Jew Town

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