9 days in India Itinerary

9 days in India Itinerary

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9 days in India Itinerary

Start: Ahmedabad
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Chennai
— Few hours
bus + taxi:  1​h
2
Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Pondicherry
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Madurai
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Kanyakumari
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
7
Kovalam
— Few hours
Drive:  45​min
8
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
End: Ahmedabad

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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 24th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Parthasarathy Temple and then kick back and relax at Marina Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Chennai day trip website .

Ahmedabad to Chennai is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Chennai are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Chennai

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach
Sri Parthasarathy Temple ©
Sri Parthasarathy Temple

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, make a trip to Pancha Rathas, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sea Shore Temple.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Mahabalipuram trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Chennai to Mahabalipuram takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Mahabalipuram are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Pancha Rathas ©
Pancha Rathas

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Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
On the 26th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, don't miss a visit to Sri Aurobindo Ashram, then look for gifts at Ma Pondy Cherie, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Plan trip to Pondicherry with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Madurai.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple ©
Sri Aurobindo Ashram ©
Sri Aurobindo Ashram

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tirupparankunram, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, and then see the interesting displays at Gandhi Memorial Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Madurai day trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Pondicherry to Madurai takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Madurai

Tours Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Walking tours
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine ©
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine

1
night
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 29th (Thu): take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, snap pictures at Pamban bridge, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kalam National Memorial, then enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Rameswaram trip builder .

Getting from Madurai to Rameswaram by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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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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 30th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Kanyakumari Beach, pause for some photo ops at Thiruvalluvar Statue, then make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bhagavathy Amman Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kanyakumari vacation maker tool .

You can drive from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. August in Kanyakumari sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Vivekananda Rock Memorial ©
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Kanyakumari Beach ©
Kanyakumari Beach
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach and then stroll through Kovalam Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kovalam tour app .

Take a train from Kanyakumari to Kovalam in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daytime highs in Kovalam are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to drive to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Kovalam

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

1
night
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) ©
Situated among a collection of low hills that lead up to the coastline, state capital Thiruvananthapuram acts as a base for exploration of the southern tip of the country.
On the 31st (Sat), examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip itinerary site .

Drive from Kovalam to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in an hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Spas
Highlights from your plan
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Spas
Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace ©

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