9 days in India Itinerary

9 days in India Itinerary

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9 days in India Itinerary

Start: Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
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Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Rameswaram
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Madurai
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Pondicherry
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Chennai
— 1 night
bus:  13​h
End: Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): stroll through Lighthouse Beach, then stroll through Kovalam Beach, then admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, then step off the mainland to explore Poovar Island, and then make a trip to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple.

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The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum). In December, daytime highs in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

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Kovalam
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Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

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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 30th (Mon), pause for some photo ops at Thiruvalluvar Statue and then make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanyakumari day trip planning website .

You can do a combination of train and bus from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Kanyakumari in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December in Kanyakumari, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rameswaram.
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Vivekananda Rock Memorial ©
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Thiruvalluvar Statue ©
Thiruvalluvar Statue

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, see the interesting displays at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House, and then kick back and relax at Dhanushkodi Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Rameswaram trip builder .

You can drive from Kanyakumari to Rameswaram in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Madurai.

Things to do in Rameswaram

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Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge ©
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge

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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.
On the 1st (Wed), get the lay of the land with Walking tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tirupparankunram. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Gandhi Memorial Museum and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aayiram Kaal Mandapam.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Madurai trip builder website .

You can take a train from Rameswaram to Madurai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Madurai sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Madurai

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Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
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Gandhi Memorial Museum
Gandhi Memorial Museum

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): make a trip to Sri Aurobindo Ashram and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple.

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Fly from Madurai to Pondicherry in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Chennai.

Things to do in Pondicherry

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Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple ©
Sri Aurobindo Ashram ©
Sri Aurobindo Ashram

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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.
Before you visit Chennai, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Pondicherry to Chennai takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites
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Parthasarathy Temple ©
Parthasarathy Temple

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