9 days in India Itinerary

9 days in India Itinerary

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9 days in India Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Drive:  2​h 30​min
1
Pondicherry
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
2
Kanyakumari
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
3
Kodaikanal
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Madurai
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
End: Chennai

2
nights
Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
On the 14th (Sat), admire the striking features of Matrimandir, go for a stroll along the water at Seaside Promenade, make a trip to Sri Aurobindo Ashram, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. On the next day, kick back and relax at Serenity Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach, then look for gifts at Ma Pondy Cherie, and finally make a trip to Chunnambar Boat House.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Pondicherry holiday planning app .

Chennai to Pondicherry is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Matrimandir
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Seaside Promenade ©
Seaside Promenade
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple ©
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

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.
On the 16th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Vattakottai Fort. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Padmanabhapuram Palace, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kanyakumari Beach, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of Ransom Church.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanyakumari tour planner.

Traveling by car from Pondicherry to Kanyakumari takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kanyakumari are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Padmanabhapuram Palace
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Padmanabhapuram Palace ©
Padmanabhapuram Palace
Vivekananda Rock Memorial ©
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Kanyakumari Beach ©
Kanyakumari Beach

2
nights
Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal ©
A cool and relaxing hill station, Kodaikanal has long attracted visitors up to its privileged position in the Western Ghats.
You've now added Vattakanal Waterfalls to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): stop by The Cocoa Bean, take in the dramatic scenery at Vattakanal Waterfalls, then take a peaceful walk through Pine Forest, then take in the pleasant sights at Coakers Walk, and finally explore the activities along Kodaikanal Lake. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Bryant Park, get great views at Pillar Rocks, and then explore the activities along Berijam Lake.

To see reviews and other tourist information, refer to the Kodaikanal day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Madurai to Kodaikanal takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Parks Nature Shopping
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Kodaikanal Lake ©
Kodaikanal Lake
Pine Forest ©
Pine Forest
Pillar Rocks ©
Pillar Rocks

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): contemplate the long history of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Madurai tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kodaikanal to Madurai in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Gandhi Memorial Museum
Gandhi Memorial Museum
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine ©
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine

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