9 days in India Itinerary

9 days in India Itinerary

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9 days in India Itinerary

Start: Bhopal
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Pondicherry
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Thanjavur
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Madurai
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
5
Rameswaram
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Bhopal

2
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Maritime Heritage Museum, Mahishasura Rock, Mahabalipuram Beach, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): make a trip to Mahishasura Rock.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Mahabalipuram trip website .

Bhopal to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Mahabalipuram are 43°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Descent Of The Ganges ©
Descent Of The Ganges
Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Varaha Cave Temple ©
Varaha Cave Temple

1
night
Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
Your list of things to see and do now includes French Institute, Goubert Market, Old Lighthouse, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): make a trip to INTACH Heritage Centre, explore and take pictures at French Institute, stop by Goubert Market, visit a coastal fixture at Old Lighthouse, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Pondicherry trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges ©
Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple ©
Rock Beach ©
Rock Beach

1
day
Thanjavur

Thanjavur ©
A bastion of South Indian culture and heritage, Thanjavur entrances visitors from all over the world with its architecture, distinct art style, and the Great Living Chola Temples, landmarks of the city and a World Heritage Site.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Serfoji Sarasvati Mahal Library, Brihadeeshwara Temple and Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery. Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Brihadeeshwara Temple, admire the masterpieces at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, and then get lost in a book at The Serfoji Sarasvati Mahal Library.

For reviews and more tourist information, use the Thanjavur trip builder site .

Getting from Pondicherry to Thanjavur by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 43°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Madurai.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Brihadeeshwara Temple ©
Brihadeeshwara Temple
Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery ©

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.
To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Madurai vacation app .

Drive from Thanjavur to Madurai in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Thanjavur, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Madurai, ranging from highs of 40°C to lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Tours Shopping

2
nights
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram and Adam's Bridge. Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): stroll through Agnitheertham, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rama Tirtham (Gandamadana). Keep things going the next day: stroll through Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram, snap pictures at Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, then enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi, and finally explore the striking landscape at Adam's Bridge.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rameswaram online tour itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Madurai to Rameswaram in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple
Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi ©
Adam's Bridge ©
Adam's Bridge

1
night
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.
You've added Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Thiruvalluvar Statue, Bhagavathy Amman Temple, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, pause for some photo ops at Thiruvalluvar Statue, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bhagavathy Amman Temple, then stroll through Kanyakumari Beach, and finally get great views at Sunset View Point.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Kanyakumari driving holiday planner.

Drive from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. June in Kanyakumari sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

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

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