9 days in India Itinerary

9 days in India Itinerary

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9 days in India Itinerary

Start: Lucknow
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Kanyakumari
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Rameswaram
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Madurai
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Lucknow

2
nights
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.
On the 2nd (Mon), find something for the whole family at Wonderla Amusement Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Shiva Temple Ernakulam , contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiva Temple, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Vallarpadam Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chottanikkara Devi Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) road trip planning tool .

Lucknow to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lucknow in September, you will find days in Kochi (Cochin) are slightly colder (36°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Shiva Temple Ernakulam
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Wonderla Amusement Park ©
Wonderla Amusement Park
Shiva Temple ©
Shiva Temple
Shiva Temple Ernakulam	©
Shiva Temple Ernakulam

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 4th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagaraja Temple, then admire the landmark architecture of Padmanabhapuram Palace, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bhagavathy Amman Temple. On your second day here, make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, snap pictures at Mathur Aqueduct, and then stroll through Sothavilai Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kanyakumari trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kochi (Cochin) to Kanyakumari takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Padmanabhapuram Palace, Nagaraja Temple
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Vivekananda Rock Memorial ©
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Nagaraja Temple ©
Nagaraja Temple
Mathur Aqueduct ©
Mathur Aqueduct

2
nights
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
On the 6th (Fri), kick back and relax at Ariyaman Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Villoondi Tirtham, then take in the views from Pamban bridge, then stroll the grounds of Kalam National Memorial, and finally examine the collection at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Adam's Bridge.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Rameswaram online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kanyakumari to Rameswaram takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can take a train to Madurai.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple
Adam's Bridge ©
Adam's Bridge
Kalam National Memorial ©
Kalam National Memorial

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pazhamudhir Solai, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koodal Azhagar Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tirupparankunram, then see the interesting displays at Gandhi Memorial Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Madurai trip planner.

Take a train from Rameswaram to Madurai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September in Madurai, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Pazhamudhir Solai ©
Pazhamudhir Solai
Koodal Azhagar Temple ©
Koodal Azhagar Temple

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