9 days in India Itinerary

9 days in India Itinerary

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9 days in India Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly:  2​h 45​min
1
Madurai
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Rameswaram
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Kodaikanal
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  7​h
4
Hyderabad
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 15​min
End: Chennai

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.
On the 3rd (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aayiram Kaal Mandapam and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Koodal Azhagar Temple, stop by Prema Vilas, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pazhamudhir Solai, then see the interesting displays at Gandhi Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Madurai online route planner .

Chennai to Madurai is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. When traveling from Chennai in May, plan for little chillier days in Madurai, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can take a train to Rameswaram.

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Aayiram Kaal Mandapam ©
Aayiram Kaal Mandapam
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine ©
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine
Koodal Azhagar Temple ©
Koodal Azhagar Temple

3
nights
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram and Ariyaman Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Water Bird Sanctuary and Pamban bridge. There's still lots to do: stroll through Adam's Bridge, make a trip to Burial Place of APJ Abdul Kalam, take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Kalam National Memorial.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rameswaram route planner.

You can take a train from Madurai to Rameswaram in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kodaikanal.

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Kalam National Memorial ©
Kalam National Memorial
Adam's Bridge ©
Adam's Bridge
Pamban bridge ©
Pamban bridge

1
night
Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal ©
A cool and relaxing hill station, Kodaikanal has long attracted visitors up to its privileged position in the Western Ghats.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kuzhanthai Velappar temple, take a peaceful walk through Pine Forest, then delve into the distant past at Dolmen Circle, and finally explore the activities along Kodaikanal Lake. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Dolphin's Nose, look for gifts at The Cocoa Bean, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mannavanur Lake, and finally don't miss a visit to Poombarai Village View.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kodaikanal online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Rameswaram to Kodaikanal in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hyderabad.

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Kodaikanal Lake ©
Kodaikanal Lake
Dolphin's Nose ©
Dolphin's Nose
Poombarai Village View ©
Poombarai Village View

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Hyderabad

Hyderabad ©
Teeming with history and heritage, Hyderabad draws visitors from all over the world with its old Indo-Islamic buildings, forts, and museums.
On the 10th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Birla Mandir, then explore the historical opulence of Golconda Fort, then stop by Krishna Jewellers Pearls & Gems, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Puri Jagannath Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at Laad Bazaar and then examine the collection at Salar Jung Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hyderabad route builder tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kodaikanal to Hyderabad takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kodaikanal in May, you will find days in Hyderabad are a bit warmer (46°C), and nights are about the same (31°C). On the 11th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Hyderabad

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Puri Jagannath Temple ©
Puri Jagannath Temple
Birla Mandir ©
Birla Mandir
Golconda Fort ©
Golconda Fort

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