10 days in India Itinerary

10 days in India Itinerary

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10 days in India Itinerary

Start: Kochi (Cochin)
+2
Fly + taxi + train:  7​h 30​min
1
Rameswaram
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
2
Chidambaram
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Thanjavur
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Madurai
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
End: Kochi (Cochin)

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 1st (Sun), snap pictures at Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhanushkodi Beach, make a trip to Burial Place of APJ Abdul Kalam, snap pictures at Pamban bridge, then stroll the grounds of Kalam National Memorial, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, and finally see the interesting displays at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Rameswaram online holiday maker .

Kochi (Cochin) to Rameswaram is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Chidambaram.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge ©
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge

1
night
Chidambaram

Chidambaram ©
Chidambaram is a town and municipality in Cuddalore district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Pichavaram Mangrove Forest, contemplate the waterfront views at Pitchavaram Backwater, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tirunallurpperumanam Temple.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Chidambaram road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Rameswaram to Chidambaram takes 7 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Chidambaram

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Pichavaram Mangrove Forest ©
Pichavaram Mangrove Forest

2
nights
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.
On the 5th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Raahu Navagrahasthalam, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mercury Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seerkazhi, then make a trip to Thanjai Mamani Koil, and finally admire the striking features of Brihadeeshwara Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Gangaikonda Cholapuram, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Swaminatha Swami Temple, Swamimalai, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Patteeswaram Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Garbarakshambigai Temple.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Thanjavur trip planning tool .

Drive from Chidambaram to Thanjavur in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in September, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Madurai.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kumbakonam, Garbarakshambigai Temple
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Brihadeeshwara Temple ©
Brihadeeshwara Temple
Garbarakshambigai Temple ©
Garbarakshambigai Temple

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 7th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoga Narasimhar Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Madurai journey planning app .

Traveling by car from Thanjavur to Madurai takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Thanjavur in September, you will find days in Madurai are a bit cooler (38°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine ©
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine

3
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.
Go for a jaunt from Kochi (Cochin) to Mararikulam to see Marari Beach about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, take a stroll through Jew Town, explore the world behind art at Kerala Folklore Museum, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Kochi (Cochin) trip maker website .

Fly from Madurai to Kochi (Cochin) in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, daytime highs in Kochi (Cochin) are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

Marari Beach
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Mattancherry Palace ©
Mattancherry Palace
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach

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