8 days in Tamil Nadu & Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) Itinerary

8 days in Tamil Nadu & Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) Itinerary

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Madurai
— 1 night
Drive
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Rameswaram
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kanyakumari
— 2 nights
Drive
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Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 2 nights
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Madurai — 1 night

Athens of the East

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 21st (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Madurai journey website.

Ahmedabad to Madurai is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Ahmedabad in December since evenings lows in Madurai dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rameswaram.
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Rameswaram — 2 nights

A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
On the 23rd (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi, then enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach Point, then don't miss a visit to Ramar Padam, and finally see the interesting displays at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Pamban bridge, then take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, then contemplate the waterfront views at Agnitheertham, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple.

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You can drive from Madurai to Rameswaram in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kanyakumari.
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Kanyakumari — 2 nights

Cape Comorin

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 25th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bhagavathy Amman Temple, stroll through Kanyakumari Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jain Temple Kanyakumari, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Observation Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Thiruvalluvar Statue, make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gandhi Memorial.

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You can drive from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).
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Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) — 2 nights

Evergreen City of India

Situated among a collection of low hills that lead up to the coastline, state capital Thiruvananthapuram acts as a base for exploration of the southern tip of the country.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Napier Museum, then get to know the resident critters at Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, and then admire the masterpieces at Shri Chitra Art Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Neeramankara Shiva Temple, then stroll through Kovalam Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kanyakumari to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.
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Tamil Nadu travel guide

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Land of Tamils
Home to a Tamil population that speaks one of the world's oldest languages, the state of Tamil Nadu appeals to tourists with its many Hindu temples, beach resorts, charming hill stations, and World Heritage Sites. Several major civilizations have thrived in this area over the last 2,000 years, including the famous Chola, Chera, Pallava, and Pandya. Today, a trip to Tamil Nadu reveals its unique heritage blending elements of all the cultures that lived and died here, leaving their mark on the area's cuisine, music, religious traditions, and literature. In an ancient land steeped in history, state capital Chennai serves as a modern and convenient tourist base, providing great shopping, dining, and entertainment options.
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