8 days in Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Itinerary

8 days in Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Itinerary

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Start: Bengaluru, India
Fly:  7 h
1
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  9 h 30 min
3
Mararikulam, India
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Thekkady, India
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Kovalam, India
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 30 min
End: Bengaluru, India

1
night
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai ©
Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): cruise along Sheikh Zayed Road and then enjoy breathtaking views from Burj Khalifa.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Dubai road trip planner.

Bengaluru, India to Dubai is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1.5 hours traveling from Bengaluru to Dubai. Traveling from Bengaluru in January, expect nights in Dubai to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Abu Dhabi.

Things to do in Dubai

Theme Parks Museums Outdoors
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Burj Khalifa ©
Burj Khalifa
Wild Wadi Waterpark ©
Wild Wadi Waterpark
Burj Al Arab ©
Burj Al Arab

2
nights
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi ©
Take a trip to Abu Dhabi to discover a modern metropolis built on a strip of land jutting out into the Persian Gulf.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): find something for the whole family at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the pleasant sights at The Corniche, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Emirates Palace, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Abu Dhabi trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in January, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mararikulam.

Things to do in Abu Dhabi

Theme Parks Historic Sites
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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque ©
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi ©
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
Emirates Palace ©
Emirates Palace

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day
Mararikulam, India

Mararikulam ©
If you're looking for soft sand and warm water, plan a vacation in Mararikulam.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mararikulam Mahadeva Temple, thenkick back and relax at Mararikulam Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Marari Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mararikulam trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Abu Dhabi to Mararikulam. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1.5 hours traveling from Abu Dhabi to Mararikulam. Traveling from Abu Dhabi in January, things will get a bit warmer in Mararikulam: highs are around 38°C and lows about 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Mararikulam

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Mararikulam Mahadeva Temple ©
Mararikulam Mahadeva Temple
Mararikulam Beach ©
Mararikulam Beach

2
nights
Thekkady, India

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Elephant Junction, identify plant and animal life at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, and then get great views at Chellarcovil View Point. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, thenexplore the activities along Periyar Lake, and then admire the sheer force of Pandikuzhi Waterfalls.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Thekkady visit planner.

You can drive from Mararikulam to Thekkady in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kovalam.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake

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night
Kovalam, India

Kovalam ©
Famous for the groves of coconut trees from which it takes its name, Kovalam offers a long, white sandy beach on the Arabian Sea.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, thenadmire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, thenstroll through Kovalam Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kovalam online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Thekkady to Kovalam in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daytime highs in Kovalam are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kovalam

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple ©
Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple

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