8 days in Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Itinerary

8 days in Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Itinerary

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8 days in Dubai, Abu Dhabi & India Itinerary

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
taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Kovalam, India
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  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.
On the 17th (Thu), cruise along Sheikh Zayed Road and then enjoy breathtaking views from Burj Khalifa.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Dubai day trip website .

Bengaluru, India to Dubai is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Bengaluru to Dubai is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Bengaluru in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Dubai, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Abu Dhabi.

Things to do in Dubai

Theme Parks Museums Scenic Drive
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Burj Khalifa ©
Burj Khalifa
Wild Wadi Waterpark ©
Wild Wadi Waterpark
Sheikh Zayed Road ©
Sheikh Zayed Road

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.
Start 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: make a trip to The Corniche, then admire the striking features of Emirates Palace, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Abu Dhabi trip builder tool .

You can drive from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in January, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off 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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Bur Dubai Grand Mosque ©
Bur Dubai 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.
On the 21st (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mararikulam Mahadeva Temple, then kick back and relax at Mararikulam Beach, and then kick back and relax at Marari Beach.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Mararikulam road trip tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Abu Dhabi to Mararikulam. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In January, Mararikulam is a bit warmer than Abu Dhabi - with highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Thekkady.

Things to do in Mararikulam

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

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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): look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Junction, then look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, and then take some stellar pictures from Chellarkovil Viewpoint. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, then contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Pandikuzhi Waterfalls.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Thekkady travel route builder app .

Getting from Mararikulam to Thekkady by car takes about 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel 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

1
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, then admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kovalam Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kovalam road trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Thekkady to Kovalam in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daily temperatures in Kovalam can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time 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
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

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