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Madurai tops flight search in July: KAYAK

The latest flight search data analysis from travel site KAYAK reveals a noteworthy surge in flight searches, both on a domestic and international scale and provides insights in the most trending destinations for July 2023. According to, domestic flight searches for travel in July witnessed a jump of about 42% compared to the prior year, while international flight searches increased by about 7%*.

The list of the most trending domestic destinations that saw the largest surge in flight searches compared to the previous year, is led by Madurai, with a remarkable spike of about 159%. Despite a significant 35% growth in flight prices as compared to last year, Madurai retains the top spot. Following closely, Varanasi secures the second spot with a substantial increase in flight searches of about 110% compared to last year, while Bhubaneswar captures the third position doubling in flight searches compared to the same period in 2022, although the average flight prices to these destinations have seen a minor uptick 6% and 3% respectively when compared to last year’s prices.

Internationally, the destinations that gained increased attention from Indian travellers include Auckland, Jeddah, and Colombo with an upswing in flight searches of about 320%, 195%, and 191% as compared to 2022, respectively. Majority of the top five most trending destinations have experienced a drop in flight prices or remained stable. This makes it an excellent time for Indian travellers to plan a trip to Hong Kong, where the average return flight price is INR 39,109 which is a quarter less than it was last year. Taking a plane to Jeddah or Tokyo will cost travellers 14% less than last year on average, while flight prices to Auckland and Colombo remained flat.

Tarun Tahiliani, India Country Manager, KAYAK, said, “Our data reveals the most trending destinations for the month of July, highlighting travelers’ openness to venture into new realms, immerse themselves in diverse cultures, and unlock extraordinary experiences in Madurai, Varanasi, Auckland, and Jeddah. What’s even more enticing is the possibility of enjoying lower flight prices, as certain international destinations have witnessed a drop in flight costs compared to last year. With the help of KAYAK’s tools and tips, travelers can further optimize their travel budgets, ensuring a truly memorable journey while getting a great deal.”

Most trending domestic destinations for travel in July 2023*

Based on flight searches made on

Average Return Economy flight price for travel in July 2023Average percentage in searches change compared to 2022
  1. Madurai, Tamil Nadu
  1.  Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
  1. Bhubaneswar, Odisha
  1.  Puducherry
  1. New Delhi



Most trending international destinations for travel in July 2023*

Based on flight searches made on

Average Return Economy flight price for travel July 2023 Average percentage in searches change compared to 2022
  1. Auckland, New Zealand
  1. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  1. Colombo, Sri Lanka
  1. Hong Kong
  1. Tokyo, Japan



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