22 days in India Itinerary

22 days in India Itinerary

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22 days in India Itinerary

Mumbai (Bombay)
Fly:  2​h 30​min
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Kollam
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Varkala
— 2 nights
train + taxi:  1​h
Kovalam
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
Alappuzha
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Idukki
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Munnar
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h
Mumbai (Bombay)
— 3 nights
Mumbai (Bombay)

2
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Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) ©
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 9th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, then admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Vizhinjam Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, then examine the collection at Napier Museum, and then kick back and relax at Shanghumukham Beach.

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Mumbai (Bombay) to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Mumbai (Bombay) in January since evenings lows in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) dip to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Kollam.

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Vizhinjam Lighthouse ©
Vizhinjam Lighthouse
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Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace ©

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Kollam

Kollam
The bustling old port city of Kollam has long stood as a center of international trade and mercantilism, and the center of town continues the tradition with its lively scenes of commerce.
On the 11th (Thu), take some stellar pictures from Neendakara Port and then head off the coast to Munroe Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Palaruvi Falls, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Cross Church, then kick back and relax at Kollam Beach, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Thangassery Light House.

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Traveling by car from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Kollam takes 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Kollam can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Varkala.

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Munroe Island
Munroe Island
Thangassery Light House ©
Thangassery Light House
Kollam Beach ©
Kollam Beach

2
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Varkala

Varkala ©
A calm and quiet town offering long sandy beaches on the Arabian Sea, Varkala features a variety of beach activities.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then stroll through Varkala Beach, then get some fabulous bargains at Asparagus, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Janardhana Swami Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Papasnanam Beach, then look for gifts at The Art of India, then steep yourself in history at Sivagiri, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kappil Lake.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Varkala online driving holiday planner

Getting from Kollam to Varkala by car takes about an hour. In January, daytime highs in Varkala are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kovalam.

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Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach
Papasnanam Beach ©
Papasnanam Beach
Kappil Lake ©
Kappil Lake

2
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Kovalam

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.
On the 15th (Mon), kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach and then kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hawa Beach and then kick back and relax at Samudra Beach.

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You can do a combination of train and taxi from Varkala to Kovalam in an hour. Another option is to drive. January in Kovalam sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach
Samudra Beach ©
Samudra Beach

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue, don't miss a visit to Jew Town, admire the striking features of Santa Cruz Basilica, then admire all the interesting features of Kerala Kathakali Centre, and finally don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets. On your second day here, admire the striking features of Mattancherry Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Saint Francis, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cherai Beach.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) vacation maker

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kovalam to Kochi (Cochin) in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January, daytime highs in Kochi (Cochin) are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Alappuzha.

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Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Mattancherry Palace ©
Mattancherry Palace

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Alappuzha

Alappuzha ©
Affectionately known as Alleppey to locals and tourists alike, Alappuzha acts as a major transport and cultural hub on the Kerala backwaters.
On the 19th (Fri), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Marari Beach. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Kerala Backwaters.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Alappuzha online route planner

Getting from Kochi (Cochin) to Alappuzha by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in January, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Idukki.

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Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Kerala Backwaters ©
Kerala Backwaters
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
days
Idukki

Idukki ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): admire the engineering at Idukki Dam, look for gifts at Hindustan Spices and Herbals, and then take in the awesome beauty at Kalvari Mount. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Cheeyappara Waterfalls and then contemplate the long history of Ramakkal.

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Traveling by car from Alappuzha to Idukki takes 3.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Idukki are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Thekkady.

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Cheeyappara Waterfalls ©
Cheeyappara Waterfalls
Idukki Dam ©
Idukki Dam

2
days
Thekkady

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 23rd (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake and then look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Abraham's Spice Garden, admire all the interesting features of Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, then identify plant and animal life at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally get some fabulous bargains at Tropical Chocolate Factory.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Thekkady online tour itinerary builder

Traveling by car from Idukki to Thekkady takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Munnar.

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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake
Abraham's Spice Garden ©
Abraham's Spice Garden

2
days
Munnar

Munnar ©
Sitting at the point where three mountain rivers meet, the hill station of Munnar has become known as a tea-growing center in the south of the country.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): get great views at Top Station, admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam, and then admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Munnar road trip tool

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Munnar takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in January, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mumbai (Bombay).

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Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Top Station ©
Top Station

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days
Mumbai (Bombay)

Mumbai (Bombay) ©
Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Mumbai (Bombay) is known for museums, historic sites, scenic drive, shopping, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: cruise along Marine Drive, admire the striking features of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and head outdoors with Chowpatty Beach.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Munnar to Mumbai (Bombay) in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Munnar in January; daily highs in Mumbai (Bombay) reach 86°F and lows reach 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

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Colaba ©
Colaba
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Marine Drive
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