8 days in India Itinerary

8 days in India Itinerary

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8 days in India Itinerary

Start: Kochi (Cochin)
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Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 night
train:  1​h
2
Alappuzha
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 45​min
3
Munnar
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Thekkady
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Kovalam
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
6
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
End: Kochi (Cochin)

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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.
On the 22nd (Fri), take a stroll through Jew Town, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Saint Francis, then don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, and finally deepen your understanding at Kerala Kathakali Centre. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, enjoy the sand and surf at Cherai Beach, and then buy something for everyone on your list at LuLu Mall.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kochi (Cochin) travel route builder website .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Cochin International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in November, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can take a train to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue

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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 24th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Edathua Church, don't miss a visit to Kuttikattu Sree Bhadra Kali Devi Temple, then kick back and relax at Alappuzha Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Marari Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Alappuzha trip itinerary app .

Take a train from Kochi (Cochin) to Alappuzha in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In November in Alappuzha, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Munnar.

Things to do in Alappuzha

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Marari Beach
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Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Alappuzha Beach ©
Alappuzha Beach

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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam, take some stellar pictures from Munnar Hill Station, and then admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Tata Tea Outlet, see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Munnar route maker .

Take a bus from Alappuzha to Munnar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daytime highs in Munnar are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Museums
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Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park ©

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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 27th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, then explore the activities along Periyar Lake, and finally get great views at Chellarkovil Viewpoint.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Thekkady trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Munnar to Thekkady by car takes about 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in Thekkady

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

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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 28th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kovalam Avaduthura Devi Temple, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Kovalam trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Thekkady to Kovalam in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November in Kovalam, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 76°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Kovalam

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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach
Spas & Wellness

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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 29th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then head off the coast to Poovar Island, and finally examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) visit planner.

Traveling by car from Kovalam to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) takes an hour. November in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 76°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Nature Parks Spas
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Poovar Island ©
Poovar Island
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace ©

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