8 days in South India Itinerary

8 days in South India Itinerary

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8 days in South India Itinerary

San Francisco
Fly:  27​h
Kovalam
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Kochi (Cochin)
— 4 nights
Fly:  26​h
San Francisco

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): kick back and relax at Samudra Beach, then admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hawa Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kovalam holiday planner.

San Francisco, USA to Kovalam is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 13 hour difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from San Francisco in December, with highs in Kovalam at 88°F and lows at 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kovalam

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Paradesi Synagogue and Church of Saint Francis. Take a break from the city and head to Marari Beach and Cherai Beach. Next up on the itinerary: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, admire the landmark architecture of Mattancherry Palace, and pause for some serene contemplation at Vallarpadam Church.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) custom trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kovalam to Kochi (Cochin) takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December in Kochi (Cochin), expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 74°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Marari Beach
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Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue

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