26 days in India Itinerary

26 days in India Itinerary

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26 days in India Itinerary

Kochi (Cochin)
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h
Varkala
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Kollam
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Kanyakumari
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Kovalam
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Kochi (Cochin)
— 10 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Munnar
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
Kottayam
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Alappuzha
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
Kochi (Cochin)

2
days
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 10th (Sun): visit a coastal fixture at Varkala Light House, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Janardhana Swami Temple, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally kick back and relax at Varkala Beach. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Papasnanam Beach, look for gifts at The Art of India, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Vishnu Temple, then steep yourself in history at Sivagiri, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kappil Lake.

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Kochi (Cochin) to Varkala is an approximately 2-hour combination of taxi and flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In December in Varkala, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Kollam.

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Varkala Beach
Papasnanam Beach
Janardhana Swami Temple

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): visit a coastal fixture at Thangassery Light House, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kollam Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Cross Church, and finally admire the sheer force of Palaruvi Falls. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Jadayupara (Jadayu Rock) and then step off the mainland to explore Munroe Island.

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You can drive from Varkala to Kollam in an hour. December in Kollam sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kanyakumari.

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Munroe Island
Thangassery Light House
Kollam Beach

2
days
Kanyakumari

Located at the most southerly point of mainland India, Kanyakumari has long attracted pilgrims and those keen to see the end of the road.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Kanyakumari Beach, then make a trip to Thiruvalluvar Statue, then don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Bhagavathy Amman Temple. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gandhi Memorial, contemplate the long history of Vattakottai Fort, then head outdoors with Marunthuval Malai, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil.

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You can drive from Kollam to Kanyakumari in 4.5 hours. December in Kanyakumari sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kovalam.

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Kanyakumari Beach
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Thiruvalluvar Statue

2
days
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 16th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach, kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach, then stop by Keralashopee, and finally see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, kick back and relax at Hawa Beach, and then step off the mainland to explore Poovar Island.

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Drive from Kanyakumari to Kovalam in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. December in Kovalam sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

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Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
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Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Lighthouse Beach

11
days
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Athirapally Falls (in Athirappilly) and Athirappilly Waterfalls (in Thrissur). On the 24th (Sun), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, find something for the whole family at Wonderla Amusement Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Saint Francis, and explore and take pictures at Kerala Kathakali Centre.

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Getting from Kovalam to Kochi (Cochin) by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. December in Kochi (Cochin) sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Munnar.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Athirapally Falls, Athirappilly Waterfalls, Chendamangalam Jewish Synagogue, Paliam Dutch Palace
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Paradesi Synagogue
Chinese Fishing Nets
Cherai Beach

2
days
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.
On the 29th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sat): admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam, see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, and then admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens.

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You can drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Munnar in 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Munnar can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kottayam.

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Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam

2
days
Kottayam

The first Indian city to achieve a 100 percent literacy rate among its citizens, Kottayam has as much of a reputation for its educational standards as for its massive rubber industry.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): don't miss a visit to Tomb Of Saint Alphonsa, identify plant and animal life at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, and then explore the activities along Vembanad Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shiva Temple Ernakulam and then identify plant and animal life at Vagamon.

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Traveling by car from Munnar to Kottayam takes 4 hours. December in Kottayam sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Kottayam

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Kumarakom, Vembanad Lake
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Vembanad Lake
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Vagamon

2
days
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 2nd (Tue), paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then make a trip to Alappuzha Lighthouse, and then kick back and relax at Marari Beach. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Kerala Backwaters.

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Getting from Kottayam to Alappuzha by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in January, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Alappuzha

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Mararikulam, Kerala Backwaters
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Marari Beach
Kerala Backwaters
Kayaking & Canoeing

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