13 days in India Itinerary

13 days in India Itinerary

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13 days in India Itinerary

Mumbai
Fly:  2​h 30​min
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
Kovalam
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Kanyakumari
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Alappuzha
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
Kumarakom
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Kodanad
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Guruvayur
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Palakkad
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Munnar
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h
Mumbai

4
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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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace and Napier Museum. For shopping fun, head to The Art of India or Ramachandran Textiles. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): Varkala (Asparagus, Shalimar Weaves, & more). It doesn't end there: look for gifts at Keralashopee and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple.

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Mumbai (Bombay) to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In August in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kovalam.

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Shopping Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Varkala
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The Art of India
The Art of India
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Varkala Beach
Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace ©

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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 31st (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Lighthouse Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kovalam Beach.

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Kovalam is very close to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum). Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kanyakumari.

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Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Kovalam Beach
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Lighthouse Beach

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Kanyakumari

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.
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You can drive from Kovalam to Kanyakumari in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In September, daytime highs in Kanyakumari are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Alappuzha.
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Vivekananda Rock Memorial ©
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Thiruvalluvar Statue ©
Thiruvalluvar Statue

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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 2nd (Sat), examine the collection at International Coir Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at Marari Beach.

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Traveling by car from Kanyakumari to Alappuzha takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Kumarakom.

Things to do in Alappuzha

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Marari Beach
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Marari Beach
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International Coir Museum

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day
Kumarakom

Kumarakom ©
Kumarakom features one of Kerala's most scenic lakes as the backdrop and serves as a gateway to the area's famous backwaters.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary.

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You can drive from Alappuzha to Kumarakom in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time for travel to Kodanad.

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Parks Wildlife
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Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary ©
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

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Kodanad

Kodanad
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Birthplace of Sri Adi Shankara and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Thomas International Shrine.

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Getting from Kumarakom to Kodanad by car takes about 2.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Kodanad are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Guruvayur.

Things to do in Kodanad

Historic Sites

Side Trips

St. Thomas International Shrine, Birthplace of Sri Adi Shankara
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St. Thomas International Shrine
St. Thomas International Shrine

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Guruvayur

Guruvayur ©
Guruvayur stands as one of the holiest and most important pilgrimage centers in the state, with its Sri Krishna Temple among the most frequented temples in the country.
On the 5th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram, admire the landmark architecture of Guruvayur Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Narayanamkulangara Temple, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Chavakkad Beach.

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Traveling by car from Kodanad to Guruvayur takes 2.5 hours. In September in Guruvayur, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Palakkad.

Things to do in Guruvayur

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Chavakkad Beach
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Chavakkad Beach ©
Chavakkad Beach
Guruvayur Temple ©
Guruvayur Temple
Narayanamkulangara Temple ©
Narayanamkulangara Temple

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Palakkad

Palakkad ©
A trip to Palakkad takes you to an area known for being fertile, rich in animals and plant life, and surrounded by a superlative landscape.
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You can drive from Guruvayur to Palakkad in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Munnar.
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Palakkad fort ©
Palakkad fort

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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.
On the 7th (Thu), admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens, see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, and then admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park.

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Traveling by car from Palakkad to Munnar takes 4.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

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Parks Nature Museums
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Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Tea Museum ©
Tea Museum
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam

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