8 days in India Itinerary

8 days in India Itinerary

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8 days in India Itinerary

Kochi (Cochin)
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Munnar
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Thekkady
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Alappuzha
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
Kovalam
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Kochi (Cochin)

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.
On the 23rd (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam, admire the natural beauty at Rose Gardens, then see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens.

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Kochi (Cochin) to Munnar is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. In September, daily temperatures in Munnar can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Thekkady.

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Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park ©
Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam

1
day
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Persian Paradise Elephant Ride as well as Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and then get outside with Persian Paradise Elephant Ride.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Thekkady itinerary planner.

You can drive from Munnar to Thekkady in 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Alappuzha.

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Persian Paradise Elephant Ride ©
Persian Paradise Elephant Ride
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

1
day
Alappuzha

Alappuzha ©
Affectionately known as Alleppey to locals and tourists alike, Alappuzha acts as a major transport and cultural hub on the Kerala backwaters.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Alappuzha Lighthouse, then kick back and relax at Mararikulam Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Marari Beach.

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You can drive from Thekkady to Alappuzha in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Alappuzha are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

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Mararikulam
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Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach

1
day
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 27th (Wed): make a trip to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, then visit a coastal fixture at Vizhinjam Lighthouse, then look for gifts at Keralashopee, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Shanghumukham Beach.

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You can drive from Alappuzha to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kovalam.

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Shanghumukham Beach ©
Shanghumukham Beach
Vizhinjam Lighthouse ©
Vizhinjam Lighthouse
Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple ©
Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Hawa Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach, and then kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kovalam travel planner.

Kovalam is just a short distance from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum). In September, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kanyakumari.

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Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Hawa Beach ©
Hawa Beach

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bhagavathy Amman Temple, don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, make a trip to Thiruvalluvar Statue, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of Ransom Church, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kanyakumari Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sat): make a trip to Gandhi Memorial, then contemplate the long history of Vattakottai Fort, then get outside with Marunthuval Malai, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil.

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You can drive from Kovalam to Kanyakumari in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and train. In September, daytime highs in Kanyakumari are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can go by car back home.

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Kanyakumari Beach ©
Kanyakumari Beach
Marunthuval Malai ©
Marunthuval Malai
Vivekananda Rock Memorial ©
Vivekananda Rock Memorial

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