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:  32​h
Kovalam
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Fly:  31​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 21st (Mon): kick back and relax at Hawa Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach, and then kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): kick back and relax at Samudra Beach, enjoy the sea views from Vizhinjam Lighthouse, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple.

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San Francisco, USA to Kovalam is an approximately 32-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Kovalam is 13 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in August: high temperatures in Kovalam hover around 86°F and lows are around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kovalam

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
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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.
Visiting Marari Beach and Cherai Beach will get you outdoors. Paradesi Synagogue and Vallarpadam Church will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Kochi (Cochin) to go to Mararikulam and see Mararikulam Beach, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Saint Francis, tour the pleasant surroundings at Subhash Park, admire the landmark architecture of Santa Cruz Basilica, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kuzhupilly Beach.

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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. August in Kochi (Cochin) sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Parks Outdoors Beaches

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

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