9 days in India Itinerary

9 days in India Itinerary

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9 days in India Itinerary

Start: Bhopal
Fly:  5​h 45​min
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
Madurai
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h
End: Bhopal

3
nights
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.
Let the collections at Kashi Art Gallery and Gallery OED Cochin. capture your imagination. Get in touch with nature at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary and Marari Beach. Take a break from Kochi (Cochin) with a short trip to Thattekad Bird Sanctuary in Kothamangalam, about 1h 55 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Kerala Folklore Museum, examine the collection at Hill Palace of Tripunithura, admire the landmark architecture of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, and don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets.

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Bhopal to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Museums

Side Trips

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Marari Beach, Thattekad Bird Sanctuary
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Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary ©
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Thattekad Bird Sanctuary ©
Thattekad Bird Sanctuary

2
nights
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.
On the 12th (Wed), examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach, then stroll through Kovalam Beach, and finally look for gifts at Keralashopee. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Shri Chitra Art Gallery, see the interesting displays at Napier Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, and finally kick back and relax at Shanghumukham Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kochi (Cochin) to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Kovalam
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Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace ©
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

1
night
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 14th (Fri): make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, appreciate the history behind Thiruvalluvar Statue, then kick back and relax at Kanyakumari Beach, and finally admire the sheer force of Olakaruvi Falls.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kanyakumari trip builder website .

Getting from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Kanyakumari by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Kanyakumari can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Kanyakumari Beach ©
Kanyakumari Beach
Vivekananda Rock Memorial ©
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Thiruvalluvar Statue ©
Thiruvalluvar Statue

1
night
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ramanathaswamy Temple, take in the views from Pamban bridge, take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kalam National Memorial, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Rameswaram trip planning site .

Drive from Kanyakumari to Rameswaram in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Madurai.

Things to do in Rameswaram

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach
Ramanathaswamy Temple ©
Ramanathaswamy Temple
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge ©
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge

1
night
Madurai

Madurai ©
One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Madurai sits on the banks of the River Vaigai and serves as a center of Tamil culture.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Meenakshi Temple.

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Getting from Rameswaram to Madurai by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Madurai can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Madurai

#Historic Sites
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Sri Meenakshi Temple
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal ©
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal

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