9 days in South India Itinerary

9 days in South India Itinerary

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9 days in South India Itinerary

Ahmedabad
Fly:  5​h
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h
Munnar
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
Ahmedabad

3
days
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): Varkala (The Art of India & Varkala Beach) and Kovalam (Kovalam Beach & Lighthouse Beach). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, examine the collection at Napier Museum, and make a trip to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip itinerary planning site

Ahmedabad to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Ahmedabad in December since evenings lows in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Munnar.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Kovalam, Varkala
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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach

3
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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.
Spend the 16th (Sat) exploring nature at Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens, see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam, and get great views at Top Station.

To find ratings and more tourist information, refer to the Munnar vacation planner

Getting from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Munnar by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Museums
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Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park ©
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kochi (Cochin): Marari Beach (in Mararikulam) and St. Andrew's Basilica Arthunkal (in Alappuzha). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue, admire all the interesting features of Kerala Kathakali Centre, and pause for some serene contemplation at Little Flower Church.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) driving holiday planning app

Traveling by car from Munnar to Kochi (Cochin) takes 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Kochi (Cochin) are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Beaches

Side Trips

St. Andrew's Basilica Arthunkal, Marari Beach
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Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach

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