12 days in India Itinerary

12 days in India Itinerary

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12 days in India Itinerary

Start: Kochi (Cochin)
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Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 night
train:  1​h
2
Alappuzha
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Kovalam
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  3​h
4
Munnar
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Thekkady
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Madurai
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Thanjavur
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Pondicherry
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Mahabalipuram
— 1 night
taxi + bus:  1​h
10
Chennai
— 1 night
End: Chennai

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night
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.
To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) trip itinerary maker site .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airport is Cochin International Airport. In April, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. You will leave for Alappuzha on the 8th (Wed).

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

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night
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 8th (Wed), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jain Temple, Alleppey, then stroll through Alappuzha Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Marari Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Alappuzha trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Kovalam to Alappuzha takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April in Alappuzha, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Munnar.

Things to do in Alappuzha

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Marari Beach
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Alappuzha Beach ©
Alappuzha Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
night
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 9th (Thu): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kovalam travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Alappuzha to Kovalam takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Kovalam are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Munnar.

Things to do in Kovalam

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Spas

1
night
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 10th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Gardens, then get great views at Munnar Hill Station, and then admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Munnar trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kovalam to Munnar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In April, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Munnar Hill Station ©
Munnar Hill Station
Rose Gardens ©
Rose Gardens

1
night
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 Periyar Tiger Reserve. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Junction, and then get great views at Chellarcovil View Point.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Thekkady online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Munnar to Thekkady takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Madurai.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction
Chellarcovil View Point ©
Chellarcovil View Point

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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.
On the 12th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tirupparankunram, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, and then gain insight with a tour of cultural highlights.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Madurai trip planner.

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Madurai takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in April, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Walking tours
Tirupparankunram ©
Tirupparankunram

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night
Thanjavur

Thanjavur ©
A bastion of South Indian culture and heritage, Thanjavur entrances visitors from all over the world with its architecture, distinct art style, and the Great Living Chola Temples, landmarks of the city and a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Punnainallur Mariamman Koil, then browse the collection at The Serfoji Sarasvati Mahal Library, then admire the masterpieces at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, and finally admire the striking features of Brihadeeshwara Temple.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Thanjavur online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Madurai to Thanjavur takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Madurai, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Thanjavur, ranging from highs of 46°C to lows of 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Brihadeeshwara Temple ©
Brihadeeshwara Temple
Punnainallur Mariamman Koil ©
Punnainallur Mariamman Koil

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nights
Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
Step out of Pondicherry to go to Auroville and see Matrimandir, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront activity at Seaside Promenade, kick back and relax at Rock Beach, make a trip to Pondicherry Lighthouse, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Pondicherry tour planning app .

Getting from Thanjavur to Pondicherry by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. On the 16th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Matrimandir
Highlights from your plan
Seaside Promenade ©
Seaside Promenade
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple ©
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

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night
Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram
Once an important sea port city in the ancient Pallava kingdom, Mahabalipuram today draws in visitors with UNESCO-listed monuments and temples carved out of rock during the 7th and 8th centuries CE.
On the 16th (Thu), admire the striking features of Mahishasuramardhini Mandapa.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Mahabalipuram vacation tool .

You can drive from Pondicherry to Mahabalipuram in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Mahabalipuram can reach 42°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Chennai.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

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night
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
On the 17th (Fri), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parthasarathy Temple, then pause for some serene contemplation at San Thome Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwarar Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Besant Nagar Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Marina Beach, and then browse the different shops at Express Avenue Mall.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Chennai trip itinerary app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Mahabalipuram to Chennai takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. April in Chennai sees daily highs of 42°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chennai

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Besant Nagar Beach ©
Besant Nagar Beach
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach
Kapaleeshwarar Temple ©
Kapaleeshwarar Temple

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