12 days in India Itinerary

12 days in India Itinerary

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12 days in India Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly + taxi:  6​h 30​min
1
Munnar
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Alappuzha
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Kovalam
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Rameswaram
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
7
Madurai
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
End: New Delhi

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 8th (Mon), explore the galleries of Mistletoe art Gallery and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at C.S.I Christ Church.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Munnar trip maker website .

New Delhi to Munnar is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from New Delhi in April, Munnar is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Tea Museum ©
Tea Museum
C.S.I Christ Church ©
C.S.I Christ Church

2
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
On the 10th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, then contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, and then get some fabulous bargains at Tropical Chocolate Factory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Abraham's Spice Garden and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Junction.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Thekkady trip planner.

You can drive from Munnar to Thekkady in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Abraham's Spice Garden ©
Abraham's Spice Garden
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction

2
nights
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 12th (Fri), kick back and relax at Mararikulam Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Marari Beach, and then enjoy the sea views from Alappuzha Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple, kick back and relax at Alappuzha Beach, and then look for gifts at Pulickattil The Handicraft Shop.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Alappuzha trip builder website .

Getting from Thekkady to Alappuzha by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Alappuzha are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Kovalam.

Things to do in Alappuzha

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Mararikulam
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Alappuzha Beach ©
Alappuzha Beach
Mararikulam Beach ©
Mararikulam Beach

3
nights
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Kovalam Beach and Lighthouse Beach. Get outdoors at Hawa Beach and Samudra Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Mahatma Gandhi Road in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) (about 42 minutes away). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, browse the eclectic array of goods at Vizhinjam Fishing Harbour, and look for gifts at Sarwaa.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kovalam trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Alappuzha to Kovalam in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April in Kovalam, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Kovalam

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Hawa Beach ©
Hawa 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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Bhagavathy Amman Temple, make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, then don't miss a visit to Thiruvalluvar Statue, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kanyakumari Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumara Koil Murugan Temple.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Kanyakumari travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Kovalam to Kanyakumari in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kanyakumari Beach ©
Kanyakumari Beach
Bhagavathy Amman Temple ©
Bhagavathy Amman Temple
Vivekananda Rock Memorial ©
Vivekananda Rock Memorial

1
night
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach, stroll the grounds of Kalam National Memorial, then look for gifts at Kalam Sea Shell Mart, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Rameswaram trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Kanyakumari to Rameswaram takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Madurai.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple
Kalam National Memorial ©
Kalam National Memorial

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 19th (Fri): look for gifts at Prema Vilas, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Inmaiyil Nanmai Tharuvar Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Meenakshi Temple.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Madurai online attractions planner .

Getting from Rameswaram to Madurai by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. In April, daily temperatures in Madurai can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Aayiram Kaal Mandapam ©
Aayiram Kaal Mandapam
Inmaiyil Nanmai Tharuvar Temple ©
Inmaiyil Nanmai Tharuvar Temple

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