12 days in India Itinerary

12 days in India Itinerary

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12 days in India Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Munnar
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Kumarakom
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Alappuzha
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Kovalam
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
7
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
End: Mumbai

3
nights
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.
Head to LuLu Mall and Joe Ikarethfor some retail therapy. Get in touch with nature at Cherai Beach and Thattekad Bird Sanctuary. Take a break from Kochi (Cochin) with a short trip to Thattekad Bird Sanctuary in Thattekad, about 1h 55 min away. And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the striking features of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, don't miss a visit to Jew Town, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kochi (Cochin) trip planner .

Mumbai to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Mumbai in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Kochi (Cochin), with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, Thattekad Bird Sanctuary
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Thattekad Bird Sanctuary ©
Thattekad Bird Sanctuary

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): look for gifts at Tata Tea Outlet, then identify plant and animal life at Green Field Spices and Herbal Garden, and then explore the striking landscape of Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Munnar travel route website .

Getting from Kochi (Cochin) to Munnar by car takes about 4 hours. In December, daytime highs in Munnar are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park ©

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 (Tue), stop by Tropical Chocolate Factory, identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, then identify plant and animal life at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Elephant Junction.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Thekkady trip maker tool .

Drive from Munnar to Thekkady in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kumarakom.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Spas
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

2
nights
Kumarakom

Kumarakom ©
Kumarakom features one of Kerala's most scenic lakes as the backdrop and serves as a gateway to the area's famous backwaters.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Mozart Art Gallery, then kick back and relax at Kumarakom Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kumarakom sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Thekkady to Kumarakom in 3.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Kumarakom can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Kumarakom

Shopping Parks Museums

Side Trip

Kottayam
Highlights from your plan
Mozart Art Gallery ©
Mozart Art Gallery
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary ©
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Spas

1
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mararikulam Beach, stroll through Marari Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Alappuzha Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jain Temple, Alleppey.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Alappuzha trip maker tool .

Getting from Kumarakom to Alappuzha by car takes about an hour. In December, daytime highs in Alappuzha are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car 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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Hawa Beach, kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach, then kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kovalam Avaduthura Devi Temple.

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You can drive from Alappuzha to Kovalam in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Kovalam are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Kovalam

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Hawa Beach ©
Hawa Beach

1
night
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.
Poovar Island has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): head off the coast to Poovar Island, stop by Sarwaa, and then identify plant and animal life at Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) vacation planner .

You can drive from Kovalam to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary
Poovar Island ©
Poovar Island

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