12 days in India Itinerary

12 days in India Itinerary

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12 days in India Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
1
New Delhi
— Few hours
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
3
Kumarakom
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
4
Kottayam
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Alappuzha
— 1 night
train:  2​h
6
Varkala Town
— 1 night
train:  45​min
7
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
8
Kovalam
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
9
Mararikulam
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: New Delhi

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New Delhi

New Delhi
Designed by notable English architects and proclaimed India's capital in 1931, New Delhi sits in the middle of a sprawling metropolitan area with a population of over 25 million.
To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our New Delhi day trip app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to New Delhi. In January, daytime highs in New Delhi are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. You'll set off for Kochi (Cochin) on the 6th (Sun).

Things to do in New Delhi

Tours Shopping Transportation

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day
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Gallery OED Cochin., International Tourism Police Station and Police Museum and Chinese Fishing Nets. On the 7th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, take an in-depth tour of Antique Museum Kochi, see the interesting displays at International Tourism Police Station and Police Museum, then browse the exhibits of Kashi Art Gallery, and finally admire the masterpieces at Gallery OED Cochin..

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) trip itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of flight, taxi, and subway from New Delhi to Kochi (Cochin) takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from New Delhi in January, expect Kochi (Cochin) to be warmer, temps between 38°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kumarakom.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Kashi Art Gallery ©
Kashi Art Gallery
Antique Museum Kochi ©
Antique Museum Kochi

1
night
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.
You've now added Back 2 Village - Day Tours to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): gain a rich perspective with Back 2 Village - Day Tours.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kumarakom travel planner .

You can drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Kumarakom in 2 hours. January in Kumarakom sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kottayam.

Things to do in Kumarakom

Tours

Side Trip

Back 2 Village - Day Tours

2
nights
Kottayam

Kottayam ©
The first Indian city to achieve a 100 percent literacy rate among its citizens, Kottayam has as much of a reputation for its educational standards as for its massive rubber industry.
You've now added Saint Chavara Pilgrim Centre to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Bay Island Driftwood Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Vaikom Mahadeva Temple, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Chavara Pilgrim Centre. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple, take in the exciting artwork at Mozart Art Gallery, then don't miss a visit to Kumaranalloor, then browse the exhibits of Clay Art Cafe, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Kottayam Cheriapally.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Kottayam tour itinerary planner .

Kottayam is just a short distance from Kumarakom. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Kottayam

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple ©
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple
Saint Chavara Pilgrim Centre ©
Saint Chavara Pilgrim Centre
Kottayam Cheriapally ©
Kottayam Cheriapally

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.
On the 11th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Alappuzha Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Subramanya Swami Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Alappuzha tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kottayam to Alappuzha in 1.5 hours. In January in Alappuzha, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Varkala Town.

Things to do in Alappuzha

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple ©
Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple
Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple ©
Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple
Alappuzha Beach ©
Alappuzha Beach

1
night
Varkala Town

Varkala Town ©
A calm and quiet town offering long sandy beaches on the Arabian Sea, Varkala features a variety of beach activities.
On the 12th (Sat), kick back and relax at Varkala Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Janardhana Swami Temple, then steep yourself in history at Sivagiri, and finally enjoy the sea views from Varkala Light House.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Varkala Town trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by train from Alappuzha to Varkala Town takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Varkala Town can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Varkala Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach
Janardhana Swami Temple
Janardhana Swami Temple
Sivagiri ©
Sivagiri

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.
On the 13th (Sun), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, then explore the world behind art at Shri Chitra Art Gallery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) tour itinerary builder site .

Traveling by train from Varkala Town to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. January in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kovalam.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Thiruvananthapuram Zoo ©
Thiruvananthapuram Zoo
Shri Chitra Art Gallery ©
Shri Chitra Art Gallery
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple

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.
On the 14th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kovalam Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Kovalam online trip planner .

You can drive from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Kovalam in an hour. January in Kovalam sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mararikulam.

Things to do in Kovalam

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

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nights
Mararikulam

Mararikulam ©
If you're looking for soft sand and warm water, plan a vacation in Mararikulam.
Marari Beach has been added to your itinerary. On the 15th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Forane Church, and then kick back and relax at Marari Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Thiruvizha Sree Mahadeva Temple.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Mararikulam trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Kovalam to Mararikulam in 5 hours. January in Mararikulam sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. On the 17th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mararikulam

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Cherthala
Highlights from your plan
Mararikulam Mahadeva Temple ©
Mararikulam Mahadeva Temple
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
St. Mary's Forane Church ©
St. Mary's Forane Church

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