13 days in India Itinerary

13 days in India Itinerary

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13 days in India Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Munnar
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Thekkady
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Madurai
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Rameswaram
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
bus + train:  2​h
7
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
8
Alappuzha
— 1 night
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: New Delhi

1
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): look for gifts at Waltons Boutique.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kochi (Cochin) trip planner .

New Delhi to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. While traveling from New Delhi, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Kochi (Cochin), ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
LuLu Mall ©
LuLu Mall
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Kerala Folklore Museum ©
Kerala Folklore Museum

2
nights
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 14th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, delve into the distant past at Muniyara - Anakottapara park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mount Carmel Church &Mount Carmel Pilgrim Centre, then explore the galleries of Mistletoe art Gallery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at C.S.I Christ Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): take a stroll around Kalari Kshethra, then look for gifts at Tata Tea Outlet, then see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Echo Point.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Munnar travel route tool .

Traveling by car from Kochi (Cochin) to Munnar takes 4 hours. In December in Munnar, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
Tea Museum ©
Tea Museum
C.S.I Christ Church ©
C.S.I Christ Church

3
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Thekkady is known for wildlife, nature, nightlife, parks, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mangala Devi Temple, examine the collection at Angadipetty -Kerala Ayurveda Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Abraham's Spice Garden.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Thekkady trip maker .

Drive from Munnar to Thekkady in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Madurai.

Things to do in Thekkady

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

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koodal Azhagar Temple, and finally step into the grandiose world of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Pazhamudhir Solai, then examine the collection at Gandhi Memorial Museum, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Madurai tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Thekkady to Madurai by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daytime highs in Madurai are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine ©
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine
Aayiram Kaal Mandapam ©
Aayiram Kaal Mandapam

few
hours
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House, take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Rameswaram day trip planning site .

Getting from Madurai to Rameswaram by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Rameswaram

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

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.
For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kanyakumari vacation planning website .

You can drive from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Kanyakumari are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Kanyakumari

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

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.
To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) online route planner .

Do a combination of bus and train from Kanyakumari to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to take a train to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Napier Museum ©
Napier Museum
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace ©

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 22nd (Sun), enjoy the sea views from Alappuzha Lighthouse.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Alappuzha trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by train from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Alappuzha takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Alappuzha sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Alappuzha

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Marari Beach
Highlights from your plan
Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple ©
Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple ©
Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple

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