16 days in India Itinerary

16 days in India Itinerary

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16 days in India Itinerary

Start: Ahmedabad
Fly:  4​h
1
Thrissur
— 1 day
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Alappuzha
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
5
Kovalam
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
Madurai
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Thekkady
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
10
Munnar
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
11
Mararikulam
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h
End: Ahmedabad

1
day
Thrissur

Thrissur ©
One of the oldest and largest cities in the center of the state, Thrissur hosts a wealth of festivals throughout the year.
On the 19th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta) and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Camp Sanctuary.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Thrissur trip planner .

Ahmedabad to Thrissur is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. When traveling from Ahmedabad in September, plan for slightly colder days in Thrissur, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Thrissur

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Guruvayur
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Camp Sanctuary ©
Elephant Camp Sanctuary
Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta) ©
Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta)

3
nights
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 Paradesi Synagogue. Bring the kids along to Guruvayur Temple and Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram. Change things up with a short trip to Paramekavu Bhagavathy Temple in Thrissur (about 2h 45 min away). The adventure continues: make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, gain insight at Kerala Kathakali Centre, take a stroll through Jew Town, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cherai Beach.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kochi (Cochin) trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by train from Thrissur to Kochi (Cochin) takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Kochi (Cochin) are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. On the 22nd (Sun), you're off toAlappuzha.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Guruvayur, Paramekavu Bhagavathy Temple
Highlights from your plan
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram ©
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram
Guruvayur Temple ©
Guruvayur Temple
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach

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.
For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Alappuzha trip planning website .

You can take a train from Kochi (Cochin) to Alappuzha in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Alappuzha are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. You'll set off for Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) on the 23rd (Mon).

Things to do in Alappuzha

Outdoors Tours Parks

2
nights
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 23rd (Mon), make a trip to Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, then head off the coast to Poovar Island, then don't miss a visit to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Shanghumukham Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, and finally explore the engaging exhibits at Chacha Nehru Children’s Museum.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) travel route tool .

Traveling by train from Alappuzha to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kovalam.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Beaches Nature
Highlights from your plan
Poovar Island ©
Poovar Island
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Thiruvananthapuram Zoo ©
Thiruvananthapuram Zoo

1
day
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 25th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Hawa Beach, kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach, and then kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kovalam online trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Kovalam in an hour. September in Kovalam sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Kovalam

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
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 26th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Bhagavathy Amman Temple, make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, then appreciate the history behind Thiruvalluvar Statue, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kanyakumari Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kanyakumari tour planner .

Getting from Kovalam to Kanyakumari by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kanyakumari Beach ©
Kanyakumari Beach
Vivekananda Rock Memorial ©
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Thiruvalluvar Statue ©
Thiruvalluvar Statue

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 27th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, take in the views from Pamban bridge, then see the interesting displays at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Rameswaram tour planner .

You can drive from Kanyakumari to Rameswaram in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can catch the 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
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge ©
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge

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.
For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Madurai road trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Rameswaram to Madurai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. On the 28th (Sat), you'll travel to Thekkady.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Tours Shopping

1
night
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Junction. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, take some stellar pictures from Chellarkovil Viewpoint, then contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, and finally browse the exhibits of Green land spice garden.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Thekkady trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Madurai to Thekkady takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Munnar.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction
Green land spice garden ©
Green land spice garden
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve

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 30th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at C.S.I Christ Church, take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens, then take in the dramatic scenery at Chinnakanel Water Falls, and finally see human ingenuity at work at Anayirankal Dam Reservoir.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Munnar trip planner .

You can drive from Thekkady to Munnar in 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Munnar can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. On the 1st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Mararikulam.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Anayirankal Dam Reservoir
Highlights from your plan
Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Chinnakanel Water Falls ©
Chinnakanel Water Falls
Anayirankal Dam Reservoir ©
Anayirankal Dam Reservoir

3
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. Kids will appreciate attractions like Vaikom Mahadeva Temple and Mararikulam Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mararikulam: St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam (in Cherthala) and Kumarakom (Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary & Sree Kumaramangalam Subramanyaswamy Temple). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Vembanad Lake and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mararikulam Mahadeva Temple.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Mararikulam trip planner .

Traveling by car from Munnar to Mararikulam takes 4.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Mararikulam can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mararikulam

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kumarakom, Vaikom Mahadeva Temple, Vembanad Lake, St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Mararikulam Beach ©
Mararikulam Beach
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple ©
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple

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