16 days in India Itinerary

16 days in India Itinerary

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16 days in India Itinerary

Start: Durgapur
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  40​h
1
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
2
Alappuzha
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 45​min
3
Munnar
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 2 nights
train + bus:  2​h
6
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  24​h
End: Durgapur

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.
On the 12th (Thu), kick back and relax at Cherai Beach, don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue, and finally look for gifts at ViaKerala Shop. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Kochi Beach, then gain insight at Kerala Kathakali Centre, then make a trip to Jew Town, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kochi (Cochin) trip itinerary planning app .

Durgapur to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 40-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. December in Kochi (Cochin) sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Fort Kochi Beach ©
Fort Kochi Beach
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets

3
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.
Explore Alappuzha's surroundings by going to Kumarakom (Sree Kumaramangalam Subramanyaswamy Temple & Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary). Spend the 15th (Sun) exploring at Kerala Backwaters. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Marari Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Alleppey Backwaters, stroll through Alappuzha Beach, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Alappuzha trip planner .

Getting from Kochi (Cochin) to Alappuzha by train takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Alappuzha are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Munnar.

Things to do in Alappuzha

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kumarakom, Marari Beach, Kerala Backwaters
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Kerala Backwaters ©
Kerala Backwaters
Alappuzha Beach ©
Alappuzha Beach

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 18th (Wed), admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam, then get great views at Munnar Hill Station, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park, then see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, and then look for gifts at Tata Tea Outlet.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Munnar attractions tool .

You can take a bus from Alappuzha to Munnar in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Museums
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Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park ©
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam

2
nights
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 20th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Junction and then identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, then get great views at Chellarkovil Viewpoint, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Thekkady vacation builder site .

Drive from Munnar to Thekkady in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach, and finally don't miss a visit to Attukal Bhagavathy Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, then head off the coast to Poovar Island, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Shanghumukham Beach.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. December in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Kovalam
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse 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.
On the 24th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bhagavathy Amman Temple, don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, pause for some photo ops at Thiruvalluvar Statue, then kick back and relax at Kanyakumari Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kanyakumari trip maker site .

Getting from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Kanyakumari by combination of train and bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

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

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