17 days in India Itinerary

17 days in India Itinerary

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17 days in India Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
2
Munnar
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Thekkady
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Madurai
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Tiruchirappalli
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Pondicherry
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
7
Coonoor
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Kuala Lumpur


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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Varkala Beach (in Varkala) and Kovalam (Kovalam Beach & Lighthouse Beach). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, get to know the resident critters at Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, and don't miss a visit to Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip itinerary site .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time to India Standard Time is minus 2 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Munnar.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kovalam, Varkala Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach

3
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.
Munnar is known for parks, nature, museums, nightlife, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park, look for gifts at Tata Tea Outlet, and see the interesting displays at Tea Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Munnar trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Munnar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. November in Munnar sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park ©

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, get great views at Chellarcovil View Point, admire the natural beauty at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, and have some family-friendly fun at Thekkady Rose Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Thekkady trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Munnar to Thekkady in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Madurai.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): see the interesting displays at Gandhi Memorial Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoga Narasimhar Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Aayiram Kaal Mandapam.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Madurai trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Madurai takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in November, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Tiruchirappalli.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Gandhi Memorial Museum
Gandhi Memorial Museum
Aayiram Kaal Mandapam ©
Aayiram Kaal Mandapam

1
night
Tiruchirappalli

Tiruchirappalli ©
Located in the center of the state, the ancient city of Tiruchirappalli--or Trichy/Tiruchi as it is more commonly known--remains rich in Tamil culture.
On the 23rd (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tiruchirapalli Rock Fort, contemplate the long history of Jambukeswarar Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Rangam Ranga Nathar Temple.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tiruchirappalli online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Madurai to Tiruchirappalli takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Tiruchirappalli

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple ©
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
Jambukeswarar Temple ©
Jambukeswarar Temple
Tiruchirapalli Rock Fort ©
Tiruchirapalli Rock Fort

2
nights
Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
On the 24th (Sun), stroll through Paradise Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, make a trip to Sri Aurobindo Ashram, then go for a stroll along the water at Seaside Promenade, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Old Lighthouse. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Matrimandir, enjoy the sand and surf at Rock Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Pondicherry road trip planning app .

You can drive from Tiruchirappalli to Pondicherry in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Coonoor.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Matrimandir
Highlights from your plan
Seaside Promenade ©
Seaside Promenade
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple ©
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

1
night
Coonoor

Coonoor ©
A small town up in the hills, Coonoor has a wealth of scenic sights and pleasant urban places of interest.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at All Saints Church, stop by The Shop, then experience rural life at Tranquilitea Gourmet Nilgiri Teas, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Sim`s Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Coonoor trip planner .

You can drive from Pondicherry to Coonoor in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. November in Coonoor sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Coonoor

Parks Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Sim`s Park ©
Sim`s Park
All Saints Church ©
All Saints Church
The Shop ©
The Shop

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue, stop by ViaKerala Shop, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Marari Beach. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Kerala Folklore Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Saint Francis, don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, then admire the striking features of Mattancherry Palace, and finally wander the streets of Jew Town.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kochi (Cochin) trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Coonoor to Kochi (Cochin) takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In November in Kochi (Cochin), expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Marari Beach
Highlights from your plan
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach

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