8 days in India Itinerary

8 days in India Itinerary

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8 days in India Itinerary

Start: Ahmedabad
train:  1​h 45​min
1
Vadodara
— Few hours
Fly:  6​h
2
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Kumarakom
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Munnar
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Ahmedabad

few
hours
Vadodara

Vadodara ©
Tourism in Vadodara, the cultural capital of Gujarat, thrives on four major palace complexes, great regional dance performances, gardens and galleries, and a number of museums offering a wide variety of events, activities, and things to see.
On the 1st (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Sayaji Baug, take in the spiritual surroundings of EME Temple, and then step into the grandiose world of Lukshmi Vilas Palace.

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Ahmedabad to Vadodara is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Vadodara

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Lukshmi Vilas Palace ©
Lukshmi Vilas Palace
EME Temple ©
EME Temple
Sayaji Baug ©
Sayaji Baug

2
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 2nd (Mon), take a stroll through Jew Town, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mattancherry Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue, then don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, and finally deepen your understanding at Kerala Kathakali Centre. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Saint Francis, and then stroll through Cherai Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kochi (Cochin) online itinerary planner .

Getting from Vadodara to Kochi (Cochin) by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Kumarakom.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Kerala Kathakali Centre ©
Kerala Kathakali Centre

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.
On the 4th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiva Temple Ernakulam , then look for all kinds of wild species at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Kumaramangalam Subramanyaswamy Temple.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kumarakom trip tool .

Getting from Kochi (Cochin) to Kumarakom by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Kumarakom are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kumarakom

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary ©
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Shiva Temple Ernakulam	©
Shiva Temple Ernakulam

2
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
On the 5th (Thu), take in nature's colorful creations at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, then get great views at Chellarkovil Viewpoint, then contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Junction.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Thekkady trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Kumarakom to Thekkady takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Munnar.

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
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam, take some stellar pictures from Munnar Hill Station, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens. On your second day here, look for gifts at Tata Tea Outlet, then examine the collection at Tea Museum, and then explore the striking landscape of Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Munnar online holiday planner .

Getting from Thekkady to Munnar by car takes about 3 hours. In December, daytime highs in Munnar are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Munnar

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

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