8 days in India Itinerary

8 days in India Itinerary

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8 days in India Itinerary

Start: Kochi (Cochin)
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Kochi (Cochin)
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Munnar
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Thekkady
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Kovalam
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Kanyakumari
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Kovalam
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Alappuzha
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
8
Guruvayur
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 night
End: Kochi (Cochin)

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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 28th (Mon), look for gifts at ViaKerala Shop, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue, then make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, then admire the landmark architecture of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, and finally deepen your understanding at Kerala Kathakali Centre.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) driving holiday planning site .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Kochi (Cochin). October in Kochi (Cochin) sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Munnar.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam and then explore the striking landscape of Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Munnar route planning site .

You can drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Munnar in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

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

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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 30th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Junction and then identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Thekkady online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Munnar to Thekkady takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in Thekkady

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

1
night
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 31st (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach, stroll through Lighthouse Beach, then admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kovalam day trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Thekkady to Kovalam takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Kovalam are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Kovalam

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Spas

1
day
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 1st (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Bhagavathy Amman Temple, make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, then pause for some photo ops at Thiruvalluvar Statue, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kanyakumari Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kanyakumari online itinerary maker .

Traveling by train from Kovalam to Kanyakumari takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daytime highs in Kanyakumari are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kovalam.

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

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night
Kovalam

Kovalam
To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kovalam day trip tool .

Traveling by train from Kanyakumari to Kovalam takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll set off for Alappuzha on the 2nd (Sat).

Things to do in Kovalam

Parks Outdoors Tours

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 2nd (Sat), paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then kick back and relax at Marari Beach.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Alappuzha trip planner .

Drive from Kovalam to Alappuzha in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Alappuzha can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Guruvayur.

Things to do in Alappuzha

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Marari Beach
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing

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hours
Guruvayur

Guruvayur ©
Guruvayur stands as one of the holiest and most important pilgrimage centers in the state, with its Sri Krishna Temple among the most frequented temples in the country.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram, and then admire the landmark architecture of Guruvayur Temple.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Guruvayur driving holiday planning site .

You can drive from Alappuzha to Guruvayur in 4 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Guruvayur

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Guruvayur Temple ©
Guruvayur Temple
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram ©
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram
Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta) ©
Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta)

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Kochi (Cochin)

Kochi (Cochin) ©
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Mattancherry Palace.

Plan trip to Kochi (Cochin) with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Guruvayur to Kochi (Cochin) in 2.5 hours. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mattancherry Palace ©
Mattancherry Palace

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