8 days in India Itinerary

8 days in India Itinerary

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8 days in India Itinerary

Start: Rajahmundry
train:  23​h
1
Thrissur
— Few hours
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Athirappilly
— 1 night
bus:  2​h
3
Alappuzha
— 2 nights
ferry:  8​h 30​min
4
Kollam
— Few hours
train:  30​min
5
Varkala Town
— 1 night
train:  3​h
6
Kottayam
— 1 night
bus:  4​h 30​min
7
Munnar
— 1 day
bus:  14​h
8
Chennai
— Few hours
train:  9​h
End: Rajahmundry

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hours
Thrissur

Thrissur
One of the oldest and largest cities in the center of the state, Thrissur hosts a wealth of festivals throughout the year.
To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Thrissur trip builder site .

Rajahmundry to Thrissur is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. You'll set off for Athirappilly on the 25th (Wed).

Things to do in Thrissur

Historic Sites Parks Nature

1
night
Athirappilly

Athirappilly ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Vazhachal Falls, then admire the engineering at Thumboormuzhy Dam, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Charpa Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Birthplace of Sri Adi Shankara and then identify plant and animal life at Paniyeli Poru.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Athirappilly trip planner.

Getting from Thrissur to Athirappilly by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Athirappilly can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Athirappilly

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Paniyeli Poru, Thumboormuzhy Dam, Birthplace of Sri Adi Shankara
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Charpa Waterfall ©
Charpa Waterfall
Vazhachal Falls ©
Vazhachal Falls
Birthplace of Sri Adi Shankara ©
Birthplace of Sri Adi Shankara

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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, kick back and relax at Marari Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Alappuzha Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Alappuzha online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Athirappilly to Alappuzha in 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. You will leave for Kollam on the 28th (Sat).

Things to do in Alappuzha

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Marari Beach, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Alappuzha Beach ©
Alappuzha Beach
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary ©
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

few
hours
Kollam

Kollam
The bustling old port city of Kollam has long stood as a center of international trade and mercantilism, and the center of town continues the tradition with its lively scenes of commerce.
To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kollam journey planner.

Traveling by car from Alappuzha to Kollam takes 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. On the 28th (Sat), you're off toVarkala Town.

Things to do in Kollam

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

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night
Varkala Town

Varkala Town ©
A calm and quiet town offering long sandy beaches on the Arabian Sea, Varkala features a variety of beach activities.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, kick back and relax at Papasnanam Beach/Varkala Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Varkala Beach, then look for gifts at The Art of India, and finally kick back and relax at Kappil Beach.

To see reviews and other tourist information, read our Varkala Town trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Kollam to Varkala Town in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kottayam.

Things to do in Varkala Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach
Papasnanam Beach/Varkala Beach ©
Papasnanam Beach/Varkala Beach
Spas

1
night
Kottayam

Kottayam
The first Indian city to achieve a 100 percent literacy rate among its citizens, Kottayam has as much of a reputation for its educational standards as for its massive rubber industry.
To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kottayam trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Varkala Town to Kottayam in 3.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. You'll set off for Munnar on the 30th (Mon).

Things to do in Kottayam

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

1
day
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), view the masterpieces at Mistletoe art Gallery and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Munnar trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Kottayam to Munnar takes 4 hours. In December, daytime highs in Munnar are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Chennai.

Things to do in Munnar

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mistletoe art Gallery ©
Mistletoe art Gallery

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hours
Chennai

Chennai
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Chennai day trip planner.

Getting from Munnar to Chennai by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Munnar, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Chennai, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 25°C. On the 31st (Tue), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Shopping Nightlife

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