9 days in India Itinerary

9 days in India Itinerary

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9 days in India Itinerary

Start: Munnar
Drive:  3​h 45​min
1
Kochi (Cochin)
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Munnar
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Thekkady
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Kovalam
— 1 night
train:  2​h
5
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Rameswaram
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
7
Madurai
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
End: Munnar

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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Kochi (Cochin) attractions planning tool .

Munnar to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 4-hour car ride. In December, daytime highs in Kochi (Cochin) are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Munnar.
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Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets

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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.
Munnar is known for parks, nature, museums, nightlife, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens, get outside with Outdoor Activities, admire the sheer force of Attukal Waterfalls, and explore the striking landscape of Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Munnar road trip planner .

You can drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Munnar in 4 hours. In December in Munnar, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Tea Museum ©
Tea Museum

1
night
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Junction and then look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Thekkady trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Munnar to Thekkady by car takes about 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in Thekkady

Wildlife Parks
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction

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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.
On the 13th (Fri), kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach, kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kovalam trip itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Thekkady to Kovalam in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. December in Kovalam sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 75°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Kovalam

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
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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.
To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanyakumari trip planner.

Take a train from Kovalam to Kanyakumari in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Kanyakumari sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 75°F at night. You will leave for Rameswaram on the 14th (Sat).

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

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night
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
On the 14th (Sat), snap pictures at Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, take in the views from Pamban bridge, then stroll the grounds of Kalam National Memorial, then enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Agnitheertham, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hanuman Temple, and finally examine the collection at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Rameswaram tour planning app .

You can drive from Kanyakumari to Rameswaram in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can take a train to Madurai.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple
Dhanushkodi Beach ©
Dhanushkodi Beach
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge ©
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge

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 16th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, then see the interesting displays at Gandhi Memorial Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Madurai tour planner .

Take a train from Rameswaram to Madurai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Madurai are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car back home.

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
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine ©
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine

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