8 days in India Itinerary

8 days in India Itinerary

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8 days in India Itinerary

Start: Kochi (Cochin)
Drive:  2​h 15​min
1
Munnar
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Alappuzha
— 2 nights
3
Varkala
— 2 nights
4
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 1 night
End: Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Photo Point, then see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam, and then admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Munnar sightseeing planner .

Kochi (Cochin) to Munnar is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in January, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks
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Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Photo Point ©
Photo Point

2
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 15th (Tue): kick back and relax at Mararikulam Beach, then kick back and relax at Marari Beach, and then don't miss a visit to Alappuzha Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): kick back and relax at Alappuzha Beach and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Alappuzha vacation maker website .

Traveling by car from Munnar to Alappuzha takes 3 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Alappuzha can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Varkala.

Things to do in Alappuzha

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Mararikulam
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Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Alappuzha Beach ©
Alappuzha Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Varkala

Varkala ©
A calm and quiet town offering long sandy beaches on the Arabian Sea, Varkala features a variety of beach activities.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Varkala Beach, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Vishnu Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Janardhana Swami Temple. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Varkala Cliff and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kollam Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Varkala vacation planner .

Getting from Alappuzha to Varkala by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Varkala

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kollam Beach
Highlights from your plan
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach
Spas & Wellness
Janardhana Swami Temple ©
Janardhana Swami Temple

1
night
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.
On the 19th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kovalam Beach, then stroll through Lighthouse Beach, and finally see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) online trip planner .

Getting from Varkala to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In January in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kovalam
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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

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