9 days in India Itinerary

9 days in India Itinerary

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9 days in India Itinerary

Start: Varanasi
+2
Fly + taxi + subway:  6​h 30​min
1
Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Kumarakom
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Munnar
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Kovalam
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  6​h
End: Varanasi

1
night
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 31st (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica and then explore and take pictures at Kerala Kathakali Centre.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kochi (Cochin) trip planner.

Varanasi to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight, taxi, and subway. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, taxi, and subway; or drive. Traveling from Varanasi in March, plan for a bit warmer nights in Kochi (Cochin), with lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Kumarakom.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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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 2nd (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiva Temple Ernakulam .

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kumarakom trip maker .

You can drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Kumarakom in 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in Kumarakom are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kumarakom

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): explore and take pictures at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, then explore the activities along Periyar Lake, then look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, and finally revel in the low prices at Tropical Chocolate Factory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Chellarkovil Viewpoint, then identify plant and animal life at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Junction.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Thekkady tour planning tool .

Drive from Kumarakom to Thekkady in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Munnar.

Things to do in Thekkady

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

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night
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.
On the 5th (Fri), examine the collection at Tea Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Gardens, then admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Munnar sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Thekkady to Munnar in 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in Munnar are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Museums
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Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Tea Museum ©
Tea Museum

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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 6th (Sat), examine the collection at Napier Museum, don't miss a visit to Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, don't miss a visit to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, then admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) holiday planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Munnar to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. April in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Napier Museum ©
Napier Museum

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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 7th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bhagavathy Amman Temple, pause for some photo ops at Thiruvalluvar Statue, then make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, then kick back and relax at Kanyakumari Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Kanyakumari trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Kanyakumari in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In April in Kanyakumari, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kovalam.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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 ©
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 8th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Rock cut temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach, and then kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kovalam trip planning website .

Getting from Kanyakumari to Kovalam by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. April in Kovalam sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kovalam

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Rock cut temple
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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

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