9 days in India Itinerary

9 days in India Itinerary

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9 days in India Itinerary

Start: Pune
1
Pune
— 1 day
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
2
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Munnar
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 45​min
4
Alappuzha
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
Kumarakom
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Athirappilly
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Pune

1
day
Pune

Pune ©
Pune has long enjoyed a reputation as a center of culture and commerce, with many dynastic rulers making the town central to their regional plans in the centuries before the British Raj.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Sinhagad Fort, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Balaji Mandir, then see the interesting displays at Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dagadusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Pune trip builder tool .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Pune. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Thekkady.

Things to do in Pune

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Dagadusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple ©
Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum ©
Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum
Sinhagad Fort ©
Sinhagad Fort

2
nights
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 26th (Sat): explore the galleries of Green land spice garden, get great views at Chellarkovil Viewpoint, then contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Junction.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Thekkady holiday planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Pune to Thekkady in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Munnar.

Things to do in Thekkady

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

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.
On the 28th (Mon), admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam, then get great views at Munnar Hill Station, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens. Keep things going the next day: stop by Tata Tea Outlet, then examine the collection at Tea Museum, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Munnar online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Munnar takes 3 hours. October in Munnar sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Munnar

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Edathua Church, make a trip to Kuttikattu Sree Bhadra Kali Devi Temple, then kick back and relax at Alappuzha Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Marari Beach.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Alappuzha travel planning site .

Getting from Munnar to Alappuzha by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. October in Alappuzha sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kumarakom.

Things to do in Alappuzha

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Marari Beach
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Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Alappuzha Beach ©
Alappuzha Beach

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 31st (Thu), see the interesting displays at Bay Island Driftwood Museum, identify plant and animal life at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiva Temple Ernakulam .

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kumarakom route planner.

Drive from Alappuzha to Kumarakom in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to drive to Athirappilly.

Things to do in Kumarakom

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trip

Bay Island Driftwood Museum
Highlights from your plan
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary ©
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Bay Island Driftwood Museum ©
Bay Island Driftwood Museum
Shiva Temple Ernakulam	©
Shiva Temple Ernakulam

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night
Athirappilly

Athirappilly ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): see human ingenuity at work at Thumboormuzhy Dam.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Athirappilly day trip planning site .

Getting from Kumarakom to Athirappilly by car takes about 3 hours. In October, daytime highs in Athirappilly are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. On the 1st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Athirappilly

Parks

Side Trip

Thumboormuzhy Dam
Highlights from your plan
Thumboormuzhy Dam ©
Thumboormuzhy Dam

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.
On the 2nd (Sat), take a stroll through Jew Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue, deepen your understanding at Kerala Kathakali Centre, then don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Saint Francis.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Athirappilly to Kochi (Cochin) takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in November, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

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

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