9 days in India Itinerary

9 days in India Itinerary

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9 days in India Itinerary

Start: Varanasi
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
2
Alappuzha
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Thekkady
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Kovalam
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
5
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— Few hours
Fly:  6​h
End: Varanasi

2
nights
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 25th (Wed), explore the world behind art at Kerala Folklore Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) journey builder app .

Varanasi to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. While traveling from Varanasi, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Kochi (Cochin), ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Shiva Temple ©
Shiva Temple
Edappally Church Complex ©
Edappally Church Complex
St. Antony's Shrine ©
St. Antony's Shrine

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.
Kerala Backwaters has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Kerala Backwaters.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Alappuzha trip builder app .

Take a train from Kochi (Cochin) to Alappuzha in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. On the 28th (Sat), you're off toThekkady.

Things to do in Alappuzha

Nature Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Kerala Backwaters
Highlights from your plan
Kerala Backwaters ©
Kerala Backwaters

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 29th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Thekkady trip planner .

Traveling by car from Alappuzha to Thekkady takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in Thekkady

Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve

3
nights
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.
Get some historical perspective at Our Lady of Ransom Church and Jain Temple Kanyakumari. Step off the beaten path and head to Spas & Wellness and Samudra Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kovalam: Kanyakumari (Sunset View Point & Observation Tower). It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lighthouse Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kovalam trip itinerary builder .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Thekkady to Kovalam in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Kovalam, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Kovalam

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Kanyakumari
Highlights from your plan
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Our Lady of Ransom Church ©
Our Lady of Ransom Church

few
hours
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): stop by Sarwaa and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) sightseeing planning tool .

You can drive from Kovalam to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in an hour. January in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple

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