9 days in India Itinerary

9 days in India Itinerary

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9 days in India Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Hyderabad
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h
2
Munnar
— 1 night
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:  3​h 45​min
6
Alappuzha
— 1 night
train:  1​h
7
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: New Delhi

1
night
Hyderabad

Hyderabad ©
Teeming with history and heritage, Hyderabad draws visitors from all over the world with its old Indo-Islamic buildings, forts, and museums.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): make a trip to Charminar, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Birla Mandir, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Peddamma Temple and then find something for the whole family at Ramoji Film City.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hyderabad day trip planning site .

New Delhi to Hyderabad is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from New Delhi in December, with highs in Hyderabad at 35°C and lows at 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Munnar.

Things to do in Hyderabad

Theme Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ramoji Film City ©
Ramoji Film City
Sri Peddamma Thalli Temple ©
Sri Peddamma Thalli Temple
Birla Mandir ©
Birla Mandir

1
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens, get great views at Munnar Hill Station, and then see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Munnar trip site .

Getting from Hyderabad to Munnar by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hyderabad in December, Munnar is a bit warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Munnar Hill Station ©
Munnar Hill Station

1
night
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
On the 16th (Mon), take some stellar pictures from Chellarkovil Viewpoint, then explore the activities along Periyar Lake, then look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, and finally see the sky in a new way at Green land spice garden.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Thekkady visit planner.

You can drive from Munnar to Thekkady in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Green land spice garden ©
Green land spice garden
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake

1
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 17th (Tue), make a trip to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lighthouse Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kovalam trip planner .

Getting from Thekkady to Kovalam by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December in Kovalam, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Kovalam

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Highlights from your plan
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bhagavathy Amman Temple, don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, then appreciate the history behind Thiruvalluvar Statue, then kick back and relax at Kanyakumari Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kanyakumari route maker .

You can take a train from Kovalam to Kanyakumari in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Kanyakumari are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kanyakumari Beach ©
Kanyakumari Beach
Vivekananda Rock Memorial ©
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Thiruvalluvar Statue ©
Thiruvalluvar Statue

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 19th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Alappuzha Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Marari Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Alappuzha tour planning tool .

Getting from Kanyakumari to Alappuzha by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Alappuzha can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Alappuzha

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Marari Beach
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Alappuzha Beach ©
Alappuzha Beach
Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple ©
Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): stop by ViaKerala Shop, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue, then make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Cherai Beach. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Jew Town, admire the landmark architecture of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, then deepen your understanding at Kerala Kathakali Centre, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chottanikkara Devi Temple.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kochi (Cochin) travel route planner.

Getting from Alappuzha to Kochi (Cochin) by train takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Chottanikkara Devi Temple ©
Chottanikkara Devi Temple
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets

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