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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): make a trip to Charminar, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at 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 more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hyderabad sightseeing planning website .

New Delhi to Hyderabad is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In December, Hyderabad is somewhat warmer than New Delhi - with highs of 35°C and lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens, then get great views at Munnar Hill Station, and then see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Munnar trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Hyderabad to Munnar takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hyderabad in December, Munnar is a bit warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car 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), get great views at Chellarkovil Viewpoint, explore the activities along Periyar Lake, then look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, and finally admire the natural beauty at Green land spice garden.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Thekkady road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Munnar to Thekkady takes 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can 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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): make a trip to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kovalam road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Thekkady to Kovalam takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Kovalam

Outdoors Parks Beaches

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Bhagavathy Amman Temple, don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, then pause for some photo ops at Thiruvalluvar Statue, then stroll through Kanyakumari Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kanyakumari day trip planning site .

Take a train from Kovalam to Kanyakumari in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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.
On the 19th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple, kick back and relax at Alappuzha Beach, and then kick back and relax at Marari Beach.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Alappuzha trip planner .

You can drive from Kanyakumari to Alappuzha in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. December in Alappuzha sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Alappuzha

Outdoors Parks Beaches

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 don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, and finally kick back and relax at Cherai Beach. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Jew Town, admire the striking features 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 see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kochi (Cochin) trip planning app .

You can take a train from Alappuzha to Kochi (Cochin) in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Kochi (Cochin) are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

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

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