9 days in South India & Central India Itinerary

9 days in South India & Central India Itinerary

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9 days in South India & Central India Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Munnar
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  10​h
5
Khajuraho
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Taxi + Train:  5​h
End: New Delhi

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam, then stroll through Marari Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kochi (Cochin) trip planner .

New Delhi to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from New Delhi in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Kochi (Cochin): highs are around 37°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam, Marari Beach
Highlights from your plan
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach

1
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, head off the coast to Poovar Island, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Kochi (Cochin) to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Nature Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Poovar Island ©
Poovar Island
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace ©

2
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
On the 12th (Tue), take in nature's colorful creations at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, explore the activities along Periyar Lake, then look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, and finally look and learn at Green land spice garden. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Junction, and then get great views at Chellarcovil View Point.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Thekkady trip planner .

You can drive from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Thekkady in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive 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

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 14th (Thu): see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam, take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Gardens.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Munnar attractions tool .

You can drive from Thekkady to Munnar in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in November, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Khajuraho.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Rose Gardens ©
Rose Gardens

1
night
Khajuraho

Khajuraho ©
Most visitors come to Khajuraho to see the 1,000-year-old erotic rock carvings at a cluster of World Heritage-listed Hindu and Jain temples.
On the 15th (Fri), admire the landmark architecture of Kandariya Mahadev Temple and then get engrossed in the history at Khajuraho. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Devi Jagdamba Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chitragupta Temple, and then admire the landmark architecture of Lakshmana Temple.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Khajuraho day trip website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Munnar to Khajuraho takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Khajuraho

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Khajuraho ©
Khajuraho
Kandariya Mahadev Temple ©
Kandariya Mahadev Temple
Lakshmana Temple ©
Lakshmana Temple

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