9 days in India Itinerary

9 days in India Itinerary

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9 days in India Itinerary

Start: Pune
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 night
Train:  1​h
2
Alappuzha
— 1 night
Train:  2​h
3
Varkala Town
— 1 night
Train:  45​min
4
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Thekkady
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Munnar
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Pune


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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take a stroll through Jew Town and then explore the world behind art at Kerala Folklore Museum. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue, look for gifts at Leens Export, then don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, then admire the striking features of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, and finally deepen your understanding at Kerala Kathakali Centre.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) road trip app .

Pune to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In December in Kochi (Cochin), expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Kerala Kathakali Centre ©
Kerala Kathakali Centre

1
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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 16th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jain Temple, Alleppey, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then kick back and relax at Alappuzha Beach, and finally stroll through Marari Beach.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Alappuzha trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by train from Kochi (Cochin) to Alappuzha takes 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can take a train to Varkala Town.

Things to do in Alappuzha

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Marari Beach
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Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Alappuzha Beach ©
Alappuzha Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
night
Varkala Town

Varkala Town ©
A calm and quiet town offering long sandy beaches on the Arabian Sea, Varkala features a variety of beach activities.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Janardhana Swami Temple, then revel in the low prices at Asparagus, then enjoy the sand and surf at Varkala Beach, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Varkala Town trip planner .

You can take a train from Alappuzha to Varkala Town in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Varkala Town are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Varkala Town

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach
Spas
Janardhana Swami Temple
Janardhana Swami Temple

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kovalam Avaduthura Devi Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach, then kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach, and finally examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Napier Museum, then admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally stop by Sarwaa.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) planner .

Take a train from Varkala Town to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Kovalam
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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

1
night
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
On the 20th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, then contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, then identify plant and animal life at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally get great views at Chellarcovil View Point.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Thekkady travel route website .

Getting from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Thekkady by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam, then admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens, then admire the natural beauty at Rose Gardens, and finally stop by Tata Tea Outlet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park and then see the interesting displays at Tea Museum.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Munnar trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Munnar takes 3 hours. In December in Munnar, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Museums
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Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Tea Museum ©
Tea Museum

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