9 days in India Itinerary

9 days in India Itinerary

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9 days in India Itinerary

Start: Ahmedabad
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Kumarakom
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Thekkady
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Munnar
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Vadodara
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
End: Ahmedabad

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 30th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Saint Francis and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): admire the striking features of Jeevamatha Church, don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, admire the striking features of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, then gain insight at Kerala Kathakali Centre, then admire the striking features of Mattancherry Palace, and finally make a trip to Jew Town.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kochi (Cochin) trip builder .

Ahmedabad to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Kochi (Cochin) when traveling from Ahmedabad in November, with lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kumarakom.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

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

1
night
Kumarakom

Kumarakom ©
Kumarakom features one of Kerala's most scenic lakes as the backdrop and serves as a gateway to the area's famous backwaters.
On the 2nd (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiva Temple Ernakulam , identify plant and animal life at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Kumaramangalam Subramanyaswamy Temple.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kumarakom travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Kumarakom in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kumarakom

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary ©
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Shiva Temple Ernakulam	©
Shiva Temple Ernakulam

1
night
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, take some stellar pictures from Chellarkovil Viewpoint, then contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Thekkady online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Kumarakom to Thekkady by car takes about 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time 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

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam, take some stellar pictures from Munnar Hill Station, and then admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Tata Tea Outlet, see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Munnar trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Munnar takes 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Museums
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Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park ©

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.
On the 6th (Fri), examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, then kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach, then kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Napier Museum, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then step off the mainland to explore Poovar Island, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) road trip tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Munnar to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. In December in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Vadodara.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

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

1
night
Vadodara

Vadodara ©
Tourism in Vadodara, the cultural capital of Gujarat, thrives on four major palace complexes, great regional dance performances, gardens and galleries, and a number of museums offering a wide variety of events, activities, and things to see.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Sayaji Baug, take in the spiritual surroundings of EME Temple, then admire the landmark architecture of Lukshmi Vilas Palace, then browse the different shops at Eva Mall, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Alkapuri Haveli.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Vadodara journey maker .

You can fly from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Vadodara in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Vadodara

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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Lukshmi Vilas Palace ©
Lukshmi Vilas Palace
EME Temple ©
EME Temple
Sayaji Baug ©
Sayaji Baug

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