9 days in India Itinerary

9 days in India Itinerary

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9 days in India Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Madurai
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Kumarakom
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Alappuzha
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
5
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Mumbai

1
night
Madurai

Madurai ©
One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Madurai sits on the banks of the River Vaigai and serves as a center of Tamil culture.
On the 24th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Pazhamudhir Solai and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine. Keep things going the next day: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Meenakshi Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aayiram Kaal Mandapam.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Madurai day trip planning website .

Mumbai to Madurai is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or drive. Traveling from Mumbai in December, you will find days in Madurai are a bit cooler (34°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (25°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Tours
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Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine ©
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine
Aayiram Kaal Mandapam ©
Aayiram Kaal Mandapam

2
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
On the 26th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Elephant Junction and then identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: look and learn at Green land spice garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, then take some stellar pictures from Chellarkovil Viewpoint, and finally identify plant and animal life at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Thekkady sightseeing planner.

Getting from Madurai to Thekkady by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Kumarakom.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, examine the collection at Bay Island Driftwood Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Kumaramangalam Subramanyaswamy Temple, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Kerala Album Art Gallery.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kumarakom online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Kumarakom takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Kumarakom

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Bay Island Driftwood Museum
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Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary ©
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Bay Island Driftwood Museum ©
Bay Island Driftwood Museum

2
nights
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 29th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Marari Beach, then examine the collection at International Coir Museum, then explore the world behind art at Revi Karunakaran Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jain Temple, Alleppey, and then kick back and relax at Alappuzha Beach.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Alappuzha driving holiday app .

Drive from Kumarakom to Alappuzha in 1.5 hours. December in Alappuzha sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can take a train to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Alappuzha

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Marari Beach
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Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple ©
Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple
International Coir Museum ©
International Coir Museum

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 31st (Mon): see the interesting displays at Catholic Art Museum, view the masterpieces at Kashi Art Gallery, admire the landmark architecture of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paradesi Synagogue, then examine the collection at International Tourism Police Station and Police Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Antique Museum Kochi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): explore the world behind art at Kerala Folklore Museum, then don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, then brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum Kochi, and finally kick back and relax at Fort Kochi Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kochi (Cochin) trip itinerary maker tool .

Take a train from Alappuzha to Kochi (Cochin) in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Museums Outdoors Beaches
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Kashi Art Gallery ©
Kashi Art Gallery
Maritime Museum Kochi ©
Maritime Museum Kochi
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue

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