9 days in India Itinerary

9 days in India Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly + Taxi:  6 h 45 min
1
Kovalam
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3 h 15 min
2
Thekkady
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
3
Munnar
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h 45 min
4
Alappuzha
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
5
Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 night
+2
Subway + Taxi + Fly:  6 h 45 min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, then kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach.

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Kolkata (Calcutta) to Kovalam is an approximately 7- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in January: high temperatures in Kovalam hover around 36°C and lows are around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Thekkady.

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Beaches Outdoors Parks

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Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Spas & Wellness
Hawa Beach ©
Hawa Beach

1
night
Thekkady

Thekkady
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Thekkady trip itinerary builder.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Kovalam to Thekkady in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll set off for Munnar on the 16th (Thu).

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Nature Wildlife
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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.
On the 16th (Thu), see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam, then take some stellar pictures from Munnar Hill Station, and then admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Tata Tea Outlet, then see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, and then explore the striking landscape of Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park.

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

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Munnar takes 3 hours. January in Munnar sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Munnar

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then enjoy the sand and surf at Alappuzha Beach, and then kick back and relax at Marari Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Mararikulam Beach, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jain Temple, Alleppey.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Alappuzha online tour itinerary planner.

Take a bus from Munnar to Alappuzha in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daily temperatures in Alappuzha can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Alappuzha

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Mararikulam
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Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Alappuzha Beach ©
Alappuzha Beach
Mararikulam Beach ©
Mararikulam Beach

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 20th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Cherai Beach, then don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, and then take a stroll through Jew Town.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kochi (Cochin) vacation planner.

You can take a train from Alappuzha to Kochi (Cochin) in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Kochi (Cochin) are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Jew Town ©
Jew Town
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Chinese Fishing Nets

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