9 days in India Itinerary

9 days in India Itinerary

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9 days in India Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Kovalam
— 2 nights
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
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. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, then admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, then tour the pleasant surroundings 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 flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in January; daily highs in Kovalam reach 36°C and lows reach 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kovalam

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

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

1
night
Thekkady

Thekkady
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Thekkady road trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Kovalam to Thekkady in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 16th (Thu), you'll travel to Munnar.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Nature Tours
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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), admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam, then get great views at Munnar Hill Station, and then admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): look for gifts at Tata Tea Outlet, then examine the collection at Tea Museum, and then explore the striking landscape of Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Munnar itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Munnar takes 3 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Munnar can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Munnar

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then kick back and relax at Alappuzha Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Marari Beach. On the next day, kick back and relax at Mararikulam Beach, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jain Temple, Alleppey.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Alappuzha trip 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough 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.
On the 20th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Cherai Beach, don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, and then wander the streets of Jew Town.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kochi (Cochin) trip planner .

You can take a train from Alappuzha to Kochi (Cochin) in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. January in Kochi (Cochin) sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

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

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