10 days in India Itinerary

10 days in India Itinerary

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10 days in India Itinerary

Start: Kochi (Cochin)
Drive:  2​h 15​min
1
Munnar
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Thekkady
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Kumarakom
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Alappuzha
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 30​min
5
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 1 day
Drive:  30​min
6
Kovalam
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
7
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
End: Kanyakumari

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 12th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Anamudi Peak, take in the dramatic scenery at Lakkam Waterfalls, and then pause for some serene contemplation at C.S.I Christ Church. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Rose Gardens and then look for all kinds of wild species at Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Munnar online itinerary builder

Kochi (Cochin) to Munnar is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. In December, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lakkam Waterfalls
Highlights from your plan
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
Anamudi Peak ©
Anamudi Peak
C.S.I Christ Church ©
C.S.I Christ Church

2
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): admire all the interesting features of Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, look for gifts at Abraham's Spice Garden, then explore and take pictures at Spice Walk, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mangladevi Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Periyar Spice & Ayurvedic Garden, identify plant and animal life at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Thekkady online holiday planner

You can drive from Munnar to Thekkady in 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Kumarakom.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation ©
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Abraham's Spice Garden ©
Abraham's Spice Garden

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 16th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kottayam Cheriapally, take in the awesome beauty at Thangal Hill, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary's Knanaya Church, and finally don't miss a visit to Kumaranalloor.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kumarakom driving holiday planner

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Kumarakom takes 3.5 hours. In December in Kumarakom, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Kumarakom

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Kottayam, Thangal Hill
Highlights from your plan
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary ©
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Kumaranalloor ©
Kumaranalloor
Kottayam Cheriapally ©
Kottayam Cheriapally

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.
To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Alappuzha trip itinerary planner

Drive from Kumarakom to Alappuzha in an hour. In December, daily temperatures in Alappuzha can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. You'll set off for Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) on the 18th (Mon).

Things to do in Alappuzha

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

1
day
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 (Mon): kick back and relax at Shanghumukham Beach and then visit a coastal fixture at Vizhinjam Lighthouse.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) online road trip planner

You can drive from Alappuzha to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kovalam.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Shanghumukham Beach ©
Shanghumukham Beach
Vizhinjam Lighthouse ©
Vizhinjam Lighthouse

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 19th (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then enjoy the sand and surf at Samudra Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kovalam trip planner

Kovalam is just a short distance from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum). In December in Kovalam, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Kovalam

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Samudra Beach ©
Samudra Beach
Spas & Wellness

1
night
Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari ©
Located at the most southerly point of mainland India, Kanyakumari has long attracted pilgrims and those keen to see the end of the road.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bhagavathy Amman Temple, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of Ransom Church, then kick back and relax at Sothavilai Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Jain Temple Kanyakumari.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kanyakumari trip itinerary planning tool

Traveling by car from Kovalam to Kanyakumari takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Sunset View Point ©
Sunset View Point
Bhagavathy Amman Temple ©
Bhagavathy Amman Temple
Our Lady of Ransom Church ©
Our Lady of Ransom Church

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