12 days in India Itinerary

12 days in India Itinerary

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12 days in India Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  20 h
1
Chennai
— Few hours
Fly:  1 h 45 min
2
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 3 nights
Train + Bus:  1 h 45 min
3
Kanyakumari
— Few hours
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Thekkady
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Munnar
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
7
Mumbai
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  16 h 45 min
End: New York City

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Chennai

Chennai
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Chennai (Madras) vacation maker .

New York City, USA to Chennai (Madras) is an approximately 20-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a 10 hour difference. In December, Chennai (Madras) is warmer than New York City - with highs of 85°F and lows of 71°F. You'll set off for Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) on the 27th (Wed).

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Shopping Nightlife

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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 28th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lighthouse Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kovalam Beach, and then admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, then kick back and relax at Samudra Beach, and then kick back and relax at Vizhinjam Lighthouse.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) online sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Chennai (Madras) to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Kovalam
Highlights from your plan
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

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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.
For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kanyakumari tour itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Kanyakumari takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 75°F. On the 30th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Thekkady.
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Vivekananda Rock Memorial ©
Vivekananda Rock Memorial

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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 31st (Sun): admire all the interesting features of Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, admire the natural beauty at Periyar Spice & Ayurvedic Garden, and then identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mangala Devi Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mangladevi Temple, then contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, and finally identify plant and animal life at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Thekkady online trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Kanyakumari to Thekkady in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation ©

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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 2nd (Tue), take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens and then examine the collection at Tea Museum.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, refer to the Munnar trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Thekkady to Munnar in 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Munnar are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Tea Museum ©
Tea Museum

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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.
Popular historic sites such as Paradesi Synagogue and Vallarpadam Church are in your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Marari Beach and Mararikulam Beach. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Cherai Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Saint Francis, and don't miss a visit to Jew Town.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kochi (Cochin) driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Munnar to Kochi (Cochin) in 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Kochi (Cochin) can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mumbai (Bombay).

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Mararikulam
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Mararikulam Beach ©
Mararikulam Beach

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Mumbai

Mumbai ©
Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, cruise along Marine Drive, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shree Siddhivinayak, and finally snap pictures at Bandra-Worli Sea Link.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Mumbai (Bombay) online route planner .

Fly from Kochi (Cochin) to Mumbai (Bombay) in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Kochi (Cochin) in January, Mumbai (Bombay) is slightly colder at night with lows of 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mumbai

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Bandra-Worli Sea Link ©
Bandra-Worli Sea Link
Marine Drive ©
Marine Drive
Shree Siddhivinayak ©
Shree Siddhivinayak

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