24 days in India Itinerary

24 days in India Itinerary

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24 days in India Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  16 h 45 min
1
Mumbai
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
3
Alappuzha
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h 45 min
4
Munnar
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Thekkady
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 3 nights
Train + Bus:  1 h 45 min
7
Kanyakumari
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Taxi + Fly:  5 h 15 min
8
Chennai
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  20 h
End: New York City

5
nights
Mumbai

Mumbai ©
Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Elephanta Caves, World of Bollywood Tours and Travel - Day Tours and Gateway of India. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Chowpatty Beach and Juhu Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Shree Siddhivinayak and ISKCON Temple - Mumbai. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, browse the eclectic array of goods at Crawford Market, stop by Sancha Tea Boutique, and don't miss a visit to Marine Drive.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Mumbai (Bombay) travel itinerary planner .

New York City, USA to Mumbai (Bombay) is an approximately 17-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a 10 hour difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from New York City in December, with highs in Mumbai (Bombay) at 90°F and lows at 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Mumbai

Parks Shopping Outdoors
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Gateway of India ©
Gateway of India
Shree Siddhivinayak ©
Shree Siddhivinayak
Marine Drive ©
Marine Drive

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kerala Kathakali Centre, Kerala Adventure Tourism, Chinese Fishing Nets, and other attractions you added. On the 28th (Thu), explore and take pictures at Kerala Kathakali Centre, paddle through the water with Kerala Adventure Tourism, make a short side trip with India Via Kerala, then make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue. On the next day, take a stroll through Jew Town, enjoy the sand and surf at Cherai Beach, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Vallarpadam Church.

To see photos and tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Mumbai (Bombay) to Kochi (Cochin) takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Mumbai (Bombay) in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 74°F in Kochi (Cochin). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can go by car to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Jew Town ©
Jew Town

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Vembanad Lake, Kayaking & Canoeing and Kerala Backwaters. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): explore the activities along Vembanad Lake, stroll through Alappuzha Beach, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Kerala Backwaters.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Alappuzha sightseeing planner .

Drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Alappuzha in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Alappuzha can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Alappuzha

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Kerala Backwaters
Highlights from your plan
Kerala Backwaters ©
Kerala Backwaters
Alappuzha Beach ©
Alappuzha Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Photo Point, Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park, Kerala Bicycle Trips, and other attractions. On the 1st (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Photo Point, pedal to the sights with Kerala Bicycle Trips, explore the striking landscape of Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens, then see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam, and finally take some stellar pictures from Top Station. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Tea Museum, then add some entertainment to your itinerary with Punarjani Traditional Village, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at C.S.I Christ Church.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Munnar holiday builder .

Traveling by car from Alappuzha to Munnar takes 3 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park ©
Tea Museum ©
Tea Museum

1
night
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Periyar National Park has been added to your itinerary. On the 3rd (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Periyar National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pattumala Matha Church, take in nature's colorful creations at Periyar Spice & Ayurvedic Garden, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Thekkady route planner .

Traveling by car from Munnar to Thekkady takes 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pattumala Matha Church
Highlights from your plan
Periyar National Park ©
Periyar National Park
Pattumala Matha Church ©
Pattumala Matha Church
Periyar Spice & Ayurvedic Garden ©
Periyar Spice & Ayurvedic Garden

3
nights
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.
Popular historic sites such as Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple and Beemapally Mosque are in your itinerary. Janardhana Swami Temple and Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): Kovalam (Lighthouse Beach, Kovalam Beach, & more) and Varkala Beach (in Varkala).

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) journey maker .

Drive from Thekkady to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 74°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kovalam, Varkala Town
Highlights from your plan
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

3
nights
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Thirparappu Falls, Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Thollavilai Narayana Swamy Temple, and other attractions. There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at Thiruvalluvar Statue, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jain Temple Kanyakumari, and make a trip to Gandhi Memorial.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kanyakumari sightseeing site .

Drive from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Kanyakumari in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Kanyakumari can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Chennai (Madras).

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Thirparappu Waterfalls
Highlights from your plan
Thirparappu Waterfalls ©
Thirparappu Waterfalls
Kanyakumari Beach ©
Kanyakumari Beach

2
nights
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Madras Crocodile Bank, kick back and relax at Besant Nagar Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shirdi Sai Baba Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Parthasarathy Temple, pause for some serene contemplation at San Thome Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapaleeshwar Temple, then wander the streets of Mylapore, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Beach.

Before you visit Chennai (Madras), use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kanyakumari to Chennai (Madras) in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Kanyakumari in January since evenings lows in Chennai (Madras) dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chennai

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Besant Nagar Beach ©
Besant Nagar Beach
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach
Kapaleeshwarar Temple ©
Kapaleeshwarar Temple

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