8 days in India Itinerary

8 days in India Itinerary

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8 days in India Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Kovalam
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
2
Thekkady
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Munnar
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 45​min
4
Alappuzha
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
5
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

1
night
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.
To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kovalam sightseeing planning app .

Kolkata (Calcutta) to Kovalam is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. In January, Kovalam is a bit warmer than Kolkata (Calcutta) - with highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kovalam

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

1
night
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
On the 22nd (Wed), get great views at Chellarcovil View Point, admire the natural beauty at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, then contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, and finally identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Thekkady online trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kovalam to Thekkady in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake

1
night
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 23rd (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens, take some stellar pictures from Munnar Hill Station, and then see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Munnar online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Thekkady to Munnar in 3 hours. In January in Munnar, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks
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Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Munnar Hill Station ©
Munnar Hill Station

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jain Temple, Alleppey, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Alappuzha Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: deepen your understanding at Kathakali, don't miss a visit to Kuttikattu Sree Bhadra Kali Devi Temple, then explore the activities along Kayamkulam Lake, and finally kick back and relax at Marari Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Alappuzha trip tool .

You can take a bus from Munnar to Alappuzha in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. In January, daytime highs in Alappuzha are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Alappuzha

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Marari Beach
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Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing
Alappuzha Beach ©
Alappuzha Beach

2
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.
On the 26th (Sun), wander the streets of Jew Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mattancherry Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue, then don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, and finally deepen your understanding at Kerala Kathakali Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Cherai Beach and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kochi (Cochin) journey planning app .

Getting from Alappuzha to Kochi (Cochin) by train takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In January in Kochi (Cochin), expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue

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