37 days in India Itinerary

37 days in India Itinerary

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37 days in India Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Kovalam
— 10 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Alappuzha
— 9 nights
Bus:  2​h 45​min
3
Munnar
— 9 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Thekkady
— 8 nights
Taxi + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

10
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kovalam: Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) (Poovar Island, Magic Planet Theme Park, & more) and Varkala Town (Papasnanam Beach/Varkala Beach, Varkala Beach, & more). There's lots more to do: stroll through Kovalam Beach, kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach, make a trip to Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, and admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kovalam tour app .

Kolkata (Calcutta) to Kovalam is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Kovalam: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Kovalam

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Varkala Town
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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach

9
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Alappuzha: Thiruvizha Sree Mahadeva Temple (in Cherthala), Kottayam (Vaikom Mahadeva Temple, Kattikkayam Water Falls, & more) and Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary (in Kumarakom). Spend the 3rd (Fri) exploring at Kerala Backwaters. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Marari Beach, kick back and relax at Mararikulam Beach, explore the activities along Vembanad Lake, and admire the striking features of St. Andrew's Basilica Arthunkal.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Alappuzha trip maker tool .

Getting from Kovalam to Alappuzha by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Alappuzha are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Munnar.

Things to do in Alappuzha

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kottayam, Kerala, Mararikulam, Punnamada Lake, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
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Kerala Backwaters ©
Kerala Backwaters
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Alappuzha Beach ©
Alappuzha Beach

9
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Munnar: Meesapulimala (in Idukki), Kattikkayam Waterfalls (in Kottayam) and Nature Education Centre, Pampadum Shola (in Vattavada). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens, see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, take a peaceful walk through Photo Point, and admire the sheer force of Lakkam Waterfalls.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Munnar day trip app .

You can take a bus from Alappuzha to Munnar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lakkam Waterfalls, Kattikkayam Waterfalls, Meesapulimala, Nature Education Centre, Pampadum Shola
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Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park ©
Nature Education Centre, Pampadum Shola ©

8
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sita Devi Lake (in Idukki) and Vagamon (in Kottayam). Spend the 23rd (Thu) exploring nature at Periyar National Park. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, take in the dramatic scenery at Pandikuzhi Waterfalls, take a peaceful walk through Gavi Forest, and head outdoors with Persian Paradise Elephant Ride.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Thekkady trip itinerary app .

Drive from Munnar to Thekkady in 3 hours. On the 28th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Vagamon, Sita Devi Lake
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction

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