10 days in India Itinerary
Start: Washington DC
— 4 nights
Fly to Kochi, Train to Thrissur
— 2 nights
— 1 night
Taxi to Kochi, Fly to Washington DC
End: Washington DC
Mon, Jun 29 - Wed, Jul 8
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) — 4 nights
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.Get in touch with nature at Kovalam Beach and Shanghumukham Beach. Kids will appreciate attractions like Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple and Lighthouse Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): Chowara Beach (in Chowara), Kovalam (Hawa Beach & Adimalathura Beach) and Vizhinjam Marine Aquarium (in Vizhinjam). The adventure continues: meet the residents at Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, see the interesting displays at Priyadarshini Planetarium, and don't miss a visit to Attukal Bhagavathy Temple.
To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) tour builder app.
Washington DC, USA to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to India Standard Time (IST) is 10.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) when traveling from Washington DC in June, with lows around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Thrissur.
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Thrissur — 2 nights
One of the oldest and largest cities in the center of the state, Thrissur hosts a wealth of festivals throughout the year.Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Malakkappara, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kauthuka Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paramekavu Bhagavathy Temple. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Guruvayur Temple, kick back and relax at Chavakkad Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram.
To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Thrissur day trip planning site.
Do a combination of flight and train from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Thrissur in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Thrissur are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Thekkady.
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Thekkady — 1 night
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Periyar Spice & Ayurvedic Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Periyar Tiger Reserve, and then stroll through Elephant Junction.
For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Thekkady travel route planner.
You can take a bus from Thrissur to Thekkady in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.
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India travel guide
It may very well be fair to call India "incredible," given its mind-boggling diversity of landscapes, climates, cultures, and languages. The world's largest democracy, and second only to China in terms of population, India contains majestic peaks dusted with glistening snow, sun-drenched beaches, ancient hand-carved temples, and sprawling cities jam-packed with people, vehicles, and animals. Many tour India during the country's devotional festivals, which range from immense parades that convert cities into giant performance stages, to simple farming fairs dedicated to relatively obscure local deities. Whenever you choose to vacation in India, make sure you see some of the country's World Heritage Sites, which include the legendary Taj Mahal and Chilika Lake, the planet's second-largest lagoon.