12 days in India Itinerary

12 days in India Itinerary

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12 days in India Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
1
Kolkata (Calcutta)
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Coimbatore
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Coonoor
— 1 night
Bus:  30​min
4
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Mysuru (Mysore)
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Madikeri
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

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day
Kolkata (Calcutta)

Kolkata (Calcutta) ©
Nestled on the banks of the Hooghly River, Kolkata is a booming metropolis, India's second largest city, and the country's cultural hub, known for being the birthplace of major artistic and literary movements.
On the 3rd (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dakshineswar Kali Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jain Temple - Kolkata, then examine the collection at Victoria Memorial Hall, and finally take in the views from Howrah Bridge.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kolkata (Calcutta) route planning tool .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Kolkata (Calcutta). January in Kolkata (Calcutta) sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Coimbatore.

Things to do in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Victoria Memorial Hall ©
Victoria Memorial Hall
Dakshineswar Kali Temple ©
Dakshineswar Kali Temple
Howrah Bridge ©
Howrah Bridge

1
night
Coimbatore

Coimbatore ©
Known throughout the country as a major industrial city, Coimbatore possesses a welcoming atmosphere and a growing cosmopolitanism.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Dhyanalinga, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Marudamalai Temple, and then do some two-wheel cruising with Triumph Expeditions.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Coimbatore day trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Coimbatore takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in January, things will get a bit warmer in Coimbatore: highs are around 36°C and lows about 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Coonoor.

Things to do in Coimbatore

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Marudamalai Temple ©
Marudamalai Temple
Triumph Expeditions ©
Triumph Expeditions
Dhyanalinga ©
Dhyanalinga

1
night
Coonoor

Coonoor ©
A small town up in the hills, Coonoor has a wealth of scenic sights and pleasant urban places of interest.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): get great views at Dolphin's Nose, then get great views at Lamb's Rock, then experience rural life at Highfield Tea Factory, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Sim`s Park.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Coonoor trip planner .

Getting from Coimbatore to Coonoor by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In January, daytime highs in Coonoor are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Coonoor

Parks
Highlights from your plan
Sim`s Park ©
Sim`s Park
Dolphin's Nose ©
Dolphin's Nose
Lamb's Rock ©
Lamb's Rock

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nights
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Ooty (Udhagamandalam) ©
Tea gardens and eucalyptus trees scent the air of the fields surrounding Ooty, a popular summer tourism destination up in the hills.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden, take in the awesome beauty at Doddabetta Peak, and then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Ooty Lake, explore the activities along Mukurthi Dam, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Pykara Lake.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Ooty (Udhagamandalam) day trip planning site .

Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is just a stone's throw from Coonoor. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Coonoor in January, with highs in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) at 30°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Mysuru (Mysore).

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
Doddabetta Peak ©
Doddabetta Peak
Ooty Lake ©
Ooty Lake

2
nights
Mysuru (Mysore)

Mysuru (Mysore) ©
A historic and culturally distinctive city, Mysuru (Mysore) has all the stories, artworks, and architecture you'd hope to find in the former capital city of a rich kingdom.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): meet the residents at Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, admire the local landmark of Brindavan Garden, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Planet Earth Aquarium. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas), then examine the collection at Sea Shell Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Namdroling Monastery.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Mysuru (Mysore) vacation planning site .

Traveling by car from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Mysuru (Mysore) takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Mysuru (Mysore) sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Madikeri.

Things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens ©
Brindavan Garden ©
Brindavan Garden
Namdroling Monastery ©
Namdroling Monastery

1
night
Madikeri

Madikeri ©
Madikeri is a hill station town in Karnataka state, India. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Raja's Seat, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Omkareshwara Temple, then admire the sheer force of Abbi Falls, and finally make a trip to Raja's Tomb ( Gadhige).

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Madikeri road trip website .

Traveling by car from Mysuru (Mysore) to Madikeri takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Madikeri

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Abbi Falls ©
Abbi Falls
Raja's Seat ©
Raja's Seat
Raja's Tomb ©
Raja's Tomb

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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Varkala Beach and Vivekananda Rock Memorial. Explore Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)'s surroundings by going to Varkala (The Art of India, Spas, & more), Kovalam (Lighthouse Beach & Kovalam Beach) and Kanyakumari (Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil, Thiruvalluvar Statue, & more). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, head off the coast to Poovar Island, make a trip to Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, and see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip itinerary maker tool .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Madikeri to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kanyakumari, Varkala Town, Kovalam
Highlights from your plan
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple

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