16 days in India Itinerary

16 days in India Itinerary

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16 days in India Itinerary

Start: Lucknow
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Thiruchendur
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Rameswaram
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 45​min
4
Madurai
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Munnar
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Kodaikanal
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Palani
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Coimbatore
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
10
Mysuru (Mysore)
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
11
Bengaluru
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
12
Gorakhpur
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
End: Lucknow

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kovalam Avaduthura Devi Temple, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach, then kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach, and finally admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, explore the engaging exhibits at Chacha Nehru Children’s Museum, then step off the mainland to explore Poovar Island, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple.

Plan a Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Lucknow to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Lucknow in October since evenings lows in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Thiruchendur.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Kovalam
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

1
day
Thiruchendur

Thiruchendur ©
On the 27th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Subramaniya Swamy Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alwarthirunagari Permual Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thiruchendur Murugan Temple.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Thiruchendur trip website .

Getting from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Thiruchendur by car takes about 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Thiruchendur

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tiruchendur
Highlights from your plan
Thiruchendur Murugan Temple ©
Thiruchendur Murugan Temple

1
night
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
On the 28th (Mon), kick back and relax at Dhanushkodi Beach, snap pictures at Pamban bridge, then snap pictures at Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Rameswaram trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Thiruchendur to Rameswaram in 4.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Madurai.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Beaches Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Dhanushkodi Beach Point ©
Dhanushkodi Beach Point
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge ©
Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge

1
night
Madurai

Madurai ©
One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Madurai sits on the banks of the River Vaigai and serves as a center of Tamil culture.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tirupparankunram, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Madurai attractions planner .

You can take a train from Rameswaram to Madurai in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. In October, daytime highs in Madurai are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car to Munnar.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine ©
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine
Tirupparankunram ©
Tirupparankunram

3
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.
Kids will enjoy Chinnakanel Water Falls and Anayirankal Dam Reservoir. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens, stop by Tata Tea Outlet, see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam, and get great views at Munnar Hill Station.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Munnar road trip planning site .

Drive from Madurai to Munnar in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Anayirankal Dam Reservoir
Highlights from your plan
Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park ©
Anayirankal Dam Reservoir ©
Anayirankal Dam Reservoir
Chinnakanel Water Falls ©
Chinnakanel Water Falls

1
night
Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal ©
A cool and relaxing hill station, Kodaikanal has long attracted visitors up to its privileged position in the Western Ghats.
On the 2nd (Sat), explore the activities along Kodaikanal Lake, take some stellar pictures from Pillar Rocks, then take a peaceful walk through Pine Forest, and finally look for gifts at The Cocoa Bean.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kodaikanal trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Munnar to Kodaikanal takes 5 hours. While traveling from Munnar, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kodaikanal, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to Palani.

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Parks Nature Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Kodaikanal Lake ©
Kodaikanal Lake
Pine Forest ©
Pine Forest
Pillar Rocks ©
Pillar Rocks

1
night
Palani

Palani ©
Palani is a town and a municipality in Dindigul district, Tamil Nadu, located about 100km north-west of Madurai, 100km South-east of Coimbatore, and 60km west of Dindigul. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Periyanayaki Amman Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Palani Murugan Temple.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Palani trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Kodaikanal to Palani in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Coimbatore.

Things to do in Palani

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Palani Murugan Temple ©
Palani Murugan Temple

1
night
Coimbatore

Coimbatore ©
Known throughout the country as a major industrial city, Coimbatore possesses a welcoming atmosphere and a growing cosmopolitanism.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): buy something for everyone on your list at Brookefields Mall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Patteeswarar Swamy Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Marudamalai Temple.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Coimbatore trip tool .

Traveling by car from Palani to Coimbatore takes 3 hours. In November, daytime highs in Coimbatore are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Coimbatore

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Marudamalai Temple ©
Marudamalai Temple
Arulmigu Patteeswarar Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Patteeswarar Swamy Temple
Brookefields Mall ©
Brookefields Mall

1
night
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.
On the 5th (Tue), explore the activities along Ooty Lake, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, then take in the awesome beauty at Doddabetta Peak, and finally examine the collection at Tea Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ooty (Udhagamandalam) road trip site .

Getting from Coimbatore to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. November in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Mysuru (Mysore).

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

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

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas), meet the residents at Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Chamundeshwari Temple.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Mysuru (Mysore) tour builder app .

You can drive from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Mysuru (Mysore) in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in November: high temperatures in Mysuru (Mysore) hover around 30°C and lows are around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Bengaluru.

Things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas) ©
Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas)
Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens ©
Sri Chamundeshwari Temple ©
Sri Chamundeshwari Temple

1
night
Bengaluru

Bengaluru ©
Flourishing development and a bustling IT industry transformed Bangalore into a vibrant metropolis, but the city preserves its numerous historic and cultural sights.
On the 7th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Bangalore Palace, identify plant and animal life at Bannerghatta National Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bull Temple.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Bengaluru itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Mysuru (Mysore) to Bengaluru in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in November, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Gorakhpur.

Things to do in Bengaluru

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Bannerghatta National Park ©
Bannerghatta National Park
Bangalore Palace ©
Bangalore Palace
Bull Temple ©
Bull Temple

1
night
Gorakhpur

Gorakhpur ©
Gorakhpur is a city located along the banks of Rapti river in the north-eastern part of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, with a population of 673,446. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Kushmi Forest, then cool off at Nir Nikunj Water Park., then examine the collection at Railway Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gita Vatika.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Gorakhpur trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Bengaluru to Gorakhpur. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Bengaluru in November since evenings lows in Gorakhpur dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gorakhpur

Wildlife Parks Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Nir Nikunj Water Park. ©
Nir Nikunj Water Park.
Railway  Museum ©
Railway Museum

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