16 days in India Itinerary

16 days in India Itinerary

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16 days in India Itinerary

Start: Doha
Fly + taxi:  9​h
1
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Mudumalai
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Coonoor
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Coimbatore
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Yercaud
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Hogenakkal
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Yelagiri
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
8
Thanjavur
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
9
Rameswaram
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Tuticorin
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Madurai
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
12
Kodaikanal
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
13
Valparai
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
14
Kollam
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h
End: Doha

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Ooty Lake, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Doddabetta Peak.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) sightseeing planning site .

Doha, Qatar to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Doha in February, expect Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to be a bit warmer, temps between 38°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mudumalai.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

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

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Mudumalai

Mudumalai ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Moyar River.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Mudumalai trip itinerary builder website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Mudumalai. In February, daytime highs in Mudumalai are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. On the 17th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Coonoor.

Things to do in Mudumalai

Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Moyar River ©
Moyar River

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night
Coonoor

Coonoor ©
A small town up in the hills, Coonoor has a wealth of scenic sights and pleasant urban places of interest.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Lamb's Rock, then take some stellar pictures from Dolphin's Nose, then pause for some serene contemplation at All Saints Church, and finally admire the natural beauty at Sim`s Park.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Coonoor tour site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mudumalai to Coonoor. In February, daytime highs in Coonoor are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Coimbatore.

Things to do in Coonoor

Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sim`s Park ©
Sim`s Park
All Saints Church ©
All Saints Church
Dolphin's Nose ©
Dolphin's Nose

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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 19th (Wed): get out on two wheels at Triumph Expeditions, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Marudamalai Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dhyanalinga.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Coimbatore trip app .

Getting from Coonoor to Coimbatore by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Yercaud.

Things to do in Coimbatore

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

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night
Yercaud

Yercaud ©
The hill station of Yercaud sits among a rolling range of forested hills, and thrives in a climate that has benefitted the biodiversity of the landscape, and the productivity of the town's agricultural industry.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Chakra Mahameru Temple, take a memorable drive along 32-km Loop Road, walk around Deer Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shevaroy Temple, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Big Lake.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Yercaud road trip planning site .

Drive from Coimbatore to Yercaud in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Hogenakkal.

Things to do in Yercaud

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Big Lake ©
Big Lake
32-km Loop Road ©
32-km Loop Road
Shevaroy Temple ©
Shevaroy Temple

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Hogenakkal

Hogenakkal
On the 21st (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Kaveri River and then admire the sheer force of Hogenakkal Falls.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hogenakkal sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Yercaud to Hogenakkal takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Yelagiri.

Things to do in Hogenakkal

Parks Nature

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Yelagiri

Yelagiri ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Nilavoor Lake, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Velavan Temple, and then explore the striking landscape at Yelagiri Hills.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Yelagiri trip planner.

You can drive from Hogenakkal to Yelagiri in 3 hours. February in Yelagiri sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Thanjavur.

Things to do in Yelagiri

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yelagiri Hills
Highlights from your plan
Nilavoor Lake ©
Nilavoor Lake
Yelagiri Hills ©
Yelagiri Hills

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night
Thanjavur

Thanjavur ©
A bastion of South Indian culture and heritage, Thanjavur entrances visitors from all over the world with its architecture, distinct art style, and the Great Living Chola Temples, landmarks of the city and a World Heritage Site.
On the 23rd (Sun), admire the striking features of Brihadeeshwara Temple, admire the masterpieces at Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, then get lost in a book at The Serfoji Sarasvati Mahal Library, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Swami Malai Temple.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Thanjavur online itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yelagiri to Thanjavur. Traveling from Yelagiri in February, expect nights in Thanjavur to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 39°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Thanjavur

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Brihadeeshwara Temple ©
Brihadeeshwara Temple
Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery ©

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Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, stroll the grounds of Kalam National Memorial, stroll through Dhanushkodi Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, and finally examine the collection at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Rameswaram day trip tool .

You can drive from Thanjavur to Rameswaram in 4 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tuticorin.

Things to do in Rameswaram

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

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Tuticorin

Tuticorin ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Vaikuntam Temple, then kick back and relax at Manapad Beach, and then admire the landmark architecture of Our Lady of Snows Basilica.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tuticorin trip builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Rameswaram to Tuticorin. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Madurai.

Things to do in Tuticorin

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Our Lady of Snows Basilica ©
Our Lady of Snows Basilica

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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.
On the 26th (Wed), examine the collection at Gandhi Memorial Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Madurai trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tuticorin to Madurai. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in February, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine ©
Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine
Gandhi Memorial Museum
Gandhi Memorial Museum

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Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal ©
A cool and relaxing hill station, Kodaikanal has long attracted visitors up to its privileged position in the Western Ghats.
On the 27th (Thu), take a peaceful walk through Pine Forest, explore the activities along Kodaikanal Lake, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kurinji Andavar Temple, and finally see the interesting displays at Shembaganur Museum of Natural History.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kodaikanal trip planner .

Traveling by car from Madurai to Kodaikanal takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In February, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Valparai.

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Pine Forest ©
Pine Forest
Kodaikanal Lake ©
Kodaikanal Lake
Kurinji Andavar Temple ©
Kurinji Andavar Temple

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Valparai

Valparai ©
Valparai is a Taluk and hill station in the Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu, India. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): admire the engineering at Sholayar Dam, take in the spiritual surroundings of Balaji Temple, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Koolangal River.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Valparai trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Kodaikanal to Valparai in 5 hours. When traveling from Kodaikanal in February, plan for somewhat warmer days in Valparai, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kollam.

Things to do in Valparai

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sholayar Dam ©
Sholayar Dam

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nights
Kollam

Kollam ©
The bustling old port city of Kollam has long stood as a center of international trade and mercantilism, and the center of town continues the tradition with its lively scenes of commerce.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Sardar Vallabhai Patel Police Museum, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Varkala Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: visit a coastal fixture at Thangassery Light House, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kollam Beach, and then see the interesting displays at Paaramparya Museum.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kollam trip itinerary maker .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Valparai to Kollam. In February, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kollam

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Varkala Town
Highlights from your plan
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach
Spas
Kollam Beach ©
Kollam Beach

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