18 days in India Itinerary

18 days in India Itinerary

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18 days in India Itinerary

Start: Hyderabad
1
Hyderabad
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h
2
Munnar
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Kochi (Cochin)
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Thekkady
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  9​h
5
Goa
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Mumbai
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h
7
Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Hyderabad


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3
nights
Hyderabad

Hyderabad ©
Teeming with history and heritage, Hyderabad draws visitors from all over the world with its old Indo-Islamic buildings, forts, and museums.
Step off the beaten path and head to Krishna Jewellers Pearls & Gems and Jalagam Vengal Rao Park. Pack the 27th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Ramoji Film City. There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at Qutb Shahi Tombs, don't miss a visit to Charminar, step into the grandiose world of Golconda Fort, and explore the world behind art at Salar Jung Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Hyderabad trip itinerary app .

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major airport is Rajiv Gandhi International Airport. In December, daytime highs in Hyderabad are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Munnar.

Things to do in Hyderabad

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Ramoji Film City ©
Ramoji Film City
Krishna Jewellers Pearls & Gems ©
Krishna Jewellers Pearls & Gems
Qutb Shahi Tombs ©
Qutb Shahi Tombs

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam and then see Off-Road Tours. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Anamudi Peak and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Munnar driving holiday planner.

Getting from Hyderabad to Munnar by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hyderabad in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Munnar, with lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park ©
Off-Road Tours
Anamudi Peak ©
Anamudi Peak

2
nights
Kochi (Cochin)

Kochi (Cochin) ©
A flourishing port city and magnet for the spice trade since the 15th century, Kochi (Cochin) proudly bears its distinct international influence and local Keralan culture.
On the 2nd (Thu), deepen your understanding at Kerala Kathakali Centre, then don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Edappally Church Complex. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Antony's Shrine.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kochi (Cochin) trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Munnar to Kochi (Cochin) takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Edappally Church Complex ©
Edappally Church Complex
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue

2
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): get great views at Parunthumpara, then explore the galleries of Green land spice garden, and then identify plant and animal life at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve and then contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Thekkady attractions planning site .

Getting from Kochi (Cochin) to Thekkady by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. On the 5th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Goa.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Parunthumpara
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

2
nights
Goa

Goa ©
On India's western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Agonda Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Palolem Beach.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Goa online visit planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Thekkady to Goa takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Mumbai.

Things to do in Goa

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Palolem Beach ©
Palolem Beach
Shanta Durga Temple ©
Shanta Durga Temple

3
nights
Mumbai

Mumbai ©
Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
On the 8th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Dhobi Ghat and then make a trip to Gateway of India. Keep things going the next day: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mount Mary Basilica, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Mumbai travel route planning tool .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Goa to Mumbai in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Goa in January since evenings lows in Mumbai dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mumbai

Tours Historic Sites Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Gateway of India ©
Gateway of India
Walking tours
Mount Mary Basilica ©
Mount Mary Basilica

3
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 11th (Sat): look for gifts at Moddy's Chocolates, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, then take in the awesome beauty at Doddabetta Peak, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Church. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Elk Hill Murugan Temple, then explore the activities along Emerald Lake, and then explore the activities along Upper Bhavani Lake.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Mumbai to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Mumbai in January: highs in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
St. Stephen's Church
St. Stephen's Church
Upper Bhavani Lake ©
Upper Bhavani Lake

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