18 days in India Itinerary

18 days in India Itinerary

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18 days in India Itinerary

Start: Hyderabad
Fly + bus:  3​h 30​min
1
Bengaluru
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
2
Munnar
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 45​min
3
Alappuzha
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Sabarimala
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Kodaikanal
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Palani
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Madurai
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​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
Kodagu (Coorg)
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
12
Dharmasthala
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
13
Chikmagalur
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
14
Shimoga
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
15
Chitradurga
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  9​h
End: Hyderabad

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): find something for the whole family at Wonderla Amusement Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Bannerghatta National Park and then take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Temple Bangalore.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Bengaluru road trip planner.

Hyderabad to Bengaluru is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Munnar.

Things to do in Bengaluru

Theme Parks Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Wonderla Amusement Park ©
Wonderla Amusement Park
ISKCON Temple Bangalore ©
ISKCON Temple Bangalore
Bannerghatta National Park ©
Bannerghatta National Park

1
night
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 4th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Rose Gardens and then admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Tea Museum, admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam, and then take some stellar pictures from Top Station.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Munnar route builder site .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Bengaluru to Munnar in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Munnar are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Munnar Hill Station ©
Munnar Hill Station

1
night
Alappuzha

Alappuzha ©
Affectionately known as Alleppey to locals and tourists alike, Alappuzha acts as a major transport and cultural hub on the Kerala backwaters.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Edathua Church, make a trip to Kuttikattu Sree Bhadra Kali Devi Temple, then enjoy the sand and surf at Alappuzha Beach, and finally stroll through Marari Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Alappuzha travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Munnar to Alappuzha by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. July in Alappuzha sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Sabarimala.

Things to do in Alappuzha

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Marari Beach
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Alappuzha Beach ©
Alappuzha Beach

1
night
Sabarimala

Sabarimala ©
On the 7th (Sun), admire the landmark architecture of Pampa Ganapathy Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Malikkappuram Devi Temple, and then appreciate the history behind Vavar Shrine.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Sabarimala trip site .

You can drive from Alappuzha to Sabarimala in 3.5 hours. On the 7th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Sabarimala

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Malikkappuram Devi Temple ©
Malikkappuram Devi Temple
Pampa Ganapathy Temple ©
Pampa Ganapathy Temple

1
night
Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal ©
A cool and relaxing hill station, Kodaikanal has long attracted visitors up to its privileged position in the Western Ghats.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): look for gifts at The Cocoa Bean, contemplate the waterfront views at Kodaikanal Lake, then go for a walk through Coakers Walk, and finally take a peaceful walk through Pine Forest.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kodaikanal day trip app .

Traveling by car from Sabarimala to Kodaikanal takes 7 hours. In July in Kodaikanal, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Palani.

Things to do in Kodaikanal

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

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 9th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Thiru Avinankudi Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Periya Nayaki Amman Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Palani Murugan Temple.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Palani trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Kodaikanal to Palani takes 2 hours. Traveling from Kodaikanal in July, expect Palani to be little chillier, temps between 37°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Madurai.

Things to do in Palani

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): get the lay of the land with Walking tours and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Madurai trip maker website .

You can drive from Palani to Madurai in 2.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Madurai when traveling from Palani in July, with lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Coimbatore.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Walking tours

1
night
Coimbatore

Coimbatore ©
Known throughout the country as a major industrial city, Coimbatore possesses a welcoming atmosphere and a growing cosmopolitanism.
On the 11th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Patteeswarar Swamy Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dhyanalinga Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Marudamalai Temple, and finally get out on two wheels at Triumph Expeditions.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Coimbatore trip maker website .

Getting from Madurai to Coimbatore by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Madurai in July; daily highs in Coimbatore reach 37°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Coimbatore

Historic Sites Trails Tours
Highlights from your plan
Marudamalai Temple ©
Marudamalai Temple
Dhyanalinga ©
Dhyanalinga
Arulmigu Patteeswarar Swamy Temple ©
Arulmigu Patteeswarar Swamy Temple

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Doddabetta Peak, then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Ooty Lake.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) trip planning website .

You can drive from Coimbatore to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Coimbatore in July, plan for slightly colder days in Ooty (Udhagamandalam), with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can 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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Chamundeshwari Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Nandi Temple.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Mysuru (Mysore) itinerary planning site .

Drive from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Mysuru (Mysore) in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Mysuru (Mysore) can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kodagu (Coorg).

Things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

Zoos & Aquariums Parks 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
Kodagu (Coorg)

Kodagu (Coorg) ©
The hill station of Kodagu consists of a number of small towns amid a vast landscape of forested hills, rocky outcrops, and waterfalls.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Abbi Falls and then head outdoors with Mandalpatti.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kodagu (Coorg) route planner .

You can drive from Mysuru (Mysore) to Kodagu (Coorg) in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Dharmasthala.

Things to do in Kodagu (Coorg)

Outdoors Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Mandalpatti ©
Mandalpatti
Abbi Falls ©
Abbi Falls

1
night
Dharmasthala

Dharmasthala ©
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Dharmasthala Sri Manjunatha Swamy Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shri Kshetra Dharmasthala, then admire the masterpieces at Manjusha Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Shri Bhagwan Bahubali Digambar Jain Statue, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sowthadka Sri Maha Ganapathi Temple.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Dharmasthala travel route planner.

You can drive from Kodagu (Coorg) to Dharmasthala in 3.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Dharmasthala are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Chikmagalur.

Things to do in Dharmasthala

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Shri Kshetra Dharmasthala ©
Shri Kshetra Dharmasthala
Sowthadka Sri Maha Ganapathi Temple ©

1
night
Chikmagalur

Chikmagalur ©
Located at the foot of the highest mountain range in the state, the city of Chikamagalur features a number of natural and man-made attractions of rich variety.
On the 16th (Tue), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mullayanagiri, make a trip to Shri Jagadguru Badari Shankaracharya Samsthanam, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sringeri Mutt.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Chikmagalur trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Dharmasthala to Chikmagalur in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Shimoga.

Things to do in Chikmagalur

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mullayanagiri ©
Mullayanagiri
Sringeri Mutt ©
Sringeri Mutt

1
night
Shimoga

Shimoga ©
With access to many natural attractions in the Western Ghats, Shivamogga tourism rarely focuses on the city itself.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Shivappanaika Palace Museum and then admire the sheer force of Jog Falls.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Shimoga trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Chikmagalur to Shimoga takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Chitradurga.

Things to do in Shimoga

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Jog Falls ©
Jog Falls

1
night
Chitradurga

Chitradurga
Chitradurga is a city and the headquarters of Chitradurga district which is located on the valley of the Vedavati river in the southern part of the Indian state of Karnataka. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): see human ingenuity at work at Vani Vilas Sagar Dam.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Chitradurga trip planner .

You can drive from Shimoga to Chitradurga in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Chitradurga

Parks

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