18 days in India Itinerary

18 days in India Itinerary

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18 days in India Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Alappuzha
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Kumarakom
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Munnar
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Kodaikanal
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Madurai
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Kanyakumari
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
8
Rameswaram
— 1 day
train:  2​h 45​min
9
Madurai
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
10
Pondicherry
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Sydney

1
night
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.
For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kochi (Cochin) visit planner.

Mumbai to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can take a train to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Subramanya Swami Temple.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Alappuzha trip planner .

You can take a train from Kochi (Cochin) to Alappuzha in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Alappuzha are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Kumarakom.

Things to do in Alappuzha

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple ©
Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple

2
nights
Kumarakom

Kumarakom ©
Kumarakom features one of Kerala's most scenic lakes as the backdrop and serves as a gateway to the area's famous backwaters.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vaikom Mahadeva Temple.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kumarakom road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Alappuzha to Kumarakom takes an hour. In September, daily temperatures in Kumarakom can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Munnar.

Things to do in Kumarakom

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kottayam, St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam
Highlights from your plan
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple ©
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple
Kumaranalloor ©
Kumaranalloor
Malliyoor Sri Maha Ganapathi Temple ©

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.
On the 7th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at C.S.I Christ Church, then take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Chinnakanel Water Falls.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Munnar trip planner .

Drive from Kumarakom to Munnar in 4.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Munnar are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kodaikanal.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park ©

2
nights
Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal ©
A cool and relaxing hill station, Kodaikanal has long attracted visitors up to its privileged position in the Western Ghats.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pine Forest and Dolmen Circle. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Kodaikanal Lake, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kuzhanthai Velappar temple, take some stellar pictures from Pillar Rocks, and stop by The Cocoa Bean.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kodaikanal online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Munnar to Kodaikanal takes 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Madurai.

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kodaikanal Lake ©
Kodaikanal Lake
Dolphin's Nose ©
Dolphin's Nose
Pine Forest ©
Pine Forest

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.
On the 12th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Inmaiyil Nanmai Tharuvar Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoga Narasimhar Temple.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Madurai trip planner.

You can drive from Kodaikanal to Madurai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In September, daytime highs in Madurai are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple ©
Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple
Inmaiyil Nanmai Tharuvar Temple ©
Inmaiyil Nanmai Tharuvar Temple

1
night
Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari ©
Located at the most southerly point of mainland India, Kanyakumari has long attracted pilgrims and those keen to see the end of the road.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Sunset View Point, then don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kanyakumari Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Sothavilai Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Padmanabhapuram Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bhagavathy Amman Temple, then pause for some photo ops at Thiruvalluvar Statue, and finally make a trip to Gandhi Memorial.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kanyakumari tour planning tool .

Traveling by car from Madurai to Kanyakumari takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Madurai in September, you will find days in Kanyakumari are slightly colder (35°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Padmanabhapuram Palace
Highlights from your plan
Kanyakumari Beach ©
Kanyakumari Beach
Padmanabhapuram Palace ©
Padmanabhapuram Palace

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day
Rameswaram

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
On the 15th (Sun), snap pictures at Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhanushkodi Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Rameswaram journey builder site .

Traveling by car from Kanyakumari to Rameswaram takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can take a train to Madurai.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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

1
night
Madurai

On the 16th (Mon), make a trip to Kalamegaperumal Temple, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pazhamudhir Solai.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Madurai itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Rameswaram to Madurai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Madurai

Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Aayiram Kaal Mandapam ©
Aayiram Kaal Mandapam
Pazhamudhir Solai ©
Pazhamudhir Solai

3
nights
Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sri Aurobindo Ashram and Varadaraja Perumal Temple. Change things up with a short trip to Pichavaram in Cuddalore (about 42 minutes away). There's much more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Seaside Promenade, get a sense of history and politics at Raj Niwas, look for gifts at Ma Pondy Cherie, and kick back and relax at Paradise Beach.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Pondicherry road trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Madurai to Pondicherry takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Pichavaram
Highlights from your plan
Pichavaram ©
Pichavaram
Varadaraja Perumal Temple ©
Varadaraja Perumal Temple
Seaside Promenade ©
Seaside Promenade

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