Deciding for an itinerary is not easy all the time. It requires careful planning and many considerations depending on how you would like your trip to be. 14 days in India is not too long, just quite enough to cover major cities in both the North and South.
Day 1- Munnar
We landed at the Cochin Airport early morning of our Day 1 and headed to Munnar while the sun didn’t rise yet. To save time, we stopped at famous spots along the road. Our first stop is the Cheeyappara Waterfalls which heighten our excitement to the next level, followed by the Valara and Atukkal Waterfalls. The Spice Garden educates us with many things while the elephant ride at the Elephant Camp stirs our emotions. Due to the cold weather, the Highway Restaurant warms us as we sit and enjoy the wonder of nature. We then visited the Tea Museum, which Munnar is famous of and enjoyed the view of Tea Plantations around. We ended the day with a visit to Kundala Lake Dam and relaxed ourselves with an Ayurveda massage at the end of the day.
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Day 2 Munnar to Calicut
Our second day was spent travelling from Munnar to Shertallai train station by car. Shertallai train station to Calicut by train is 226 kms. Due to its distance, it would take the whole day to reach Calicut. We arrived at around 1900 hrs.
Details of our SPICED Calicut journey is available below:
Day 3 Calicut
Our third day started with the Independence Day Celebration in Calicut. After the event, we headed to Thusharagiri Waterfalls, took our lunch and witnessed the sunset at Calicut beach. After that is a wedding celebration at Ashirvad Lawns then we proceed for a dinner with my friend’s family, though he was not there.
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Day 4 Calicut
This day commenced with a traditional Indian breakfast at my friend’s house. The whole family accommodated us and their hospitality is exceptional. Our interaction among locals in that village made us so delighted and joyful. We then visited the windy Kappad Beach then we enjoyed a spectacular visual treat at Calicut Planetarium. After lunch, we witnessed the overflow of people in Beypore port. We spent the rest of the day within the village, getting along with the people in the neighborhood.
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Day 5 Calicut- Wayanad- Mysore
Our day started with a Hindu wedding celebration, which we of course attended and took part of. It was very entertaining and of course full of things that were new to us. In the afternoon, we started moving to Wayanad and stopped at the View Point and at Pookode Lake. Our final stop of the day is in Mysore.
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Day 6 Mysore-Bangalore
Sixth day opened another chapter of amazement and amusement. The Neo Gothic styled St. Philomena Church and its 175 feet twin fleche made us stand in deep admiration. Mysore Palace gave us another level of wonder when it showcased its colorful and lavish art work. Unfortunately, it was a holiday and most of the tourist spots were closed. We then decided to go to the bus station and purchased our tickets. We spent the rest of our night in Bangalore.
Here’s to everyone’s’ first in Mysore
Day 7 Bangalore-Jaipur
We checked out from the hotel early morning and find our way for the day. With the help of the hotel staff, we ended at Cubbon Park and spent hours walking around the vicinity of the relaxing park. We then had a look of India’s first luxury mall called UB City, then spent an hour or so for sightseeing within city limits. Though we struggled on how we were suppose to reach the airport because no one understood us, we still find our way and we spent our night finally in Jaipur.
Our unplanned wander in Bangalore is detailed below: https://www.thewonderingfeetscalling.com/the-bang-in-bangalore/
Day 8 Jaipur
We decided to start at the City Palace and Jantar Mantar which is just across. We then had the privilege of over viewing the whole city of Jaipur by climbing Isarlat Tower. The famous Hawa Mahal was our next stop followed by the Albert Hall Museum. We spent time relaxing there before we moved to Sisodia Rani Bagh and Bagh of Vidyadhar which are near to each other but situated in the outskirts of the city.
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Day 9 Jaipur- Agra
Our ninth allowed us to see the vibrant colors of Jaipur. The colorful parade, arrays of flowers along the sidewalks, and of course the unicolor terracotta buildings entertained us as we are in the rickshaw on our way to Amber Fort and Nahar Garh Fort. Along the way we also had a glimpse of Jal Mahal. We went back to Hawa Mahal and checked out of our hotel. In the afternoon, we were on the train to Agra.
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Day 10 Agra – Shimla
This city of love awaits us! We rise early in the morning to catch the sunrise at the mystic Taj Mahal. After all the wonders were satisfied, we went to the Red Fort which is so consuming. It filled us with remarkable impression. We then moved to see Baby Taj, the tomb of I’timud-ud-Daulah. Last is the Akbar’s tomb, which is so humble from the outside, but very colorful, unique and magnificent from the inside. Personally, I like it better than the Taj Mahal. In the afternoon, after our late lunch, we went to the train station and headed to Shimla via Delhi.
Find out more of our Tomb Raider journey below: https://www.thewonderingfeetscalling.com/agra-the-city-of-love/
Day 11 Shimla
So early in the morning, we arrived Shimla, the summer capital of India and spent the rest of the day relaxing under Shimla’s lovely weather. Our 18-hour travel to get there is worth it. Simply walking from the Ridge to the Mall and enjoying tasty street food is another way of adapting the simple and relax way of people’s living.
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Day Shimla – Delhi
We spent our day at Hatu Peak overlooking lush green and snow capped mountains. Huge apple plantations covered the foot of the Himalayas that completed the lovely scenery as you move around. At night, we took the bus going to Delhi.
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Day 13 Delhi
We arrived in Delhi early in the morning and looked for our hotel. We then relaxed a bit and moved around Delhi through train and rickshaws. Our first stop was Swaminarayan Akshardan. Unfortunately, camera is not allowed, so things inside just lingered in my memory. We went next to Qutub Minar, then the Lotus Temple. Rajghat Delhi, the place where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated was our next stop. We spent the rest of the day along the roads of Delhi checking for books and souvenirs.
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Day 14 Delhi- Dubai
We scheduled this day to see the Gate of India, and Gandhi Smriti, a museum which was dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. In the afternoon, we checked out and travelled to Delhi Airport. Last day!
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Here’s the map that shows the chronological order of our journey from the South to the North. Feel free to ask questions if you have.