After a lot of deliberation and calculations, we have generally settled for a more straightforward and direct route from Cochin to Shillong. Initially we had planned to head northerly via Mysore and Bangalore and then North Easterly to Vishakhapatnam and North along the coast to Kolkata and onwards.

With this route we head in the Easterly direction through Munnar and meet the east coast at Puducherry – popularly know by its old name – Pondicherry. (Think ‘Life of Pi’). From then on, North along the east coast, Chennai, Vishakhapatnam, Puri, Cuttack, Kolkata and hook over and around Bangladesh and drop down to Cherapunji (Think, the wettest place in the Monsoon) and finish off in Shillong, after a long long long way!

Cochin, Kerala

> Munnar, Kerala

> Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu

> Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu

> Chennai, Tamil Nadu

> Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

> Borra Caves at Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

> Satapada, Orissa

> Puri, Orissa

> Cuttack, Orissa

> Bhubhaneshwar, Orissa

> Kolkata, West Bengal

> Siliguri, West Bengal

> Jalpaiguri, West Bengal

> Goalpara, Assam

> Cherapunji, Meghalaya

>> Shillong, Meghalaya