A Road Trip to Northeast India for Experiencing the Hornbill Festival | Jaunt Monkey Travel Stories

A road trip to northeast India was in my mind for quite some time. When I said ‘for quite some time’, it is in deed a hell lot of time. It was during my college days (almost 20 years back) that I heard about the lusciously flowing Brahmaputra River, regally standing eastern Himalayas, and almost completely unexplored valleys and rainforests of northeast India. Since then I had this desire growing in my mind, but it took 20 years for me to make a plan and then hit the roads for the real experience.

When I started my YouTube channel – Jaunt Monkey TV, I wanted to have some footage, especially something that is outside Kerala. After thinking multiple options and discussing with many of my friends, I lastly submitted myself to my own desire, a road trip to northeast India from Kanyakumari. The plan was to travel through the eastern coastline covering Rameswaram, Pondicherry, Visakhapatnam, Bhubaneswar and Puri, Kolkata, Guwahati, and Kohima. However, as the trip began with two other friends on my SUV, the plans got altered. New places came in and some places lost the cream. I know, you now need to know my travel map and my experience at each place. I am coming to that in detail, but here I will just mention about the route, budget, and how we managed the trip in just 30 days.

A Brief: Road Trip to Northeast India

Route Map 1 – Until Guwahati


  1. Kanyakumari
  2. Rameswaram
  3. Pondicherry (Puducherry)
  4. Tirupati
  5. Satapada
  6. Puri
  7. Konark
  8. Bhubaneswar
  9. Kolkata
  10. Guwahati

Route Map 1 - Until Guwahati

We started off from Kanyakumari on 20th of November and included Tirupati to pick a friend of mine. After covering over 3800 kilometers when we reached Guwahati, we couldn’t hold our feet but cruise to conquer the hillocks of Nagaland.

Route Map 2 – From Guwahati


  1. Guwahati (Assam)
  2. Dimapur (Nagaland)
  3. Kohima (Nagaland)
  4. Kisama (Nagaland)
  5. Shillong (Meghalaya)
  6. Cherrapunjee (Meghalaya)
  7. Dawki (Meghalaya)
  8. Guwahati (Assam)
  9. Tirupati
  10. Kochi

Route Map 2 - From Guwahati

From Guwahati, we drove through the plain fertile lands of Assam to the hilly Nagaland for taking pleasure from the great Hornbill Festival that was organized in Kisama Heritage village that is just 16 kilometers away from Kohima, the capital of Nagaland. While we were in Nagaland, based on another travelers opinion, we decided to include Meghalaya. The decision was in fact the best during our #outonroads4hornbill trip. However, it was a sign board that said “38 kilometers to Bhutan” which led us to venture the Buddhist country that stays calm on eastern Himalayas.

Our Budget for Northeast India Road Trip

Our plan was to conclude the entire trip in Rs. 120,000.00 (INR) i.e. 1872.00 USD. When we sat with a piece of paper and a pen to compute and finalize our expenses, based on the accurate recording done by splitwise application, we spent Rs. 125,345.00 (INR) i.e 1956.00 USD.

*splitwise is an application that we used on our mobile to record and manage our expenses.

A few among the many snaps from our #outonroads4hornbill trip

Author: E Jey

Just a passionate traveler who loves scribbling his expeditions @ www.jauntmonkey.com, www.outonroads.com, and www.blogthatall.com

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