16 days in India Itinerary

16 days in India Itinerary

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16 days in India Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
+2
Fly + taxi + train:  14​h 30​min
1
Mumbai
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Mararikulam
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Thekkady
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Kovalam
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h
5
Goa
— 2 nights
+3
bus + Fly + subway + train:  7​h
6
Agra
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
New Delhi
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
8
Jaipur
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg

1
night
Mumbai

Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
On the 27th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, make a trip to Gateway of India, then stop by Bungalow Eight, and finally steep yourself in history at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. Keep things going the next day: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, cruise along Marine Drive, and then snap pictures at Bandra-Worli Sea Link.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Mumbai driving holiday planning website .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Mumbai is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, you will find days in Mumbai are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Mararikulam.

Things to do in Mumbai

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Food Tours
Gateway of India ©
Gateway of India
Marine Drive ©
Marine Drive

1
day
Mararikulam

Mararikulam ©
If you're looking for soft sand and warm water, plan a vacation in Mararikulam.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mararikulam Mahadeva Temple, then kick back and relax at Mararikulam Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Marari Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Mararikulam road trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mumbai to Mararikulam. Traveling from Mumbai in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Mararikulam, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Thekkady.

Things to do in Mararikulam

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Mararikulam Beach ©
Mararikulam Beach
Mararikulam Mahadeva Temple ©
Mararikulam Mahadeva Temple

1
night
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): see the sky in a new way at Green land spice garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, then identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, and finally take some stellar pictures from Chellarkovil Viewpoint.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Thekkady trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Mararikulam to Thekkady in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kovalam.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake
Green Land Spice Garden ©
Green Land Spice Garden

2
nights
Kovalam

Kovalam ©
Famous for the groves of coconut trees from which it takes its name, Kovalam offers a long, white sandy beach on the Arabian Sea.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): make a trip to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Hawa Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Samudra Beach, then look for gifts at Keralashopee, and finally make a trip to Attukal Bhagavathy Temple.

Planning Kovalam trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can drive from Thekkady to Kovalam in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Kovalam are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Goa.

Things to do in Kovalam

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

2
nights
Goa

Goa ©
On India's western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India.
On the 2nd (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Animal Shelter Agonda and then enjoy the sand and surf at Agonda Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: get your game on at Milsim Goa Paintball and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palolem Beach.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Goa trip builder .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Kovalam to Goa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January, daytime highs in Goa are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Agra.

Things to do in Goa

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Agonda Beach ©
Agonda Beach
Palolem Beach ©
Palolem Beach
Milsim Goa Paintball ©
Milsim Goa Paintball

1
night
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Agra Fort, then admire the striking features of Jahangir Mahal, then make a trip to Jahangir's Hauz, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Taj Mahal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, then stop by The Warehouse of Gifts & Souvenirs, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Agra trip itinerary maker app .

Do a combination of flight and train from Goa to Agra in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Goa, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Agra, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to New Delhi.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites Tours Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah ©
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah

2
nights
New Delhi

New Delhi ©
Designed by notable English architects and proclaimed India's capital in 1931, New Delhi sits in the middle of a sprawling metropolitan area with a population of over 25 million.
On the 6th (Sun), enjoy breathtaking views from Qutub Minar, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bahai Lotus Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurudwara Bangla Sahib. On the next day, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, then make a trip to India Gate, and then contemplate the long history of Humayun's Tomb.

To find out how to plan a trip to New Delhi, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Agra to New Delhi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in January, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Jaipur.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Qutub Minar ©
Qutub Minar
Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
Food Tours

3
nights
Jaipur

Jaipur ©
Known as the "Pink City" because of the color of the stone used for many of its notable structures, Jaipur draws visitors with its chaotic street life and a slew of colorful bazaars selling everything from handmade pottery to tie-dye scarves.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): see the sky in a new way at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur, admire the landmark architecture of Sheesh Mahal (Hall of Mirrors), then explore the historical opulence of Amber Palace, and finally identify plant and animal life at Elefriend. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at City Palace of Jaipur, admire the landmark architecture of Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind, and then look for all kinds of wild species at EleSafari.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Jaipur trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from New Delhi to Jaipur takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Jaipur are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Jaipur

Parks Wildlife Museums
Highlights from your plan
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur ©
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur
Amber Palace ©
Amber Palace
City Palace of Jaipur ©
City Palace of Jaipur

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