26 days in India Itinerary

26 days in India Itinerary

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26 days in India Itinerary

Start: Ahmedabad
Drive:  1​h 30​min
1
Anand
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Mumbai
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Kovalam
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h
4
Munnar
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Thekkady
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Mararikulam
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Kochi (Cochin)
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 30​min
8
Goa
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h
9
Aurangabad
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Ahmedabad

1
day
Anand

Anand ©
Anand is the administrative centre of Anand District in the state of Gujarat, India. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at BAPS Lord Swaminarayan Temple Anand, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jitodia Vaijnath Mahadev Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON V.V Nagar, Sri Sri Radha Giridhari, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vadtal, then admire the striking features of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir-Vadtal, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hanumanji Temple.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Anand online trip itinerary builder .

Ahmedabad to Anand is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. January in Anand sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Mumbai.

Things to do in Anand

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Shree Swaminarayan Mandir-Vadtal, Vadtal
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Vadtal ©
Vadtal
Jitodia Vaijnath Mahadev Temple ©
Jitodia Vaijnath Mahadev Temple
Hanumanji Temple ©
Hanumanji Temple

2
nights
Mumbai

Mumbai ©
Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Shop till you drop at Zaveri Bazaar and Volte Gallery. Get in touch with nature at Marine Drive and Chowpatty Beach. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Gateway of India, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, steep yourself in history at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, and walk around Shivaji Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Mumbai trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Anand to Mumbai. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Anand in January, with highs in Mumbai at 36°C and lows at 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in Mumbai

Shopping Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Gateway of India ©
Gateway of India
Marine Drive ©
Marine Drive
Shree Siddhivinayak ©
Shree Siddhivinayak

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Kovalam Beach and Hawa Beach. Relax by the water at Lighthouse Beach and Adimalathura Beach. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, browse the eclectic array of goods at Vizhinjam Fishing Harbour, examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Chowara Beach.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kovalam route website .

Getting from Mumbai to Kovalam by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Kovalam when traveling from Mumbai in January, with lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Munnar.

Things to do in Kovalam

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Chowara Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach
Adimalathura Beach ©
Adimalathura Beach

3
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.
Do your shopping at Tata Tea Outlet and Kalari Kshethra. Visiting Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park and Climbing Tours will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens, see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam, examine the collection at Tea Museum, and view the masterpieces at Mistletoe art Gallery.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Munnar trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kovalam to Munnar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in January, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park ©
Climbing Tours
Kalari Kshethra ©
Kalari Kshethra

4
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Step out of the city life by going to Periyar Tiger Reserve and Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation. Popular historic sites such as Mangladevi Temple and Our Lady of Lourde's Roman Catholic Latin Church are in your itinerary. Spend the 15th (Wed) exploring nature at Periyar National Park. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Abraham's Spice Garden, look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, explore the activities along Periyar Lake, and get great views at Chellarkovil Viewpoint.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Thekkady trip builder .

Drive from Munnar to Thekkady in 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Mararikulam.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Abraham's Spice Garden ©
Abraham's Spice Garden
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction

1
night
Mararikulam

Mararikulam ©
If you're looking for soft sand and warm water, plan a vacation in Mararikulam.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mararikulam Mahadeva Temple, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mararikulam Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Marari Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Mararikulam trip planner .

You can drive from Thekkady to Mararikulam in 4.5 hours. January in Mararikulam sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Mararikulam

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Mararikulam Beach ©
Mararikulam Beach
Mararikulam Mahadeva Temple ©
Mararikulam Mahadeva Temple

4
nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Paradesi Synagogue and Mattancherry Palace. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Cherai Beach and Fort Kochi Beach. Pamper yourself for a day on the 20th (Mon) at some of the top local wellness centers. There's much more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at LuLu Mall, look for gifts at Kochi Books, wander the streets of Jew Town, and explore the galleries of David Hall Gallery & Cafe.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) holiday maker site .

Traveling by car from Mararikulam to Kochi (Cochin) takes 1.5 hours. In January in Kochi (Cochin), expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Goa.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Spas Shopping Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Spas & Wellness
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue

4
nights
Goa

Goa ©
On India's western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India.
Visit Arambol Beach and Baga Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Agonda Beach and Calangute Beach. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Palolem Beach, hunt for treasures at Margao Market, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of Bom Jesus, and browse the different shops at Sheek Emporium.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Goa route planning tool .

Getting from Kochi (Cochin) to Goa by combination of flight and bus takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Kochi (Cochin) in January, plan for slightly colder days in Goa, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Aurangabad.

Things to do in Goa

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Agonda Beach ©
Agonda Beach
Baga Beach ©
Baga Beach
Palolem Beach ©
Palolem Beach

1
night
Aurangabad

Aurangabad ©
A place of history, culture, and spiritualism, Aurangabad appeals to a growing number of pilgrims and tourists looking to get more out of their vacation in India.
On the 26th (Sun), deepen your knowledge of military history at Daulatabad Fort, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, explore the fascinating underground world of Ellora Caves, then step into the grandiose world of Chini Mahal, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Ganesh Temple.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Aurangabad trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Goa to Aurangabad takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Aurangabad when traveling from Goa in January, with lows around 15°C. On the 27th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aurangabad

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Daulatabad Fort
Highlights from your plan
Ellora Caves ©
Ellora Caves
Daulatabad Fort ©
Daulatabad Fort
Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple ©
Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple

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