36 days in India Itinerary

36 days in India Itinerary

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36 days in India Itinerary

Start: Konni
Drive:  3​h 45​min
1
Chinnakanal
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Kochi (Cochin)
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Madurai
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + train:  2​h 45​min
4
Mahabalipuram
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Bengaluru
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Mysore District
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Goa
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h
8
Hampi
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
9
Mumbai
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
10
Varkala Town
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
Courtallam
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
End: Konni

3
nights
Chinnakanal

Chinnakanal ©
Chinnakanal is a village in Idukki district in the Indian state of Kerala. Do some cultural sightseeing at Tea Museum and C.S.I Christ Church. Get in touch with nature at Swiftlet Cave Munnar and Periyakanal Waterfalls. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Echo Point, admire the sheer force of Chinnakanel Water Falls, take in nature's colorful creations at Green Field Spices and Herbal Garden, and contemplate the waterfront views at Mattupetty Dam.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Chinnakanal trip maker .

Konni to Chinnakanal is an approximately 6-hour car ride. In April, daily temperatures in Chinnakanal can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Chinnakanal

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Munnar, Kolukkumalai Tea Estate
Highlights from your plan
Swiftlet Cave Munnar ©
Swiftlet Cave Munnar
Tea Museum ©
Tea Museum
Echo Point ©
Echo Point

6
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.
Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Paniyeli Poru. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Paradesi Synagogue and Jew Town. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kochi (Cochin): Thattekad Bird Sanctuary (in Thattekad), Marari Beach (in Mararikulam) and Thattekad Bird Sanctuary (in Kothamangalam). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, admire the landmark architecture of Kerala Folklore Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Saint Francis.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Kochi (Cochin) route app .

Getting from Chinnakanal to Kochi (Cochin) by car takes about 4.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Madurai.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, Marari Beach, Paniyeli Poru, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Thattekad Bird Sanctuary ©
Thattekad Bird Sanctuary

1
night
Madurai

Madurai ©
One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Madurai sits on the banks of the River Vaigai and serves as a center of Tamil culture.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): examine the collection at Gandhi Memorial Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoga Narasimhar Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Madurai trip website .

Traveling by flight from Kochi (Cochin) to Madurai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Mahabalipuram.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
Aayiram Kaal Mandapam ©
Aayiram Kaal Mandapam
Gandhi Memorial Museum
Gandhi Memorial Museum

2
nights
Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram ©
Once an important sea port city in the ancient Pallava kingdom, Mahabalipuram today draws in visitors with UNESCO-listed monuments and temples carved out of rock during the 7th and 8th centuries CE.
On the 22nd (Mon), admire the striking features of Pancha Rathas, make a trip to Arjuna's Penance, take in the spiritual surroundings of Varaha Cave Temple, then explore the ancient world of Krishna Mandapam, and finally examine the collection at DakshinaChitra Museum. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, then delve into the distant past at Mahishasura Rock, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sea Shore Temple, and finally explore the ancient world of Monuments at Mahabalipuram.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Mahabalipuram trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Madurai to Mahabalipuram takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 42°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Bengaluru.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

DakshinaChitra Museum
Highlights from your plan
Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram
DakshinaChitra Museum ©
DakshinaChitra Museum

2
nights
Bengaluru

Bengaluru ©
Flourishing development and a bustling IT industry transformed Bangalore into a vibrant metropolis, but the city preserves its numerous historic and cultural sights.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Bannerghatta National Park and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Temple Bangalore. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Malleswaram, then get curious at Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Infant Jesus Shrine, and finally admire the natural beauty at Lalbagh Botanical Garden.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Bengaluru trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Mahabalipuram to Bengaluru by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Mahabalipuram in April since evenings lows in Bengaluru dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Mysore District.

Things to do in Bengaluru

Parks Wildlife Museums
Highlights from your plan
Bannerghatta National Park ©
Bannerghatta National Park
ISKCON Temple Bangalore ©
ISKCON Temple Bangalore
Malleswaram ©
Malleswaram

2
nights
Mysore District

Mysore District ©
Mysore District is an administrative district located in the southern part of the state of Karnataka, India. Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas), look for all kinds of wild species at Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, and then ponder the design of Brindavan Garden. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the resident critters at Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, examine the collection at Sea Shell Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Sri Nandi Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Chamundeshwari Temple.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mysore District visit planner .

Traveling by car from Bengaluru to Mysore District takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. Traveling from Bengaluru in April, expect nights in Mysore District to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are little chillier, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Goa.

Things to do in Mysore District

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife

Side Trip

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas) ©
Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas)
Sri Chamundeshwari Temple ©
Sri Chamundeshwari Temple
Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary ©
Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

5
nights
Goa

Goa ©
On India's western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India.
Old Goa and Mario Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Agonda Beach and Arambol Beach. There's much more to do: stroll through Baga Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of Bom Jesus, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahalaxmi Temple, and identify plant and animal life at Animal Shelter Agonda.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Goa itinerary tool .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Mysore District to Goa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Mysore District in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Goa, with lows of 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hampi.

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
Hampi

Hampi ©
The temple town of Hampi sits on the site where one of the richest and biggest cities on the planet once stood, with the ruins of the old city protected as a World Heritage Site.
On the 3rd (Fri), delve into the distant past at Group of Monuments at Hampi, delve into the distant past at Bhojana Shala, explore the ancient world of Rock Painting 1500 BC, admire the striking features of Elephant Stables, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Royal Enclosure, and finally contemplate the long history of Vitthala Temple.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hampi tour builder site .

Drive from Goa to Hampi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Goa in May, expect nights in Hampi to be about the same, around 30°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 40°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Mumbai.

Things to do in Hampi

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Enclosure
Highlights from your plan
Vitthala Temple ©
Vitthala Temple
Group of Monuments at Hampi ©
Group of Monuments at Hampi
Elephant Stables ©
Elephant Stables

3
nights
Mumbai

Mumbai ©
Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Step out of the city life by going to Marine Drive and Aarey Colony. Get some cultural insight at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Shree Siddhivinayak. Step out of Mumbai with an excursion to St.John the Baptist Church in Thane--about 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at Gateway of India, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Banganga Tank, wander the streets of Dharavi, and identify plant and animal life at Bhandup Pumping Station.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Mumbai itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Hampi to Mumbai takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Mumbai sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 31°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Varkala.

Things to do in Mumbai

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

St.John the Baptist Church
Highlights from your plan
Gateway of India ©
Gateway of India
Marine Drive ©
Marine Drive
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus ©
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

5
nights
Varkala Town

Varkala Town ©
A calm and quiet town offering long sandy beaches on the Arabian Sea, Varkala features a variety of beach activities.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple and Vizhinjam Lighthouse. Get in touch with nature at Kovalam Beach and Adimalathura Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Varkala: Jatayu Adventure Center (in Kollam), Lighthouse Beach (in Kovalam) and Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) (Napier Museum, Shri Chitra Art Gallery, & more). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Varkala Beach, identify plant and animal life at Ashtamudi Lake, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Varkala trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Mumbai to Varkala in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May in Varkala, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Courtallam.

Things to do in Varkala Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Kovalam, Ashtamudi Lake, Jatayu Adventure Center
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

4
nights
Courtallam

Courtallam ©
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ayyanar Sunai and Chitarai Sabha Temple. Step out of the city life by going to Chenduruny Wildlife Sanctuary and Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary. Venture out of the city with trips to Vazhvanthol Waterfalls (in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)) and Thenmala (Butterfly Park & Leisure Zone).

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Courtallam trip simple and quick.

Getting from Varkala to Courtallam by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Courtallam

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Thenmala, Tirunelveli, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Highlights from your plan
Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary
Leisure Zone ©
Leisure Zone
Butterfly Park ©
Butterfly Park

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