36 days in India Itinerary

36 days in India Itinerary

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36 days in India Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Jaipur
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Agra
— 4 nights
+3
Train + Subway + Fly + Bus:  9​h 15​min
3
Goa
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Kannur
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Kochi (Cochin)
— 5 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
6
Thrissur
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Thekkady
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
End: Chennai

4
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.
Jaipur is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, childrens museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look and learn at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur, admire the striking features of Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind, identify plant and animal life at EleSafari, and take an in-depth tour of City Palace of Jaipur.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Jaipur trip itinerary website .

Chennai to Jaipur is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Agra.

Things to do in Jaipur

Wildlife Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur ©
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur
Nature & Wildlife Tours
EleSafari ©
EleSafari

4
nights
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Kids will enjoy Prem Mandir - Shyama Shyam Dham and ISKCON Vrindavan. Change things up with these side-trips from Agra: Banke Bihari Temple (in Vrindavan), Keoladeo National Park (in Bharatpur) and Mathura (Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple, Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple Complex, & more). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Taj Mahal, don't miss a visit to Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, look for gifts at Rajrani Souvenirs, and step into the grandiose world of Agra Fort.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Agra trip website .

Getting from Jaipur to Agra by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. September in Agra sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Goa.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Vrindavan, Mathura, Tomb of Akbar the Great, Keoladeo National Park
Highlights from your plan
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Keoladeo National Park ©
Keoladeo National Park
Prem Mandir - Shyama Shyam Dham ©
Prem Mandir - Shyama Shyam Dham

3
nights
Goa

Goa ©
On India's western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India.
Attractions like Baga Beach and Agonda Beach make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Palolem Beach, get your game on at Milsim Goa Paintball, admire the landmark architecture of Se Cathedral, and look for all kinds of wild species at Animal Shelter Agonda.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Goa online itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and bus from Agra to Goa in 9.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. While traveling from Agra, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Goa, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kannur.

Things to do in Goa

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

5
nights
Kannur

Kannur ©
A cultural capital on the state's relatively quiet northern coast, Kannur has long been associated with textile production and temple rituals, earning it the nickname, the "Land of Looms and Lores." Most Kannur itineraries will include observing theyyam rituals performed at the temples, where the traditions have origins dating back thousands of years.
Family-friendly places like Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach and Sri Rajarajeswara Temple will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kannur: Sargaalaya (in Kozhikode) and Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple (in Parassinikadavu). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ezhara Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at KIzhunna Beach, stroll around Chal Beach Park, and get in on the family fun at V-Pra Kaayal Floating Park.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kannur trip builder site .

Getting from Goa to Kannur by combination of bus and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kannur

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Azhikode, Sargaalaya, Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple
Highlights from your plan
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach ©
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach
Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple ©
Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple
Thottada Beach ©
Thottada Beach

5
nights
Kochi (Cochin)

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.
Attractions like Marari Beach and Njarackal Arattuvazhi Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Kochi (Cochin): Alappuzha (St. Andrew's Basilica Arthunkal, Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple, & more) and Vaikom Mahadeva Temple (in Kottayam). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Wonderla Amusement Park, see the interesting displays at Celebrity Wax Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shiva Temple, and get your game on at Plug And Play Gaming Lounge.

Plan my day in Kochi (Cochin) using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Kannur to Kochi (Cochin) in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Thrissur.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Alappuzha, Vaikom Mahadeva Temple, Shiva Temple Ernakulam , Marari Beach
Highlights from your plan
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple ©
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Alappuzha Beach ©
Alappuzha Beach

4
nights
Thrissur

Thrissur ©
One of the oldest and largest cities in the center of the state, Thrissur hosts a wealth of festivals throughout the year.
Bring the kids along to Guruvayur Temple and Kauthuka Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Thrissur: Triprayar Sri Rama Temple (in Thriprayar) and Guruvayur (Parthasarathy Temple, Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta), & more). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Athirappilly Water Falls, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paramekavu Bhagavathy Temple, pause for some photo ops at Bible Tower, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Snehatheeram Beach.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Thrissur day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kochi (Cochin) to Thrissur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Thrissur can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Thrissur

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Guruvayur, Triprayar Sri Rama Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kauthuka Park ©
Kauthuka Park
Guruvayur Temple ©
Guruvayur Temple
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram ©
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram

4
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Attractions like Elephant Junction and Green land spice garden make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, get outside with Persian Paradise Elephant Ride, and take in nature's colorful creations at Periyar Spice & Ayurvedic Garden.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Thekkady online tour builder .

Traveling by car from Thrissur to Thekkady takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake

5
nights
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) ©
Situated among a collection of low hills that lead up to the coastline, state capital Thiruvananthapuram acts as a base for exploration of the southern tip of the country.
Kids will enjoy Kovalam Beach and Varkala Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): Lighthouse Beach (in Kovalam) and Kanyakumari (Kanyakumari Beach, Vivekananda Rock Memorial, & more). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, examine the collection at Priyadarshini Planetarium, and don't miss a visit to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) journey maker tool .

Getting from Thekkady to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. October in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kanyakumari, Kovalam, Varkala Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach

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