36 days in India Itinerary

36 days in India Itinerary

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36 days in India Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly + bus:  23​h
1
Goa
— 4 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Kannur
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Kochi (Cochin)
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Mararikulam
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Thekkady
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
7
Udaipur
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
8
Jaisalmer
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
9
Jaipur
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Agra
— 4 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  19​h
End: Vancouver

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.
Attractions like Baga Beach and Palolem Beach make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Agonda Beach, get to know the resident critters at Goa's Ark, tour the pleasant surroundings at Arambol Beach, and identify plant and animal life at Animal Shelter Agonda.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Goa online vacation planner .

Vancouver, Canada to Goa is an approximately 23-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to India Standard Time (IST) is 13 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Vancouver in December; daily highs in Goa reach 31°C and lows reach 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kannur.

Things to do in Goa

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

4
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.
Kids will enjoy Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach and Payyambalam Beach. Explore Kannur's surroundings by going to Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple (in Parassinikadavu) and Sargaalaya (in Kozhikode). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Thottada Beach, kick back and relax at Ezhara Beach, enjoy the sea views from Cannanore Lighthouse, and don't miss a visit to Kerala Folklore Academy.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kannur online itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Goa to Kannur takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kannur

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

4
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Cherai Beach and Chottanikkara Devi Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Kochi (Cochin): Thattekad Bird Sanctuary (in Thattekad) and Kauthuka Park (in Thrissur). The adventure continues: make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiva Temple Ernakulam , admire the landmark architecture of Jeevamatha Church, and find something for the whole family at Wonderla Amusement Park.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Kannur to Kochi (Cochin) by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Mararikulam.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kauthuka Park, Shiva Temple Ernakulam , Thattekad Bird Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Kauthuka Park ©
Kauthuka Park
Wonderla Amusement Park ©
Wonderla Amusement Park
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach

2
nights
Mararikulam

Mararikulam ©
If you're looking for soft sand and warm water, plan a vacation in Mararikulam.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Vaikom Mahadeva Temple, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mararikulam Beach, and then stroll through Marari Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Kumaramangalam Subramanyaswamy Temple, stroll through Kumarakom Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Mararikulam itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Mararikulam in 1.5 hours. In December in Mararikulam, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Mararikulam

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kumarakom, Vaikom Mahadeva Temple
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Mararikulam Beach ©
Mararikulam Beach
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple ©
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple

4
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Family-friendly places like Elephant Junction and Periyar Spice & Ayurvedic Garden will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, take in nature's colorful creations at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, get your game on at Thekkady Rose Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Thekkady visit planner .

You can drive from Mararikulam to Thekkady in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake

4
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 appreciate attractions like Kovalam Beach and Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): Lighthouse Beach (in Kovalam) and Varkala (Varkala Beach & Kappil Beach). Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Poovar Island, don't miss a visit to Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, get to know the resident critters at Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, and get in on the family fun at Magic Planet Theme Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Thekkady to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. December in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Udaipur.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Udaipur

Udaipur ©
Tourism in Udaipur, a picturesque city known for its lake system, thrives due to the area's numerous historic and cultural relics.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Bagore Ki Haveli, then take an in-depth tour of City Palace of Udaipur, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Pichola, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Gothwal Art. Keep things going the next day: take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ekling Ji Temple.

To find maps and other tourist information, go to the Udaipur trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Udaipur by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Udaipur, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Jaisalmer.

Things to do in Udaipur

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
City Palace of Udaipur ©
City Palace of Udaipur
Lake Pichola ©
Lake Pichola
Ekling Ji Temple ©
Ekling Ji Temple

2
nights
Jaisalmer

A World Heritage Site, the desert city of Jaisalmer has a number of historical attractions, buildings, and legends worthy of protection.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Jaisalmer itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Udaipur to Jaisalmer takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Jaipur.

Things to do in Jaisalmer

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Bring the kids along to Jantar Mantar - Jaipur and Elefuncity. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Amber Palace, identify plant and animal life at Amer Jeep Safari, delve into the lush surroundings at Grass Farm Nursery, and admire the landmark architecture of Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Jaipur vacation app .

Getting from Jaisalmer to Jaipur by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. January in Jaipur sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Agra.

Things to do in Jaipur

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur ©
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur
Amer jeep Safari ©
Amer jeep Safari
EleSafari ©
EleSafari

4
nights
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Go for a jaunt from Agra to Bharatpur to see Keoladeo National Park about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Taj Mahal, don't miss a visit to Jahangir Mahal, take a memorable excursion with Day Trips, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bageshwarnath Temple.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Agra attractions tool .

Getting from Jaipur to Agra by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Jaipur in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Agra: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trip

Keoladeo National Park
Highlights from your plan
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Keoladeo National Park ©
Keoladeo National Park
Play Safari ©
Play Safari

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