40 days in India Itinerary

40 days in India Itinerary

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40 days in India Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
1
New Delhi
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Kovalam
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
3
Kochi (Cochin)
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Thekkady
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h
5
Kannur
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  7​h 15​min
6
Goa
— 6 nights
bus + Fly:  2​h
7
Mumbai
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
8
Udaipur
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
9
Jaipur
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Agra
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
11
Manali
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: New Delhi

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.
SpinMonkey has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): don't miss a visit to India Gate and then catch all the local highlights with SpinMonkey. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): enjoy breathtaking views from Qutub Minar, wander the streets of Hauz Khas Village, then contemplate the long history of Raj Ghat, and finally contemplate the long history of Gurudwara Bangla Sahib.

Before you visit New Delhi, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to New Delhi. In December, daily temperatures in New Delhi can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Qutub Minar ©
Qutub Minar
Hauz Khas Village ©
Hauz Khas Village
Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb

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.
Visiting Kovalam Beach and Samudra Beach will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach, examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, stroll through Chowara Beach, and get outside with Vizhinjam Lighthouse.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kovalam trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from New Delhi to Kovalam in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from New Delhi in December: highs in Kovalam hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kovalam

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

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.
Visiting Marari Beach and Cherai Beach will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kochi (Cochin): Azhikode Munakkal Beach (in Kodungallur), Mararikulam Beach (in Mararikulam) and St. Andrew's Basilica Arthunkal (in Alappuzha). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue, admire the landmark architecture of Santa Cruz Basilica, and wander the streets of Jew Town.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kochi (Cochin) trip site .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Kovalam to Kochi (Cochin) in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December, daytime highs in Kochi (Cochin) are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mararikulam, Azhikode Munakkal Beach, St. Andrew's Basilica Arthunkal
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Mararikulam Beach ©
Mararikulam Beach

4
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Visiting Periyar Tiger Reserve and Periyar Lake will get you outdoors. Spend the 26th (Tue) exploring nature at Periyar National Park. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, take in nature's colorful creations at Periyar Spice & Ayurvedic Garden, and head outdoors with Persian Paradise Elephant Ride.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Thekkady trip planner .

You can drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Thekkady in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 28th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kannur.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar National Park ©
Periyar National Park
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

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.
Visiting Thottada Beach and Ezhara Beach will get you outdoors. When in Kannur, make a side trip to see Chal Beach Park in Azhikode, approximately 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kottiyoor Mahadeva Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Payyambalam Beach, and visit a coastal fixture at Cannanore Lighthouse.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kannur trip planner .

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Kannur takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus, taxi, flight, and train. You'll set off for Goa on the 1st (Mon).

Things to do in Kannur

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Chal Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Thottada Beach ©
Thottada Beach
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach ©
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach
Chal Beach Park ©
Chal Beach Park

6
nights
Goa

Goa ©
On India's western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India.
Step out of the city life by going to Agonda Beach and Galgibaga Beach. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Palolem Beach, contemplate the long history of Cabo de Rama Fort, tour the pleasant surroundings at Arambol Beach, and stop by Literati Bookshop & Cafe.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Goa journey planner .

Drive from Kannur to Goa in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Goa are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Mumbai (Bombay).

Things to do in Goa

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

3
nights
Mumbai

Mumbai ©
Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Escape the urban bustle at Marine Drive and Chowpatty Beach. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Gateway of India, stop by Bungalow Eight, browse the eclectic array of goods at Crawford Market, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Shree Siddhivinayak.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Mumbai (Bombay) travel route planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Goa to Mumbai (Bombay) takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Goa in January, expect little chillier with lows of 20°C in Mumbai (Bombay). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Udaipur.

Things to do in Mumbai

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Marine Drive ©
Marine Drive
Chowpatty Beach ©
Chowpatty Beach
Colaba ©
Colaba

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): explore the activities along Lake Fatehsagar Udaipur, then get engrossed in the history at City Palace of Udaipur, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Pichola. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Maharana Pratap Memorial, then look for gifts at Gothwal Art, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jagdish Temple.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Udaipur driving holiday planning app .

Traveling by flight from Mumbai (Bombay) to Udaipur takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Jaipur.

Things to do in Udaipur

Museums Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
City Palace of Udaipur ©
City Palace of Udaipur
Lake Pichola ©
Lake Pichola
Jagdish Temple ©
Jagdish Temple

5
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.
Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Grass Farm Nursery. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Amber Fort, revel in the low prices at Heritage Textiles & Handicrafts, take an in-depth tour of City Palace of Jaipur, and look for all kinds of wild species at Elefriend.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Jaipur online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Udaipur to Jaipur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Jaipur can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Agra.

Things to do in Jaipur

Wildlife Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Amber Palace ©
Amber Palace
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Elefriend ©
Elefriend

2
nights
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
On the 18th (Thu), admire the striking features of Jama Masjid, then explore the historical opulence of Agra Fort, and then steep yourself in history at Taj Mahal.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Agra trip planner .

You can drive from Jaipur to Agra in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Jaipur in January: highs in Agra hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Manali.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Jahangir Mahal ©
Jahangir Mahal

4
nights
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Take a break from the city and head to Beas River and Great Himalayan National Park. The adventure continues: appreciate the views at Solang Valley, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hidimba Devi Temple, witness a stunning natural landmark at Vashisht Baths, and look for all kinds of wild species at Rani Nala.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Manali holiday planner .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Agra to Manali in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Manali

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Kullu
Highlights from your plan
Great Himalayan National Park ©
Great Himalayan National Park
Solang Valley ©
Solang Valley
Beas River ©
Beas River

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