40 days in India Itinerary

40 days in India Itinerary

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40 days in India Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Drive:  2​h 45​min
1
Agra
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Jaipur
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
3
Udaipur
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Kovalam
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
5
Thekkady
— 4 nights
+3
bus + subway + foot + ferry:  76​h
6
Havelock Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  12​h 45​min
7
Mararikulam
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Kochi (Cochin)
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
9
Kannur
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  7​h 15​min
10
Goa
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h 30​min
11
New Delhi
— 2 nights
End: New Delhi

3
nights
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
When in Agra, make a side trip to see Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur, approximately 1h 20 min away. Spend the 17th (Sun) on the rails with a train tour. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Taj Mahal, step into the grandiose world of Agra Fort, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bageshwarnath Temple, and admire the striking features of Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah.

For traveler tips and tourist information, you can read our Agra road trip planner.

New Delhi to Agra is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Agra can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Jaipur.

Things to do in Agra

Tours Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Keoladeo National Park
Highlights from your plan
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Keoladeo National Park ©
Keoladeo National Park
Agra Fort
Agra Fort

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.
Get outdoors at Elefriend and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Spend the 20th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Amber Palace, stroll through Deer Park, Ashok Vihar, Jaipur, admire the landmark architecture of Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind, and explore the galleries of City Palace of Jaipur.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Jaipur online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Agra to Jaipur takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Jaipur can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Udaipur.

Things to do in Jaipur

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Amber Palace ©
Amber Palace
Nature & Wildlife Tours
EleSafari ©
EleSafari

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.
On the 22nd (Fri), explore the galleries of City Palace of Udaipur, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jagdish Temple, and then explore the activities along Lake Pichola. On the next day, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

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

You can fly from Jaipur to Udaipur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Udaipur are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in Udaipur

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
City Palace of Udaipur ©
City Palace of Udaipur
Lake Pichola ©
Lake Pichola
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Kovalam Beach and Hawa Beach. Visiting Lighthouse Beach and Chowara Beach will get you outdoors. Step out of Kovalam to go to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) and see Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Samudra Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Adimalathura Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kovalam road trip planner.

Getting from Udaipur to Kovalam by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Udaipur in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Kovalam, with lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Thekkady.

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
Adimalathura Beach ©
Adimalathura Beach

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 Periyar National Park. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Junction, explore the activities along Periyar Lake, take some stellar pictures from Chellarkovil Viewpoint, and get outside with Persian Paradise Elephant Ride.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Thekkady road trip planning website .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Kovalam to Thekkady in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Havelock Island.

Things to do in Thekkady

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

2
nights
Havelock Island

Havelock Island ©
Known for its scuba diving spots, picturesque beaches, and relaxed atmosphere, Havelock Island stands out as the largest island in the archipelago, and one of the most tourist-oriented places in the Andaman Islands.
On the 3rd (Wed), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Radhanagar Beach. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Kalapathar Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Govind Nagar Beach.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Havelock Island travel planner .

Getting from Thekkady to Havelock Island by combination of bus and ferry takes about 76 hours. April in Havelock Island sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mararikulam.

Things to do in Havelock Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Radhanagar Beach ©
Radhanagar Beach
Kalapathar Beach ©
Kalapathar Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Mararikulam

Mararikulam ©
If you're looking for soft sand and warm water, plan a vacation in Mararikulam.
Escape the urban bustle at Marari Beach and Vembanad Lake. You'll get in some beach time at Mararikulam Beach and Andhakaranazhy Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Mararikulam: Sree Kumaramangalam Subramanyaswamy Temple (in Kumarakom) and Kottayam (Kottayam Cheriapally, Kottathavalam, & more). It doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mararikulam Mahadeva Temple.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Mararikulam online sightseeing planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Havelock Island to Mararikulam. In April, daytime highs in Mararikulam are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Mararikulam

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kottayam, Andhakaranazhy Beach, Vembanad Lake, Sree Kumaramangalam Subramanyaswamy Temple
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Mararikulam Beach ©
Mararikulam Beach
Andhakaranazhy Beach ©
Andhakaranazhy 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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Cherai Beach and Azhikode Munakkal Beach. Get in touch with nature at Njarackal Arattuvazhi Beach and Kaddipuram Beach. There's much more to do: make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, kick back and relax at Kuzhupilly Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Mararikulam to Kochi (Cochin) in 1.5 hours. In April in Kochi (Cochin), expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kannur.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kodungallur
Highlights from your plan
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Azhikode Munakkal Beach ©
Azhikode Munakkal 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.
Get in touch with nature at Thottada Beach and Azhikkal Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach and Ettikulam Beach. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Ezhara Beach, stroll through Choottad Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kottiyoor Mahadeva Temple, and take in the dramatic scenery at Kanjirakoli Waterfall.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kannur trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Kannur in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Goa.

Things to do in Kannur

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Azhikode
Highlights from your plan
Thottada Beach ©
Thottada Beach
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach ©
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach
Azhikkal Beach ©
Azhikkal Beach

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Agonda Beach and Palolem Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Arambol Beach and Animal Shelter Agonda. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Baga Beach, don't miss a visit to Rock Formations, and stop by GM Jewellers.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Goa visit planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kannur to Goa in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to New Delhi.

Things to do in Goa

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

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.
New Delhi is known for historic sites, parks, shopping, museums, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Humayun's Tomb, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, steep yourself in history at India Gate, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurudwara Bangla Sahib.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our New Delhi trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Goa to New Delhi in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Goa in April: highs in New Delhi hover around 43°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Qutub Minar ©
Qutub Minar
Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
Akshardham ©
Akshardham

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