43 days in India Itinerary

43 days in India Itinerary

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43 days in India Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  2​h 45​min
1
Leh
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  5​h
2
Agra
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Jaipur
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Kochi (Cochin)
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
5
Thrissur
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Thekkady
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
8
Kalpetta
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Kannur
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h 30​min
10
Goa
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: New Delhi

4
nights
Leh

Leh ©
The former capital of the Kingdom of Ladakh, Leh possesses a historic old town area marked by stupas, monasteries, and traditional mud-brick houses.
When in Leh, make a side trip to see Hemis Monastery in Hemis, approximately 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Thiksey Monastery, see the interesting displays at Stok Palace Museum, don't miss a visit to Confluence of the Indus and Zanskar Rivers, and appreciate the history behind Shey Monastery.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Leh journey builder website .

New Delhi to Leh is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Agra.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hemis Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Thiksey Monastery ©
Thiksey Monastery
Likir Gompa ©
Likir Gompa
Hall of Fame ©
Hall of Fame

3
nights
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Agra is known for historic sites, parks, shopping, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Taj Mahal, don't miss a visit to Jahangir Mahal, tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour, and step into the grandiose world of Agra Fort.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Agra trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Leh to Agra takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. August in Agra sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Jaipur.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Dayal Bagh ©
Dayal Bagh
Agra Fort
Agra Fort

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Jantar Mantar - Jaipur and Elefuncity. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Amber Palace, look for all kinds of wild species at Elefriend, take an in-depth tour of City Palace of Jaipur, and find something for the whole family at Sunrise Dream World Amusement Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Jaipur trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Agra to Jaipur by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Jaipur

Parks Theme Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur ©
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur
Elefuncity ©
Elefuncity
Angel Resort & Amusement Waterpark ©
Angel Resort & Amusement Waterpark

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Marari Beach and Cherai Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Kochi (Cochin) side-trips: Vaikom Mahadeva Temple (in Kottayam), St. Andrew's Basilica Arthunkal (in Alappuzha) and Azhikode Munakkal Beach (in Kodungallur). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Wonderla Amusement Park, make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiva Temple, and pause for some serene contemplation at Vallarpadam Church.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kochi (Cochin) online travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Jaipur to Kochi (Cochin) takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. August in Kochi (Cochin) sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Thrissur.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Azhikode Munakkal Beach, St. Andrew's Basilica Arthunkal, Vaikom Mahadeva Temple, Marari Beach, Shiva Temple Ernakulam
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Wonderla Amusement Park ©
Wonderla Amusement Park
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai 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.
Attractions like Guruvayur Temple and Kauthuka Park make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Thrissur: Guruvayur (Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta), Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram, & more), Triprayar Sri Rama Temple (in Thriprayar) and Vadanapilly Beach (in Kodungallur). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vadakkunnathan Temple, admire the sheer force of Vazhachal Waterfalls, have fun and explore at Thrissur Zoo & Museum, and kick back and relax at Snehatheeram Beach.

For photos and other tourist information, read our Thrissur attractions planning site .

Take a train from Kochi (Cochin) to Thrissur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Thrissur

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Guruvayur, Vadanapilly Beach, Triprayar Sri Rama Temple
Highlights from your plan
Guruvayur Temple ©
Guruvayur Temple
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram ©
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram
Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta) ©
Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta)

4
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Green land spice garden and Cheruthoni Dam. Take a break from Thekkady with a short trip to Vagamon Pine Forest in Vagamon, about 1h 40 min away. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Junction, contemplate the long history of Shiny Tours & Travals, take some stellar pictures from Chellarkovil Viewpoint, and admire the natural beauty at Periyar Spice & Ayurvedic Garden.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Thekkady trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Thrissur to Thekkady in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games

Side Trips

Vagamon Pine Forest, Cheruthoni Dam
Highlights from your plan
Green land spice garden ©
Green land spice garden
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction
Periyar Spice & Ayurvedic Garden ©
Periyar Spice & Ayurvedic Garden

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 Magic Planet Theme Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): Varkala Beach (in Varkala) and Adimalathura Beach (in Kovalam). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, don't miss a visit to Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shanghumukham Beach, and see the interesting displays at Priyadarshini Planetarium.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Thekkady to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Kalpetta.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Kalpetta

Kalpetta ©
One of the district's main tourist hubs, Kalpetta offers easy access to a number of man-made and natural attractions.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Banasurasagar Dam and Thirunelli Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Banasura Spices Garden (in Padinjarathara), E3 Theme Parks (in Vellamunda) and Wayanad Heritage Museum (Ambalavayal Heritage Museum) (in Sultan Bathery). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Karalad Lake, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Panamaram Jain Temple, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Banasura Hill.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kalpetta day trip website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Kalpetta takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kannur.

Things to do in Kalpetta

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Karalad Lake, Wayanad Heritage Museum (Ambalavayal Heritage Museum), Panamaram Jain Temple, E3 Theme Parks, Banasurasagar Dam
Highlights from your plan
Banasurasagar Dam ©
Banasurasagar Dam
E3 Theme Parks ©
E3 Theme Parks
Thirunelli Temple ©
Thirunelli Temple

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.
Kids will enjoy Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple and Azhikkal Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Lokamalayar Kavil Ambalam @ Lokanarkavu temple (in Vadakara) and Sargaalaya (in Kozhikode). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Sri Rajarajeswara Temple, visit a coastal fixture at Cannanore Lighthouse, tour the pleasant surroundings at Chal Beach Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Ezhara Beach.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kannur travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Kalpetta to Kannur takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Goa.

Things to do in Kannur

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Azhikode, Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple, Lokamalayar Kavil Ambalam @ Lokanarkavu temple, Sargaalaya
Highlights from your plan
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach ©
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach
Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple ©
Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple
Sri Rajarajeswara Temple ©
Sri Rajarajeswara Temple

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.
Family-friendly places like Baga Beach and Agonda Beach will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Palolem Beach, admire the striking features of Basilica of Bom Jesus, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Varca Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Goa trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Kannur to Goa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. In September in Goa, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Goa

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

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