18 days in India Itinerary

18 days in India Itinerary

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18 days in India Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Thekkady
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Kannur
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h 30​min
4
Goa
— 3 nights
+3
bus + Fly + subway + train:  9​h 15​min
5
Agra
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Jaipur
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Mumbai

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Kashi Art Gallery and Paradesi Synagogue. We've included these beaches for you: Marari Beach and Njarackal Arattuvazhi Beach. There's still lots to do: browse the different shops at LuLu Mall, take in the exciting artwork at Kerala Museum, browse for treasures at Indian Industries, and look for gifts at Waltons Boutique.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kochi (Cochin) trip itinerary builder .

Mumbai to Kochi (Cochin) is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Kochi (Cochin) are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Shopping Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Marari Beach
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LuLu Mall ©
LuLu Mall
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach

3
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Get in touch with nature at Periyar Tiger Reserve and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Kerala Crafts, contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, identify plant and animal life at Elephant Junction, and get great views at Chellarkovil Viewpoint.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Thekkady journey planner .

Getting from Kochi (Cochin) to Thekkady by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kannur.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

2
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.
On the 22nd (Fri), stroll through Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach, stroll through KIzhunna Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Thottada Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Azhikkal Beach, then walk around Chal Beach Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Choottad Beach.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kannur travel planning website .

You can drive from Thekkady to Kannur in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Goa.

Things to do in Kannur

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Azhikode
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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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Baga Beach and Agonda Beach. Get in touch with nature at Palolem Beach and Animal Shelter Agonda. The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Sheek Emporium.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Goa trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Kannur to Goa by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Agra.

Things to do in Goa

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Baga Beach ©
Baga Beach
Agonda Beach ©
Agonda Beach
Palolem Beach ©
Palolem Beach

2
nights
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Agra Fort and New Nice Marble Art & Handicrafts are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Marble Handicrafts Agra and U.P Handicrafts Development Centerfor some retail therapy. Change things up with a short trip to Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur (about 1h 20 min away). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Taj Mahal, explore the galleries of Agra Art Gallery, and take in the exciting artwork at Shahin Arts.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Agra online driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and train from Goa to Agra in 9.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Goa in May, you will find days in Agra are a bit warmer (48°C), and nights are about the same (30°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Jaipur.

Things to do in Agra

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Keoladeo National Park
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Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Keoladeo National Park ©
Keoladeo National Park

3
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.
Head to Gem Plaza and Jitesh Artsfor plenty of shopping. Step out of the city life by going to Amer Jeep Safari and EleSafari. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Amber Palace, get engrossed in the history at City Palace of Jaipur, look and learn at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur, and look for all kinds of wild species at Make Bike Trip.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Jaipur travel planner.

Drive from Agra to Jaipur in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Jaipur are 48°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Jaipur

Wildlife Parks Museums
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Amber Palace ©
Amber Palace
City Palace of Jaipur ©
City Palace of Jaipur
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur ©
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur

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