23 days in India Itinerary

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Leh
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Jaipur
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Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 4 nights
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Kochi (Cochin)
— 4 nights
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Thrissur
— 4 nights
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Kannur
— 4 nights
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Goa
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Leh — 1 night

The former capital of the Kingdom of Ladakh, Leh possesses a historic old town area marked by stupas, monasteries, and traditional mud-brick houses.
On the 3rd (Fri), stop by De Pashmina Emporium and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thiksey Monastery.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Leh trip itinerary planner.

Washington DC, USA to Leh is an approximately 26.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 10.5 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time for the flight to Jaipur.
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Jaipur — 1 night

Pink City

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Jaipur tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Leh to Jaipur takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daytime highs in Jaipur are 94°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).
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Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) — 4 nights

Evergreen City of India

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 Varkala Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): Kollam Beach (in Kollam), Varkala Town (Kappil Beach & Varkala Aquarium) and Kovalam (Adimalathura Beach, Kovalam Avaduthura Devi Temple, &more). There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, make a trip to Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, and kick back and relax at Shanghumukham Beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Jaipur to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Jaipur in July, you will find days in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) are little chillier (87°F), and nights are about the same (76°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Kochi (Cochin).
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Kochi (Cochin) — 4 nights

Queen of the Arabian Sea

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.
Bring the kids along to Spas and Chinese Fishing Nets. Spend the 11th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Jew Town, admire the landmark architecture of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jeevamatha Church, and buy something for everyone on your list at LuLu Mall.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kochi (Cochin) road trip planner.

You can fly from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Kochi (Cochin) in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. July in Kochi (Cochin) sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 74°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Thrissur.
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Thrissur — 4 nights

One of the oldest and largest cities in the center of the state, Thrissur hosts a wealth of festivals throughout the year.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Athirappilly Water Falls and Chavakkad Beach. Explore Thrissur's surroundings by going to Guruvayur (Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram, Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta), &more) and Charpa Waterfall (in Athirappilly). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Snehatheeram Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paramekavu Bhagavathy Temple, and have fun and explore at Thrissur Zoo & Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Thrissur travel route builder website.

You can take a train from Kochi (Cochin) to Thrissur in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Kannur.
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Kannur — 4 nights

Land of Looms and Lores

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.
Attractions like Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach and Spas make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kannur: Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple (in Parassinikadavu) and Paithalmala Hill Station (in Paithalmala). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ezhara Beach, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Palakkayam Thattu, kick back and relax at Dharmadam Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mridanga Saileswari Temple.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kannur trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Thrissur to Kannur takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Goa.
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Goa — 2 nights

On India's western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India.
On the 21st (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Vagator Beach, then stroll through Baga Beach, and then look for gifts at Altered Native. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Mahalasa Narayani Prasanna, kick back and relax at Cavelossim Beach, then kick back and relax at Colva Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Rei (Christ the King) Chapel.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Goa route planner.

You can fly from Kannur to Goa in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can fly back home.
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India travel guide

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It may very well be fair to call India "incredible," given its mind-boggling diversity of landscapes, climates, cultures, and languages. The world's largest democracy, and second only to China in terms of population, India contains majestic peaks dusted with glistening snow, sun-drenched beaches, ancient hand-carved temples, and sprawling cities jam-packed with people, vehicles, and animals. Many tour India during the country's devotional festivals, which range from immense parades that convert cities into giant performance stages, to simple farming fairs dedicated to relatively obscure local deities. Whenever you choose to vacation in India, make sure you see some of the country's World Heritage Sites, which include the legendary Taj Mahal and Chilika Lake, the planet's second-largest lagoon.
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