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
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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.
For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Leh travel route planner.

Washington DC, USA to Leh is an approximately 26.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to India Standard Time is 10.5 hours. You'll set off for Jaipur on the 4th (Sat).
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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.
On the 4th (Sat), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then look and learn at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur, then take an in-depth tour of City Palace of Jaipur, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Jal Mahal. On your second day here, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Jaipur day trip planning website.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to fly 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 enjoy Kovalam Beach and Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): Varkala Town (Jewels Sky, Varkala Beach, &more), Kovalam (Adimalathura Beach, Kovalam Avaduthura Devi Temple, &more) and Kollam Beach (in Kollam). Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, stroll through Shanghumukham Beach, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Thiruvananthapuram Zoo.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Jaipur to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. When traveling from Jaipur in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), with highs around 87°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) 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.
Attractions like Alappuzha Beach and Jew Town make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kochi (Cochin): Marari Beach (in Mararikulam) and Jain Temple, Alleppey (in Alappuzha). Spend the 12th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, kick back and relax at Cherai Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuzhupilly Beach, and don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kochi (Cochin) trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Kochi (Cochin) takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Kochi (Cochin), expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 74°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) 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.
Attractions like Athirappilly Water Falls and Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Triprayar Sri Rama Temple (in Thriprayar), Guruvayur (Guruvayur Temple, Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta), &more) and Charpa Waterfall (in Athirappilly). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Snehatheeram Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paramekavu Bhagavathy Temple, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Chavakkad Beach.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Thrissur itinerary maker site.

Traveling by train from Kochi (Cochin) to Thrissur takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Thrissur sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 75°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to catch the 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.
Kids will enjoy Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach and Palakkayam Thattu. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kannur: Madayi Sree Vadukunda Shiva Temple (in Pazhayangadi), Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple (in Parassinikadavu) and Paithalmala Hill Station (in Paithalmala). There's much more to do: stroll through KIzhunna Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Cathedral Church, enjoy the sand and surf at Payyambalam Beach, and make a trip to Sri Rajarajeswara Temple.

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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 21st (Tue) early enough 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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): look for gifts at Lucky Arts, then stroll through Baga Beach, and then kick back and relax at Vagator Beach. On the next day, stroll through Animal Shelter Agonda and then kick back and relax at Palolem Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Goa trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Kannur to Goa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to 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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