26 days in India Itinerary

26 days in India Itinerary

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Goa
— 1 night
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Kannur
— 1 night
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Kochi (Cochin)
— 3 nights
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4
Kovalam
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Thekkady
— 4 nights
Taxi to Kochi, Fly to Jaipur
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Jaipur
— 3 nights
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Leh
— 4 nights
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Manali
— 5 nights
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Goa — 1 night

On India's western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India.
For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Goa trip itinerary planning app.

Washington DC, USA to Goa is an approximately 25-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10.5 hours traveling from Washington DC to Goa. Traveling from Washington DC in May, you will find days in Goa are somewhat warmer (88°F), and nights are warmer (82°F). On the 23rd (Sat), you'll travel to Kannur.
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Kannur — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Thottada Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Payyambalam Beach. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parassinikkadavu Snake Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple, then don't miss a visit to Sri Rajarajeswara Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madayi Sree Vadukunda Shiva Temple.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kannur day trip app.

You can fly from Goa to Kannur in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to fly to Kochi (Cochin).
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Kochi (Cochin) — 3 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Alappuzha Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kochi (Cochin): Kidangamparambu Sree Bhuvaneswari Temple (in Alappuzha) and Marari Beach (in Mararikulam). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cherai Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Kuzhupilly Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Vallarpadam Church, and wander the streets of Jew Town.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kochi (Cochin) tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Kannur to Kochi (Cochin) in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Kochi (Cochin) are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Kovalam.
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Kovalam — 2 nights

Famous for the groves of coconut trees from which it takes its name, Kovalam offers a long, white sandy beach on the Arabian Sea.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hawa Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lighthouse Beach, then kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kovalam Avaduthura Devi Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Keralashopee, then explore the activities along Vellayani Lake, then kick back and relax at Adimalathura Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Samudra Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kovalam route planner.

You can fly from Kochi (Cochin) to Kovalam in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Thekkady.
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Thekkady — 4 nights

Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Periyar Lake and Elephant Junction. Spend the 1st (Mon) exploring nature at Periyar National Park. There's still lots to do: stroll through Periyar Tiger Reserve, take a peaceful walk through Periyar Tiger Reserve forest, pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of Lourde's Roman Catholic Latin Church, and take in the dramatic scenery at Pandikuzhi Waterfalls.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Thekkady trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Kovalam to Thekkady in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Jaipur.
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Jaipur — 3 nights

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.
Bring the kids along to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Jal Mahal. Next up on the itinerary: look and learn at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur, look for gifts at K.L. Jewellers, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Deer Park, Ashok Vihar, Jaipur, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Jaipur road trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Thekkady to Jaipur in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In June, daytime highs in Jaipur are 104°F, while nighttime lows are 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Leh.
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Leh — 4 nights

The former capital of the Kingdom of Ladakh, Leh possesses a historic old town area marked by stupas, monasteries, and traditional mud-brick houses.
Leh is known for nature, historic sites, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thiksey Monastery, explore the striking landscape at Magnetic Hill, examine the collection at Hall of Fame, and appreciate the history behind Shey Monastery.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Leh trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Jaipur to Leh takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 9th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Manali.
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Manali — 5 nights

People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Kids will enjoy Beas River and Solang Valley. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hidimba Devi Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manali Sanctuary, witness a stunning natural landmark at Vashisht Baths, and fly down the slopes at Solang Nullah.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Manali road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Leh to Manali takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can catch the flight 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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