36 days in India Itinerary

36 days in India Itinerary

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Agra
— 3 nights
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Jaipur
— 5 nights
Fly
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Varkala Town
— 4 nights
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Mararikulam
— 3 nights
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Kochi (Cochin)
— 5 nights
Fly
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Kannur
— 5 nights
Fly
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Goa
— 5 nights
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New Delhi
— 5 nights

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Agra — 3 nights

Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Take a break from Agra with a short trip to Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur, about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Taj Mahal, make a trip to Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and explore the historical opulence of Agra Fort.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Agra trip maker tool.

New Delhi to Agra is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in December, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Jaipur.
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Find places to stay Dec 11 — 14:

Jaipur — 5 nights

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.
Jaipur is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Amber Palace, tour the pleasant surroundings at EleSafari, look and learn at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Jaipur online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Agra to Jaipur in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. December in Jaipur sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Varkala Town.
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Find places to stay Dec 14 — 19:

Varkala Town — 4 nights

A calm and quiet town offering long sandy beaches on the Arabian Sea, Varkala features a variety of beach activities.
Get out of town with these interesting Varkala Town side-trips: Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) (Ananthankadu Nagaraja Temple, Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple, &more) and Kovalam (Lighthouse Beach, Kovalam Beach, &more). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Varkala Beach, stop by The Art of India, stroll through Kappil Beach, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Varkala Town holiday planner.

You can fly from Jaipur to Varkala Town in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. When traveling from Jaipur in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Varkala Town, with highs around 36°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Mararikulam.
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Find places to stay Dec 19 — 23:

Mararikulam — 3 nights

If you're looking for soft sand and warm water, plan a vacation in Mararikulam.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mararikulam: Kottayam (Spas, Kottayam Cheriapally, &more) and Kumarakom Beach (in Kumarakom). There's more to do: kick back and relax at Marari Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Mararikulam tour planner.

Getting from Varkala Town to Mararikulam by car takes about 3.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kochi (Cochin).
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Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:

Kochi (Cochin) — 5 nights

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 out of town with these interesting Kochi (Cochin) side-trips: Alappuzha Beach (in Alappuzha) and Azhikode Munakkal Beach (in Kodungallur). There's much more to do: make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, take a stroll through Jew Town, admire the striking features of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, and visit Mattancherry.

To plan Kochi (Cochin) vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Mararikulam to Kochi (Cochin) in 1.5 hours. December in Kochi (Cochin) sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to fly to Kannur.
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Find places to stay Dec 26 — 31:

Kannur — 5 nights

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.
Explore Kannur's surroundings by going to Lokamalayar Kavil Ambalam @ Lokanarkavu temple (in Vadakara), Payyoli Beach (in Kozhikode) and Azhikode (Chal Beach Park & Azhikkal Beach). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mridanga Saileswari Temple, stroll through Meenkunnu Beach, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kannur travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Kochi (Cochin) to Kannur takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can fly to Goa.
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Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 5:

Goa — 5 nights

On India's western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India.
Goa is known for beaches, historic sites, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Agonda Beach, hit the bull's-eye at Milsim Goa Paintball, and kick back and relax at Vagator Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Goa online day trip planner.

Fly from Kannur to Goa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Goa can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to New Delhi.
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Find places to stay Jan 5 — 10:

New Delhi — 5 nights

Designed by notable English architects and proclaimed India's capital in 1931, New Delhi sits in the middle of a sprawling metropolitan area with a population of over 25 million.
New Delhi is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Qutub Minar, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Birla Mandir Temple (Lakshmi Narayan), admire the landmark architecture of Humayun's Tomb, and contemplate the long history of Gurudwara Bangla Sahib.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the New Delhi trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Goa to New Delhi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Goa in January: highs in New Delhi hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.
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Find places to stay Jan 10 — 15:

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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