22 days in India Itinerary

22 days in India Itinerary

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22 days in India Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
+3
train + subway + train + Fly:  14​h
1
Goa
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Kannur
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Guruvayur
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Alappuzha
— 3 nights
5
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Jaipur
— 2 nights
7
Agra
— 2 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  5​h
8
Leh
— 3 nights
Fly + foot:  12​h 45​min
End: Birmingham

1
night
Goa

Goa ©
On India's western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Varca Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Basilica of Bom Jesus and then kick back and relax at Baga Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Goa road trip tool .

Birmingham, UK to Goa is an approximately 14-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Birmingham to Goa is 5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Birmingham in July: highs in Goa hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Kannur.

Things to do in Goa

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Baga Beach ©
Baga Beach
Varca Beach ©
Varca Beach
Basilica of Bom Jesus ©
Basilica of Bom Jesus

4
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.
Bring the kids along to Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple and Sri Rajarajeswara Temple. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach, find something for the whole family at V-Pra Kaayal Floating Park, stroll around Chal Beach Park, and stroll through KIzhunna Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kannur trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Goa to Kannur takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Guruvayur.

Things to do in Kannur

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Azhikode, Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple
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Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach ©
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach
Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple ©
Sri Rajarajeswara Temple ©
Sri Rajarajeswara Temple

1
night
Guruvayur

Guruvayur ©
Guruvayur stands as one of the holiest and most important pilgrimage centers in the state, with its Sri Krishna Temple among the most frequented temples in the country.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram, admire the landmark architecture of Guruvayur Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Narayanamkulangara Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Venkitachalapathy Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parthasarathy Temple.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Guruvayur sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Kannur to Guruvayur in 5.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Guruvayur can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Guruvayur

Historic Sites
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Guruvayur Temple ©
Guruvayur Temple
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram ©
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram
Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta) ©
Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta)

3
nights
Alappuzha

Alappuzha ©
Affectionately known as Alleppey to locals and tourists alike, Alappuzha acts as a major transport and cultural hub on the Kerala backwaters.
Bring the kids along to Marari Beach and Azheekal Beach. Go for a jaunt from Alappuzha to Kottayam to see Vaikom Mahadeva Temple about 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple, stroll through Alappuzha Beach, admire the masterpieces at Revi Karunakaran Museum, and admire the striking features of St. Andrew's Basilica Arthunkal.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Alappuzha trip planner .

Traveling by car from Guruvayur to Alappuzha takes 4 hours. In August in Alappuzha, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Alappuzha

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Vaikom Mahadeva Temple, Marari Beach, Azheekal Beach
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Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Alappuzha Beach ©
Alappuzha Beach
Azheekal Beach ©
Azheekal Beach

4
nights
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) ©
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Kovalam Beach and Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): Varkala Beach (in Varkala) and Adimalathura Beach (in Kovalam). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Magic Planet Theme Park, don't miss a visit to Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, explore the engaging exhibits at Chacha Nehru Children’s Museum, and examine the collection at Priyadarshini Planetarium.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) road trip planning website .

Take a train from Alappuzha to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Jaipur.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kovalam, Varkala Beach
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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach

2
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.
On the 14th (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Amber Palace, step into the grandiose world of Jal Mahal, then don't miss a visit to Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Deer Park, Ashok Vihar, Jaipur. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at City Palace of Jaipur, look and learn at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur, then make a trip to Jagat Shiromani Ji Temple, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Elefuncity.

To find photos and tourist information, read Jaipur trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Jaipur by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. August in Jaipur sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Agra.

Things to do in Jaipur

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Jantar Mantar - Jaipur ©
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur
Elefuncity ©
Elefuncity
Amber Palace ©
Amber Palace

2
nights
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Agra Fort, admire the landmark architecture of Taj Mahal, and then admire the landmark architecture of Jahangir Mahal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dayal Bagh, then look for gifts at Rajrani Souvenirs, and then take a memorable excursion with Day Trips.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Agra attractions tool .

You can drive from Jaipur to Agra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Leh.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites Tours Shopping
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Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Dayal Bagh ©
Dayal Bagh
Agra Fort
Agra Fort

3
nights
Leh

Leh ©
The former capital of the Kingdom of Ladakh, Leh possesses a historic old town area marked by stupas, monasteries, and traditional mud-brick houses.
When in Leh, make a side trip to see Alchi Monastary in Alchi, approximately 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Thiksey Monastery, pause for some photo ops at Shey Monastery, make a trip to Confluence of the Indus and Zanskar Rivers, and examine the collection at Stok Palace Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Leh tour itinerary planning tool .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Agra to Leh in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. On the 20th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Alchi Monastary
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Thiksey Monastery ©
Thiksey Monastery
Likir Gompa ©
Likir Gompa
Hall of Fame ©
Hall of Fame

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