21 days in India Itinerary

21 days in India Itinerary

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21 days in India Itinerary

Start: Budapest
Fly:  14 h 30 min
1
Goa
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  2 h 30 min
2
Chennai
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Pondicherry
— 2 nights
Drive:  7 h
4
Kanadukathan
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Madurai
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Thekkady
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Kochi (Cochin)
— 4 nights
Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: Budapest

4
nights
Goa

Goa ©
On India's western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India.
You'll get in some beach time at Agonda Beach and Palolem Beach. Visiting Baga Beach and Benaulim Beach will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Cavelossim Beach, contemplate the long history of Menezes Braganza House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Varca Beach, and enjoy some diversion at Milsim Goa.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Goa holiday planner

Budapest, Hungary to Goa is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Budapest to Goa due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Budapest in January; daily highs in Goa reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Chennai (Madras).

Things to do in Goa

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Palolem Beach ©
Palolem Beach
Agonda Beach ©
Agonda Beach
Baga Beach ©
Baga Beach

5
nights
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Visit Marina Beach and Elliot's Beach for some beach relaxation. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sea Shore Temple and Kapaleeshwar Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chennai (Madras): Mahabalipuram (Arjuna's Penance, Varaha Cave Temple, & more) and DakshinaChitra Museum (in Muttukadu). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Madras Crocodile Bank, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Thome Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Parthasarathy Temple, and take a stroll through Fort St. George.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Chennai (Madras) trip builder site

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Goa to Chennai (Madras) in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Chennai (Madras) can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Chennai

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Mahabalipuram, DakshinaChitra Museum
Highlights from your plan
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach
Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram

2
nights
Pondicherry

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, then take a leisurely stroll along Seaside Promenade, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach.

For maps and tourist information, go to the Pondicherry trip planner

You can drive from Chennai (Madras) to Pondicherry in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Kanadukathan.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple ©
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple

1
night
Kanadukathan

Kanadukathan
Kanadukathan is a Town Panchayat in the Karaikudi Taluk of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.DemographicsIn 2001, Kanadukathan had a population of 4,795 people. To plan Kanadukathan vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Pondicherry to Kanadukathan by car takes about 5 hours. In January in Kanadukathan, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Madurai.

Things to do in Kanadukathan

Historic Sites

few
hours
Madurai

Madurai ©
One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Madurai sits on the banks of the River Vaigai and serves as a center of Tamil culture.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Meenakshi Temple.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Madurai travel route planning app

You can drive from Kanadukathan to Madurai in 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple

3
nights
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve, then admire all the interesting features of Spice Walk, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mangladevi Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, then contemplate the waterfront views at Periyar Lake, and then explore and take pictures at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Thekkady trip planner

Drive from Madurai to Thekkady in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

4
nights
Kochi (Cochin)

Kochi (Cochin) ©
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Kerala Folklore Museum and Jew Town. Appreciate the collections at Kashi Art Gallery and Museum of Kerala History. Venture out of the city with trips to Mararikulam (Marari Beach & Mararikulam Beach). The adventure continues: stroll through Cherai Beach, make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, see the interesting displays at Hill Palace of Tripunithura, and admire the landmark architecture of Santa Cruz Basilica.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) road trip site

Traveling by car from Thekkady to Kochi (Cochin) takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Kochi (Cochin) sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Mararikulam
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue

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