India and Maldives Itinerary (23 Days)

This itinerary pertains to an adventurous trip that Julie and I did together encompassing about 3 weeks in parts of India and a half-week in the beautiful Maldives. This trip was definitely way out of our comfort zone, but I would also argue that we probably learned way more on our short time here than in most of our other trips. Our India portion of the trip was fully escorted as there was absolutely no way I could get by trying to drive there (way too chaotic). As for coverage, this part of the trip could be split up into three main sections - Central India (namely Delhi and Ranthambore), the far northeastern corner (Meghalaya), and the Western Ghats. It covered a lot of real estate so we indeed had to fly numerous times to get from place to place in such a short amount of time. Our original itinerary had Chitrakoot Falls and Simlipal National Park, but our tour operator wouldn't go there at the time due to separatist group activities.

As you can imagine, quite a bit of this trip was way off the beaten path of foreign tourists so Julie and I had to get used to being stared at by locals not used to seeing them (let alone Chinese ones). Thus, it was very prudent on our part to buy travel insurance just in case the unthinkable would happen in terms of illness or unforseen cancellations. At the very end of our trip, we took a vacation away from the vacation by spending a few days in the islands of the Maldives, which was essentially the closest tropical island resort destination to the subcontinent. Actually, that was kind of our five-year wedding anniversary spot as well. Finally, I want to say that 2.5 weeks in India was definitely not enough time to properly sample the various regions and waterfalls as well as the country's diversity. As much as I might sound crazy for saying this, I definitely look forward to coming back to the subcontinent and visit places we missed the first time around as well as the spots we liked but felt rushed!

Day Overnight Activity
1-3 Delhi, India
Oberoi Maidens Hotel
Travel, Humayun's Tomb, India Gate
4 Delhi, India
Oberoi Maidens Hotel
Qutb Minar, Chandni Chowk Bazaar, Jama Masjid Mosque, Red Fort, Akshardham Temple
5 Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India
Gateway Hotel Agra
Sikandra Fort, Taj Mahal
6 Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India
Khem Villas Cottages
Agra Fort, Fetehpur Sikri, Travel
7 Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India
Khem Villas Cottages
Ranthambore Jeep Safaris (tiger spotting)
8 Delhi, India
Radisson Hotel by the airport
Ranthambore Jeep Safari (Ranthambhore Fort, other wildlife), Travel
9 Shillong, Meghalaya, India
Royal Heritage Tripura Castle
Travel, Dumdam Falls
10 Shillong, Meghalaya, India
Royal Heritage Tripura Castle
Nohsngithiang Falls, Kynrem Falls, Shiva's Lingam, Missing Falls, Nohkalikai Falls, Elephant Falls, Shillong Peak, Bishop Falls and Beadon Falls
11 Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Taj Lands End Hotel
Bishop Falls and Beadon Falls Travel
12 Calangute, Goa, India
Casa de Goa
Mumbai (Colaba, Gate of India, Chowpatty Beach), Travel, Calangute Beach
13 Panaji, Goa, India
Panjim Peoples
Dudhsagar Falls, Old Goa (Basilica de Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral), Panaji (Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception)
14 Sirsi, Karnataka, India
Hotel Shivani
Magod Falls, Sathodi Falls
15 Murudeshwar, Karnataka, India
Naveen Beach Resort
Jog Falls, Unchalli Falls, Naveen Beach (Shiva Statue)
16 Thrissur, Kerala, India
Rainforest Resort
Naveen Beach, Travel
17 Alleppey, Kerala, India
Marari Fisherman's Village
Athirappilly Falls, Marari Beach
18 Kerala Backwaters, India
Kerala Backwaters House Boat
Marari Beach, Kerala Backwaters Cruise
19 Courtallam, Tamil Nadu, India
Saaral Resort
Kerala Backwaters Cruise, Palaruvi Falls, Kutralam Five Falls, Old Courtallam Falls, Courtallam Falls
20-20 Kaafu Atoll, Maldives
Angsana Resort
Travel, Beaches, Fish Feeding, and Snorkeling, Sunset at Banyan Resort
21 Kaafu Atoll, Maldives
Angsana Resort
Beaches, Fish Feeding, and Snorkeling, Banyan Resort (Stingray Feeding)
22 Kaafu Atoll, Maldives
Angsana Resort
Beaches, Fish Feeding, and Snorkeling, Male
23 Home Beaches, Travel



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