25 days in Sri Lanka & India Itinerary

25 days in Sri Lanka & India Itinerary

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25 days in Sri Lanka & India Itinerary

Bengaluru, India
Bengaluru, India
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
Mysuru (Mysore), India
— 1 night
bus:  5​h
Kalpetta, India
— 2 nights
taxi + train:  5​h 30​min
Kochi (Cochin), India
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Munnar, India
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
Alappuzha, India
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
Varkala, India
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  2​h 30​min
Colombo, Sri Lanka
— Few hours
train:  2​h
Galle, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
Bentota, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
Colombo, Sri Lanka
— Few hours
bus + Fly:  3​h
Bengaluru, India
— 4 nights
Bengaluru, India

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Bengaluru, India

Bengaluru ©
Flourishing development and a bustling IT industry transformed Bangalore into a vibrant metropolis, but the city preserves its numerous historic and cultural sights.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take a stroll through Malleswaram.

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If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airport is Kempegowda International Airport. In June, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Mysuru (Mysore).

Things to do in Bengaluru

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Commercial Street
UB City ©
UB City
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Sankey Tank

2
days
Mysuru (Mysore), India

Mysuru (Mysore) ©
A historic and culturally distinctive city, Mysuru (Mysore) has all the stories, artworks, and architecture you'd hope to find in the former capital city of a rich kingdom.
On the 17th (Sun), hunt for treasures at Devaraja Market, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, and then steep yourself in history at Mysore Maharajah's Palace (Amba Vilas). Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Philomena Church and then take in nature's colorful creations at Brindavan Garden.

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Take a train from Bengaluru to Mysuru (Mysore) in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bengaluru in June, you will find days in Mysuru (Mysore) are little chillier (31°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kalpetta.

Things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Zoos & Aquariums
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Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens ©
Devaraja Market ©
Devaraja Market

2
days
Kalpetta, India

Kalpetta ©
One of the district's main tourist hubs, Kalpetta offers easy access to a number of man-made and natural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): Head underground at Edakkal Caves, contemplate the waterfront views at Pookot Lake, and then take in panoramic vistas at Lakkidi View Point. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Soochippara Falls (Sentinel Rock Waterfall) and then take in the awesome beauty at Chembra.

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Traveling by car from Mysuru (Mysore) to Kalpetta takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Mysuru (Mysore) in June; daily highs in Kalpetta reach 35°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

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#Nature, #Parks
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Edakkal Caves ©
Edakkal Caves
Chembra ©
Chembra

2
days
Kochi (Cochin), India

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): kick back and relax at Cherai Beach, then look for gifts at Kochi Books, and then make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets. Here are some ideas for day two: buy something for everyone on your list at LuLu Mall and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

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Getting from Kalpetta to Kochi (Cochin) by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in June, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Munnar.

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LuLu Mall ©
LuLu Mall
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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Munnar, India

Munnar ©
Sitting at the point where three mountain rivers meet, the hill station of Munnar has become known as a tea-growing center in the south of the country.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Munnar trip planner .

Getting from Kochi (Cochin) to Munnar by car takes about 2.5 hours. June in Munnar sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. On the 24th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Alappuzha.

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Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park ©
Kalari Kshethra ©
Kalari Kshethra

1
day
Alappuzha, India

Alappuzha ©
Affectionately known as Alleppey to locals and tourists alike, Alappuzha acts as a major transport and cultural hub on the Kerala backwaters.
On the 24th (Sun), look for gifts at Pulickattil The Handicraft Shop.

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You can drive from Munnar to Alappuzha in 3 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Varkala.

Things to do in Alappuzha

#Shopping, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trip

Marari Beach
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Pulickattil The Handicraft Shop ©
Pulickattil The Handicraft Shop
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Pulickattil Handicrafts ©
Pulickattil Handicrafts

2
days
Varkala, India

Varkala ©
A calm and quiet town offering long sandy beaches on the Arabian Sea, Varkala features a variety of beach activities.
Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Royal Art Gallery, get some fabulous bargains at Asparagus, then kick back and relax at Papasnanam Beach, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Varkala day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Alappuzha to Varkala in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in June, and nighttime lows around 29°C. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Varkala

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Kollam Beach
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Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach
Papasnanam Beach ©
Papasnanam Beach
Kollam Beach ©
Kollam Beach

2
days
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): browse the eclectic array of goods at Chalai Bazaar and then look for gifts at Ramachandran. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Kovalam Beach, then stroll through Lighthouse Beach, and then hunt for treasures at Vizhinjam Fishing Harbour.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) itinerary planner .

Take a train from Varkala to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in June, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

#Shopping, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trip

Kovalam
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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach
Ramachandran ©
Ramachandran

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hours
Colombo, Sri Lanka

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Colombo road trip planning site .

Getting from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Colombo by combination of flight and bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly. In June, daytime highs in Colombo are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. On the 30th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Galle.

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ODEL ©
ODEL
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©

2
days
Galle, Sri Lanka

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): stop by Orchid House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirissa Beach, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Galle online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Colombo to Galle takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in June, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Bentota.

Things to do in Galle

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Mirissa, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

2
days
Bentota, Sri Lanka

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Protection Association, and then kick back and relax at Bentota Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Kalutara Beach and then look for gifts at Dara Gems & Jewellery.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Bentota tour itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Galle to Bentota by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. July in Bentota sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Colombo.

Things to do in Bentota

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Dara Gems & Jewellery, Kalutara Beach, Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Kalutara Beach ©
Kalutara Beach

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Colombo, Sri Lanka

Colombo ©
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa and then browse the different shops at Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Colombo tour planner .

Getting from Bentota to Colombo by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Bengaluru.

Things to do in Colombo

#Shopping, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa
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Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct ©
Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct

4
days
Bengaluru, India

Bengaluru ©
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Phoenix Marketcity and Orion Mall. Take a break from the city and head to Bannerghatta National Park and Nandi Hills. Enjoy Bengaluru some more: find something for the whole family at Wonderla Amusement Park, take a stroll through Basavanagudi, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Temple Bangalore.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bengaluru trip itinerary builder app .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Colombo to Bengaluru in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Colombo in July, Bengaluru is slightly colder at night with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bengaluru

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Theme Parks

Side Trip

Nandi Hills
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Bannerghatta National Park ©
Bannerghatta National Park
Nandi Hills ©
Nandi Hills
Phoenix Marketcity ©
Phoenix Marketcity

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