30 days in India & Sri Lanka Itinerary

30 days in India & Sri Lanka Itinerary

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30 days in India & Sri Lanka Itinerary

Chicago, United States
Fly + bus + train:  35​h
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— Few hours
taxi + Fly:  1​h
Colombo, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h
Munnar, India
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Kochi (Cochin), India
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
Mysuru (Mysore), India
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
Mumbai, India
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h
Goa, India
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 45​min
Guwahati, India
— Few hours
taxi + Fly:  4​h
New Delhi, India
— 3 nights
Fly:  29​h
Chicago, United States

1
day
Kandy, Sri Lanka

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
On the 9th (Mon), admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and then admire the striking features of Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa).

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kandy sightseeing planner.

Chicago, USA to Kandy is an approximately 35-hour flight. Traveling from Chicago to Kandy, you'll lose 11 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Colombo.

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Royal Botanical Gardens
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Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): stroll through Viharamahadevi Park, then get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Independence Memorial Hall, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Galle Face Green, explore and take pictures at R. Premadasa Stadium, and then don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Colombo travel planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Colombo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Colombo are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Munnar.

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Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

4
days
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.
Spend the 13th (Fri) exploring nature at Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens, see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam, explore the activities along Kundala Dam Lake, and get great views at Top Station.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Munnar travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Colombo to Munnar in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in October, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Kochi (Cochin).

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Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park ©

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kochi (Cochin) side-trips: St. Andrew's Basilica Arthunkal (in Alappuzha) and Marari Beach (in Mararikulam). Pack the 19th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Wonderla Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, admire the striking features of Mattancherry Palace, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and look for gifts at Waltons Boutique.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kochi (Cochin) trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Munnar to Kochi (Cochin) in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in October, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Mysuru (Mysore).

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

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Marari Beach, St. Andrew's Basilica Arthunkal
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Wonderla Amusement Park ©
Wonderla Amusement Park
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): contemplate the long history of Mysore Maharajah's Palace (Amba Vilas), then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, then pause for some photo ops at Chamundi Hill Bull Statue, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Chamundeshwari Temple.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Mysuru (Mysore) sightseeing planner.

Getting from Kochi (Cochin) to Mysuru (Mysore) by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Mumbai (Bombay).

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Outdoors Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens ©
Mysore Maharajah's Palace (Amba Vilas) ©
Sri Chamundeshwari Temple ©
Sri Chamundeshwari Temple

3
days
Mumbai, India

Mumbai ©
Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Mumbai (Bombay) is known for sightseeing, museums, historic sites, scenic drive, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Gateway of India, take a stroll through Chowpatty Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shree Siddhivinayak, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Mumbai (Bombay) trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Mysuru (Mysore) to Mumbai (Bombay) in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. October in Mumbai (Bombay) sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 75°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Goa.

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Chowpatty Beach ©
Chowpatty Beach
Gateway of India ©
Gateway of India
Marine Drive ©
Marine Drive

3
days
Goa, India

Goa ©
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, shopping, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Palolem Beach, have fun at Milsim Goa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Agonda Beach, and admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of Bom Jesus.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Goa tour planner.

Getting from Mumbai (Bombay) to Goa by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. On the 29th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kolkata (Calcutta).

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Palolem Beach ©
Palolem Beach
Agonda Beach ©
Agonda Beach
Baga Beach ©
Baga Beach

2
days
Kolkata (Calcutta), India

Kolkata (Calcutta) ©
Nestled on the banks of the Hooghly River, Kolkata is a booming metropolis, India's second largest city, and the country's cultural hub, known for being the birthplace of major artistic and literary movements.
On the 30th (Mon), examine the collection at Victoria Memorial Hall, explore and take pictures at Eden Gardens, then take in the views from Howrah Bridge, and finally don't miss a visit to College Street (Boi Para). Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Mother House, explore the different monuments and memorials at South Park Street Cemetery, then learn more about the world around you at Indian Museum (Jadu Ghar), then contemplate the long history of Sobhabazar Rajbari, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Dakshineswar Kali Temple.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kolkata (Calcutta) trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Goa to Kolkata (Calcutta) by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in October, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Guwahati.

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Museums Historic Sites
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Victoria Memorial Hall ©
Victoria Memorial Hall
College Street (Boi Para) ©
College Street (Boi Para)
Howrah Bridge ©
Howrah Bridge

few
hours
Guwahati, India

Guwahati ©
A place to engage with the culture of the northeast, Guwahati represents the largest city in the region, and acts as a stepping stone for wider explorations.
To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Guwahati vacation trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Guwahati in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to New Delhi.

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Historic Sites
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Kamakhya Temple ©
Kamakhya Temple

3
days
New Delhi, India

New Delhi ©
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, parks, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Humayun's Tomb, take in panoramic vistas at Qutub Minar, admire the landmark architecture of Rashtrapati Bhavan, and don't miss a visit to Red Fort (Lal Quila).

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the New Delhi itinerary planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Guwahati to New Delhi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in New Delhi can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
Qutub Minar ©
Qutub Minar
Swaminarayan Akshardham ©
Swaminarayan Akshardham

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