19 days in New Delhi, Chennai & Colombo Itinerary

19 days in New Delhi, Chennai & Colombo Itinerary

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New Delhi, India
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Chennai, India
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New Delhi, India

— 7 nights
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.
Humayun's Tomb and Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mehrauli Archaeological Park and Gandhi Smriti. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to India Gate, get engrossed in the history at Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum, admire the natural beauty at Akshardham, and steep yourself in history at Rajpath.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the New Delhi trip planner.

Barcelona, Spain to New Delhi is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 4.5 hour difference. Traveling from Barcelona in December, expect nights in New Delhi to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Chennai.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Chennai, India

— 5 nights

Detroit of South Asia

Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Shirdi Sai Baba Temple Injambakkam and San Thome Church. Popular historic sites such as Sri Ramakrishna Math and Shirdi Sai Baba Temple are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Thomas Mount National Shrine, make a trip to Kamakshi Amman Temple, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and get in on the family fun at VGP Snow Kingdom.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Chennai trip site.

You can fly from New Delhi to Chennai in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. When traveling from New Delhi in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Chennai: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites · Tours · Theme Parks

Colombo, Sri Lanka

— 6 nights
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple. Get some cultural insight at Kande Viharaya Temple and Seema Malakaya Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colombo: Sea Turtle Protection Association (in Bentota), Kowilawatta Temple (in Balapitiya) and Saffron Robes (in Hikkaduwa). Spend the 15th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kalutara Bodhiya, examine the collection at Traditional Puppet Art Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall, and stop by Vogue Jewellers (Pvt) Ltd.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Colombo online vacation planner.

You can fly from Chennai to Colombo in 4.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

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