20 days in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Sri Lanka & South India Itinerary

20 days in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Sri Lanka & South India Itinerary

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20 days in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Sri Lanka & South India Itinerary

Start: Mumbai, India
Fly + Drive:  13​h
1
Neil Island, India
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  18​h 15​min
2
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
4
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Kochi (Cochin), India
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Thekkady, India
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Mumbai, India

2
nights
Neil Island, India

Neil Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): snap pictures at Howrah Bridge, then kick back and relax at Laxmanpur Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bharatpur Beach, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Neil Island Jetty. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Ram Nagar Beach and then kick back and relax at Sitapur Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Neil Island trip itinerary maker tool .

Mumbai to Neil Island is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Neil Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Laxmanpur Beach ©
Laxmanpur Beach
Bharatpur Beach ©
Bharatpur Beach
Sitapur Beach ©
Sitapur Beach

2
nights
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

Anuradhapura ©
Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
Visit Sigiriya and Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Safaris and Pethikada. There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruwanwelisaya.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Anuradhapura travel route website .

Explore your travel options from Neil Island to Anuradhapura with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Safaris
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Safaris
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

2
nights
Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Farm, view the masterpieces at Saffron Robes Gallery and Studio, then examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, and finally browse the exhibits of Tsunami Photo Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Ahungalla Beach and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hikkaduwa online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Anuradhapura to Hikkaduwa in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Hikkaduwa are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Jungle Beach, Sea Turtle Farm, Ahungalla Beach, Tsunami Photo Museum, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and finally contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, then identify plant and animal life at Udawattekele Sanctuary, and then examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Hikkaduwa to Kandy by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

3
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Chottanikkara Devi Temple and International Coir Museum. Attractions like Marari Beach and Celebrity Wax Museum make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Cherai Beach, brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum Kochi, view the masterpieces at Kashi Art Gallery, and take an in-depth tour of Antique Museum Kochi.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kochi (Cochin) online tour itinerary maker .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Kochi (Cochin) in 4 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Kochi (Cochin) can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Marari Beach, International Coir Museum
Highlights from your plan
Chottanikkara Devi Temple ©
Chottanikkara Devi Temple
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach

3
nights
Thekkady, India

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Get in touch with nature at Periyar Tiger Reserve and Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation. Museum-lovers will appreciate Angadipetty -Kerala Ayurveda Museum and Green land spice garden. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Elephant Junction, get outside with Outdoor Activities, pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of Lourde's Roman Catholic Latin Church, and examine the collection at The Periyar Interpretation Centre.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Thekkady trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Thekkady in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Museums
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction

4
nights
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.
Attractions like Kovalam Beach and Padmanabhapuram Palace make great kid-friendly stops. Museum-lovers will appreciate Priyadarshini Planetarium and Napier Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil (in Kanyakumari), Lighthouse Beach (in Kovalam) and Varkala Beach (in Varkala). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, take an in-depth tour of Natural History Museum, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and explore the world behind art at Shri Chitra Art Gallery.

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You can drive from Thekkady to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kovalam, Padmanabhapuram Palace, Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil, Varkala Beach
Highlights from your plan
Padmanabhapuram Palace ©
Padmanabhapuram Palace
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach

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