20 days in India & Sri Lanka Itinerary

20 days in India & Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Galle, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
2
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
3
Jaffna, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
4
Habarana, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
5
Colombo, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
6
Munnar, India
— 2 nights
7
Kochi (Cochin), India
— 2 nights
8
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India
— 3 nights

1
night
Galle, Sri Lanka

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda, thenstroll through Jungle Beach, and then steep yourself in history at Galle Fort. Here are some ideas for day two: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Galle trip itinerary planning site.

Colombo to Galle is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Galle are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Mirissa
Highlights from your plan
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

3
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.
Go for a jaunt from Kandy to Pinnawala to see Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawattekele Sanctuary, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hanthana Mountain Range.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kandy trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Galle to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

1
night
Jaffna, Sri Lanka

Jaffna ©
A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Jaffna Fort, kick back and relax at Casuarina Beach, thendon't miss a visit to Keerimalai Hot springs, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nallur Kovil. On your second day here, expand your understanding of the military at Elephant Pass, thenbrowse the collection at Jaffna Public Library, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagadipa Purana Vihara.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Jaffna trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Kandy to Jaffna in 6 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Habarana.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Nagadipa Purana Vihara ©
Nagadipa Purana Vihara
Elephant Pass ©
Elephant Pass

3
nights
Habarana, Sri Lanka

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Explore Habarana's surroundings by going to Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla) and Polonnaruwa (Polonnaruwa, Polonnaruwa Vatadage, &more). Spend the 16th (Sun) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Sigiriya and look for gifts at Sigiriya Craft Village.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Habarana journey planner.

Getting from Jaffna to Habarana by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Colombo.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
Highlights from your plan
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

3
nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Negombo Beach in Negombo (about 52 minutes away). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Mount Lavinia Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka, and take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Colombo online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Habarana to Colombo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In September in Colombo, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Munnar.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Negombo Beach
Highlights from your plan
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

2
nights
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.
On the 21st (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Tea Museum, thenadmire the engineering at Mattupetty Dam, thenadmire the natural beauty at Rose Gardens, and finally admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Munnar trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Colombo to Munnar takes 6.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park ©
Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park
Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam

2
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.
On the 23rd (Sun), admire the landmark architecture of Mattancherry Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue, wander the streets of Jew Town, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Saint Francis, and finally deepen your understanding at Kerala Kathakali Centre. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: buy something for everyone on your list at LuLu Mall, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, thenstroll around Marine Drive, and finally make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kochi (Cochin) itinerary planner.

Getting from Munnar to Kochi (Cochin) by car takes about 4 hours. September in Kochi (Cochin) sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Kerala Kathakali Centre ©
Kerala Kathakali Centre

3
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.
On the 25th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Lighthouse Beach, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): meet the residents at Thiruvananthapuram Zoo and then enjoy the sand and surf at Varkala Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip itinerary website.

Getting from Kochi (Cochin) to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. September in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kovalam, Varkala Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach

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