21 days in Chennai, Sri Lanka & Andaman and Nicobar Islands Itinerary

21 days in Chennai, Sri Lanka & Andaman and Nicobar Islands Itinerary

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Start: Zurich, Switzerland
Fly:  15 h
1
Chennai, India
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
2
Ella, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
4
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 4 nights
Fly:  15 h 45 min
5
Havelock Island, India
— 4 nights
Fly:  18 h 45 min
End: Zurich, Switzerland

4
nights
Chennai, India

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mahabalipuram (Monuments at Mahabalipuram, Varaha Cave Temple, &more) and DakshinaChitra Museum (in Muttukadu). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwarar Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Marina Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Thome Church, and don't miss a visit to Sai Baba Temple.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Chennai trip builder tool.

Zurich, Switzerland to Chennai is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a 4.5 hour difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Zurich in January, with highs in Chennai at 35°C and lows at 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mahabalipuram, DakshinaChitra Museum
Highlights from your plan
Shore Temple ©
Shore Temple
Pancha Rathas ©
Pancha Rathas
Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram

3
nights
Ella, Sri Lanka

Ella ©
The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
Get out of town with these interesting Ella side-trips: Lipton’s Seat (in Haputale) and Mohini falls (in Nuwara Eliya). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, and stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Ella holiday app.

Fly from Chennai to Ella in 8 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lipton’s Seat, Mohini falls
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

3
nights
Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

Unawatuna ©
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Get out of town with these interesting Unawatuna side-trips: Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa), Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching) and Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda, enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bentota Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Unawatuna itinerary tool.

You can drive from Ella to Unawatuna in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Mirissa, Galle Fort, Nandana Tea Factory, Bentota Beach, Hikkaduwa Beach
Highlights from your plan
Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kandy side-trips: Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla), Dhilip De Alwis (in Habarana) and Sigiriya (Sigiriya & Pidurangala Rock). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, admire all the interesting features of Royal Botanical Gardens, and explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kandy travel route builder app.

Getting from Unawatuna to Kandy by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Havelock Island.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Euphoria Spice and Herbal, Dhilip De Alwis, Royal Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

4
nights
Havelock Island, India

Havelock Island ©
Known for its scuba diving spots, picturesque beaches, and relaxed atmosphere, Havelock Island stands out as the largest island in the archipelago, and one of the most tourist-oriented places in the Andaman Islands.
Havelock Island is known for beaches, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Radhanagar Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kalapathar Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Havelock Island trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Kandy to Havelock Island by flight takes about 10.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Havelock Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Radhanagar Beach ©
Radhanagar Beach
Elephant Beach ©
Elephant Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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