24 days in India, Kandy & Colombo Itinerary

24 days in India, Kandy & Colombo Itinerary

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24 days in India, Kandy & Colombo Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  12​h
1
Mumbai, India
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  5​h 30​min
2
Goa, India
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  7​h 15​min
3
Kannur, India
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Kochi (Cochin), India
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Thekkady, India
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Kovalam, India
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
7
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h
8
Colombo, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: London, United Kingdom


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3
nights
Mumbai, India

Mumbai ©
Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Explore hidden gems such as Colaba Causeway and Karnala Bird Sanctuary. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Shree Siddhivinayak and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. Venture out of the city with trips to SMART Eco Park (in Panvel) and Aarey Colony (in Goregaon). There's still lots to do: cruise along Marine Drive, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shree Ramakrishna Math, Khar, and choose your vessel at India Boats.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Mumbai road trip planning site .

London, UK to Mumbai is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from London to Mumbai due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in March, expect Mumbai to be much warmer, temps between 39°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time for travel to Goa.

Things to do in Mumbai

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

SMART Eco Park, Karnala Bird Sanctuary
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India Boats ©
India Boats
Karnala Bird Sanctuary ©
Karnala Bird Sanctuary
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus ©
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

3
nights
Goa, India

Goa ©
On India's western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India.
Reis Magos Fort and Basilica of Bom Jesus are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Animal Shelter Agonda and Shanta Durga Temple. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Agonda Beach, wander the streets of Fontainhas, kick back and relax at Palolem Beach, and steep yourself in history at Cabo de Rama Fort.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Goa vacation planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Mumbai to Goa in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Mumbai in April, Goa is a bit warmer at night with lows of 34°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Kannur.

Things to do in Goa

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Animal Shelter Agonda ©
Animal Shelter Agonda
Agonda Beach ©
Agonda Beach
Palolem Beach ©
Palolem Beach

2
nights
Kannur, India

Kannur ©
A cultural capital on the state's relatively quiet northern coast, Kannur has long been associated with textile production and temple rituals, earning it the nickname, the "Land of Looms and Lores." Most Kannur itineraries will include observing theyyam rituals performed at the temples, where the traditions have origins dating back thousands of years.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach and Thottada Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Payyambalam Beach and Madayipara. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Fort St. Angelos, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sundareswara Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Choottad Beach, and visit a coastal fixture at Cannanore Lighthouse.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kannur planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Goa to Kannur takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kannur

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Thottada Beach ©
Thottada Beach
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach ©
Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach
Fort St. Angelos ©
Fort St. Angelos

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.
Get some cultural insight at Paradesi Synagogue and Kerala Folklore Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Church of Saint Francis and Princess Street. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Cherai Beach, steep yourself in history at Edappally Church Complex, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ernakulatthappan Temple, and admire the striking features of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica.

For maps and other tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) day trip planning app .

You can drive from Kannur to Kochi (Cochin) in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Kochi (Cochin), expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Shiva Temple Ernakulam
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Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Edappally Church Complex ©
Edappally Church Complex
Vallarpadam Church ©
Vallarpadam Church

2
nights
Thekkady, India

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mangala Devi Temple, then steep yourself in history at Shiny Tours & Travals, then identify plant and animal life at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, see the sky in a new way at Green land spice garden, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pattumala Matha Church.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Thekkady vacation website .

You can drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Thekkady in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kovalam.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pattumala Matha Church
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Mangala Devi Temple ©
Mangala Devi Temple

2
nights
Kovalam, India

Kovalam ©
Famous for the groves of coconut trees from which it takes its name, Kovalam offers a long, white sandy beach on the Arabian Sea.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach, kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach, then admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, and finally make a trip to Attukal Bhagavathy Temple. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace and then enjoy the sand and surf at Samudra Beach.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kovalam online journey maker .

Drive from Thekkady to Kovalam in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In April, daily temperatures in Kovalam can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Kovalam

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
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Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Samudra Beach ©
Samudra 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 some historical perspective at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy Garrison Cemetery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Udawattekele Sanctuary and Commonwealth War Cemetery. Get out of town with these interesting Kandy side-trips: Victoria Golf & Country Resort (in Rajawella) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Kandy Lake, don't miss a visit to Galmaduwa temple kandy, get lost in a book at Buddhist Publication Society, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kandy trip planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kovalam to Kandy. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Fri) before leaving for Colombo.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Royal Botanical Gardens, Victoria Golf & Country Resort
Highlights from your plan
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

2
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.
On the 19th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Muthurajawela Marsh. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Negombo Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Church, then identify plant and animal life at Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

To see maps and tourist information, go to the Colombo road trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Colombo in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. April in Colombo sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Negombo, Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Seema Malakaya Temple ©
Seema Malakaya Temple
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©

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