9 days in New Delhi & Colombo Itinerary

9 days in New Delhi & Colombo Itinerary

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9 days in New Delhi & Colombo Itinerary

Start: New Delhi, India
1
New Delhi, India
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Colombo, Sri Lanka
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: New Delhi, India

3
nights
New Delhi, India

New Delhi ©
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.
Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib and Heritage Transport Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Humayun's Tomb and Raj Ghat. Change things up with a short trip to The Great India Place in Noida (about 30 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Rajpath, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ayyappa Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Agrasen Ki Baoli - Leamigo, and steep yourself in history at India Gate.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our New Delhi attractions website .

If you are flying in from India, the closest major airport is Indira Gandhi International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in December, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

The Great India Place, Heritage Transport Museum
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Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib ©
Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib
Heritage Transport Museum ©
Heritage Transport Museum
Rajpath ©
Rajpath

5
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.
Get some historical perspective at Kande Viharaya Temple and Masjid ul Abrar. Get in touch with nature at Elephant Freedom Project and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Venture out of the city with trips to Ahungalla Beach (in Ahungalla), Sea Turtle Protection Association (in Bentota) and Kosgoda Turtle Care (in Kosgoda). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Narigama Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Ganeshism Studio Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at St Anthony's Shrine, and look for gifts at Salie's Fine Jewelry & Gem Stones.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Colombo road trip app .

Fly from New Delhi to Colombo in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from New Delhi, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Colombo, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Masjid ul Abrar, Saint Mary's Church, Sea Turtle Protection Association, Kande Viharaya Temple
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Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach

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