31 days in India & Sri Lanka Itinerary

31 days in India & Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Chennai, India
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Chennai, India
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Pondicherry, India
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
3
Rameswaram, India
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h
4
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  1 h
7
Tissamaharama, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Udawalawe National Park, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
9
Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
10
Mirissa, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  13 h
11
Madurai, India
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h
12
Tiruchirappalli, India
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 30 min
13
Kanyakumari, India
— Few hours
Drive:  4 h 45 min
14
Kochi (Cochin), India
— 2 nights
End: Kochi (Cochin), India

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Chennai, India

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Visit Arulmigu Aadhi Vyadhi Hara Bhaktha Anjaneyar Temple and Jagannath Temple, Kanathur for their historical value. Escape the urban bustle at Elliot's Beach and Anna Nagar Tower Park. There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parthasarathy Temple and identify plant and animal life at Guindy Snake Park.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Chennai trip planning site.

If you are flying in from Thailand, the closest major aiport is Chennai International Airport. April in Chennai sees daily highs of 42°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Pondicherry.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Vadapalani Murugan Temple ©
Vadapalani Murugan Temple
Parthasarathy Temple ©
Parthasarathy Temple

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nights
Pondicherry, India

Pondicherry ©
South Indian spiritualism meets French chic in Pondicherry, an interesting, unusual, and international destination on the Bay of Bengal.
Get some cultural insight at Varadaraja Perumal Temple and Devanathaswamy Temple. Visit Panchavati Panchamukha Anjaneyar Temple and Padaleeswarar Temple for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Pondicherry: Villupuram (Ulagalantha Perumal Temple & Sri Thiruvikrama Swamy Temple). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Rock Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Sadhana Forest, stroll through Paradise Beach, and visit a coastal fixture at Pondicherry Lighthouse.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Pondicherry trip planner.

Drive from Chennai to Pondicherry in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Villupuram, Cuddalore, Sadhana Forest
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 7:
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Sadhana Forest ©
Sadhana Forest
Rock Beach ©
Rock Beach
Varadaraja Perumal Temple ©
Varadaraja Perumal Temple

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nights
Rameswaram, India

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Villoondi Tirtham and Kalam National Memorial. Relax by the water at Dhanushkodi Beach Point and Ariyaman Beach. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Adam's Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hanuman Temple, examine the collection at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House, and snap pictures at Pamban bridge.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rameswaram trip planner.

Drive from Pondicherry to Rameswaram in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Water Bird Sanctuary ©
Water Bird Sanctuary
Kalam National Memorial ©
Kalam National Memorial
Villoondi Tirtham ©
Villoondi Tirtham

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Sigiriya and Mihintale. Explore hidden gems such as Yapahuwa Rock Fortress and Moonstone or Sandakada pahana. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Anuradhapura: Habarana (Spas & Dhilip De Alwis). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Ranmasu Uyana, appreciate the history behind Short Handed Statue, delve into the mystery of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), and contemplate the waterfront views at Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura trip planner.

You can take a train from Rameswaram to Anuradhapura in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Habarana, Yapahuwa Rock Fortress, Sigiriya
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 13:
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Yapahuwa Rock Fortress ©
Yapahuwa Rock Fortress
Mihintale ©
Mihintale

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Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
On the 14th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Mary's Cathedral, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, and then have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: brush up on your military savvy at Orr's Hill Army Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Velgam Vehera, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nilaveli Beach.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Trincomalee trip planner.

Drive from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple ©
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kandy War Cemetery and Spas & Wellness. Escape the urban bustle at Royal Botanical Gardens and Kandy Lake. Go for a jaunt from Kandy to Kadugannawa to see Dawson Tower about 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, engage your brain at Natural Gems and Gemmological Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kandy itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Trincomalee to Kandy in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Dawson Tower
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

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Tissamaharama, Sri Lanka

Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
On the 19th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Bundala birds paradise and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sella Kataragama Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

Planning Tissamaharama trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Tissamaharama in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. In April, daily temperatures in Tissamaharama can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Kataragama
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera

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Udawalawe National Park, Sri Lanka

One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): stroll through Udawalawe National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Udawalawe National Park trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Tissamaharama to Udawalawe National Park takes 2 hours. In April in Udawalawe National Park, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Safaris

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Narigama Beach and Hikkaduwa Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya. Venture out of the city with trips to Ahungalla Beach (in Ahungalla) and Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center (in Kosgoda). The adventure continues: see the vivid underwater world at Coral Sanctuary and stroll through Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Hikkaduwa route planner.

Traveling by car from Udawalawe National Park to Hikkaduwa takes 4 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. On the 25th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Ahungalla Beach, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 25:
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Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa ©
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach

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Mirissa, Sri Lanka

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Matara and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Matara Paravi Duwa Temple. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Medawatta Beach, kick back and relax at Matara Beach, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Mirissa trip tool.

Traveling by car from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa takes 1.5 hours. In April in Mirissa, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Madurai.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Matara, Tangalle
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 28:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara
Matara Beach ©
Matara Beach

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hours
Madurai, India

Madurai
One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Madurai sits on the banks of the River Vaigai and serves as a center of Tamil culture.
To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Madurai trip app.

Explore your travel options from Mirissa to Madurai with the Route module. In April, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 30°C. You'll set off for Tiruchirappalli on the 28th (Thu).

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites Tours Parks
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Tiruchirappalli, India

Tiruchirappalli ©
Located in the center of the state, the ancient city of Tiruchirappalli--or Trichy/Tiruchi as it is more commonly known--remains rich in Tamil culture.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph's Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaattu Azhagiya Singar Srirangam, thenadmire the striking features of Pundarikakshan Perumal Temple, thenadmire the striking features of Malayadipatti Perumal Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Azhagia Manavalar Perumal.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tiruchirappalli day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Madurai to Tiruchirappalli takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Madurai in April: highs in Tiruchirappalli hover around 45°C, while lows dip to 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Tiruchirappalli

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 28 — 29:
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Sri Azhagia Manavalar Perumal ©
Sri Azhagia Manavalar Perumal
Kaattu Azhagiya Singar Srirangam ©
Kaattu Azhagiya Singar Srirangam
Pundarikakshan Perumal Temple ©
Pundarikakshan Perumal Temple

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Kanyakumari, India

Kanyakumari
Located at the most southerly point of mainland India, Kanyakumari has long attracted pilgrims and those keen to see the end of the road.
To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Kanyakumari trip site.

Traveling by car from Tiruchirappalli to Kanyakumari takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. When traveling from Tiruchirappalli in April, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Kanyakumari: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 30°C at night. On the 29th (Fri), you'll travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Kochi (Cochin), India

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.
Shiva Temple and Paradesi Synagogue will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and St. Antony's Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Kochi (Cochin): Mararikulam (Marari Beach & Mararikulam Beach) and Jain Temple, Alleppey (in Alappuzha). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shiva Temple Ernakulam , contemplate the long history of Edappally Church Complex, and admire the masterpieces at Kerala Folklore Museum.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Kochi (Cochin) vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Kanyakumari to Kochi (Cochin) takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Mararikulam, Jain Temple, Alleppey, Shiva Temple Ernakulam
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 2:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Edappally Church Complex ©
Edappally Church Complex
Shiva Temple ©
Shiva Temple

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