31 days in India & Sri Lanka Itinerary

31 days in India & Sri Lanka Itinerary

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31 days in India & Sri Lanka Itinerary

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
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 Vadapalani Murugan Temple and St. Thomas Mount National Shrine for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to Elliot's Beach and Anna Nagar Tower Park. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parthasarathy Temple and identify plant and animal life at Guindy Snake Park.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Chennai online trip itinerary maker.

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

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
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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.
Visiting Rock Beach and Serenity Beach will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Varadaraja Perumal Temple and Padaleeswarar Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pondicherry: Villupuram (Panchavati Panchamukha Anjaneyar Temple, Ulagalantha Perumal Temple, &more) and Devanathaswamy Temple (in Cuddalore). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Sadhana Forest, tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Beach, and don't miss a visit to Pondicherry Lighthouse.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Pondicherry trip planner.

Getting from Chennai to Pondicherry by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Pondicherry

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Villupuram, Cuddalore, Sadhana Forest
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Sadhana Forest ©
Sadhana Forest
Rock Beach ©
Rock Beach
Varadaraja Perumal Temple ©
Varadaraja Perumal Temple

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Rameswaram, India

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Take a break from the city and head to Ariyaman Beach and Villoondi Tirtham. Get a sense of the local culture at Kalam National Memorial and Hanuman Temple. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Adam's Bridge, see the interesting displays at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House, make a trip to Burial Place of APJ Abdul Kalam, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rameswaram route planning tool.

Drive from Pondicherry to Rameswaram in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sigiriya and Mihintale. Your inner history buff will appreciate Yapahuwa Rock Fortress and Short Handed Statue. Change things up with these side-trips from Anuradhapura: Habarana (Spas & Dhilip De Alwis). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Ranmasu Uyana, don't miss a visit to Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, contemplate the waterfront views at Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond, and delve into the mystery of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate).

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Anuradhapura travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Rameswaram to Anuradhapura by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: 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, Sigiriya, Yapahuwa Rock Fortress
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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, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the next day, learn about all things military at Orr's Hill Army Museum, then steep yourself in history at Velgam Vehera, and then stroll through Nilaveli Beach.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Trincomalee trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
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Shark Diving
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Saint Mary's Cathedral ©
Saint Mary's Cathedral

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy Lake. Visiting Royal Botanical Gardens and Udawattekele Sanctuary will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Dawson Tower in Kadugannawa (about 46 minutes away). There's much more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and engage your brain at Natural Gems and Gemmological Museum.

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

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Dawson Tower
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Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at 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.

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Getting from Kandy to Tissamaharama by combination of flight and taxi takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Tissamaharama are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 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

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Kataragama
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

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You can drive from Tissamaharama to Udawalawe National Park in 2 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature
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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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Ahungalla Beach and Hikkaduwa Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Coral Sanctuary. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Narigama Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hikkaduwa trip planner.

Getting from Udawalawe National Park to Hikkaduwa by car takes about 4 hours. In April, daytime highs in Hikkaduwa are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, Ahungalla Beach
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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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Medawatta Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Matara Beach, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Mirissa route planning site.

Drive from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in April, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Madurai.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Matara, Tangalle
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara
Matara Beach ©
Matara Beach

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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.
For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Madurai road trip website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mirissa to Madurai. In April, daily temperatures in Madurai can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. On the 28th (Thu), you'll travel to Tiruchirappalli.

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.
On the 29th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph's Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaattu Azhagiya Singar Srirangam, admire the striking features of Pundarikakshan Perumal Temple, then admire the landmark architecture of Malayadipatti Perumal Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Azhagia Manavalar Perumal.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tiruchirappalli route planner.

Drive from Madurai to Tiruchirappalli in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. When traveling from Madurai in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tiruchirappalli: temperatures range from 45°C by day to 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Tiruchirappalli

Historic Sites
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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 see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Kanyakumari day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tiruchirappalli to Kanyakumari takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. While traveling from Tiruchirappalli, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kanyakumari, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 30°C. On the 29th (Fri), you'll travel to Rameswaram.

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.
Relax by the water at Marari Beach and Mararikulam Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Shiva Temple and Shiva Temple Ernakulam . When in Kochi (Cochin), make a side trip to see Jain Temple, Alleppey in Alappuzha, approximately Alappuzha away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Edappally Church Complex, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Antony's Shrine, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) attractions planner.

Drive from Kanyakumari to Kochi (Cochin) in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; 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 Tours

Side Trips

Mararikulam, Jain Temple, Alleppey, Shiva Temple Ernakulam
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Edappally Church Complex ©
Edappally Church Complex
Shiva Temple ©
Shiva Temple

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