8 days in Colombo & South India Itinerary

8 days in Colombo & South India Itinerary

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Start: Colombo, Sri Lanka
1
Colombo, Sri Lanka
— 1 day
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 30 min
2
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Train:  2 h 15 min
3
Thrissur, India
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
4
Kochi (Cochin), India
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
End: Colombo, Sri Lanka

1
day
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 11th (Fri), make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, browse the exhibits of Ganeshism Studio Gallery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and finally walk around Galle Face Green.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Colombo online itinerary maker.

If you are flying in from Sri Lanka, the closest major aiports are Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport and Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport. In October, daytime highs in Colombo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

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Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) ©
Situated among a collection of low hills that lead up to the coastline, state capital Thiruvananthapuram acts as a base for exploration of the southern tip of the country.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple and Magic Planet Theme Park. Explore Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)'s surroundings by going to Kovalam (Lighthouse Beach & Kovalam Beach) and Varkala Beach (in Varkala Town). And it doesn't end there: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, make a trip to Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, and explore the engaging exhibits at Chacha Nehru Children’s Museum.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) planning app.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Colombo to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. In October in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Thrissur.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kovalam, Varkala Beach
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Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach

2
nights
Thrissur, India

Thrissur ©
One of the oldest and largest cities in the center of the state, Thrissur hosts a wealth of festivals throughout the year.
On the 15th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Parthasarathy Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta), admire the landmark architecture of Guruvayur Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Thiruvambadi Krishna Shrine. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Kauthuka Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arattupuzha Sree Sastha Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Triprayar Sri Rama Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vadakkunnathan Temple.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Thrissur trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Thrissur in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can take a train to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Thrissur

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Guruvayur, Triprayar Sri Rama Temple
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Guruvayur Temple ©
Guruvayur Temple
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram ©
Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram
Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta) ©
Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta)

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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): get in on the family fun at Wonderla Amusement Park and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chottanikkara Devi Temple. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Cherai Beach, then don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kochi (Cochin) online travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Thrissur to Kochi (Cochin) takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Kochi (Cochin) can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Theme Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Wonderla Amusement Park ©
Wonderla Amusement Park
Cherai Beach ©
Cherai Beach
Chottanikkara Devi Temple ©
Chottanikkara Devi Temple

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