8 days in Colombo & South India Itinerary

8 days in Colombo & South India Itinerary

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8 days in Colombo & South India Itinerary

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
taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
End: Colombo, Sri Lanka

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, then view the masterpieces at Ganeshism Studio Gallery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and finally walk around Galle Face Green.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Colombo attractions planner.

If you are flying in from Sri Lanka, the closest major airports 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Colombo

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

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nights
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.
Bring the kids along to Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple and Kovalam Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): Lighthouse Beach (in Kovalam) and Varkala Beach (in Varkala). There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, find something for the whole family at Magic Planet Theme Park, don't miss a visit to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, and have fun and explore at Chacha Nehru Children’s Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) holiday builder .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Colombo to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. October in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can 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), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parthasarathy Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta), take in the spiritual surroundings of Guruvayur Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mammiyur Mahadeva Kshetram, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Thiruvambadi Krishna Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get your game on 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.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Thrissur trip maker app .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Thrissur in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Thrissur are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Thrissur

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

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.
On the 17th (Thu), find something for the whole family at Wonderla Amusement Park and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chottanikkara Devi Temple. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Cherai Beach, don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kochi (Cochin) trip planner .

Traveling by train from Thrissur to Kochi (Cochin) takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Kochi (Cochin) are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

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

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