9 days in Kolkata (Calcutta), Andaman and Nicobar Islands & Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in Kolkata (Calcutta), Andaman and Nicobar Islands & Sri Lanka Itinerary

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9 days in Kolkata (Calcutta), Andaman and Nicobar Islands & Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
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Port Blair, India
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
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Havelock Island, India
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 45​min
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
— 1 day
Fly:  1​h
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Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
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Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Kolkata (Calcutta), India

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India

Nestled on the banks of the Hooghly River, Kolkata is a booming metropolis, India's second largest city, and the country's cultural hub, known for being the birthplace of major artistic and literary movements.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, see the interesting displays at Victoria Memorial Hall, and then don't miss a visit to BBD Bagh. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Dakshineswar Kali Temple, look for gifts at Kumortuli, snap pictures at Howrah Bridge, then get engrossed in the history at Indian Museum (Jadu Ghar), then explore the different monuments and memorials at South Park Street Cemetery, and finally don't miss a visit to College Street (Boi Para).

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kolkata (Calcutta) online vacation planner .

If you are flying in from India, the closest major airport is Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport. In July in Kolkata (Calcutta), expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Port Blair.

Things to do in Kolkata (Calcutta)

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Walking tours
Victoria Memorial Hall ©
Victoria Memorial Hall
Dakshineswar Kali Temple ©
Dakshineswar Kali Temple

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Port Blair, India

Port Blair ©
The capital and largest city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair acts as a gateway to the landmasses that lie in the Bay of Bengal.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): steep yourself in history at Cellular Jail, head off the coast to Ross Island, and then don't miss a visit to Cellular Jail.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Port Blair trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Port Blair takes 4 hours. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in July, expect nights in Port Blair to be about the same, around 32°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Havelock Island.

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Cellular Jail ©
Cellular Jail
Ross Island ©
Ross Island
Cellular Jail ©
Cellular Jail

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Havelock Island, India

Havelock Island ©
Known for its scuba diving spots, picturesque beaches, and relaxed atmosphere, Havelock Island stands out as the largest island in the archipelago, and one of the most tourist-oriented places in the Andaman Islands.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): get outside with Captain Hook’s and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Radhanagar Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Havelock Island vacation planner.

You can drive from Port Blair to Havelock Island in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Havelock Island

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Radhanagar Beach ©
Radhanagar Beach

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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, then take in the exciting artwork at Ganeshism Studio Gallery, then stroll around Galle Face Green, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Colombo journey planner .

You can fly from Havelock Island to Colombo in 9 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

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Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

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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.
On the 3rd (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, then pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, then explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and finally steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

To find more things to do and tourist information, use the Kandy online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Colombo to Kandy by flight takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

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Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Sigiriya ©
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Sigiriya. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, then see the interesting displays at Pethikada, then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and finally make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya trip planner .

Drive from Kandy to Sigiriya in 3 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Dambulla, Dhilip De Alwis
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Ancient City of Sigiriya ©
Ancient City of Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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