39 days in Maldives, Sri Lanka & South India Itinerary

39 days in Maldives, Sri Lanka & South India Itinerary

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39 days in Maldives, Sri Lanka & South India Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly + taxi:  22​h 15​min
1
Munnar, India
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Thekkady, India
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Thiruvalla, India
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Kochi (Cochin), India
— 4 nights
6
Mysuru (Mysore), India
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Bengaluru, India
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
8
Dambulla, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h
10
Galle, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
11
Maafushi Island, Maldives
— 2 nights
Travel:  6​h 15​min
12
Lhaviyani Atoll, Maldives
— 2 nights
Travel:  5​h 30​min
13
Hulhumale, Maldives
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
14
Male, Maldives
— 3 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Toronto, Canada


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Munnar, India

Munnar ©
Sitting at the point where three mountain rivers meet, the hill station of Munnar has become known as a tea-growing center in the south of the country.
Munnar is known for parks, nature, museums, nightlife, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens, explore the striking landscape of Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park, take some stellar pictures from Munnar Hill Station, and examine the collection at Tea Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Munnar online tour itinerary planner .

Toronto, Canada to Munnar is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, train, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Toronto to Munnar. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Toronto in September: high temperatures in Munnar hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Museums
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Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park ©
Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam

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Thekkady, India

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Thekkady is known for wildlife, nature, nightlife, parks, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, relax in the rural setting at Spice Cloud, take some stellar pictures from Chellarkovil Viewpoint, and take in nature's colorful creations at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Thekkady travel planner .

You can drive from Munnar to Thekkady in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake
Thekkady Rose Park ©
Thekkady Rose Park

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): Varkala Beach (in Varkala) and Kovalam (Kovalam Beach & Lighthouse Beach). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, have fun and explore at Chacha Nehru Children’s Museum, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and head off the coast to Poovar Island.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip maker site .

You can drive from Thekkady to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Thiruvalla.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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Thiruvalla, India

Thiruvalla ©
Surrounded by waterways feeding off two rivers, Thiruvalla remains one of the lesser-known destinations in the popular state of Kerala.
Step out of Thiruvalla with an excursion to Chengannur Mahadeva Temple in Chengannur--about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Kerala Backwaters, make a trip to Sree Vallabha Temple, pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary's Orthodox Syrian Church, and contemplate the waterfront views at Vembanad Lake.

Plan trip to Thiruvalla with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Thiruvalla in 3 hours. September in Thiruvalla sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Thiruvalla

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerala, Chengannur Mahadeva Temple
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Kerala Backwaters ©
Kerala Backwaters
Parumala Church ©
Parumala Church
Vembanad Lake ©
Vembanad Lake

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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Marari Beach in Mararikulam (about 1h 20 min away). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and browse the different shops at LuLu Mall.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kochi (Cochin) trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Thiruvalla to Kochi (Cochin) takes 2.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Kochi (Cochin) are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Mysuru (Mysore).

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Marari Beach
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Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue

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Mysuru (Mysore), India

Mysuru (Mysore) ©
A historic and culturally distinctive city, Mysuru (Mysore) has all the stories, artworks, and architecture you'd hope to find in the former capital city of a rich kingdom.
On the 27th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Chamundeshwari Temple, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, then step into the grandiose world of Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas), and finally examine the collection at Sea Shell Museum. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Namdroling Monastery and then admire the local landmark of Brindavan Garden.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Mysuru (Mysore) travel planner .

Traveling by car from Kochi (Cochin) to Mysuru (Mysore) takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Kochi (Cochin) in September, expect Mysuru (Mysore) to be little chillier, temps between 31°C and 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bengaluru.

Things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas) ©
Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas)
Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens ©
Brindavan Garden ©
Brindavan Garden

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Bengaluru, India

Bengaluru ©
Flourishing development and a bustling IT industry transformed Bangalore into a vibrant metropolis, but the city preserves its numerous historic and cultural sights.
On the 29th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Lalbagh Botanical Garden, then stroll around Cubbon Park, then get a taste of the local shopping with UB City, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Temple Bangalore.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bengaluru trip planner.

Drive from Mysuru (Mysore) to Bengaluru in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Bengaluru, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Bengaluru

Parks Childrens Museums Museums
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Lalbagh Botanical Garden ©
Lalbagh Botanical Garden
ISKCON Temple Bangalore ©
ISKCON Temple Bangalore
UB City ©
UB City

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Dambulla, Sri Lanka

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
On the 1st (Tue), don't miss a visit to Sigiriya, don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golden Temple of Dambulla. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park, and then browse the exhibits of Pethikada.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Dambulla trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Bengaluru to Dambulla in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Minneriya National Park
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

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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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Kandy view point and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kandy trip itinerary website .

Drive from Dambulla to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

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

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Galle, Sri Lanka

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, stroll through Jungle Beach, then stop by Lak Gems & Jewellery, then steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, and finally browse the exhibits of Pilgrims Lounge Chrishtopher Handicraft and Paint Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the lush surroundings at Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Galle online holiday maker .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Galle in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In October in Galle, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. On the 7th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Maafushi Island.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa Beach
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve

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Maafushi Island, Maldives

With plenty of things to do, Maafushi Island has a bustling, upbeat atmosphere and a holiday resort vibe.
Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Bikini Beach, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then look for gifts at Angolo Souvenir shop.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Maafushi Island trip maker tool .

Getting from Galle to Maafushi Island by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight. In October, daytime highs in Maafushi Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. On the 9th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lhaviyani Atoll.

Things to do in Maafushi Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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Lhaviyani Atoll, Maldives

Lhaviyani Atoll
Home to just over 12,000 residents and 54 islands, Lhaviyani Atoll draws scores of tourists in search of a tropical paradise.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Tiny Island Marine Conservation Centre.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lhaviyani Atoll journey planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Maafushi Island to Lhaviyani Atoll. You'll set off for Hulhumale on the 11th (Fri).

Things to do in Lhaviyani Atoll

Parks Wildlife
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Hulhumale, Maldives

Hulhumale ©
Hulhumale, a reclaimed island, recently developed to meet additional industrial, commercial, and housing demands.
On the 12th (Sat), step off the mainland to explore Hulhumale, then make a trip to Maldive Victory, and then kick back and relax at Hulhumale Beach. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the gorgeous colors at Banana Reef, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hulhumale Mosque, and then immerse yourself in nature at Hulhumale Central Park.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hulhumale visit planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lhaviyani Atoll to Hulhumale. In October in Hulhumale, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Male.

Things to do in Hulhumale

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

North Male Atoll, Hulhumale
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Hulhumale ©
Hulhumale
Maldive Victory ©
Maldive Victory
Banana Reef ©
Banana Reef

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Male, Maldives

The tiny but densely populated city of Male represents a contrast to the laid-back beach resorts found in much of the rest of the Maldives.
On the 14th (Mon), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque), then stroll around Sultan Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Grand Friday Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at National Museum, then hunt for treasures at Male Fish Market, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Artificial Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Male online road trip planner .

Male is very close to Hulhumale. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Male

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque) ©
Male Fish Market ©
Male Fish Market

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