19 days in New Delhi, Chennai & Colombo Itinerary

19 days in New Delhi, Chennai & Colombo Itinerary

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New Delhi, India
— 7 nights
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Chennai, India
— 5 nights
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
— 6 nights

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New Delhi, India

New Delhi ©
Designed by notable English architects and proclaimed India's capital in 1931, New Delhi sits in the middle of a sprawling metropolitan area with a population of over 25 million.
Humayun's Tomb and Mehrauli Archaeological Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Raj Ghat and Safaris. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to India Gate, get engrossed in the history at Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum, admire the striking features of ISKCON Temple Delhi, and steep yourself in history at Rajpath.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the New Delhi trip planner.

Barcelona, Spain to New Delhi is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 4.5 hour difference. Traveling from Barcelona in December, expect nights in New Delhi to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Chennai.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums
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Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
Rajpath ©
Rajpath
Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib ©
Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Shirdi Sai Baba Temple Injambakkam and Sri Ramakrishna Math. Popular historic sites such as San Thome Church and Vadapalani Murugan Temple are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Thomas Mount National Shrine, make a trip to Kamakshi Amman Temple, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and get in on the family fun at VGP Snow Kingdom.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Chennai trip site.

You can fly from New Delhi to Chennai in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. When traveling from New Delhi in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Chennai: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites · Tours · Theme Parks
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Shirdi Sai Baba Temple Injambakkam ©
Shirdi Sai Baba Temple Injambakkam
San Thome Church ©
San Thome Church
Vadapalani Murugan Temple ©
Vadapalani Murugan Temple

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Colombo, Sri Lanka

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple. Get some cultural insight at Kande Viharaya Temple and Kalutara Bodhiya. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colombo: Sea Turtle Protection Association (in Bentota), Kowilawatta Temple (in Balapitiya) and Saffron Robes (in Hikkaduwa). Spend the 15th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seema Malakaya Temple, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, examine the collection at Traditional Puppet Art Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Colombo attractions planning tool.

You can fly from Chennai to Colombo in 4.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Sea Turtle Protection Association, Kowilawatta Temple, Kande Viharaya Temple, Masjid ul Abrar
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kande Viharaya Temple ©
Kande Viharaya Temple
Safaris

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