43 days in India, Colombo & Male Itinerary

43 days in India, Colombo & Male Itinerary

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43 days in India, Colombo & Male Itinerary

Start: Turku, Finland
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Colombo, Sri Lanka
— 12 nights
Fly + ferry:  5​h
2
Male, Maldives
— 7 nights
ferry + Fly:  7​h
3
Port Blair, India
— 10 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
New Delhi, India
— 11 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Turku, Finland

12
nights
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Narigama Beach and Panadura Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Elephant Freedom Project and Sea Turtle Farm. Get out of town with these interesting Colombo side-trips: Negombo (St. Sebastian’s Church, Nature & Wildlife Tours, & more), Bentota (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Sea Turtle Protection Association) and Kosgoda (Kosgoda Turtle Care & Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Ahungalla Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Millennium Elephant Foundation, pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church, and stop by Cara Jewellers.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Colombo route app .

Turku, Finland to Colombo is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Turku to Colombo. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Turku in January: high temperatures in Colombo hover around 37°C and lows are around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Male.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Galle, Hikkaduwa, Negombo, Pinnawala, Kosgoda
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Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching

7
nights
Male, Maldives

Male ©
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Banana Reef. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Hulhumale Beach and Rasfannu. Get out of town with these interesting Male side-trips: HP Reef (in Furanafushi Island) and Hulhumale Mosque (in Hulhumale). There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, snap pictures at Sinamale Bridge, see the interesting displays at National Museum, and make a trip to Sinamale Bridge.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Male travel itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Colombo to Male in 5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Male are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Port Blair.

Things to do in Male

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Hulhumale, North Male Atoll, Hulhumale, HP Reef
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HP Reef ©
HP Reef
Scuba & Snorkeling
Banana Reef ©
Banana Reef

10
nights
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.
Visit Corbyn's Cove and Wandoor Beach for some beach relaxation. Discover out-of-the-way places like Jolly Buoy Island and Chidiya Tapu. There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, examine the collection at Samudrika Marine Museum, contemplate the long history of Chatham Saw Mill, and enjoy the sand and surf at Ferar Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Port Blair trip planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Male to Port Blair takes 7 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in February, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to New Delhi.

Things to do in Port Blair

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Splash, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park
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Jolly Buoy Island ©
Jolly Buoy Island
Corbyn's Cove ©
Corbyn's Cove
Chidiya Tapu ©
Chidiya Tapu

11
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Walking tours and Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib. Change things up with these side-trips from New Delhi: Gurugram (Gurgaon) (Aravalli Bio Diversity Park & Sai Ka Angan Temple) and Heritage Transport Museum (in Taoru). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Humayun's Tomb, stroll through Akshardham, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and admire the striking features of Rashtrapati Bhavan.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the New Delhi trip planner .

You can fly from Port Blair to New Delhi in 5 hours. While traveling from Port Blair, expect little chillier days and colder nights in New Delhi, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Gurugram (Gurgaon), Heritage Transport Museum
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Qutub Minar ©
Qutub Minar
Aravalli Bio Diversity Park ©
Aravalli Bio Diversity Park
Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb

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