50 days in Sri Lanka & India Itinerary

50 days in Sri Lanka & India Itinerary

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50 days in Sri Lanka & India Itinerary

Start: Mumbai, India
1
Mumbai, India
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Aurangabad, India
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h
3
Goa, India
— 25 nights
+3
bus + taxi + Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
4
Kalpetta, India
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  13​h
5
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
6
Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h
7
Uda Walawe National Park, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Ella, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
10
Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 45​min
11
Pune, India
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
End: Mumbai, India

1
night
Mumbai, India

Mumbai ©
Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Banganga Tank, don't miss a visit to Gateway of India, contemplate the long history of Khotachiwadi, then don't miss a visit to Dhobi Ghat, then snap pictures at Bandra-Worli Sea Link, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shree Ramakrishna Math, Khar.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Mumbai trip planner .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airport is Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. January in Mumbai sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Aurangabad.

Things to do in Mumbai

Historic Sites
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Gateway of India ©
Gateway of India
Bandra-Worli Sea Link ©
Bandra-Worli Sea Link
Dhobi Ghat ©
Dhobi Ghat

3
nights
Aurangabad, India

Aurangabad ©
A place of history, culture, and spiritualism, Aurangabad appeals to a growing number of pilgrims and tourists looking to get more out of their vacation in India.
Change things up with these side-trips from Aurangabad: Ajanta Caves (in Ajanta) and Shirdi (Sri Shirdi Saibaba Temple, Maruti Mandir, & more). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Ellora Caves, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, explore the fascinating underground world of Aurangabad Caves, and deepen your knowledge of military history at Daulatabad Fort.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Aurangabad journey maker site .

You can fly from Mumbai to Aurangabad in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Mumbai in January, plan for little chillier nights in Aurangabad, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Goa.

Things to do in Aurangabad

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shirdi, Ajanta Caves, Daulatabad Fort
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Ellora Caves ©
Ellora Caves
Ajanta Caves ©
Ajanta Caves
Daulatabad Fort ©
Daulatabad Fort

25
nights
Goa, India

Goa ©
On India's western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India.
Goa is known for beaches, historic sites, shopping, nightlife, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Agonda Beach, stroll through Palolem Beach, take a stroll through Old Goa, and admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of Bom Jesus.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Goa visit planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Aurangabad to Goa in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Goa when traveling from Aurangabad in January, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Goa

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Agonda Beach ©
Agonda Beach
Baga Beach ©
Baga Beach
Palolem Beach ©
Palolem Beach

4
nights
Kalpetta, India

Kalpetta ©
One of the district's main tourist hubs, Kalpetta offers easy access to a number of man-made and natural attractions.
Step out of Kalpetta to go to Vythiri and see Banasurasagar Dam, which is approximately 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Chembra, take in the spiritual surroundings of Thirunelli Temple, admire the sheer force of Meenmutty Falls, and Head underground at Edakkal Caves.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kalpetta tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Goa to Kalpetta takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Goa in January, you will find days in Kalpetta are a bit warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Kalpetta

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Banasurasagar Dam
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Chembra ©
Chembra
Edakkal Caves ©
Edakkal Caves
Thirunelli Temple ©
Thirunelli Temple

1
night
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 5th (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, then pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, then steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally explore the activities along Kandy Lake. On your second day here, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, then identify plant and animal life at Udawattekele Sanctuary, then stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and finally don't miss a visit to Kandy view point.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy route maker app .

Drive from Kalpetta to Kandy in 51.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

Unawatuna ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda, then kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, and finally look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, and then steep yourself in history at Galle Fort.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Unawatuna trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Unawatuna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February in Unawatuna, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Mirissa Beach, Galle Fort
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

2
nights
Uda Walawe National Park, Sri Lanka

Uda Walawe National Park ©
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Transit Home (ETH). On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Uda Walawe National Park road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Uda Walawe National Park in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Uda Walawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage
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Uda Walawe National Park ©
Uda Walawe National Park
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

2
nights
Ella, Sri Lanka

Ella ©
The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, and then indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Ella online holiday builder .

Drive from Uda Walawe National Park to Ella in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Tours
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Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge

2
nights
Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kataragama Temple and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Yala National Park road trip tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ella to Yala National Park. In February in Yala National Park, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Wildlife Tours Parks

Side Trip

Kataragama
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Safaris
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama Temple

3
nights
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 15th (Sat): make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, and then see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Euphoria Spice and Herbal and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Sigiriya itinerary maker site .

Fly from Yala National Park to Sigiriya in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Euphoria Spice and Herbal
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

3
nights
Pune, India

Pune ©
Pune has long enjoyed a reputation as a center of culture and commerce, with many dynastic rulers making the town central to their regional plans in the centuries before the British Raj.
On the 18th (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Aga Khan Palace, explore the historical opulence of Sinhagad Fort, then examine the collection at Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Dagadusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Darshan Museum, make a trip to Laxmi Road, then get great views at Lion's Point, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Balaji Mandir.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Pune trip builder .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Sigiriya to Pune in 7 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Pune

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Lion's Point
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Dagadusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple ©
Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum ©
Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum
Sinhagad Fort ©
Sinhagad Fort

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