17 days in Mumbai, South India & Sri Lanka Itinerary

17 days in Mumbai, South India & Sri Lanka Itinerary

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17 days in Mumbai, South India & Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Durban, South Africa
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Mumbai, India
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Bengaluru, India
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Kochi (Cochin), India
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Thekkady, India
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 30​min
6
Mirissa, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
7
Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Durban, South Africa

2
nights
Mumbai, India

Mumbai ©
Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Mumbai is known for historic sites, scenic drive, shopping, nature, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Gateway of India, get engrossed in the history at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, steep yourself in history at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, and snap pictures at Bandra-Worli Sea Link.

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Durban, South Africa to Mumbai is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from Durban to Mumbai, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Durban in January, expect little chillier with lows of 19°C in Mumbai. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Bengaluru.

Things to do in Mumbai

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Gateway of India ©
Gateway of India
Marine Drive ©
Marine Drive
Bandra-Worli Sea Link ©
Bandra-Worli Sea Link

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Temple Bangalore, then shop like a local with UB City, then take in nature's colorful creations at Lalbagh Botanical Garden, and finally walk around Cubbon Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Bengaluru travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Mumbai to Bengaluru takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. While traveling from Mumbai, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Bengaluru, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Bengaluru

Parks Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lalbagh Botanical Garden ©
Lalbagh Botanical Garden
ISKCON Temple Bangalore ©
ISKCON Temple Bangalore
UB City ©
UB City

3
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kochi (Cochin): Kayaking & Canoeing (in Alappuzha), St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam (in Cherthala) and Marari Beach (in Mararikulam). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Saint Francis, and gain insight at Kerala Kathakali Centre.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) online trip maker .

You can fly from Bengaluru to Kochi (Cochin) in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Bengaluru in January; daily highs in Kochi (Cochin) reach 38°C and lows reach 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Outdoors Historic Sites Adventure

Side Trips

Kayaking & Canoeing, Marari Beach, St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue

2
nights
Thekkady, India

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
On the 11th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, get great views at Chellarkovil Viewpoint, then explore the activities along Periyar Lake, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): see the sky in a new way at Green land spice garden, take in nature's colorful creations at Abraham's Spice Garden, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Junction.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Thekkady trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Thekkady in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Lake ©
Periyar Lake

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Neeramankara Shiva Temple, kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach, see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, then admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, and finally make a trip to Holy Land. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Napier Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Palkulangara Devi Temple, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Vizhinjam Lighthouse.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Thekkady to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kovalam, Holy Land
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace ©

2
nights
Mirissa, Sri Lanka

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
On the 15th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Galle Fort and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, experience rural life at Nandana Tea Factory, and then stroll through Jungle Beach.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Mirissa day trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Mirissa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Galle Fort, Nandana Tea Factory, Jungle Beach
Highlights from your plan
Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort

1
night
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 17th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, and then identify plant and animal life at Dhilip De Alwis.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Mirissa to Sigiriya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Dhilip De Alwis
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Dhilip De Alwis ©
Dhilip De Alwis

2
nights
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 18th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and finally identify plant and animal life at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kandy tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Kandy takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
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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