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 30​min
3
Chennai, India
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Thekkady, India
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Kochi (Cochin), India
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Durban, South Africa


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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, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shree Siddhivinayak, snap pictures at Bandra-Worli Sea Link, and cruise along Marine Drive.

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Durban, South Africa to Mumbai is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Durban to Mumbai due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Durban in January, Mumbai is slightly colder at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to 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.
On the 6th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Temple Bangalore, 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 see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Bengaluru day trip tool .

Getting from Mumbai to Bengaluru by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. When traveling from Mumbai in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Bengaluru: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Chennai.

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

1
night
Chennai, India

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
On the 7th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapaleeshwarar Temple, get your game on at Kartwheel, and then admire the natural beauty at The Theosophical Society.

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Traveling by flight from Bengaluru to Chennai takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Bengaluru in January since evenings lows in Chennai dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Chennai

Fun & Games Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kapaleeshwarar Temple ©
Kapaleeshwarar Temple
The Theosophical Society ©
The Theosophical Society

2
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 8th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Sigiriya and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): make a trip to Pidurangala Rock and then explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Sigiriya attractions app .

You can fly from Chennai to Sigiriya in 6.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and then steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

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Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Kandy takes 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

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

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.
On the 11th (Sat), examine the collection at Napier Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Neeramankara Shiva Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach, then see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sreekandeswaram Mahadeva Temple, head off the coast to Poovar Island, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lighthouse Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip itinerary builder tool .

Do a combination of train and flight from Kandy to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Thekkady.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Thekkady, India

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, take some stellar pictures from Chellarkovil Viewpoint, then explore the activities along Periyar Lake, and finally identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the galleries of Green land spice garden, then get a taste of the local shopping with Abraham's Spice Garden, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Junction.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Thekkady trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Thekkady takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Thekkady

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

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kochi (Cochin): Kayaking & Canoeing (in Alappuzha), St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ,Kokkamangalam (in Cherthala) and Marari Beach (in Mararikulam). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mattancherry Palace, admire the striking features of Jeevamatha Church, and gain insight at Kerala Kathakali Centre.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kochi (Cochin) journey planner.

You can drive from Thekkady to Kochi (Cochin) in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Kochi (Cochin) can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Outdoors Historic Sites Adventure

Side Trips

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

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