17 days in Sri Lanka & India Itinerary

17 days in Sri Lanka & India Itinerary

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17 days in Sri Lanka & India Itinerary

Start: Karlsruhe, Germany
Drive + Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
New Delhi, India
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Jaipur, India
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Agra, India
— 1 night
Fly:  12​h 30​min
4
Varanasi, India
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Mumbai, India
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Colombo, Sri Lanka
— Few hours
Train:  2​h 30​min
7
Galle, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Bentota, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Kitulgala, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  27​h
End: Karlsruhe, Germany

2
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.
You've added Hauz Khas Village, Dilli Haat, Akshardham, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take in panoramic vistas at Qutub Minar, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Akshardham, then hunt for treasures at Dilli Haat, and finally take a stroll through Hauz Khas Village. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Lodhi Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Humayun's Tomb, make a trip to India Gate, ponder the world of politics at Parliament Of India, then admire the landmark architecture of Rashtrapati Bhavan, and finally see the sky in a new way at Jantar Mantar.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our New Delhi road trip planning site .

Karlsruhe, Germany to New Delhi is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of car and flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Karlsruhe to New Delhi due to the time zone difference. December in New Delhi sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 10°C at night. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Jaipur.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Qutub Minar ©
Qutub Minar
Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
India Gate ©
India Gate

1
night
Jaipur, India

Jaipur ©
Known as the "Pink City" because of the color of the stone used for many of its notable structures, Jaipur draws visitors with its chaotic street life and a slew of colorful bazaars selling everything from handmade pottery to tie-dye scarves.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind as well as Surya Mandir. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Amber Palace, step into the grandiose world of Jal Mahal, and then get to know the fascinating history of Surya Mandir.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Jaipur holiday builder site .

You can fly from New Delhi to Jaipur in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Jaipur sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Agra.

Things to do in Jaipur

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Amber Palace ©
Amber Palace
City Palace of Jaipur ©
City Palace of Jaipur
Jal Mahal ©
Jal Mahal

1
night
Agra, India

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
You've added Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, Tomb of Akbar the Great, Jama Masjid, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Agra Fort and then admire the landmark architecture of Jama Masjid.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Agra day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Jaipur to Agra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Agra, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Varanasi.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Tomb of Akbar the Great
Highlights from your plan
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Jama Masjid ©
Jama Masjid

1
night
Varanasi, India

Varanasi ©
A sacred city for Hindus and thought by many to be the place where Buddhism formed as a religion, Varanasi leaves an imprint on the hearts and minds of visitors regardless of their creed, race, or religion.
You've added Ganga Aarti, Sarnath, New Vishwanath Temple, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): don't miss a visit to Assi Ghat, explore the activities along Ganges River, make a trip to Manikarnika Ghat, admire the landmark architecture of Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at New Vishwanath Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarnath.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Varanasi road trip tool .

You can fly from Agra to Varanasi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Mumbai.

Things to do in Varanasi

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple ©
Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple
Sarnath ©
Sarnath
Ganges River
Ganges River

2
nights
Mumbai, India

Mumbai ©
Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Crawford Market and Colaba Causeway Market. On the 22nd (Sun), admire the striking features of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, take an in-depth tour of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, then appreciate the history behind Gateway of India, and finally shop like a local with Colaba Causeway Market. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Sanjay Gandhi National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Chowpatty Beach, then take a memorable drive along Marine Drive, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Crawford Market.

Plan trip to Mumbai with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from Varanasi to Mumbai in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Varanasi in December; daily highs in Mumbai reach 38°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Mumbai

Parks Nature Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Gateway of India ©
Gateway of India
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus ©
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
Marine Drive ©
Marine Drive

few
hours
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.
To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Colombo tour planner.

You can fly from Mumbai to Colombo in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Mumbai in December, Colombo is a bit warmer at night with lows of 28°C. On the 24th (Tue), you're off toGalle.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

2
nights
Galle, Sri Lanka

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Unawatuna Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, and finally contemplate the long history of Galle Fort. Keep things going the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and finally take a peaceful walk through Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Galle road trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Colombo to Galle takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Galle sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Bentota.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Mirissa, Hikkaduwa Beach
Highlights from your plan
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve

1
night
Bentota, Sri Lanka

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Bentota River, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bentota Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Protection Association, and finally identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Bentota online trip builder .

You can drive from Galle to Bentota in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kitulgala.

Things to do in Bentota

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Sea Turtle Protection Association ©
Sea Turtle Protection Association

1
night
Kitulgala, Sri Lanka

Kitulgala ©
Kitulgala is a small town in the west of Sri Lanka. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Laxapana Falls, admire the sheer force of Galboda Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Aberdeen Falls, stroll through Makandawa Forest Reserve, then explore the fascinating underground world of Belilena Cave, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Kadiyanlena Falls. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Olu Ella, then get outside with And Beyond Sri Lanka, then take in the dramatic scenery at Sudugala Falls, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Galboda Ella Falls.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kitulgala trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Bentota to Kitulgala takes 3.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Kitulgala

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Nawalapitiya, Olu Ella, And Beyond Sri Lanka, Laxapana Falls, Aberdeen Falls
Highlights from your plan
Laxapana Falls ©
Laxapana Falls
Sudugala Falls ©
Sudugala Falls
Kadiyanlena Falls ©
Kadiyanlena Falls

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kandy road trip website .

Drive from Kitulgala to Kandy in 2.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Riverstone Gap, 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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