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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Hauz Khas Village, Dilli Haat, Akshardham, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take in panoramic vistas at Qutub Minar, take in nature's colorful creations at Akshardham, then hunt for treasures at Dilli Haat, and finally take a stroll through Hauz Khas Village. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Lodhi Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Humayun's Tomb, don't miss a visit to India Gate, then ponder the world of politics at Parliament Of India, then admire the landmark architecture of Rashtrapati Bhavan, and finally look and learn at Jantar Mantar.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the New Delhi travel route planning tool .

Karlsruhe, Germany to New Delhi is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Karlsruhe to New Delhi is 4 hours. In December, daily temperatures in New Delhi can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Jaipur.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Amber Palace, explore the historical opulence of Jal Mahal, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Surya Mandir.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Jaipur trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from New Delhi to Jaipur takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Jaipur are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride 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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, Tomb of Akbar the Great, Jama Masjid, and other attractions you added. On the 19th (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Agra Fort and then admire the landmark architecture of Jama Masjid.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Agra online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Jaipur to Agra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Agra sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to 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. On the 21st (Sat), make a trip to Assi Ghat, contemplate the waterfront views at Ganges River, don't miss a visit to Manikarnika Ghat, admire the landmark architecture of Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at New Vishwanath Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Sarnath.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Varanasi online road trip planner .

Getting from Agra to Varanasi by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. December in Varanasi sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time 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, get engrossed in the history at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, then don't miss a visit to 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, then kick back and relax at Chowpatty Beach, then take a memorable drive along Marine Drive, and finally hunt for treasures at Crawford Market.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Mumbai online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Varanasi to Mumbai in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Varanasi in December, with highs in Mumbai at 38°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to 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.
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Getting from Mumbai to Colombo by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Mumbai in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Colombo, with lows around 28°C. You'll set off for Galle on the 24th (Tue).

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.
On the 24th (Tue), kick back and relax at Hikkaduwa Beach, then kick back and relax at Unawatuna Beach, then stroll through Jungle Beach, and finally contemplate the long history of Galle Fort. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirissa Beach, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Galle trip planner .

Traveling by train from Colombo to Galle takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Galle can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car 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, enjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then stroll through Sea Turtle Protection Association, and finally see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Bentota trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Galle to Bentota takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car 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. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Laxapana Falls, admire the sheer force of Galboda Falls, admire the sheer force of Aberdeen Falls, then delve into the lush surroundings at Makandawa Forest Reserve, then explore the fascinating underground world of Belilena Cave, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Kadiyanlena Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Olu Ella, head outdoors with And Beyond Sri Lanka, then admire the sheer force of Sudugala Falls, and finally admire the sheer force of Galboda Ella Falls.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kitulgala trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Bentota to Kitulgala in 3.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Kitulgala can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Kitulgala

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Nawalapitiya, Olu Ella, Aberdeen Falls, And Beyond Sri Lanka, Laxapana 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): take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Kandy visit planner.

Drive from Kitulgala to Kandy in 2.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Riverstone Gap
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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