29 days in Sri Lanka, South India & North India Itinerary

29 days in Sri Lanka, South India & North India Itinerary

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29 days in Sri Lanka, South India & North India Itinerary

Start: Manchester, United Kingdom
Fly + Taxi:  26​h
1
Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5​h
2
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
— 4 nights
Train:  6​h 45​min
3
Rameswaram, India
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 45​min
4
Mysuru (Mysore), India
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
5
Hampi, India
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
6
Gokarna, India
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Udupi, India
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 45​min
8
Leh, India
— 6 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Manchester, United Kingdom

2
nights
Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
On the 29th (Fri), examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then look for all kinds of wild species at Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, and finally make a trip to Tsunami Honganji Vihara. Keep things going the next day: relax in the rural setting at Handunugoda Tea Estate, then look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Protection Association, and then identify plant and animal life at Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hikkaduwa holiday planner.

Manchester, UK to Hikkaduwa is an approximately 26-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Manchester to Hikkaduwa. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Handunugoda Tea Estate, Sea Turtle Protection Association, Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, Japanese Peace Pagoda
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Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa ©
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa
Sea Turtle Protection Association ©
Sea Turtle Protection Association
Community Tsunami Museum ©
Community Tsunami Museum

4
nights
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

Anuradhapura ©
Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna) and Dagoba of Thuparama. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Isurumuniya Temple and Sri Maha Boodhi Temple. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba, head outdoors with Eth Pokuna, and appreciate the history behind Abhayagiri Dagoba.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura trip generator.

Traveling by car from Hikkaduwa to Anuradhapura takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple

2
nights
Rameswaram, India

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): snap pictures at Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rameswaram trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Anuradhapura to Rameswaram in 45 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Mysuru (Mysore).

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Agnitheertham ©
Agnitheertham
Ruined Temple/Church of Dhanushkodi ©

3
nights
Mysuru (Mysore), India

Mysuru (Mysore) ©
A historic and culturally distinctive city, Mysuru (Mysore) has all the stories, artworks, and architecture you'd hope to find in the former capital city of a rich kingdom.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Philomena Church, appreciate the history behind Chamundi Hill Bull Statue, then admire the masterpieces at Mysore Sand Sculpture Museum, then explore the activities along Karanji Lake, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Srirangapatna. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Chennakesava Temple and then look for all kinds of wild species at Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Mysuru (Mysore) vacation builder.

Getting from Rameswaram to Mysuru (Mysore) by car takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hampi.

Things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Somnathpura Temple ©
Somnathpura Temple
Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary ©
Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
Sri Nandi Temple ©
Sri Nandi Temple

3
nights
Hampi, India

Hampi ©
The temple town of Hampi sits on the site where one of the richest and biggest cities on the planet once stood, with the ruins of the old city protected as a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Queen's Bath and then steep yourself in history at Vitthala Temple. On your second day here, explore the activities along Tungabhadra River, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monkey Temple, then delve into the distant past at Group of Monuments at Hampi, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Hemakuta Hill Temple Complex.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hampi trip generator.

You can drive from Mysuru (Mysore) to Hampi in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Gokarna.

Things to do in Hampi

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Group of Monuments at Hampi ©
Group of Monuments at Hampi
Vitthala Temple ©
Vitthala Temple
Monkey Temple ©
Monkey Temple

4
nights
Gokarna, India

Gokarna ©
The small temple town of Gokarna has changed drastically in recent years.
Get outdoors at Half Moon Beach and Paradise Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mahabaleswara Temple and Shri Mahalasa Narayani Temple. Step out of Gokarna with an excursion to Jog Falls in Shimoga--about 2 hours away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Gokarna Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Om Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Gokarna trip builder.

Getting from Hampi to Gokarna by car takes about 6.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Udupi.

Things to do in Gokarna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Jog Falls, Shri Mahalasa Narayani Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kudle Beach ©
Kudle Beach
Half Moon Beach ©
Half Moon Beach
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

2
nights
Udupi, India

Udupi ©
Though its cuisine has spread throughout the country and beyond, Udupi retains a small-town charm.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Mount Rosary church and then enjoy the sand and surf at St. Mary's Island. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Krishna Temple, then enjoy the sand and surf at Malpe Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kapu Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Udupi trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Gokarna to Udupi takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Leh.

Things to do in Udupi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Malpe Beach, St. Mary's Island
Highlights from your plan
St. Mary's Island ©
St. Mary's Island
Sri Krishna Temple ©
Sri Krishna Temple
Kapu Beach ©
Kapu Beach

6
nights
Leh, India

Leh ©
The former capital of the Kingdom of Ladakh, Leh possesses a historic old town area marked by stupas, monasteries, and traditional mud-brick houses.
Step off the beaten path and head to Deskit Monastery and Zanskar the Virgin Valley. Get outdoors at Hemis National Park and Kayaking & Canoeing. Venture out of the city with trips to Alchi Monastary (in Alchi) and Hemis Monastery (in Hemis). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Likir Gompa, take a memorable drive along Khardung La, contemplate the long history of Riasi Fort, and stop by De Pashmina Emporium.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Leh trip generator.

Explore your travel options from Udupi to Leh with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Leh

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Alchi Monastary, Hemis Monastery, Khardung La
Highlights from your plan
Zanskar the Virgin Valley ©
Zanskar the Virgin Valley
Deskit Monastery ©
Deskit Monastery
Khardung La ©
Khardung La

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