58 days in Sri Lanka, India & Nepal Itinerary

58 days in Sri Lanka, India & Nepal Itinerary

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58 days in Sri Lanka, India & Nepal Itinerary

Start: Kandy, Sri Lanka
1
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
train + taxi:  1​h 45​min
2
Bentota, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  4​h
3
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
4
Rameswaram, India
— 3 nights
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  9​h 30​min
5
Port Blair, India
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Havelock Island, India
— 2 nights
Travel:  3​h 30​min
7
Neil Island, India
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  14​h
8
Leh, India
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
9
Pokhara, Nepal
— 6 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  30​min
10
Kathmandu, Nepal
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
11
Tatopani, Nepal
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  13​h 45​min
12
Rishikesh, India
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h
13
Jaisalmer, India
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
14
Jodhpur, India
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 30​min
15
Goa, India
— 6 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kandy Lake Club - Cultural Dance Show as well as Michelle Tours. Step out of the city life by going to Elephant Freedom Project and Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Udawattekele Sanctuary and Sri Muthumariamman Temple. The adventure continues: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kandy trip itinerary planning site .

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major airports are Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport and Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport. On the 4th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bentota.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Matale, Elephant Freedom Project
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Udawattekele Sanctuary ©
Udawattekele Sanctuary

3
nights
Bentota, Sri Lanka

The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Ahungalla Beach and Narigama Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tsunami Photo Museum and Ariyapala Mask Museum. Step out of Bentota to go to Kalutara and see Kalutara Bodhiya, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, make a trip to Bentota Bazaar, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kande Viharaya.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Bentota trip planner .

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Kandy to Bentota in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Bentota

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Kalutara Bodhiya, Narigama Beach, Tsunami Photo Museum, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, Kande Viharaya
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum

2
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.
On the 8th (Sun), delve into the distant past at Ranmasu Uyana, then get outside with Eth Pokuna, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): make a trip to Isinbassagala, snap pictures at Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, then make a trip to Mirisaveti Stupa, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Thanthirimale Rajamaha Viharaya.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Anuradhapura driving holiday planner.

Getting from Bentota to Anuradhapura by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Ranmasu Uyana ©
Ranmasu Uyana
Eth Pokuna ©
Eth Pokuna
Thanthirimale Rajamaha Viharaya ©
Thanthirimale Rajamaha Viharaya

3
nights
Rameswaram, India

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Relax by the water at Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram and Ariyaman Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Lakshmana Teertham and Shri Mahaprabhuji Bethak Lakshmankund. Step out of Rameswaram with an excursion to Navagraha Temple in Devipattinam--about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Water Bird Sanctuary, see the interesting displays at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House, make a trip to Burial Place of APJ Abdul Kalam, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Kalam National Memorial.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Rameswaram trip planner .

Traveling by train from Anuradhapura to Rameswaram takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Port Blair.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Navagraha Temple, Lakshmana Teertham
Highlights from your plan
Water Bird Sanctuary ©
Water Bird Sanctuary
Lakshmana Teertham ©
Lakshmana Teertham
Nambunayaki amman temple ©
Nambunayaki amman temple

5
nights
Port Blair, India

Port Blair ©
The capital and largest city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair acts as a gateway to the landmasses that lie in the Bay of Bengal.
Get some cultural insight at Chatham Saw Mill and Police Gurudwara. Step off the beaten path and head to Wandoor Beach and Chidiyatapu Biological Park. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Mount Harriet National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Ferar Beach, make a trip to Murugan Temple, and race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Blair trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Rameswaram to Port Blair in 9.5 hours. In March in Port Blair, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 34°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Havelock Island.

Things to do in Port Blair

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Little Andaman Island
Highlights from your plan
Munda Pahad Beach ©
Munda Pahad Beach
Wandoor Beach ©
Wandoor Beach
Mount Harriet National Park ©
Mount Harriet National Park

2
nights
Havelock Island, India

Havelock Island ©
Known for its scuba diving spots, picturesque beaches, and relaxed atmosphere, Havelock Island stands out as the largest island in the archipelago, and one of the most tourist-oriented places in the Andaman Islands.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): kick back and relax at Elephant Beach. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Govind Nagar Beach and then kick back and relax at Kalapathar Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Havelock Island trip planner.

Traveling by car from Port Blair to Havelock Island takes 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Neil Island.

Things to do in Havelock Island

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Beach ©
Elephant Beach
Govind Nagar Beach ©
Govind Nagar Beach
Kalapathar Beach ©
Kalapathar Beach

2
nights
Neil Island, India

Neil Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Ram Nagar Beach, then take in the waterfront at Neil Island Jetty, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bharatpur Beach. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Laxmanpur Beach, kick back and relax at Sitapur Beach, and then take in the views from Howrah Bridge.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Neil Island trip builder site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Havelock Island to Neil Island. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Leh.

Things to do in Neil Island

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Bharatpur Beach ©
Bharatpur Beach
Laxmanpur Beach ©
Laxmanpur Beach
Sitapur Beach ©
Sitapur Beach

3
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.
Visiting Photography Tours and Zanskar the Virgin Valley will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hemis Monastery and Likir Gompa. Venture out of the city with trips to Alchi Monastary (in Alchi), Sakti (Takthok Monastery & Monastero Tak Thok) and Kloster Hemis (in Hemis). And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Saspol Caves, delve into the distant past at Basgo gompa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chemre Gompa Monastery, and admire the landmark architecture of Stakna Monastery.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Leh trip planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Neil Island to Leh. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Pokhara.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sakti, Hemis, Alchi Monastary
Highlights from your plan
Namgyal Tsemo Gompa ©
Namgyal Tsemo Gompa
Hemis Monastery ©
Hemis Monastery
Alchi Monastary ©
Alchi Monastary

6
nights
Pokhara, Nepal

Pokhara, the second largest city in the country, attracts visitors with its superlative natural wonders and easygoing atmosphere.
Step out of the city life by going to Climbing Tours and Seti River Gourge. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gurkha Memorial Museum and Bindhya Basini Temple. Step out of Pokhara with an excursion to Kalika Bhagwati Temple in Baglung--about 1h 55 min away. The adventure continues: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, explore the fascinating underground world of Mahendra Cave, and play a few rounds at Himalayan Golf Course.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Pokhara trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Leh to Pokhara in 17.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, train, and car. In March, daily temperatures in Pokhara can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Kathmandu.

Things to do in Pokhara

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Kalika Bhagwati Temple
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours
Gurkha Memorial Museum ©
Gurkha Memorial Museum
Nature & Wildlife Tours

5
nights
Kathmandu, Nepal

Once synonymous with the mysterious and inaccessible Shangri-La, today Kathmandu draws an ever-increasing number of tourists, catering to independent travelers of various budgets.
Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Photography Tours will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Parasailing & Paragliding and Nyatapola Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Thrangu Tashi Monastery (in Dhulikhel) and Bhaktapur (Changu Narayan & 55 Window Palace). The adventure continues: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golden Temple (Hiranya Varna Mahavihar), steep yourself in history at Taleju Bell, and admire the masterpieces at Patan Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kathmandu day trip planner .

Kathmandu is just a short distance from Pokhara. Traveling from Pokhara in April, Kathmandu is a bit cooler at night with lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tatopani.

Things to do in Kathmandu

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Patan (Lalitpur), Bhaktapur, Thrangu Tashi Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Parasailing & Paragliding
Photography Tours

4
nights
Tatopani, Nepal

Tatopani ©
Get outdoors at The Last Resort and Rolwaling Valley. Take a break from Tatopani with a short trip to Dolakha Bhimsen Mandir in Charikot, about 1h 55 min away.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tatopani travel planner .

Drive from Kathmandu to Tatopani in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In April, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 15°C. On the 10th (Fri), you'll travel to Rishikesh.

Things to do in Tatopani

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Charikot
Highlights from your plan
The Last Resort ©
The Last Resort
Dolakha Bhimsen Mandir ©
Dolakha Bhimsen Mandir

4
nights
Rishikesh, India

Rishikesh ©
Rishikesh draws in visitors of all creeds with its wealth of ashrams and yoga and meditation teaching centers.
Get a sense of the local culture at Kunjapuri Devi Temple and Tapkeshwar Temple. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vashishta Gufa and Tibetan Buddhist Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Rishikesh: Haridwar (Shanti Kunj Gayatri Parivar Haridwar, Daksheshwar Mahadev, & more) and Kunjapuri Temple (in Narendranagar). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Neer Garh Waterfall, Rishikesh and take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurdwara Sri Hemkund Sahib.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rishikesh driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Tatopani to Rishikesh in 27 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Jaisalmer.

Things to do in Rishikesh

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Haridwar, Tibetan Buddhist Temple, Tapkeshwar Temple, Kunjapuri Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kunjapuri Devi Temple ©
Kunjapuri Devi Temple
Vashishta Gufa ©
Vashishta Gufa
Daksheshwar Mahadev ©
Daksheshwar Mahadev

4
nights
Jaisalmer, India

Jaisalmer ©
A World Heritage Site, the desert city of Jaisalmer has a number of historical attractions, buildings, and legends worthy of protection.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Desert Culture Centre & Museum and The Thar Heritage Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mandir Palace and Baba Ramdev Temple. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Desert National Park, contemplate the long history of Dussehra Chowk, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and take in the exciting artwork at Sonee Art Gallery.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Jaisalmer trip itinerary maker tool .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Rishikesh to Jaisalmer in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Jodhpur.

Things to do in Jaisalmer

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Thar Desert
Highlights from your plan
Thar Desert ©
Thar Desert
Desert National Park ©
Desert National Park
The Thar Heritage Museum ©
The Thar Heritage Museum

2
nights
Jodhpur, India

The blue-walled buildings in the old quarter of Jodhpur have a calming, quaint aesthetic when viewed from up high, but down on the streets the city bustles with a lively atmosphere that belies its toy-town color.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): get outside with Outdoor Activities, steep yourself in history at Phool Mahal, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jain Mahavira Temple. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shri Ganesh Temple, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then view the masterpieces at Kotsa - Travellers Gallery.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Jodhpur trip planner.

Traveling by car from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 45°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Goa.

Things to do in Jodhpur

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Phool Mahal ©
Phool Mahal
Shri Ganesh Temple ©
Shri Ganesh Temple

6
nights
Goa, India

Goa ©
On India's western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Church of St. Francis of Assissi and Church of Holy Spirit. Explore hidden gems such as Arossim Beach and Mobor Beach. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Majorda Beach, stroll through Keri Beach (Querim Beach), identify plant and animal life at Animal Shelter Agonda, and hit the bull's-eye at Milsim Goa Paintball.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Goa trip itinerary maker website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Jodhpur to Goa in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Jodhpur in April, expect nights in Goa to be a bit warmer, around 34°C, while days are little chillier, around 36°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Goa

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Betalbatim Beach ©
Betalbatim Beach
Majorda Beach ©
Majorda Beach
Mobor Beach ©
Mobor Beach

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