9 days in India & Sri Lanka Itinerary

9 days in India & Sri Lanka Itinerary

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9 days in India & Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Mumbai, India
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  3 h 30 min
1
Hyderabad, India
— Few hours
Fly + Taxi:  6 h 15 min
2
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
4
Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h
6
Rameswaram, India
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 45 min
7
Kanyakumari, India
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  7 h 45 min
End: Mumbai, India

few
hours
Hyderabad, India

Hyderabad ©
Teeming with history and heritage, Hyderabad draws visitors from all over the world with its old Indo-Islamic buildings, forts, and museums.
On the 30th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Charminar, examine the collection at Salar Jung Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Birla Mandir.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hyderabad trip planner .

Mumbai to Hyderabad is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. When traveling from Mumbai in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Hyderabad, with highs around 46°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Hyderabad

Historic Sites Museums
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Birla Mandir ©
Birla Mandir
Salar Jung Museum ©
Salar Jung Museum
Charminar ©
Charminar

1
day
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.
On the 31st (Fri), explore the activities along Kandy Lake, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally don't miss a visit to Royal Botanical Gardens.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kandy trip builder app .

You can do a combination of flight, taxi, and train from Hyderabad to Kandy in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery

1
night
Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): steep yourself in history at Lankathilaka Image House, take in the spiritual surroundings of Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins, appreciate the history behind Gal Vihara, then don't miss a visit to Sandakada Pahana, and finally explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa Vatadage.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Polonnaruwa trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kandy to Polonnaruwa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
Sandakada Pahana ©
Sandakada Pahana

1
night
Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

Trincomalee ©
A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach, explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Mary's Cathedral.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Trincomalee day trip planner.

You can drive from Polonnaruwa to Trincomalee in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
Highlights from your plan
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery

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 3rd (Mon), snap pictures at Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, explore the ancient world of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), make a trip to Isinbassagala, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Maha Boodhi Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, and finally pause for some photo ops at Samadhi Statue. On the next day, make a trip to Isurumuniya Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba, then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, and finally make a trip to Dambulla Cave Temple.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Anuradhapura day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can take a train to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Dambulla Cave Temple, Golden Temple of Dambulla
Highlights from your plan
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba
Samadhi Statue ©
Samadhi Statue

1
night
Rameswaram, India

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): kick back and relax at Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram, stroll the grounds of Kalam National Memorial, then take in the views from Pamban bridge, then take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, and finally explore the activities along Villoondi Tirtham.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rameswaram route maker site .

Getting from Anuradhapura to Rameswaram by train takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Villoondi Tirtham ©
Villoondi Tirtham
Pamban bridge ©
Pamban bridge
Kalam National Memorial ©
Kalam National Memorial

2
nights
Kanyakumari, India

Kanyakumari ©
Located at the most southerly point of mainland India, Kanyakumari has long attracted pilgrims and those keen to see the end of the road.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): make a trip to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bhagavathy Amman Temple, pause for some photo ops at Thiruvalluvar Statue, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jain Temple Kanyakumari, then don't miss a visit to Adi Keshava Perumal Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumara Koil Murugan Temple. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Kaalikesam Waterfalls and then steep yourself in history at Vattakottai Fort.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kanyakumari online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in June, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Bhagavathy Amman Temple ©
Bhagavathy Amman Temple
Vivekananda Rock Memorial ©
Vivekananda Rock Memorial

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