36 days in India & Sri Lanka Itinerary

36 days in India & Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
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Mirissa, Sri Lanka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tissamaharama, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Drive to Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport, Fly to Tiruchirapally Civil Airport Airport
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Tiruchirappalli, India
— 2 nights
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Kannur, India
— 2 nights
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Goa, India
— 9 nights
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Gokarna, India
— 2 nights
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Hampi, India
— 5 nights
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Nashik, India
— 6 nights
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Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka

— 2 nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Narigama Beach and Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara. Get out of town with these interesting Hikkaduwa side-trips: L. Wimalarathna Gems & Jewellery (in Galle) and Spas (in Unawatuna). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hikkaduwa trip itinerary app.

Pune, India to Hikkaduwa is an approximately 8-hour flight. In December, daytime highs in Hikkaduwa are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Mirissa, Sri Lanka

— 4 nights
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex and Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara. Visiting Swim with Dolphins and Tangalle Lagoon will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Handunugoda Tea Estate (in Ahangama) and Hummanaya Blow Hole (in Kudawella). It doesn't end there: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Tuk Tuk Safari Tangalle and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Mirissa online travel route planner.

You can drive from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Mirissa can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tissamaharama, Sri Lanka

— 3 nights
Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bundala National Park. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kataragama Temple.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tissamaharama holiday site.

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Tissamaharama takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. On the 1st (Fri), you're off to Tiruchirappalli.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Tiruchirappalli, India

— 2 nights

Rockfort City

Located in the center of the state, the ancient city of Tiruchirappalli--or Trichy/Tiruchi as it is more commonly known--remains rich in Tamil culture.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): contemplate the long history of Jambukeswarar Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Mukkombu and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Samayapuram Mariamman Temple.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tiruchirappalli trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Tissamaharama to Tiruchirappalli with the Route module. In January in Tiruchirappalli, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kannur.

Things to do in Tiruchirappalli

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Kannur, India

— 2 nights

Land of Looms and Lores

A cultural capital on the state's relatively quiet northern coast, Kannur has long been associated with textile production and temple rituals, earning it the nickname, the "Land of Looms and Lores." Most Kannur itineraries will include observing theyyam rituals performed at the temples, where the traditions have origins dating back thousands of years.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): stroll around Sea View Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Thottada Beach, and finally take in the views from Thalassery Sea Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the different shops at Kannur City Center, then contemplate the long history of Fort St. Angelos, and then kick back and relax at Baby Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kannur road trip planning app.

You can fly from Tiruchirappalli to Kannur in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Goa.

Things to do in Kannur

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Goa, India

— 9 nights
On India's western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Cavelossim Beach, Benaulim Beach, Baga Beach, and other attractions. Get some historical perspective at Mahalaxmi Temple and St Rita's Church. Escape the urban bustle at Majorda Beach and BLive Electric Bike Tours. There's still lots to do: stop by Fontainhas, relax and rejuvenate at Daddu's Healing Center, kick back and relax at Arossim Beach, and stroll through Cansaulim Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Goa driving holiday website.

You can fly from Kannur to Goa in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. January in Goa sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Gokarna.

Things to do in Goa

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Gokarna, India

— 2 nights
The small temple town of Gokarna has changed drastically in recent years.
On the 15th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Beach and then kick back and relax at Half Moon Beach. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Shiva Cave, kick back and relax at Kudle Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahabaleswara Temple.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Gokarna trip planner.

Drive from Goa to Gokarna in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hampi.

Things to do in Gokarna

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Hampi, India

— 5 nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Group of Monuments at Hampi and Monkey Temple. Elephant Stables and Shivlinga are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Matanga Hill, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hazara Rama Temple, admire the striking features of Lotus Mahal, and don't miss a visit to Dasara Dibba.

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Drive from Gokarna to Hampi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. In January in Hampi, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Nashik.

Things to do in Hampi

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Nashik, India

— 6 nights

Wine Capital of India

Whether you want to tour important religious sites or explore the city's 22 wineries, you'll have no shortage of things to do in Nashik.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kalaram Temple and Dwarkamai Masjid. Do some cultural sightseeing at Saptashrungi Devi and Baba's Chavadi. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nashik: Shirdi (Shri Saibaba Sansthan Temple & Dixit Wada Museum). There's much more to do: Head underground at Pandavleni Caves, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Anna Ganapati Navgraha Siddhapeetham, do a tasting at York Winery & Tasting Room, and admire the landmark architecture of Someshwar Temple.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Nashik trip planner.

You can fly from Hampi to Nashik in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Nashik

Historic Sites · Wineries · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Sri Lanka travel guide

4.2
Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
India's Teardrop
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea.

India travel guide

4.6
Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings · Beaches
It may very well be fair to call India "incredible," given its mind-boggling diversity of landscapes, climates, cultures, and languages. The world's largest democracy, and second only to China in terms of population, India contains majestic peaks dusted with glistening snow, sun-drenched beaches, ancient hand-carved temples, and sprawling cities jam-packed with people, vehicles, and animals. Many tour India during the country's devotional festivals, which range from immense parades that convert cities into giant performance stages, to simple farming fairs dedicated to relatively obscure local deities. Whenever you choose to vacation in India, make sure you see some of the country's World Heritage Sites, which include the legendary Taj Mahal and Chilika Lake, the planet's second-largest lagoon.

Kerala travel guide

3.8
Beaches · Bodies of Water · Sacred & Religious Sites
God's Own Country
The south Indian state of Kerala stretches in a narrow sliver of land along the coast, rich in cultural heritage and natural attractions. A trip to Kerala takes you to a tropical paradise of sandy beaches and swathes of coconut groves. Considered one of the most literate states in India, Kerala is also a religiously diverse region, where Hindu temples stand next to Islamic mosques, and Christian churches rub shoulders with Jewish synagogues. Numerous wilderness areas dot this relatively small region, ensuring plenty of opportunities to spot rare birds, wild elephants, and the occasional tiger.

Karnataka travel guide

4.1
Sacred & Religious Sites · Castles · Gardens
Although most know it for its giant capital, Karnataka encompasses many different land features, from sandy beaches in the coastal east to the wild mountains and thriving farmlands deep in the interior. Home to nearly 9 million people, the city of Bangalore makes a great starting point of a Karnataka tour, packed with temples, churches, shopping malls, and thousands of fast food eateries and restaurants. If you prefer to see the less hectic side of Karnataka, head to Hampi, where you can discover the remains of the once-powerful Vijayanagara Empire scattered across a sprawling World Heritage Site.