12 days in India & Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in India & Sri Lanka Itinerary

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12 days in India & Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  8 h 15 min
1
Leh, India
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  5 h
2
Agra, India
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Jaipur, India
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
4
Udaipur, India
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  9 h 15 min
5
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7 h 30 min
6
Kovalam, India
— 1 day
Fly + Taxi:  3 h 15 min
7
Thekkady, India
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  7 h
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurdwara Pathar Sahib, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Likir Gompa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basgo gompa, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Shanti Stupa. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Stok Palace Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Thiksey Monastery, appreciate the history behind Shey Monastery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Spituk Monastery, and finally examine the collection at Hall of Fame.

Plan trip to Leh with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Leh is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Leh is 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Agra.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites Museums
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Thiksey Monastery ©
Thiksey Monastery
Likir Gompa ©
Likir Gompa
Basgo gompa ©
Basgo gompa

1
night
Agra, India

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Agra Fort, admire the striking features of Taj Mahal, and then admire the architecture and history at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Agra travel route builder .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Leh to Agra in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in September, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Jaipur.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites
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Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal

3
nights
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.
Popular historic sites such as Amber Palace and City Palace of Jaipur are in your itinerary. Relax by the water at EleSafari and Elefriend. There's still lots to do: look and learn at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, brush up on your military savvy at Nahargarh Fort, and step into the grandiose world of Jal Mahal.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Jaipur trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Agra to Jaipur in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Jaipur sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Udaipur.

Things to do in Jaipur

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Amber Palace ©
Amber Palace
City Palace of Jaipur ©
City Palace of Jaipur
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur ©
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur

1
night
Udaipur, India

Udaipur ©
Tourism in Udaipur, a picturesque city known for its lake system, thrives due to the area's numerous historic and cultural relics.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Bagore Ki Haveli, take an in-depth tour of City Palace of Udaipur, then take in the exciting artwork at Gothwal Art, and finally explore the activities along Lake Pichola.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Udaipur trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Jaipur to Udaipur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Jaipur in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Udaipur, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Udaipur

Museums Parks Nature
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City Palace of Udaipur ©
City Palace of Udaipur
Bagore Ki Haveli Museum ©
Bagore Ki Haveli Museum
Gothwal Art ©
Gothwal Art

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kandy trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Udaipur to Kandy takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

1
day
Kovalam, India

Kovalam ©
Famous for the groves of coconut trees from which it takes its name, Kovalam offers a long, white sandy beach on the Arabian Sea.
On the 23rd (Mon), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach, and finally stroll through Kovalam Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kovalam road trip site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kandy to Kovalam. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Thekkady.

Things to do in Kovalam

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace ©
Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace
Spas

2
nights
Thekkady, India

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, identify plant and animal life at Periyar Tiger Reserve, and then explore the activities along Periyar Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Junction.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Thekkady using our trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kovalam to Thekkady in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

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