18 days in Sri Lanka & Mumbai Itinerary

18 days in Sri Lanka & Mumbai Itinerary

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18 days in Sri Lanka & Mumbai Itinerary

Start: Mumbai, India
Fly + Drive:  19​h
1
Nilaveli, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Ella, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Udawalawa, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Rekawa, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
7
Mumbai, India
— 3 nights
End: Mumbai, India


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3
nights
Nilaveli, Sri Lanka

Nilaveli ©
The coastal resort town of Nilaveli draws visitors with its beaches, dive spots, and seaside hotels.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Koneswaram Temple and Trincomalee War Cemetery. Take a break from the city and head to Nilaveli Beach and Pigeon Island National Park. Go for a jaunt from Nilaveli to Trincomalee to see Marble Beach about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Uppuveli, make a trip to Fort Frederick, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Nilaveli travel planning app .

Mumbai, India to Nilaveli is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Nilaveli

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Trincomalee
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Pigeon Island National Park ©
Pigeon Island National Park
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple

2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, then contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: play a few rounds at Victoria Golf & Country Resort.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Nilaveli to Kandy in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Outdoors Golf

Side Trips

Victoria Golf & Country Resort, 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 Lake ©
Kandy Lake

2
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Ella, Sri Lanka

Ella ©
The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, then take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, and then don't miss a visit to Demodara Nine Arch Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak.

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Traveling by car from Kandy to Ella takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Udawalawa.

Things to do in Ella

Nature Parks Spas
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Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

1
night
Udawalawa, Sri Lanka

Udawalawa ©
For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Udawalawa vacation maker .

Traveling by car from Ella to Udawalawa takes 2 hours. August in Udawalawa sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. On the 20th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Rekawa.

Things to do in Udawalawa

Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Udawalawa Safari
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Udawalawa Safari ©
Udawalawa Safari

2
nights
Rekawa, Sri Lanka

Rekawa ©
A small town with a laidback vibe squeezed between the ocean and the shores of a rich lagoon surrounded by mangroves, Rekawa draws visitors throughout the year with a pioneering turtle conservation project, the most notable tourist attraction in Rekawa.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): stroll through Amanwella Silent Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): view the masterpieces at Indika Art Gallery, then kick back and relax at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa), and then explore the ancient world of Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rekawa trip builder app .

You can drive from Udawalawa to Rekawa in 1.5 hours. In August in Rekawa, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Rekawa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Tangalle, Kahandamodara Beach
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Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara
Indika Art Gallery ©
Indika Art Gallery

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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.
Relax by the water at Bentota Beach and Hikkaduwa Beach. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Dolphin & Whale Watching will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa and examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Hikkaduwa online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Rekawa to Hikkaduwa in 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mumbai.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Bentota Beach
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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nights
Mumbai, India

Mumbai
Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take a stroll through Nariman Point, then look for gifts at Bungalow Eight, then admire the landmark architecture of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, and finally head outdoors with Marine Drive. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): kick back and relax at Chowpatty Beach, then hunt for treasures at Zaveri Bazaar, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shree Siddhivinayak, and finally take a stroll through Dharavi.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Mumbai trip itinerary builder website .

Fly from Hikkaduwa to Mumbai in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Mumbai

Neighborhoods Outdoors Shopping
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Nariman Point
Nariman Point
Marine Drive ©
Marine Drive
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus ©
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

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