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 15 min
2
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Ella, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Udawalawa, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Rekawa, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  8 h 15 min
7
Mumbai, India
— 3 nights
End: Mumbai, India

3
nights
Nilaveli, Sri Lanka

Nilaveli ©
The coastal resort town of Nilaveli draws visitors with its beaches, dive spots, and seaside hotels.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Koneswaram Temple and Velgam Vehera. Get outdoors at Nilaveli Beach and Marble Beach. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Pigeon Island National Park, kick back and relax at Uppuveli, take in the natural beauty of Kanniya Hot Springs, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Nilaveli trip itinerary maker tool .

Mumbai, India to Nilaveli is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car 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
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
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.
On the 17th (Thu), take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: play a few rounds at Victoria Golf & Country Resort.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kandy driving holiday planner.

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 your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Outdoors Golf

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Victoria Golf & Country Resort
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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

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, then take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, and then take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Ella online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kandy to Ella takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Udawalawa.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature 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 ©
To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Udawalawa sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Ella to Udawalawa in 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Udawalawa can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Rekawa.

Things to do in Udawalawa

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Lakpura
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Lakpura ©
Lakpura

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 21st (Mon): kick back and relax at Amanwella Silent Beach. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the exhibits of Indika Art Gallery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa), and then delve into the distant past at Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rekawa trip planner.

You can drive from Udawalawa to Rekawa in 1.5 hours. In October in Rekawa, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough 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) ©
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa)
Kahandamodara Beach ©
Kahandamodara Beach
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara

3
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. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Dolphin & Whale Watching. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa and see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hikkaduwa attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Rekawa to Hikkaduwa takes 2.5 hours. In October in Hikkaduwa, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. On the 26th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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

3
nights
Mumbai, India

Mumbai
Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): wander the streets of Nariman Point, then stop by Bungalow Eight, then admire the landmark architecture of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, and finally get outside with Marine Drive. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Chowpatty Beach, hunt for treasures at Zaveri Bazaar, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shree Siddhivinayak, and finally wander the streets of Dharavi.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Mumbai online trip planner .

Fly from Hikkaduwa to Mumbai in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. In October, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mumbai

Neighborhoods Outdoors Shopping
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Nariman Point
Nariman Point
Marine Drive ©
Marine Drive
Chowpatty Beach ©
Chowpatty Beach

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