17 days in Sri Lanka & Mumbai Itinerary

17 days in Sri Lanka & Mumbai Itinerary

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Fly
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Mumbai, India
— 3 nights
Fly
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Drive
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Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
— 4 nights
Fly
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Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ella, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dambulla, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
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Mumbai, India

— 3 nights

Gateway to India

Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): admire the striking features of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, get engrossed in the history at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, then don't miss a visit to Gateway of India, then take in the views from Bandra-Worli Sea Link, and finally contemplate the long history of Shree Akkalkot Swami Samarth Maharaj Math. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hunt for treasures at Crawford Market, then cruise along Marine Drive, then get engrossed in the history at Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Shree Siddhivinayak.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Mumbai itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Mumbai is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Mumbai, you'll lose 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in October: high temperatures in Mumbai hover around 39°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Mumbai

Museums · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Colombo, Sri Lanka

— 1 night
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and then walk around Galle Face Green. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, then visit TaxiColombo CMB Airport Taxi, and then look for gifts at Vishwa Tharu Spice and Ayurveda Herbal Shop.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Colombo road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Mumbai to Colombo takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Mumbai in October, you will find days in Colombo are slightly colder (36°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

— 4 nights
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa), Mirissa Beach (in Mirissa) and Koggala Lake (in Koggala). There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy some diversion at Sithma Gems & Jewellery, kick back and relax at Mihiripenna Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Unawatuna planning app.

You can drive from Colombo to Unawatuna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October in Unawatuna, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

— 2 nights

Little England

Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
On the 24th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Gregory Lake, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya, appreciate the extensive heritage of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country, then stop by Franciscan Sister's Jam Room, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of International Buddhist Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, and then explore the activities along Kande-ela Reservoir.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Nuwara Eliya online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Unawatuna to Nuwara Eliya takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Ella, Sri Lanka

— 2 nights
The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
On the 26th (Tue), indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, and then explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn the tricks of the trade with Honey Bee Garden, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and finally take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ella itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Ella in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Classes · Tours

Kandy, Sri Lanka

— 2 nights
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
On the 28th (Thu), get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, then look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and finally make a trip to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. On the next day, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Pearly Gates Lanka, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, and then don't miss a visit to Kandy view point.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kandy trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ella to Kandy takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Dambulla, Sri Lanka

— 1 night
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Take the guesswork out of planning a Dambulla vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Kandy to Dambulla in 2.5 hours. On the 30th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Sri Lanka travel guide

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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.