60 days in India, Jaffna & Kandy Itinerary

60 days in India, Jaffna & Kandy Itinerary

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Mumbai, India
— 5 nights
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Mahabaleshwar, India
— 4 nights
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Kolhapur, India
— 3 nights
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Goa, India
— 5 nights
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Badami, India
— 2 nights
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Hampi, India
— 4 nights
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Belur, India
— 1 night
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Mysuru (Mysore), India
— 4 nights
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Ooty (Udhagamandalam), India
— 3 nights
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Munnar, India
— 3 nights
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Kochi (Cochin), India
— 6 nights
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Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India
— 4 nights
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Kanyakumari, India
— 4 nights
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Rameswaram, India
— 2 nights
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Jaffna, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
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Kandy, Sri Lanka
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Mumbai, India

— 5 nights

Gateway to India

Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Take a break from Mumbai with a short trip to Imagicaa in Khopoli, about 1h 50 min away. There's lots more to do: appreciate the history behind Gateway of India, take an in-depth tour of Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shree Siddhivinayak, and stop by Bungalow Eight.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Mumbai online driving holiday planner.

London, UK to Mumbai is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You'll lose 5.5 hours traveling from London to Mumbai due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in July: highs in Mumbai hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Mahabaleshwar.

Things to do in Mumbai

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Tours · Museums

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Find places to stay Jul 1 — 6:

Mahabaleshwar, India

— 4 nights
Located high up in the Western Ghats, the hill station of Mahabaleshwar sits above one of the only evergreen forests in the country.
Mahabaleshwar is known for historic sites, nature, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Mahabaleshwar Hill Station, take in the awesome beauty at Savitri Point, take some stellar pictures from Arthur's Seat, and admire the sheer force of Lingmala Waterfall.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Mahabaleshwar trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Mumbai to Mahabaleshwar in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kolhapur.

Things to do in Mahabaleshwar

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 6 — 10:

Kolhapur, India

— 3 nights

Karveer

Though less frequented by international tourists, easily accessible Kolhapur makes a good starting point for regional adventures.
Kolhapur is known for historic sites, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Mahalaxmi Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, examine the collection at Siddhagiri Museum, and contemplate the long history of Maharaja's Palace.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kolhapur online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Mahabaleshwar to Kolhapur takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. July in Kolhapur sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Goa.

Things to do in Kolhapur

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 13:

Goa, India

— 5 nights
On India's western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India.
Goa is known for beaches, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Baga Beach, steep yourself in history at The Church of Our Lady of Socorro, don't miss a visit to Tomb of St. Francis Xavier, and relax in the rural setting at Dudhsagar Plantation and Farmstay.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Goa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kolhapur to Goa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kolhapur in July: highs in Goa hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Badami.

Things to do in Goa

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 18:

Badami, India

— 2 nights
Famous for its cave temples, Badami served as the capital of the Badami Chalukyas from 540 to 757 CE--and this rich history has left plenty of things to do for visitors today.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mallikarjuna Temple Complex, delve into the distant past at Aihole, explore the ancient world of Ravana pahad, steep yourself in history at Group of Monuments in Pattadakal, then contemplate the long history of Mallikarjuna Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kashivishveshar Shiva Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): Head underground at Badami Cave Temples, explore the ancient world of Badami Fort, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sangameshvara Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Papanatha Temple.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Badami holiday website.

You can drive from Goa to Badami in 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hampi.

Things to do in Badami

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 18 — 20:

Hampi, India

— 4 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.
Hampi is known for historic sites, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Vitthala Temple, don't miss a visit to Navabrindavanam, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Ugra Narsimha, and admire the landmark architecture of Elephant Stables.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hampi road trip app.

You can drive from Badami to Hampi in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Belur.

Things to do in Hampi

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 20 — 24:

Belur, India

— 1 night
Belooru (is a Town Municipal Council and taluka in Hassan district in the state of Karnataka, India. Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Pathaleshwara Temple and then explore the ancient world of Chennakesava Temple.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Belur trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hampi to Belur takes 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mysuru (Mysore).

Things to do in Belur

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 25:
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Mysuru (Mysore), India

— 4 nights

Cultural Capital of Karnataka

A historic and culturally distinctive city, Mysuru (Mysore) has all the stories, artworks, and architecture you'd hope to find in the former capital city of a rich kingdom.
Mysuru (Mysore) is known for historic sites, zoos & aquariums, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Mysuru Palace, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Philomena Church, take in nature's colorful creations at Brindavan Garden, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Mysuru (Mysore) online journey planner.

Drive from Belur to Mysuru (Mysore) in 3.5 hours. In July in Mysuru (Mysore), expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

Things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 25 — 29:

Ooty (Udhagamandalam), India

— 3 nights

Queen of Hill Stations

Tea gardens and eucalyptus trees scent the air of the fields surrounding Ooty, a popular summer tourism destination up in the hills.
Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is known for nature, parks, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Government Botanical Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Elk Hill Murugan Temple, make a trip to Wenlock Downs 9th Mile Shooting Point, and contemplate the waterfront views at Pykara Lake.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Ooty (Udhagamandalam) day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mysuru (Mysore) to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to Munnar.

Things to do in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 1:

Munnar, India

— 3 nights

Southern Spice

Sitting at the point where three mountain rivers meet, the hill station of Munnar has become known as a tea-growing center in the south of the country.
Munnar is known for parks, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam, take some stellar pictures from Munnar Hill Station, take in the dramatic scenery at Lakkam Waterfalls, and admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Munnar trip planner.

Getting from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) to Munnar by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Munnar are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Munnar

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 1 — 4:

Kochi (Cochin), India

— 6 nights

Queen of the Arabian Sea

A flourishing port city and magnet for the spice trade since the 15th century, Kochi (Cochin) proudly bears its distinct international influence and local Keralan culture.
Kochi (Cochin) is known for historic sites, shopping, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, don't miss a visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kochi (Cochin) trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Munnar to Kochi (Cochin) in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Kochi (Cochin) are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping · Transportation

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 4 — 10:

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India

— 4 nights

Evergreen City of India

Situated among a collection of low hills that lead up to the coastline, state capital Thiruvananthapuram acts as a base for exploration of the southern tip of the country.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kovalam (Kovalam Avaduthura Devi Temple, Kovalam Beach, &more) and Varkala Town (Asparagus, Varkala Beach, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, don't miss a visit to Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Palkulangara Devi Temple, and examine the collection at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) online trip builder.

Getting from Kochi (Cochin) to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. August in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kanyakumari.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 14:

Kanyakumari, India

— 4 nights

Cape Comorin

Located at the most southerly point of mainland India, Kanyakumari has long attracted pilgrims and those keen to see the end of the road.
Explore Kanyakumari's surroundings by going to Tirunelveli (Suyambulinga swamy temple & Kanthimathi-Nellaiyapper Temple) and Nagaraja Temple (in Nagercoil). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Marungoor Murugan Temple, walk around Lemurian Park, and kick back and relax at Kanyakumari Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kanyakumari trip builder.

Take a train from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Kanyakumari in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daily temperatures in Kanyakumari can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 14 — 18:

Rameswaram, India

— 2 nights
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
On the 19th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, then look for all kinds of wild species at Water Bird Sanctuary, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Dhanushkodi Beach Point. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram, take in the views from Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge, snap pictures at Pamban bridge, then stroll the grounds of Kalam National Memorial, and finally make a trip to Ramar Padam.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rameswaram online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kanyakumari to Rameswaram takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Jaffna.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 20:

Jaffna, Sri Lanka

— 1 night
A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nallur Kovil, then pause for some photo ops at Maruthanamadam Anjaneyar Temple, then hike along Kayts Causeway, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kadurugoda Buddhist Temple.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Jaffna attractions planning tool.

Getting from Rameswaram to Jaffna by car takes about 48.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 23:

Kandy, Sri Lanka

— 5 nights
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kandy: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala), Dawson Tower (in Kadugannawa) and Kegalle (Millennium Elephant Foundation & Elephant Freedom Project). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, squeeze the most out of the city with MERVEILLES DU SRI LANKA, and examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kandy trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Jaffna to Kandy in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 23 — 29:

India travel guide

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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.