23 days in North India, Maldives & Sri Lanka Itinerary

23 days in North India, Maldives & Sri Lanka Itinerary

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23 days in North India, Maldives & Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
+4
train + foot + Fly + subway + train:  19​h
1
Agra, India
— 4 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Leh, India
— 5 nights
Drive:  12​h
3
Katra, India
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
4
Veligandu, Maldives
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 45​min
5
Pinnawala, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Habarana, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
+4
train + taxi + Fly + foot + train:  20​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

4
nights
Agra, India

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Agra Fort and Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity. Kids will enjoy Dayal Bagh and Dolphin The Water World. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Taj Mahal, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurudwara Guru ka Tal, and don't miss a visit to Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Agra online visit planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Agra is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in June; daily highs in Agra reach 47°C and lows reach 32°C. On the 28th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Leh.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites Theme Parks Shopping
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Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Shah Burj ©
Shah Burj

5
nights
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.
Visiting Magnetic Hill and Donkey Sanctuary will get you outdoors. Hall of Fame and Stok Palace Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Spend the 2nd (Mon) among lush scenery at Zanskar the Virgin Valley. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thiksey Monastery, steep yourself in history at Riasi Fort or Zorawar Fort, pause for some photo ops at Shey Monastery, and make a trip to Temple at Sumda Chun.

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Traveling by combination of train and flight from Agra to Leh takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Katra.

Things to do in Leh

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Hall of Fame ©
Hall of Fame
Thiksey Monastery ©
Thiksey Monastery
Likir Gompa ©
Likir Gompa

2
nights
Katra, India

Katra
Located at the foothills of the Trikuta Mountains, Katra serves as a base for the great pilgrimage to the cave shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nau Devi Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Deva Mayi Maa Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Vaishno Devi.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Katra trip builder tool .

Drive from Leh to Katra in 14.5 hours. In July in Katra, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 31°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Veligandu.

Things to do in Katra

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Deva Mayi Maa Temple
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1
night
Veligandu, Maldives

Veligandu ©
Crisp white sands merge into transparent, exotic waters at Veligandu, one of the many atolls that make up the Maldives.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Veligandu Island Beach.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Veligandu day trip planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Katra to Veligandu. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Katra in July: highs in Veligandu hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Pinnawala.

Things to do in Veligandu

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Veligandu Island Beach ©
Veligandu Island Beach

1
night
Pinnawala, Sri Lanka

Pinnawala ©
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): stop by New Paradise Spice & Herbal Garden, then look for all kinds of wild species at Millennium Elephant Foundation, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Pinnawala trip builder site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Veligandu to Pinnawala. In July, daily temperatures in Pinnawala can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Habarana.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Millennium Elephant Foundation
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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Millennium Elephant Foundation ©
Millennium Elephant Foundation

3
nights
Habarana, Sri Lanka

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Get outdoors at The Golden Temple and Minneriya National Park. Get some cultural insight at Sigiriya World Heritage Site and Polonnaruwa Vatadage. Change things up with a short trip to Polonnaruwa in Polonnaruwa (about 52 minutes away). The adventure continues: stop by Sigiriya Craft Village.

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You can drive from Pinnawala to Habarana in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa

3
nights
Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

Unawatuna ©
Step out of the city life by going to Mirissa Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Bring the kids along to Jungle Beach and Hikkaduwa Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Unawatuna: Matara (Matara Beach & Polhena Beach) and Genuine Batik (in Hikkaduwa). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Unawatuna Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Unawatuna trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Habarana to Unawatuna in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Matara, Mirissa, Hikkaduwa
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach

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