15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
Fly + Taxi:  25​h
1
Hikkaduwa
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Galle
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
3
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
Train:  30​min
4
Mirissa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Rekawa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Hatton
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
9
Negombo
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Helsinki

3
nights
Hikkaduwa

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): stroll through Bentota Beach, then stroll through Ahungalla Beach, and then stroll through Hikkaduwa Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then kick back and relax at Narigama Beach, and then examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hikkaduwa trip planner.

Helsinki, Finland to Hikkaduwa is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to India Standard Time (IST) is 3 hours. Traveling from Helsinki in January, things will get much hotter in Hikkaduwa: highs are around 37°C and lows about 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Galle.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Ahungalla Beach, Bentota Beach
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Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Narigama Beach ©
Narigama Beach

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hours
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 13th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya and then kick back and relax at Dalawella Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Galle trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Hikkaduwa to Galle by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Dalawella Beach ©
Dalawella Beach
Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya ©
Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya

2
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Unawatuna attractions planner.

Unawatuna is just a stone's throw from Galle. In January in Unawatuna, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Mirissa.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Mihiripenna Beach ©
Mihiripenna Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Matara Beach, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: cast your line with a fishing tour, stop by Dress Palace, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Mirissa day trip planning site .

Mirissa is just a short distance from Unawatuna. January in Mirissa sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Rekawa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Matara Beach
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Matara Beach ©
Matara Beach

1
night
Rekawa

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): kick back and relax at Kahandamodara Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary, then kick back and relax at Amanwella Silent Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Ashram Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka itinerary.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Rekawa trip maker tool .

You can drive from Mirissa to Rekawa in 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Rekawa are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Rekawa

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Tangalle, Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary, Kahandamodara Beach
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Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary ©
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Kahandamodara Beach ©
Kahandamodara Beach

1
night
Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park ©
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Udawalawe National Park online trip builder .

You can drive from Rekawa to Udawalawe National Park in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park

1
night
Ella

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.
To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Ella trip planning site .

You can drive from Udawalawe National Park to Ella in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Hatton.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak

1
night
Hatton

Hatton ©
Hatton is a town in the Nuwara Eliya District of Central Province, Sri Lanka governed by the Hatton-Dickoya Urban Council. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Castlereagh Reservoir.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hatton online day trip planner .

Drive from Ella to Hatton in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Negombo.

Things to do in Hatton

Nature Parks
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Castlereagh Reservoir ©
Castlereagh Reservoir

2
nights
Negombo

Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
On the 22nd (Wed), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then look for gifts at LUV SL Negombo, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Negombo Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Negombo online trip maker .

Getting from Hatton to Negombo by car takes about 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Negombo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach

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