16 days in Sydney, Mirissa & Ella Itinerary

16 days in Sydney, Mirissa & Ella Itinerary

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Sydney, Australia
— 6 nights
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Mirissa, Sri Lanka
— 4 nights
3
Ella, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights

6
nights
Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Change things up with a short trip to Wentworth Falls in Wentworth Falls (about 1h 30 min away). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Bondi to Coogee Walk, Wentworth Falls
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

4
nights
Mirissa, Sri Lanka

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Get out of town with these interesting Mirissa side-trips: Unawatuna (Jungle Beach, Spas & Wellness, &more), Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa) and Galle Fort (in Galle). Next up on the itinerary: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, relax in the rural setting at Nandana Tea Factory, and meet the residents at Snake Farm.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Mirissa trip planner.

Fly from Sydney to Mirissa in 18 hours. Traveling from Sydney to Mirissa, you'll gain 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in January; daily highs in Mirissa reach °C and lows reach °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Nandana Tea Factory, Hikkaduwa Beach, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, Galle Fort
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya (in Wellawaya) and Hakgala Botanic Gardens (in Nuwara Eliya). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, and stop by Ella Gem & Jewelry.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Ella itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Mirissa to Ella in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes

Side Trips

Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya, Hakgala Botanic Gardens
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Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

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