17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Colombo
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
3
Mirissa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Hikkaduwa
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
5
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: London

4
nights
Colombo

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple and Seema Malakaya Temple. Get some historical perspective at Old Kathiresan Temple and Borella All Saints Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colombo: Paramadharmawardhanaramaya (in Boralesgamuwa), Panadura Beach (in Panadura) and Negombo (St. Anne's Church & Negombo Beach). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Lavinia Beach, don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, appreciate the history behind Independence Memorial Hall, and view the masterpieces at Ganeshism Studio Gallery.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Colombo trip itinerary planner.

London, UK to Colombo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from London to Colombo. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from London in November, with highs in Colombo at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Negombo, Paramadharmawardhanaramaya, Panadura Beach, Katukurunda Beach
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum

3
nights
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy Garrison Cemetery. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kandy Lake and Kandy War Cemetery. Get out of town with these interesting Kandy side-trips: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Nelligala International Buddhist Center (in Murutalawa). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, don't miss a visit to Degaldoruwa Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace of Kandy.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kandy trip planner .

Getting from Colombo to Kandy by flight takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Peradeniya, Nelligala International Buddhist Center, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery

2
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): stroll through Medawatta Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Matara Beach, and then kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kabalana Beach, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Mirissa trip planner .

Getting from Kandy to Mirissa by combination of flight and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In November in Mirissa, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

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

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.
Galle Fort and Unawatuna Devol Devalaya are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Hikkaduwa Beach and Unawatuna Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hikkaduwa: Ahungalla Beach (in Ahungalla), Unawatuna (Jungle Beach, Lak Gems & Jewellery, & more) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hikkaduwa trip planner .

You can drive from Mirissa to Hikkaduwa in 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Hikkaduwa can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Galle Fort, Ahungalla Beach, Bentota Beach
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

3
nights
Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
On the 6th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, then admire the natural beauty at Luck Uyana Herbal Medecines Garden, and finally browse the exhibits of Pethikada. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then stroll through Dhilip De Alwis.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sigiriya trip itinerary website .

Getting from Hikkaduwa to Sigiriya by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Luck Uyana Herbal Medecines Garden, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Dhilip De Alwis
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage

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