17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Train + 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
Fly + Train:  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.
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple and Seema Malakaya Temple will appeal to history buffs. Relax by the water at Negombo Beach and Katukurunda Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Colombo side-trips: Paramadharmawardhanaramaya (in Boralesgamuwa), Panadura Beach (in Panadura) and St. Anne's Church (in Negombo). There's lots more to do: stroll through Mount Lavinia Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Borella All Saints Church, and walk around Galle Face Green.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Colombo online vacation planner.

London, UK to Colombo is an approximately 14.5- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Colombo is 5.5 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from London in November; daily highs in Colombo reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Negombo, Katukurunda Beach, Paramadharmawardhanaramaya, Panadura Beach
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy War Cemetery. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kandy Garrison Cemetery and Hindagala Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kandy: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Nelligala International Buddhist Center (in Murutalawa). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, don't miss a visit to Degaldoruwa Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace of Kandy.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kandy trip maker site.

You can fly from Colombo to Kandy in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Peradeniya, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Nelligala International Buddhist Center
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): kick back and relax at Medawatta Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Matara Beach, and then stroll through Mirissa Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Kabalana Beach, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Mirissa trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Matara, Kabalana Beach
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Medawatta Beach ©
Medawatta Beach
Matara Beach ©
Matara Beach

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 will appeal to history buffs. We've included these beaches for you: Jungle Beach and Mihiripenna Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Hikkaduwa: Unawatuna (Lak Gems & Jewellery & Unawatuna Beach), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Ahungalla Beach (in Ahungalla). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach and examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hikkaduwa itinerary app.

You can drive from Mirissa to Hikkaduwa in 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Galle Fort, Bentota Beach, Ahungalla Beach
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota 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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Sigiriya, then make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, and then browse the exhibits of Pethikada. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum, Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then stroll through Dhilip De Alwis.

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Do a combination of flight and taxi from Hikkaduwa to Sigiriya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 Museums Parks

Side Trips

Dhilip De Alwis, Polonnaruwa Vatadage, Golden Temple of Dambulla
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 8:
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage

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