17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  19​h 15​min
1
Kandy
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
2
Arugam Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Ella
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Unawatuna
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Bentota
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Colombo
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Edinburgh

2
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.
For shopping fun, head to Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items or Sriya & Daya Curio Shop. Your inner history buff will appreciate Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Asgiriya Maha Viharaya. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Royal Botanical Gardens, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, browse the collection at Buddhist Publication Society, and make a trip to Degaldoruwa Temple.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kandy trip itinerary app .

Edinburgh, UK to Kandy is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Edinburgh to Kandy. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

1
night
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
On the 19th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudumbigala Monastery, then enjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Arugam Bay, and finally stop by Rice & Carry Bags Shop.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Arugam Bay online travel planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Arugam Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Shopping Beaches
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Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, then take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls. On the next day, learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, view the masterpieces at I Love Ceylon Gallery, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and finally stop by Ella Gem & Jewelry.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Ella trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Arugam Bay to Ella takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Spas
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

4
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Do your shopping at Tsunami Photo Museum and Lak Gems & Jewellery. Get outdoors at Jungle Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Unawatuna: Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa) and Mirissa Beach (in Mirissa).

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Unawatuna trip site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Unawatuna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. September in Unawatuna sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bentota.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Mirissa, Galle, Hikkaduwa Beach, Tsunami Photo Museum
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort

2
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kowilawatta Temple, then look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Protection Association, then kick back and relax at Bentota Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kande Viharaya. On your second day here, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Bentota road trip planning website .

You can drive from Unawatuna to Bentota in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, daytime highs in Bentota are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Colombo.

Things to do in Bentota

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Community Tsunami Museum, Kowilawatta Temple, Kande Viharaya
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Sea Turtle Protection Association ©
Sea Turtle Protection Association

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): stop by Jewel Qudsi, stroll around Galle Face Green, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Colombo National Museum, hunt for treasures at Pettah, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Negombo Beach.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, refer to the Colombo trip maker site .

Traveling by train from Bentota to Colombo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Colombo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trip

Negombo Beach
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Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct ©
Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach

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