17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Negombo
— 2 nights
2
Kandy
— 3 nights
3
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
4
Unawatuna
— 6 nights
5
Negombo
— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, enjoy the sand and surf at Negombo Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church, thenpause for some serene contemplation at St. Sebastian’s Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Abhayasekararama Temple. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Negombo trip itinerary site.

Bucharest, Romania to Negombo is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 3.5 hour difference. In December, Negombo is warmer than Bucharest - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Negombo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Udawattekele Sanctuary and World Buddhist Museum. Popular historic sites such as Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy Garrison Cemetery are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Kundasale, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kandy online vacation maker.

You can drive from Negombo to Kandy in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Kundasale
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Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

2
nights
Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
On the 30th (Mon), trek along Horton Plains Kalupahana Trail and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): hike along Kirigalpoththa Hike and then get outside with Devil's Staircase.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Nuwara Eliya trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Ohiya
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Kirigalpoththa Hike ©
Kirigalpoththa Hike
Horton Plains Kalupahana Trail ©
Horton Plains Kalupahana Trail

6
nights
Unawatuna

Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Visit Jungle Beach and Ahungalla Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Beruwala Beach and Fishing Charters & Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Unawatuna: Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center (in Kosgoda), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Narigama Beach (in Hikkaduwa). And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Unawatuna day trip planner.

Fly from Nuwara Eliya to Unawatuna in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Unawatuna sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Negombo.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Galle, Ahungalla Beach, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, Fishing Charters & Tours, Bentota Beach
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Spas & Wellness
Narigama Beach ©
Narigama Beach
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach

2
nights
Negombo

Negombo ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): explore the activities along Dutch Canal and then deepen your understanding of the past and present with Wicky Tours. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Dutch Fort, thenlook for gifts at Selyn, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Church.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Negombo trip builder.

Drive from Unawatuna to Negombo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Negombo

Transportation Scenic Drive Nature
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Wicky Tours ©
Wicky Tours
Dutch Canal ©
Dutch Canal
Dutch Fort ©
Dutch Fort

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