19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
1
Colombo
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
2
Hatton
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Kandy
— 2 nights
Train:  6 h 30 min
4
Ella
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 30 min
5
Unawatuna
— 10 nights
Train:  2 h
End: Colombo

1
night
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 16th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Colombo travel route planner.

If you are flying in from Russia, the closest major aiports are Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport and Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport. In February in Colombo, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hatton.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Historic Sites
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Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©

2
nights
Hatton

Hatton ©
Hatton is a town in the Nuwara Eliya District of Central Province, Sri Lanka governed by the Hatton-Dickoya Urban Council. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Galboda Falls, stop by Mlesna Tea Castle, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Warleigh Church.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hatton trip planner.

Traveling by car from Colombo to Hatton takes 4 hours. On the 19th (Wed), you'll travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Hatton

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Galboda Falls, Warleigh Church, Mlesna Tea Castle
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Galboda Falls ©
Galboda Falls
Warleigh Church ©
Warleigh Church
Mlesna Tea Castle ©
Mlesna Tea Castle

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): explore the activities along Kandy Lake and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kandy trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hatton to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

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

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to R. M. S Antique And Brassware and Demodara Loop. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara and I Love Ceylon Gallery. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, and don't miss a visit to Nine Arch Bridge.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Ella day trip site .

Drive from Kandy to Ella in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara ©
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara

10
nights
Unawatuna

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 Ahungalla Beach and Mihiripenna Beach for some beach relaxation. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Dutch Reformed Church and Community Tsunami Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Beruwala Beach (in Beruwala), Kosgoda (Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center & Kosgoda Turtle Care) and Ahungalla Sea Turtles Conservation And Research Center (in Ahungalla).

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Unawatuna trip itinerary builder app .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Unawatuna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In February, daytime highs in Unawatuna are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to take a train back home.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Galle, Hikkaduwa, Bentota, Ahungalla, Kosgoda
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Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Narigama Beach ©
Narigama Beach

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