20 days in Sri Lanka & Dubai Itinerary

20 days in Sri Lanka & Dubai Itinerary

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Negombo, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
2
Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
3
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
4
Ella, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
5
Tissamaharama, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
6
Mirissa, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
7
Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
8
Negombo, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
9
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 2 nights

1
night
Negombo, Sri Lanka

Negombo ©
Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple. Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple and then kick back and relax at Negombo Beach.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Negombo trip itinerary maker website.

London, UK to Negombo is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5.5 hours traveling from London to Negombo. Traveling from London in March, things will get much hotter in Negombo: highs are around °C and lows about °C. On the 9th (Fri), you'll travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Negombo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

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Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

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.
You've now added Polonnaruwa to your itinerary. On the 9th (Fri), stroll through Golden Temple of Dambulla, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Polonnaruwa, and then don't miss a visit to Gal Vihara. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock and then explore the ancient world of Sigiriya.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya day trip planning website.

You can fly from Negombo to Sigiriya in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. On the 11th (Sun), you're off to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

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nights
Kandy, Sri Lanka

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Kandy is known for historic sites, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, make a trip to Kandy view point, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, and appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kandy holiday builder tool.

You can drive from Sigiriya to Kandy in 3 hours. You will leave for Ella on the 14th (Wed).

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Royal Palace of Kandy ©
Royal Palace of Kandy
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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Ella, Sri Lanka

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 out of Ella with an excursion to Buduruwagala in Yala National Park--about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, make a trip to Kinellan Tea Factory, take in nature's colorful creations at Ella Spice Garden, and take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Ella day trip planner.

Getting from Kandy to Ella by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train. You will leave for Tissamaharama on the 17th (Sat).

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Buduruwagala
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

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Tissamaharama, Sri Lanka

Tissamaharama ©
Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
On the 17th (Sat), stroll through Udawalawe National Park. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tissamaharama trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Ella to Tissamaharama in 2 hours. In March in Tissamaharama, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Mon) before leaving for Mirissa.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Udawalawe National Park, Yala National Park
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Yatala Wehera ©
Yatala Wehera

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Mirissa, Sri Lanka

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
On the 19th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach. On your second day here, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then appreciate the history behind Kushta Raja Gala.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, you can read our Mirissa trip maker website.

You can drive from Tissamaharama to Mirissa in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In March, daytime highs in Mirissa are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Star Fort, Kushta Raja Gala
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Spas & Wellness
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

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.
On the 21st (Wed), make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, look for gifts at Embark, and then steep yourself in history at Galle Fort.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Unawatuna attractions planner.

Getting from Mirissa to Unawatuna by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Unawatuna can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Negombo.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Galle
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Japanese Peace Pagoda ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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Negombo, Sri Lanka

Negombo ©
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): stop by LUV SL Negombo and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Church.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Negombo trip planner.

Drive from Unawatuna to Negombo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. On the 24th (Sat), you're off to Dubai.

Things to do in Negombo

Historic Sites Shopping
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LUV SL Negombo ©
LUV SL Negombo

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nights
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai ©
Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
On the 24th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Jumeirah Mosque, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Emirates Towers, and then admire the striking features of Burj Khalifa. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Al Fahidi Fort, admire the landmark architecture of Burj Al Arab, and then ponder the design of The Dubai Fountain.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Dubai trip itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Negombo to Dubai takes 7.5 hours. Traveling from Negombo to Dubai, you'll gain 1.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Negombo in March, with highs in Dubai at °C and lows at °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubai

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
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Burj Khalifa ©
Burj Khalifa
The Dubai Fountain ©
The Dubai Fountain
The Dubai Mall ©
The Dubai Mall

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