20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Lodz
Fly:  24​h
1
Colombo
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2​h 15​min
4
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
7
Sigiriya
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  27​h
End: Lodz

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.
Colombo is known for historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, stop by Vogue Jewellers, walk around Galle Face Green, and make a trip to Sri Vishnu Kovil.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Colombo trip itinerary site .

Lodz, Poland to Colombo is an approximately 24-hour flight. Traveling from Lodz to Colombo, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Lodz in July: highs in Colombo hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Sri Vishnu Kovil
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Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Safaris
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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.
Explore Kandy's surroundings by going to Millennium Elephant Foundation (in Kegalle), Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Riverstone Gap (in Matale). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, pause for some serene contemplation at Hindagala Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knuckles Forest Reserve, and explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kandy planner.

You can fly from Colombo to Kandy in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Peradeniya, Riverstone Gap, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Millennium Elephant Foundation, Knuckles Forest Reserve
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach, relax in the rural setting at Nandana Tea Factory, and then stop by The Nest Coffee 'n' Shop.

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Unawatuna journey planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Unawatuna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Unawatuna, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 31°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Galle, Nandana Tea Factory, Mirissa Beach
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Ella Spice Garden, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and then learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Ella Gem & Jewelry, take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, then take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, and finally take in the views from Nine Arch Bridge.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Ella vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Ella in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Ella can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arch Bridge ©
Nine Arch Bridge

2
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Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Pottuvil Lagoon, visit a coastal fixture at Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, then contemplate the waterfront views at Arugam Bay, and finally look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara, delve into the distant past at Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, and then get outside with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Arugam Bay travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Arugam Bay are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors Historic Sites Shopping
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara

1
night
Yala National Park

Yala National Park ©
One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Yala National Park online holiday planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Nature
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

4
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.
Explore Sigiriya's surroundings by going to Anuradhapura (Jethawanaramaya Dagoba & Mihintale), Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale) and Avukana Buddha Statue (in Kekirawa). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Sigiriya day trip planning site .

You can fly from Yala National Park to Sigiriya in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Anuradhapura, Dambulla, Euphoria Spice and Herbal, Dhilip De Alwis, Avukana Buddha Statue
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

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