20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Colombo
— 3 nights
2
Kandy
— 3 nights
3
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
4
Ella
— 2 nights
5
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
6
Yala National Park
— 1 night
7
Sigiriya
— 4 nights

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: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, stroll around Galle Face Green, take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Kathiresan Temple, and make a trip to Sri Vishnu Kovil.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Colombo trip itinerary maker.

Lodz, Poland to Colombo is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to India Standard Time is 4.5 hours. While traveling from Lodz, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Colombo, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Sri Vishnu Kovil
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Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Safaris
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

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 find plenty of places to visit near Kandy: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala), Millennium Elephant Foundation (in Kegalle) and Riverstone Gap (in Matale). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, stroll through Knuckles Forest Reserve, and stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Colombo to Kandy takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Peradeniya, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Millennium Elephant Foundation, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Riverstone Gap
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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

2
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.
On the 13th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, then make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, then relax in the rural setting at Nandana Tea Factory, and then stop by The Nest Coffee 'n' Shop.

For reviews and tourist information, use the Unawatuna online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Kandy to Unawatuna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. July in Unawatuna sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

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

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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.
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 stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware. On the next day, look for gifts at Ella Gem & Jewelry, then 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 Arches Bridge.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Ella vacation planning app.

You can drive from Unawatuna to Ella in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or fly. In July, daytime highs in Ella are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car 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 Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

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nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Pottuvil Lagoon, then contemplate the waterfront views at Arugam Bay, and then stop by Rice & Carry Bags Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): make a trip to Muhudu Maha Vihara, then explore the ancient world of Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, and then get outside with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Arugam Bay holiday planner.

You can drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Shopping · Nature
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka ©
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park.

Before you visit Yala National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park takes 3 hours. July in Yala National Park sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Nature · Parks
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Avukana Buddha Statue (in Kekirawa), Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale) and Anuradhapura (Jethawanaramaya Dagoba & Mihintale). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden Temple of Dambulla, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, don't miss a visit to Sigiriya, and explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Yala National Park to Sigiriya by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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

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